CollectionDX - Ghost in the Shell http://www.iquantascores.com/taxonomy/term/293/0 Ghost in the Shell (Japanese: 攻殻機動隊, Kōkaku Kidōtai, i.e. Mobile Armoured Riot Police), is a Japanese science fiction manga created by Masamune Shirow. A sequel, Ghost in the Shell 2: Man/Machine Interface appeared in 2002. Two anime films have been adapted from it, as well as a TV series. (Wikipedia) en Tachi Yellow http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/2012/tachi_yellow <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-name"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Name (Short)</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Tachi Yellow</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-number"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Number</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">126</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-summary"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Summary</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>This variant of the adorable Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a fun figure that is full of character and has some surprising gimmicks! </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-price"> <h3 class="field-label">Original Price</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">3,314</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-content"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Content</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>This item was provided by HobbyLink Japan. Get yours <b><a href="http://www.hlj.com/product/KYD010773">here!</a></b></p> <p>Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was a landmark anime series that built off the success of the only other anime besides Akira that movie critics have heard of. Stand Alone Complex also provided Cartoon Network with another show they could endlessly repeat besides Cowboy Bebop, to the delight of sci-fi anime fans who don't know how to use the internet. Commonly referred to by its internet brevity code of GITS:SAC, the show drew in audiences with its slick cyberpunk inspired future setting, competent yet colorful characters, and a strong narrative flow between episodes. While on the surface it appeared to be devoid of the overbearing cuteness of more recent anime that internet critics like wail against (to no avail), the real kawaii factor came not from the human characters but from their support machines. Enter... the Tachikoma. </p> <p>Tachikomas were created out of a dispute over the original Fuchikoma spider-tank from the Ghost in the Shell movie. When the producers of GITS:SAC needed an equivalent design for the show it was up to the enigmatic creator of Ghost in the Shell, Masamune Shirow, to craft a suitable replacement.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674510-12/IMG_7497.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7497" /></p> <p>This figure of the special Tachi Yellow variant of the Tachikoma is the 126th entry in the ever expanding Revoltech line. It measures roughly five and a half inches in length and is constructed mostly from PVC plastic. It comes with a wide range of accessories that include several Revoltech staples like the adjustable display stand and the Revo-container. You also get three additional hands, a hand extension piece, a small manipulator cable, a bottle of oil, a set of plug-in wheels, and two mysterious white boxes. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674471-3/IMG_7453.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7453" /></p> <p>The Tachikoma itself is an amazingly well designed machine that combines the practicality of a multi-limbed machine with the friendly appearance of a Pokemon. This particular Tachikoma is from the episode where the whole squad of them are decommissioned with this one ending up as a construction machine. He is called Tachi Yellow for his pleasing golden yellow color. The figure's gloss finish makes it quite attractive. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674472-3/IMG_7456.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7456" /></p> <p>These guys are just full of character and the Revoltech captures this down to a T for Tachikoma! In the series, the Tachikomas serve as the requisite giant robot buddies for the agents of Section 9. While not huge by the standards of most anime, these delivery van sized buggers chatter and gesticulate like energetic children while performing their duties like true professionals. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674473-3/IMG_7459.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7459" /></p> <p>With a large Revoltech joint at the base of each of the figure's six limbs, the Tachi Yellow can do just about whatever you need it to posing wise. A Tachikoma's very simple layout makes it a very flexible unit. The optional hands plug in and out of the wrists with ease and give the simple three-clawed arms a lot of personality. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674476-3/IMG_7469.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7469" /></p> <p>Tachi Yellow is covered with many fine details and tamographed markings like the kanji above its main sensor eye. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674503-3/IMG_7470.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7470" /></p> <p>Almost all of the paint apps on this figure look exceptionally sharp. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674504-3/IMG_7473.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7473" /></p> <p>Also note the gray multi-launcher under its "chin" can be moved around like robotic proboscis. Unlike the regular blue version, this Tachikoma's multi-launcher cannot be uncapped to reveal a gun barrel as this guy is supposed to have been disarmed. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674474-3/IMG_7462.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7462" /></p> <p>The rear abdomen is attached via a regular universal joint that can tilt forward or back and swivel side to side. The compartment does not open so sorry there's no majorbooty.gif here. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674475-3/IMG_7465.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7465" /></p> <p>Sadly, one of the movable antenna on the side seems to be misshapen at one end. As great as this figure is there's still some quality control issues that crop up around Revoltechs. