||[Dec. 10th, 2003|03:35 am]
|||||Aozara ni Naru (KR Kuuga ED)||]|
Hmm.. Now that I'm here. I'm Not sure what I should post here. I guess it will be for the daily adventures of my life when I have time or whenever there is something interesting to say. Hmm...
Oh!! I will post my Latest Import Toy review, that's it!!! Here we go!!-
Bandai Naruto Ninja Action Series
In the past year and half or so Bandai of Japan has started to contribute to the Poseable anime character action figure market in Japan in a significant way. It started out with One Piece and Rockman Exe and has now even moved to other Great Series like Dragon Ball and Naruto.These Figures are very Reasonably Priced (1200yen to 1980yen) and very much worth every Yen!! They are Very Poseable and many Come with Loads of Accessories!! Good High Quality stuff. You can pretty much consider them as part of the "in Action" Line but with Actual Characters and not the Mecha.
Today I will write about One of the Figures in the NARUTO Ninja Action Series. Uzumaki Naruto, our Hero.
Naruto is one of the Nicest figures I've played with in awhile. He's Very Nicely detailed, Super poseable and has a crapload of accessories. Let's start with the basics-
Sculpting 5/5 - Let me begin to say that the Sculpting on Naruto is Top Notch. He looks like he jumped right out of the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump!! Proportions are Perfect! The Figure and all his accessories are all Extremely well done with Lots attention to style and accuracy. Right down to the smile on his face to the Pouch on his leg to his Spikey Hair, Everything was sculpted with true accuracy to the original work by Kishimoto sensei. Naruto like the other figures in this series comes with 2 heads. One of them is the Default Naruto and the Other is the Enraged Kyubi Naruto. On both Heads the Likeness is Incredible! As stated above it's Like Naruto jumped out of the Pages!!! ^0^ For the Default Naruto head, he is smiling and very determined. It is the same expression you often see him with before a Fight begins, the Expression is captured Perfectly and the choice is very Fitting for the character. For the Kyubi head, Naruto Looks VERY Enraged and Vicious. You can Capture the Emotion and spirit during the Scenes of the Bridge Battle with Haku perfectly!! On Both Heads the Konoha Head Protector is sculpted very well, with a very sharp and crisp symbol of Konoha village and a very well sculpted pull fit over the forehead. The Hair on both heads is very beautifully sculpted too, with each spikey clump of hair clearly defined. Bandai really has it down.
Let's not forget Naruto's body which is also Extremely well done! All the folds, the zipper and pockets are very crisp. Not only that but the Joints are integrated very well too. One thing worth noting is the little patch on Naruto's Left shoulder. It has a string hanging off of it, so to reproduce it on a figure of this size would be seemingly very difficult since there is also a Joint that goes in that same area of the arm. However Bandai used a really simple but not often used idea to counter this! They basically used a technique that is present with many Vinyl Garage kits. They molded the whole patch with string as a thin piece of plastic. They cut it with precision so that there is no excess. After that they apply it to the upper part of the shoulder with the end string part hanging past the swivel arm joint. By doing this they are able to capture the full detail of the entire patch with String as it's own piece and not have to worry about fitting it in with the Articulation, which would make it look bad. I commend Bandai on this technique!!
Accessories 4.5/5- WOW!! Naruto comes with a Bowl of Ramen!!!!! Now, accessories like this are Cool. Very Fan based. Bowl of Ramen Looks Great and you can see the Fishcake (Complete with Spiral!), Tofu, cabbage, Meat and of course noodles with Great detail!! Very Crisp!! It will even make you feel Hungry!! -_^ Naruto also comes with 5 hands. 2 are Closed fists and the others are for Performing jutsu poses and holding his other accessories which are- Kunai, Shuriken, Closed Scroll and Opened Scroll (Great for Summoning!!! -_^) As mention above Naruto also has an Alternate Head, Kyubi Naruto. My only complaint about the Accessories is that there are no chopsticks present for us to pose with the Bowl of Ramen. It would also Be nice to have another alternate head for Naruto with a Big Smile on his face to pose with the Ramen and chopsticks too. Aside from that though the Accessories are Great!!!
Naruto also comes with a VERY Nice wallscroll. Measuring 2’ x 6 ½” Which is beautifully done. With the 2 ends made with nice Black Plastic, closed with a Purple string. The Paper that is used for the scroll is not bad either. On the illustration Naruto is standing in the center with a Huge calligraphy Brush, holding a scroll on his mouth. In the background there is a very beautiful design of swords, Lanterns, Shurikens and other various colorful things with a Nice Big Image of Gamabunta below Naruto. Not to mention the Very Nice Calligraphy type "Uzumaki Naruto" written right above the series Logo. In many stores this type of scroll usually costs about 900yen. Considering this figure's price is 1780yen I'd say it's definetly a Great extra bonus for purchasing the figure!!!
