The new Kratos from God of War 3 PlayStation game. I quickly preordered this figure when I saw it was up for preorder few months back. It's a real cool action figure I must say. He stands at 7 inches @18cm tall. A real solid figure. He comes with decent accessories includes extra head with different facial expression, a pair of Blade of Exile, a pair of gaunlet Namean Cestus. It would be nice if Neca includes 2 pair of hands i.e. fist and relaxed hands. Actually, I have never play any God Of War games before. I am just admire the design of the character. Neca had released older version of Kratos in the past that I missed out the preorders. Its priced at slightly above RM100. I think its worth it.
This figure comes in a window packaging boxset which resembles a special edition game pack. I am quite sad that the shop gave me a dented box set at the back during colection of preordered item. I requested for another set but they refused to do so. I feel really dissappointed with their attitude after became their loyal customers for almost 15 years since I was study in secondary school. I only able to hint that the shop logo or icon has a human with spectacle and misai looks like an uncle. The box is really looking cool and nice. Its very rarely that Neca release figure with this kind of collector packaging.
Ok, let us us browse through the figure. He has very nice articulations especially legs and arms. The head only can swing right or left about 30 degrees. The arm has shoulder joints, bicep joints, elbow joints, and double wrist joints. The wrist joints are real cool addition to the figure. You swing the wrist 360 degrees and can flip up or down for better natural pose. As for the leg joints has double jointed thigh joints that allow you to swing front and back. Another joint allow you to move the thigh outward or inward up to 60 degrees. However, I am not happy the joints design that allow the inward or outward movement. It begins to becomes loose after doing two simple poses as shown in the photos. It would be nice if they can use ratchet type of joints just like the elbow and knee part.
Besides that, he also has double jointed knee and ball joint on talus area. Wait ! He has foot toe joint as well on his sandals. You can scroll down for the photo of foot joint. This is another good addition by Neca. This joint increase the flexibility of posing. Lastly, he has waist joint and abdomen joints that all action figure must have!
Are you trying to challenge me? The sculpt of this figure can easily get 4.5 out 5 stars from me. I did some touch up on the eyes and eyebrow area as there are some minor incomplete paint. What to do since the shop do not allow me to select another set.
Next, let us looks at the close up on the amazing details of this figure. The scuplt of metal chains and wing alike armor on the leg are superb. The leg armor is made from semi soft rubber. The paint job on the Neca figure is not perfect, but I can see improvement compared to older version of Neca figures. Neca put alot of efforts on this Kratos figure by adding a lot of weathering effect. If not mistaken Neca had used black and white as weathering effect.
The toe joints on the sandals as mentioned earlier. :)
Additional normal Kratos calm facial expression. A great bonus. The replacement of the head is by pull and plug.
Jeng! Jeng! Jeng! You can keep the blades on the back. Nice gimmick!
He comes with a pair of gauntlets. You have to plug them on without removing the hands. They looks cool on Kratos but the items are little bit too heavy for the figure to uphold for longer time. As the figure itself is upper part heavier so the figure tend to fall frontward or backward. A display stand is recommended to stablize this figure.
The details on this blade is really cool. Its made from semi translucent orange part. Other details are painted.
Can you see the fresh blood stain the left should armor? Good effect detail but if use darker shed of red would greatly improve the realistic of the figure.
Slash! Slash! Slash! Come on!
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
This is 2015 Mini Cooper S Countryman version. The second Kabaya edition Majorette that I own. Its quite heavy for a 1/64 scale car. I love the logo in front and back of the car. The logos are a bit too big but I am still OK with them as the printing are clear , not blurry like those in Hot wheels. The headlamps are made from black plastic while the back lamps are painted. Beside that, there is also tiny "Cooper S" wording printed at the back of the car. The white stripes fit really well for the Mini !!! The only complain is the white stripe paint on the side is not thick enough. We can see some wave like watermark on the white paint. It is made in Thailand.
Monday, February 8, 2016
All right, it's has been a long long time that I never have a chance to grab nice cars especially Hot Wheels are "controlled" by the departmental store staff. Last month, I saw 12 cartons of Hotwheels cars laying in front of me but the staff told me that they have to check first before for sale. All the boxes already have double tape isn't it already checked? I should have report to the store manager but I didn't. On the bright side, I can save the money. Then, I happened to walked into a brand new store which sell all sort of Japanese branded snacks and candy. Suddenly, I saw some diecast cars hanging on peg. It's Majorette !! But the packaging is different with Japanese wording. This is special collaboration between Majorette and KABAYA Japanese candy toy maker. It's actually a candy that comes with a toy car. It cost me RM15.30 each. I was looking for the new beetle but the staff told me it was sold in the morning. Oh my !! No luck to add a new member for my beetle collection !! OK let's move on. I feel that the finishing is a lot better compare to those which selling in Malaysia market. The Japanese version cars are made in Thailand. The paint job is almost on par with Tomica. The metal is heavier too !!! I love the detail printings. I will keep the car in the solid card as it is 50th Anniversary edition.
The tiny Ford logo is really cute.
Japanese wording at the back card.