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674537-3/IMG_7531.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7531" /></p> <p>Probably the biggest gaffe was how one of the joints on the main legs was fused in place due to excess paint drying in the joint. My patented freezer method did not work on its own so I ended up taking a sewing needle and digging out the paint in the joint. The figure is fine now but I don't expect everyone to attempt something that involved when handed a new toy. I don't know if this is a wide spread problem but at least it is fixable. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674536-3/IMG_7527.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7527" /></p> <p>Also there were some splotches of yellow under one leg joint. Honestly I feel like there's so much to love about this guy that I can't get too hung up on quality control. Tachi Yellow is just too darn cute! </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674468-3/IMG_7448.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7448" /></p> <p>Each of the white bowling ball shaped sensor eyes can all be individually positioned. You first pop off the upper half of Tachikoma's main body. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674469-3/IMG_7451.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7451" /></p> <p>And then pop out the eye you want to move and snap it back place in the desired position. The whole process can be a little cumbersome but this setup prevents the eyes from spinning around loosely in their sockets or accidentally dislodging and getting lost. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674505-3/IMG_7475.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7475" /></p> <p>The extension piece for the right hand lets Tachi Yellow reach out just a little bit farther to grab some forbidden goodies. This simply pegs between the hand and the wrist socket and can accept either of the three swappable right hands. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674507-3/IMG_7487.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7487" /></p> <p>In the show, only agent Batou's personal Tachikoma is allowed to have delicious organic oil while the rest get yucky synthetic brands. This figure includes an appropriately scaled bottle of Eneuron (haha) Organic oil. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674506-3/IMG_7486.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7486" /></p> <p><i><b>OIL GET!!!</i></b></p> <p>It's so hard for a Tachikoma not to look incredibly happy all the time. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674508-3/IMG_7490.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7490" /></p> <p>Sadly it's really hard to get the Tachikoma's "pointing hand" as I call it to hold the oil bottle. The box shows the bottle resting vertically in the hand where it balances between the two bottom fingers with the top extended one keeping the bottle upright. I think they cheated with some adhesive because there is nothing that secures the bottle to the hand when you do it like that. In the previous picture I tried to balance the bottle horizontally just long enough to snap a photo. I think Tachi Yellow is still pleased with the results though! </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674512-3/IMG_7512.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7512" /></p> <p>The open right claw can mount the Tachikoma's extra manipulator piece. This is similar in function to Robocop's data spike only less lethal and more R2-D2-y. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674511-6/IMG_7508.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7508" /></p> <p>It also serves as a neat parlor trick to show Tachi Yellow's friends at a construction site. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674514-6/IMG_7520.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7520" /></p> <p>The included Revoltech display stand lets Tachi Yellow deftly leap away from danger... </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674513-3/IMG_7516.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7516" /></p> <p>Or hop around like an idiot. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674515-3/IMG_7523.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7523" /></p> <p>This extra sensor underneath can be rotated like a turret and is also removable. The remaining hole is where you can attach either of the two mysterious white boxes. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674541-3/IMG_7543.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7543" /></p> <p>The first white box has a pair of wheels with rubber tires sticking out of on either side. I am quite familiar with these kinds of boxes and the sheer power they possess within...</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674538-3/IMG_7532.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7532" /></p> <p>Just attach the box under the abdomen and add an extra set of wheels to the main body to make Tachi Yellow ready to go. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674542-3/IMG_7548.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7548" /></p> <p>"Pleased ta meetcha!" </p> <p>So you've probably guessed already but that white box is a bona fide pullback motor! It's a pretty strong one too! With this equipment Tachi Yellow is ready to join the ranks of the venerable Moto Bots! </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674539-3/IMG_7534.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7534" /></p> <p>Moto Bots! Pull back and roll out! </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674540-3/IMG_7540.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7540" /></p> <p>Admittedly the Tachi Yellow doesn't roll quite as smoothly as the Moto Bots do but I can't helped be charmed by this very children's toy style gimmick on an adult collectible. In a way it kind of suits the childlike personalities of the Tachikomas. The reason for this gimmick is to simulate how the Tachikomas use the wheels under their feet to drive around at high speeds. It's a really nice touch. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674467-3/IMG_7437.