I will start out by saying, "Man, I wish I had gotten to play more Phantasy Star Online." This is a game that I really dug the designs for, but sadly got very little time with either it, or the current version of PSO2. However, even though I didn't play much of it, I knew I love the RAcaseal design.
For today's review, we have the lovely RAcaseal Chogokin from Bandai. Could this be one that won me over on poseable figures? Let's find out!
Figure Name: Phantasy Star Online RAcaseal Chogokin
Figure Maker: Bandai
Retail/List Price: ¥6,500
Available at: HobbyLink Japan
We'll start quickly with the box that clearly shows RAcaseal and all of her accessories that come hidden within. I thought I had seen figures with loads of pieces before, but I quickly rethought that statement.
Opening her up, you see that not only are there loads of pieces in the plastic itself ...
... but there are even decals that you'll need to put on. There are also instructions, which is probably a good thing considering how many pieces are around.
I originally had taken the RAcaseal to a playground to get some fun shots, but seeing how many pieces were in the box made me rethink that as well.
We had a little fun hanging out at the slide, but thought it'd be best to come back inside before we lost anything. You wouldn't want to lose a hand, or a weapon of sorts! Keep your hands inside the car, kids, we're heading back home!
Before we check the pieces out individually though, get a load of this. As you can tell by looking at the packaging, there are actually TWO layers of plastic that encase all of the accessories. So, if you thought there were enough pieces on the top, you are sadly mistaken.
I will flat out bow with apologies for not knowing the actual names of her items, but I'll do my best. She comes with 6 yellow crystals and each of them have a clear plastic goblet-shaped holder. The crystals themselves look pretty cool just scattered around her.
We had a project ahead of us as we went through the pieces. RAcaseal and I had something to put together. What could it be?
Ah ha! It turned out to be a box. It seems to be a crate that holds the weapons nicely, so that should come in handy. I told you those crystals looked cool around her, by the way. They are very small, though, so be sure not to lose any!
Here, you can get an up close and personal look at all of the details on her upper body. I absolutely love the way her armor looks. The pink, white and black color scheme work so well for her and just brings her right to life. All of her pieces of armor are well manufactured and have absolutely no paint defects from what I could tell.
Her backside is just as well detailed. All of those connecting pieces in her armor just blow my mind with how clean everything is. The photos above show that the bow piece on her back can actually be moved up and down to show off the hole on her back that is either for her stand, or ...
... for her little robot friend! Hello, little guy! The little robot is just as cleanly made, and I love that her expressions, even though she's a robot, shine through when you position her well.
Holy moly! What do we have here?! RAcaseal! You've sprouted some wings there! These are actually one of my favorite accessories for the figure. They're so bright while still being a somewhat see-through pink plastic. They are crammed full of detail as well, and as you can tell from this underneath shot, the shoulder area has quite a bit going on as well.
Here, RAcaseal is showing you that even if you have her wings on her, she can still stand up well on her own! If you get her positioned right, there is actually very little need for the stand, unless you would like to pose her up in the air.
Now, she may look like a little lady, but she packs some huge artillery. This gun is just about as tall as she is, yet she handles it like a pro!
Her energy sword is my favorite of her weapons. It just looks so cool while she's holding it. It comes in a couple of parts so you actually have to put the grip, the flash of energy and then the long beam of energy all together before she looks right holding it.
I mentioned previously that there are decals you'll want to put on. Unfortunately, since I was pressed for time while getting this review ready, I didn't bother to put them on. There are three black discs that will need decals that can be put into the base. I think the middle disc is the only piece that has any complaints, as it just has a tiny bit of flash on it. You can somewhat see it in the picture, but it's very minimal. The base looks awesome with it's light turquoise and black detailing.
I had mentioned that if you wanted to pose her in the air you could with the stand, and I wasn't kidding! The arm of the stand is STRONG and you can pose her nearly any which way you can get it to move. It holds her up in the air for this pose and more, without any problem at all.
Here's a great shot to look at all of the details in her wings. It also shows you about where the stand goes into her back. I absolutely adore stands that give you freedom like this and are actually strong enough to hold the figure well.
One of my favorite things I forgot to mention are actually her feet. It seems to me they're actually diecast, or something of the sort, because they have an actual metal feel to them. The figure does have some weight to it for no bigger than it is, so I'm not surprised that there'd be actual metal pieces. She IS a robot after all.
Here you can see her all laid out with her goodies. I love that red handgun as well. I can 100 percent tell you that if you get a chance to get your hands on this lovely pink RAcaseal I would suggest her to you. Whether you know a lot about the Phantasy Star Online universe, or not, she will look great in your collection and is actually a wonderful piece to pose. Sometimes poseable figures and I get in quite a tussle, but she was a joy to work with.
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