Review by Dkun
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked figma Tekkaman Blade. Unfortunately his out of scale size made it quite hard for me to pose him with any other figma or figures I owned. However there is one figure that came out that is in the same scale with him. It's none other than D Boy's brother himself: Tekkaman Evil!
With a name like that, it's pretty explanatory just who this guy is. It's an evil Tekkaman determined to kill Tekkaman Blade. The sculpt alone helps convey just how evil this guy is, between all of his spiky bits and his dark brown and red color scheme.
Since he is so spiky, do take care while handing this guy. It would be pretty easy to break skin while mishandling him.
It should be noted that when I got my Tekkaman Evil a piece actually fell right off when I pulled him out of the box. A part red left shoulder armor came unglued. It was easy enough to fix, but also the first time I've had that sort of thing happen to me on a figma.
His head crests are almost comically oversized, but between them and his cool green visor, he really does look quite sinister.
As a male figma body, Tekkaman Evil moves quite well. The larger figma joints and lack of any plastic clothing to get in his way makes him able to move in a large range of dynamic poses.
He has two back thruster pieces that you can open up. They actually don't stick on very well so I just tend to leave them off.
I particularly love his torso movement. The ball jointed waist and torso allow him to flex his midsection up and down incredibly effectively. This does mean that his ball joint stem becomes exposed from the back, but it looks so good from the front that I don't particularly mind.
That joint makes it very easy for him to pose with a malicious hunch.
Or arc forward to release his Voltekka.
I forgot to mention it in my Tekkaman Blade review, but both of these figma have small armpit spikes for their Voltekka pose. Blade's are near insignificant, but Evil's armpit hair is long enough so that it really adds some subtle effectiveness to the poses.
While Tekkaman Blade came with one of the smallest accessory load outs I've ever seen, Evil comes with more than enough to make me happy.
Perhaps the most iconic accessory is that he includes an alternate head with his evil red eyes glowing. This happens in the show a whole lot more than you would expect.
Of course he comes with his own Javelin as well. Unlike Tekkaman Blade, his handle is actually sculpted quite sharply with no paint issues. Plus his blades are bigger and look way cooler.
He also includes an extra set of hands for holding his weapon at an angle, something I wished the original Tekkaman Blade came with. Plus he has menacing curled hands for holding towards you menacingly.
A special hand is also included for one of Evil's abilities. He can take his blade and split it into a giant throwing star. You have to put the hand in first before inserting the four blades. This does not feel particularly sturdy though and I tend to leave it in the box myself.
It does look pretty awesome while Evil's holding it though.
Evil's giant shoulderpads aren't just for show. Although they don't house the Voltekka like Tekkaman's Blades, they still serve as effective weapons. Both of them can slip off of his shoulders and be equipped with a small blade. They always looked like lobster claws to me even in the cartoon.
Tekkaman Evil fixes a lot of the problems I had with Tekkaman Blade. Between the two, Evil is definitely the superior figure. Despite that, it would be wrong to have just one of these guys. They really are a pair that needs to go together. I mean just look at them together! It would be wrong to not have them as a pair.
. . . Uh oh, they're giving each other that look again. . .
E-Evil. . .
. . . Blade. . .
This is how every episode of Tekkaman Blade goes, I swear.
|Posted 10 April, 2013 - 12:29 by Dkun|