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7437" /></p> <p>The hidden Easter egg with the pullback motor is you can use it in conjunction with the Revo-container to form a little box car! Now this thing absolutely flies across the ground so maybe you shouldn't put the accessories inside when you make it go fast... </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674543-6/IMG_7556.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7556" /></p> <p>The other white box is a magnet and a pretty powerful one too! And by powerful I mean you probably don't want to put it near your computer. You can plug the magnet in either under the main body or under the abdomen. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674549-3/IMG_7559.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7559" /></p> <p>The reason this magnet is so strong is to allow Tachi Yellow to do what every spider (even car sized ones) should be able to do and that's hang around like a radioactive superhero. </p> <p><a href="http://twitpic.com/c7hpuo" title="Share photos on twitter with Twitpic"><img src="http://twitpic.com/show/thumb/c7hpuo.gif" width="150" height="150" alt="Share photos on twitter with Twitpic"></a></p> <p>And they say modern magnetic toys are weak! </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674544-3/IMG_7574.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7574" /></p> <p>Seriously the magnet is so strong the connection point to the figure itself will give out long before the magnet does. The connection is pretty tight out of the box but I'd be wary of leaving your Tachikoma dangling over danger for too long. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/674465-3/IMG_7434.JPG?g2_GALLERYSID=31fa15cfa7b33c0816a5dd20e2b5b295" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="IMG_7434" /></p> <p>Tachi Yellow's true calling is being a refrigerator buddy. </p> <p>The Revoltech Tachi Yellow is an excellent figure that captures the energetic nature of the Tachikoma design amazingly well. It's a really fun toy to play around with and its charmingly innocent demeanor makes it a standout piece next to my battle hardened war machines. Now I am admittedly more forgiving of quality control issues on toys and Revoltechs especially but what happened with my Tachi Yellow was rightly irritating. However the figure is really a joy to play around with so I would still recommended it barring some major problems out of the box. I found the construction equipment scheme really sharp looking and most fitting for a mechanical spider tank robot. As this guy is largely identical to the standard blue colored release I would say for with whichever you find the most appealing. </p> <p> Get your Revoltech Tachi Yellow <b><a href="http://www.hlj.com/product/KYD010773">here!</a></b></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kv0zJNJdNZs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br class="giImageBlock-clear-both" /></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-scale"> <h3 class="field-label">Scale</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-chardesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Char. Design</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Masamune Shirow</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-sliderimg"> <h3 class="field-label">SliderImage</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.iquantascores.com/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.iquantascores.com/files/IMG_7548.JPG" type="image/jpeg; length=3787139">IMG_7548.JPG</a></div></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-toydesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Design</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Katsuhisa Yamaguchi</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-fetish"> <h3 class="field-label">Fetish</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Real Robot</div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-country"> <h3 class="field-label">Country</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Japan</div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-teaserimg-upload"> <h3 class="field-label">Teaser Image Upload</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.iquantascores.com/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.iquantascores.com/files/IMG_7434.JPG" type="image/jpeg; length=193965">IMG_7434.JPG</a></div></div> </div> </div> http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/2012/tachi_yellow#comments Kaiyodo 2012 Action Figure Ghost in the Shell Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Japan Katsuhisa Yamaguchi Masamune Shirow PVC Real Robot Revoltech Revoltech Yamaguchi Video Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:10:46 +0000 VF5SS 8705 at http://www.iquantascores.com Dennou Chogokin Tachikoma http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/2008/dennou_chogokin_tachikoma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-name"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Name (Short)</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Tachikoma</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-number"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Number</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-summary"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Summary</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>Even if you never plug it in, it's a great toy.</p> <p><b>With HD Video Review</B></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-price"> <h3 class="field-label">Original Price</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">13,440</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-content"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Content</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>Dennou Chogokin was a short-lived offshoot of the Chogokin line that featured toys with electronic elements designed to interact with your computer. Only two toys were released in the line, both of them Tachikomas from Ghost in the Shell.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/96395-6/dennou_chogokin_tachikoma-1.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="455" class="giThumbnail" alt="Dennou Chogokin Tachikoma" /></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/96396-4/dennou_chogokin_tachikoma-2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="455" class="giThumbnail" alt="Dennou Chogokin Tachikoma" /></p> <p>While these toys are marketed around their central “cyber” gimmick, at their core they are great chogokin figures in their own right.