Articulation 4.5/5- Great! Naruto has 22 points of articulation! Neck, Shoulders, swivel arms, wrists, waist, hips, swivel legs, knees and feet! You can Pull off Many very Natural Looking Poses with Naruto and he stands very well. One of the nicest parts about the articulation which impressed me was the way they did the feet articulation in this line. In the series all the Ninjas wear Sandals. Bandai did a Great job with that idea! The feet have 2 points of articulation each and one of them is like a balancing joint for poses, that swivels side to side. The way it's done on this figure, the sandal is actually molded with the sole as it's own piece. The joint is at the middle of the foot where your feet would enter to wear the sandals. With the foot connecting to the molded sandal in this way, It makes the bottom of the sole the stationary balance of the figure where it stands on and the actual foot can move sided to side. In other words, it allows for the Feet to be posed as if it was a real foot wearing a Sandal! This allows Naruto to achieve many Hard to do poses!!
I guess the only real complaint about Naruto's articulation (We cant have everything lol) is that the Shoulders could have more range than they do now. Something of a pectorial joint would have been nice. (Something similiar to the pull out shoulder joint on the 2.0 MSIAs) That way the arms can come closer together and you would be able to join his hands in a Jutsu pose. I do understand though why they didn't do it as it would be very hard to pull it off without the joint looking too obvious. Still, with the Great Engineering and heart that was put into this figure I really believe that if they wanted to, they could have definetly pulled it off, though the price would most definetely be higher. That is my only real complaint aside from the fact all the joints can have more Range! ^-^
Paint Application 4/5- The paint apps for the Most parts are Great. All the colors are very accurate and I have not seen any Narutos that are ridiculously sloppy or anything. My only complaint and this is why there is a 4/5 rating for this segment is the fact that the Eyes on the Kyubi Naruto head are the Wrong color!!! They are blue instead of Red!!! The worst thing is the fact that in the picture on the back of the package his eyes are the Correct color!!!!! This problem is easily fixable with the right paint and brush but still this is a pretty bad mistake!!
Aside from the Kyubi eyes, Naruto is 100% color accurate!!! And Quality is Very Good from the 20 some Narutos I have seen ^-^
Packaging 4.75/5- The Packaging for this Figure is Very Nice!! I cant really say I could really improve it much because it's pretty much perfect as it is. The package is designed with a scroll theme to it. You can tell from the details they put in that it should resemble an open scroll. On the front of the package we have a Nice big Window which gives us a nice view of Naruto and all his accessories. Naruto's Package is done in his signature color of a Burning Orange to reflect his Character. There is a also a Nice Big Konoha Village Symbol right in the upper middle part of the package. I'm assuming it's to show which village the character belongs to. On the right side of the package we have a nice little bio on Naruto, revealing the basics of his character. On the left side of the package we have the Name of "Uzumaki Naruto" written in Calligraphy style coming down the spine of the box (Great for Bookshelf style!!). On the top flap of the box is the name "NARUTO" Spelled out in english in yellow.
On the Back of the box we have a nice Little picture with a display of The Naruto figure in various poses and holding different accessories. Below the picture we have a nice little pic of Sasuke and Kakashi, the other 2 figures available. And on the right side we have a little scroll design with information on the Naruto figure and his Accessories.
For many ppl I know They dont really care much about packaging. They just want to rip it open and play with the toy. For me, though not nearly as important as the toy itself, a Nice package is a nice addition to have to a nice toy. Bandai Definetly gets a Plus for this Packaging! Great Job!! -_^
Conclusion 4.5/5- This Figure is Really Great in just about every aspect. It's very Poseable, Looks Great, Has a good amount of accessories and comes with a Really Beautiful wallscroll. Not really much to complain about. The Kyubi Eyes are pretty much the Main complaint and it's not something that's impossible to fix. I Highly Recommend this Figure Especially if you're a Fan of the series. If you are a fan then this Figure should be a MUST!!!! In the states I've seen this figure sell for about average $25 which I think is a GREAT Deal. These figures just recently came back into production! What are you waiting for? Go Buy it now!!! Better hurry before the next trio is released!! -_^
Hmm.. Now that wasn't too bad. Anyone reading (Whoever you are)Look forward to more reviews coming soon!!! Oh and Pictures for this review will be posted later this week.