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578749-3/P4039565.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039565.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578750-3/P4039566.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039566.jpg" /></p> <p>The Tachikoma is a sentient robot tank which can accompany members of Section 9 on any number of missions. There are a number of Tachikomas on duty at any given time, and all share a collective knowledge as they are synchronized each day.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578752-3/P4039568.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039568.jpg" /></p> <p>But what makes the Tachikoma really enduring is the child-like voices and curious personality given to them by their creator, Masamune Shirow. They often provide much needed comic relief in an otherwise dramatic series.</p> <object width="480" height="390"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/Vr8Q80MGstI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="https://www.youtube.com/v/Vr8Q80MGstI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="390"></embed></object><object width="480" height="390"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/Qqz8B-Z6ijM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="https://www.youtube.com/v/Qqz8B-Z6ijM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="390"></embed></object><p> The Dennou Chogokin (or “Cyber Chogokin”) comes packaged in a nice box with a cool flip-up velcro lid. There's no window inside, just an illustration of the gimmicks. The packaging proudly boasts that the toy is 60% metal, and I don't doubt that claim.</p> <p>Inside the package the following is included:</p> <p>1x Tachikoma<br /> 1x Installation CD<br /> 1x USB Cable<br /> 1x Instructions</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578753-3/P4039569.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039569.jpg" /></p> <p>The toy is self contained. There is nothing to attach, nothing to assemble, no decals to apply. As a toy, it's ready to go right out of the box.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578754-3/P4039570.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039570.jpg" /></p> <p>You feel the weight right away. Almost everything moves in some fashion. The construction is top-notch and the paint feels like an automotive paint job.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578755-3/P4039571.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039571.jpg" /></p> <p>Each limb is fully articulated. The joints are diecast friction joints and shine like crazy. They are jointed at the body, knee and ankle. Each “foot” is on a ball joint and features three moveable toes. Each leg section is metal.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578759-3/P4039575.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039575.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578763-3/P4039579.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039579.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578760-3/P4039576.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039576.jpg" /></p> <p>The main body is also metal and the three “eyes” are movable.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578761-3/P4039577.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039577.jpg" /></p> <p>On the front of the figure there are two movable arms made out of PVC. At the tip of each arm is a claw with moveable fingers.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578756-3/P4039572.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039572.jpg" /><img src="/gallery2/d/578757-3/P4039573.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039573.jpg" /><img src="/gallery2/d/578758-3/P4039574.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039574.jpg" /></p> <p>In the middle (the snout) there is a removable metal cap that is held in place with a metal pin. This appears to be a grenade launcher of some sort. It's a nice little added detail.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578762-3/P4039578.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039578.jpg" /></p> <p>The back unit acts as a cockpit for an optional human operator, but on this unit it does not open. This is because all of the electronic components are housed in this unit. There's a little door that opens for the USB plug, and the grey cannons on the side swivel, but that's about it.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578751-3/P4039567.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039567.jpg" /><img src="/gallery2/d/578764-3/P4039580.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039580.jpg" /></p> <p>So the toy on it's own is excellent – a really fine pice of gokin. But what about the cyber gimmick?</p> <p>Before using the toy you need to install the software. An included CD ROM installs the japanese software. If you can't read Japanese, just click the button that looks like its highlighted until installation is done.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578773-3/P4039590.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039590.jpg" /></p> <p>You then plug in the toy via a USB cable and the app on the screen springs to life. A window opens and right away you see a random animation of a Tachikoma. When it speaks, it speaks through the speaker on your toy, not the computer. The central eye moves, and the red lights on the body light up. That's about all the toy does when plugged in.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578765-3/P4039581.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039581.jpg" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/578766-3/P4039582.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039582.jpg" /></p> <object width="640" height="390"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/6LQGhWh9QvE?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="https://www.youtube.com/v/6LQGhWh9QvE?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="390"></embed></object><p> The software is neat though, with a few cool features. There's a series of reminders you can set that can either alert you in pre-set Tachikoma phrases, or in text messages. Another screen allows you to set a screen saver or change your desktop, and another window has a small guessing game you can play.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578770-3/P4039587.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039587.jpg" /><img src="/gallery2/d/578771-3/P4039588.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039588.jpg" /><img src="/gallery2/d/578772-3/P4039589.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039589.jpg" /></p> <p>The best part of the whole software is the random animations that just come up if the thing sits idle. They are really amusing and some are interactive. When you see the pointer icon, click it and it and the animation changes. It also says hello and goodbye as you enter and exit the software.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/578767-3/P4039583.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039583.jpg" /><img src="/gallery2/d/578768-3/P4039584.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=7590c31a64e2eaa7ab952596fd3f55ea" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P4039584.jpg" /></p> <p>For a while, these things were available for a steal at about 50 bucks as they just sat around for some reason. I think collectors were put off by the computer gimmick and didn't realize it was a great toy on its own. Now though they are back up on the secondary market for far over their retail price.</p> <p>Bandai re-released this Tachikoma in 2009 with a metallic paint job and upgraded software, but the core toy is exactly the same.</p> <p>Even if you never plug it in, it's a great toy.<br class="giImageBlock-clear-both" /></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-scale"> <h3 class="field-label">Scale</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">1/24</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-chardesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Char. 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The Tachikoma are spider-like sentient robot tanks designed for assistance and transportation, and the focus of this Fewture rendition.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527574-3/dad_s+camera+116+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell (800x600)" /></p> <p>Fewture items known for their high-price (steep!), die cast content, poseability, and having some small but intrinsic failing in their design, making Fewture the "epic hero" (descended from Gods, perfection of their culture, but possessing a fatal flaw that leads to their demise, or a significant setback) of chogokin makers. </p> <p>The product box is the Fewture norm: sleeved black design, a crisp picture or icon of the Ex-Gokin on front, and nice Styrofoam trays inside.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527444-3/dad_s+camera+078+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="512" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell (800x600)" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/527448-3/dad_s+camera+080+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 080 (800x600)" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/527452-4/dad_s+camera+081+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 081 (800x600)" /></p> <p>The version being reviewed is the original blue release, not the <a href="http://artstorm.co.jp/exgokin_tachikoma_naked.html">Naked Metal</a> silver version.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527456-3/dad_s+camera+082+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="621" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 082 (800x600)" /></p> <p>Both versions of the EX Gokin Tachikoma light up with red LED lights on the front and back (the button is inside the top panel).</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527465-3/dad_s+camera+085+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="479" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 085 (800x600)" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/527471-3/dad_s+camera+087+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 087 (800x600)" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/527530-3/dad_s+camera+103+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 103 (800x600)" /></p> <p>A question to always answer in reviews is: "how much metal?"</p> <p>The die-cast content in the head and outside parts of the legs makes up most of the gokin. Besides the back pod, the toy is mostly metal and does have a nice weight, but foreshadows the toy’s problem...</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527589-3/dad_s+camera+111-b+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="519" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell (800x600)" /></p> <p>Fewture has designed a great ratchet mechanism at the base of the Tachikoma body...with a heavy spider robot it needs that support!</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527477-3/dad_s+camera+089+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 089 (800x600)" /></p> <p>Unfortunately, like most things with a Fewture label (think microscopic plastic waist joint on Getter 1), while the ratchet part that connects to the body is sturdy, the leg attachment is a plastic sleeved ball joint system that can't handle the weight, pressure, or wear and tear.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527481-3/dad_s+camera+090+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 090 (800x600)" /></p> <p>The heft of the chogokin causes impact marks on the inside of the sleeves, which makes the legs become increasingly "floppy", and the ball joints frustratingly loose.</p> <p>These problems mean that a slight shift in the weight of the chogokin causes the legs to spread eagle, with the poor little robot down like some crushed spider. I admire the attempt, and it does make all sorts of posing possible, but stability and less leg motion would have worked better.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527493-3/dad_s+camera+093+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 093 (800x600)" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/527540-3/dad_s+camera+106+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="501" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 106 (800x600)" /></p> <p>I agree that the Tachikoma does some great "insect-like" stances, and actually looks pretty darn cool overall.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527549-3/dad_s+camera+109+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="604" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 109 (800x600)" /><img src="/gallery2/d/527474-3/dad_s+camera+088+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="535" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 088 (800x600)" /><img src="/gallery2/d/527558-3/dad_s+camera+112+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 112 (800x600)" /></p> <p>-Sigh-</p> <p>Nevertheless, too often it will have a leg out of whack, or it will be slowing sinking toward the ground...a small breeze or hard walking flatmate will "wash the spider out".</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527534-3/dad_s+camera+104+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 104 (800x600)" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/527485-3/dad_s+camera+091+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 091 (800x600)" /></p> <p>I paid $150 for mine. It was selling for around $137 plus shipping... I assume, of course, because of this floppiness issue, the price has fallen, and the toy can be had for around $100. The naked version is on clearance at <a href="http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=YAM10339&amp;mode=retail">BIgBadToyStore</a>, I have no idea why it says Yamato as the company (contact them before buying maybe I am wrong!)?</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527505-3/dad_s+camera+096+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 096 (800x600)" /></p> <p>I will be honest, I tried to sell mine numerous times, and even finally listed it for only $89 plus shipping, but canceled the auction and kept it... it had kind of grown on me. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527549-3/dad_s+camera+109+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="604" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 109 (800x600)" /></p> <p>I like the static poses it can achieve, the Gatling gun and hub are interchangeable and poseable, and the die cast content is admirable.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527586-3/dad_s+camera+118+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="543" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 118 (800x600)" /></p> <p>Of course, the Gatling gun split when I removed it for this filming and needs to be glued...but that’s our little Achilles' charm.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527566-3/dad_s+camera+114+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 114 (800x600)" /></p> <p>If you have collected many of Fewture's "Epic Heroes"...Odysseus (Getter 1), Hercules (Getter 3), and Hector (Mazinger-repaint ver.), why not get yourself your own Achilles Tachikoma !</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/527582-3/dad_s+camera+117+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell (800x600)" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/527546-3/dad_s+camera+108+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="479" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 108 (800x600)" /><br /> <img src="/gallery2/d/527459-3/dad_s+camera+083+_800x600_.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=b5a951e8c10b41967376642280c22f49" width="640" height="479" class="giThumbnail" alt="Ghost in the Shell 083 (800x600)" /><br /> <br class="giImageBlock-clear-both" /></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-scale"> <h3 class="field-label">Scale</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-chardesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Char. Design</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-sliderimg"> <h3 class="field-label">SliderImage</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.iquantascores.com/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.iquantascores.com/files/dad_s%20camera%20116%20_800x600_.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=58294">dad_s camera 116 _800x600_.jpg</a></div></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-toydesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Design</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-fetish"> <h3 class="field-label">Fetish</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-country"> <h3 class="field-label">Country</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Japan</div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-teaserimg-upload"> <h3 class="field-label">Teaser Image Upload</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.iquantascores.com/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.iquantascores.com/files/dad_s%20camera%20116%20_800x600__0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=58294">dad_s camera 116 _800x600_.jpg</a></div></div> </div> </div> http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/tachikoma_original_version#comments Fewture Models 2007 Anime Figure Chogokin Diecast EX Gokin Ghost in the Shell Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG Japan Plastic PVC Soft vinyl $ Thu, 15 Apr 2010 02:14:03 +0000 AJProDie-Cast 4857 at http://www.iquantascores.com Motoko Kusanagi http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/2008/motoko_kusanagi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-name"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Name (Short)</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Motoko Kusanagi</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-number"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Number</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-summary"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Summary</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>If you are a Ghost in the Shell fan, or a female figure fan, you will probably dig this. It's a nice representation of the character, and the quality is awesome. Mecha heads may not be too into it due to the subject matter (eew girls!), and action figure fans will balk at the price point and lack of serious articulation. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-price"> <h3 class="field-label">Original Price</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">89.95</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-content"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Content</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>Motoko Kusanagi is the heroine of the animated series "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex". Does she really need an introduction? If you haven't watched the series, I highly recommend it - it's much better than the movies.</p> <p>Yamato has made the bulk of their fortune not with mecha toys, but with female figures. It's representative of the state of the industry. Most of the Japanese toys released each week are anime figurines. But as you may have seen recently, all the major manufacturers are now coming out with lines of articulated figures. Not quite action figures, these lines are essentially anime statues with more articulation. Kaiyodo has Revoltech, Max Factory has Figma, and now Yamato has VMF.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422169-5/P8208157.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8208157.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.yamatotoysusa.com/page.cfm/536">Yamato</a> describes VMF (Variable Motion Figure) as follows:</p> <p>"This Summer Action Has A New Name… Yamato is exceptionally pleased to present its latest collection, vmf - variable motion figure. vmf is a new style of large scale action figure that strikes a perfect balance of form and function with multiple points of articulation (including an ingenious use of soft, flexible ATBC-PVC for partial articulated points); interchangeable parts; and exquisite, lifelike sculpting."</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422171-5/P8228187.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228187.jpg" /></p> <p>The figures are substantially bigger than the competitors, feeling more akin to a 1/6 scale figure (this figure is 1/7 scale, just a bit smaller). The price reflects the increase in size.</p> <p>"One-seventh scale, Motoko stands approximately 9.00", features 16 points of articulation, interchangeable wrists, removable jacket, and themed weaponry (SEBURO M-5/SEBURO C-26A with silencer), all packaged in a collector's style window box."</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422181-5/P8228201.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228201.jpg" /></p> <p>The detail on this figure is really nicely done, right down to the ports on the back of her neck. The head is beautifully sculpted and captures the likeness perfectly. A ball joint in the neck provides a full range of motion.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422184-5/P8228204.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228204.jpg" /></p> <p>In fact, pretty much all of the joints are ball joints, with the exception of the knees and elbows.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422183-5/P8228203.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228203.jpg" /></p> <p>When you get a little lower the proportions get a bit off. How do I say this in a nice way... uh... Motoko's got BACK. From the waist down she is much thicker than she appears in the show.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422176-5/P8228194.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228194.jpg" /></p> <p>Motoko is packaged with her jacket on, but that jacket is removable. You have to remove the arms at the shoulders, and replace the upper arms with flesh colored arms. Its interesting how they accomplished this, but the jacket-covered arms have a very limited range of motion in the elbows, as the joint is far up inside the arm. Not a great design here, but that problem goes away when you swap the arms.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422172-5/P8228190.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228190.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422173-5/P8228191.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228191.jpg" /></p> <p>The figure comes with only one set of hands, and the right hand is used to hold the weapons. Motoko comes with two weapons - a SEBURO M-5 and a SEBURO C-26A with silencer. The silencer is removable. The grip on the handle is not that tight, and could have benefited from some kind of peg to hold it in place. Also included is a clear blue stand with a peg that fits into either foot.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422177-5/P8228196.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228196.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422182-5/P8228202.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="640" height="480" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228202.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422185-5/P8228207.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228207.jpg" /></p> <p>If you are a Ghost in the Shell fan, or a female figure fan, you will probably dig this. It's a nice representation of the character, and the quality is awesome. Mecha heads may not be too into it due to the subject matter (eew girls!), and action figure fans will balk at the price point and lack of serious articulation. </p> <p>If you are interested in buying your own VMF Motoko Kusanagi, you can get yours at <a href="http://www.yamatotoysusa.com/page.cfm/536">http://www.yamatotoysusa.com/page.cfm/536</a></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/422178-5/P8228198.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2dc2143d50fbcb36e6049e70e38b969c" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="P8228198.jpg" /></p> <p><br class="giImageBlock-clear-both" /></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-scale"> <h3 class="field-label">Scale</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">1/7</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-chardesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Char. Design</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Masamune Shirow</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-sliderimg"> <h3 class="field-label">SliderImage</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.iquantascores.com/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.iquantascores.com/files/P8228190.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=28649">P8228190.jpg</a></div></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-toydesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Design</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-fetish"> <h3 class="field-label">Fetish</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-country"> <h3 class="field-label">Country</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Japan</div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-teaserimg-upload"> <h3 class="field-label">Teaser Image Upload</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.iquantascores.com/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.iquantascores.com/files/P8228190_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=28649">P8228190.jpg</a></div></div> </div> </div> http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/2008/motoko_kusanagi#comments Yamato 2008 ABS Action Figure Anime Figure Ghost in the Shell Japan Masamune Shirow PVC VMF Wed, 27 Aug 2008 02:24:37 +0000 JoshB 2799 at http://www.iquantascores.com Motoko Kusanagi http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/2001/motoko_kusanagi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-name"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Name (Short)</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Motoko Kusanagi</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-number"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Number</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-summary"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Summary</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p>The toy was imported to the USA by Toycom and Distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors. It was manufactured in Japan by Yamato Toys as part of their Alpha figure series.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-price"> <h3 class="field-label">Original Price</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-toy-review-content"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Review Content</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><p><P>There were 2 versions of the 12" Lt. Motoko Kusanagi doll released. The one you see here is a camoflauge version and there was also a black leather version.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/8200-7/Motoko2.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2c04fded91cabbd9bd781ee2d481205d" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Motoko Kusanagi"/></p> <p><P></p> <p>The toy was imported to the USA by Toycom and Distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors. It was manufactured in Japan by Yamato Toys as part of their Alpha figure series.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/8199-7/Motoko1.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2c04fded91cabbd9bd781ee2d481205d" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Motoko Kusanagi"/></p> <p><P></p> <p>Motoko Kusanagi comes with 3 guns (Seburo K-1C, Seburo K-287-4C and Seburo C-25A) and an extra set of cybernetic hands. Her outfit is cloth and she even has underwear on undereath. In case you are wondering, yes, she is anatomically correct. </p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/8203-7/Motoko5.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2c04fded91cabbd9bd781ee2d481205d" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Motoko Kusanagi"/></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/8204-7/Motoko6.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2c04fded91cabbd9bd781ee2d481205d" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Motoko Kusanagi"/></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/8205-7/Motoko7.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2c04fded91cabbd9bd781ee2d481205d" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Motoko Kusanagi"/></p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/8206-7/Motoko8.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2c04fded91cabbd9bd781ee2d481205d" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Motoko Kusanagi"/><br /> <P><br /> The toy is pretty poseable. Some of the joints are a bit loose, and the suit restricts some movement. </p> <p><P>Overall, a cool toy.</p> <p><img src="/gallery2/d/8201-7/Motoko3.jpg?g2_GALLERYSID=2c04fded91cabbd9bd781ee2d481205d" width="480" height="640" class="giThumbnail" alt="Motoko Kusanagi"/></p> <p><P> Now I just have to figure out how to explain to my wife what I was doing posing dolls in the basement...<br class="giImageBlock-clear-both" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-scale"> <h3 class="field-label">Scale</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">1:6</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-chardesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Char. Design</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Masamune Shirow</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-sliderimg"> <h3 class="field-label">SliderImage</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.iquantascores.com/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.iquantascores.com/files/Motoko2.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=35960">Motoko2.jpg</a></div></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-toydesign"> <h3 class="field-label">Toy Design</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-fetish"> <h3 class="field-label">Fetish</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Armored Females</div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-country"> <h3 class="field-label">Country</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Japan</div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> <div class="field-item"></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-teaserimg-upload"> <h3 class="field-label">Teaser Image Upload</h3> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item"><div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.iquantascores.com/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.iquantascores.com/files/Motoko2_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=35960">Motoko2.jpg</a></div></div> </div> </div> http://www.iquantascores.com/toy_review/2001/motoko_kusanagi#comments Yamato 2001 ABS Alpha Figure Series Anime Figure Armored Females Cloth Doll Ghost in the Shell Japan Masamune Shirow Plastic Soft vinyl Wed, 27 Apr 2005 17:48:00 +0000 JoshB 245 at http://www.iquantascores.com 国产成人丝袜精品视频