Review by VIR
"He who becomes Dominus of Big Fau becomes ruler of the world."
Big Fau is the Megadeus of the Sea, a practical Leviathan if you please. Piloted by Alex Rosewater, Big Fau - being what he calls "the most powerful Megadeus" - is an instrument of rule, terror, and prestige, a way to make the city of Paradigm his and his alone. With this sacred chariot of mankind, Alex becomes the archetypal "God" of Paradigm.
With this, Max Factory has released - along with Big Duo - a giant soft vinyl of Big Fau, the third Megadeus is the Bandai/Sunrise show The Big O. Max Factory really did a good job representing the character in great accurate detail and scale.
The box that Big Fau comes in is a sight in itself. The front includes a giant shot of Fau with giant text shouting his name.
The side: armor detail and a nice silhouette.
The back includes great pictures of the figure's details with a very nice splash of the show's tagline. The packaging looks great with lots of rustic detail and involved pictures.
This toy is beautiful. I almost don't feel like I need to say anything else.
All the colors are beautifully rendered on this figure, and the paint-apps are, for the most part, clean and applied well. Fau's tribal tattoos on his arms are faithfully represented, and the slight maroon is a perfect "season two" shade. The white is also a nice, soft color that plays well with the rest of the colors.
My Fau, unfortunately, suffers from two somewhat minor errors, both in the paint department: the face is smudged and the top of its head has a few small paint dents. This is a little aggravating, especially considering the price of the figure, but it's almost to be expected: vinyl doesn't always play well with paint. Though this is not a rampant problem with these figures, be aware that there may be a slight possibility of some rough paint apps on your figure should you chose to buy one.
The Megadeus's sculpt is well defined with a multitude of great detail, all of which is sculpted. The gasket joints, razor cuffs, and beveled lines are all there and well constructed.
They even included the submarine tower on his back, something I had actually never noticed before when watching the show.
Being a soft vinyl, Big Fau really doesn't move a whole lot. It sports a swivel at the head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, thighs, and knees. When provoked, however, some pretty decent poses can be achieved.
Hey! It's an iconic scene, and Big Fau's pose is right from it!
Big Fau stands 12.5 inches tall and is in scale with Max Factory Big Duo and Big O.
None. The only thing in the box is Fau.
This toy's gimmick is that it's huge. That's about it. Other than that, it's just a really awesome vinyl that sits there and looks good.
Max Factory's Big Fau is a very welcome addition to its line of Big O merchandise, especially since this is the first figure to my knowledge of Big Fau to ever be sold; we can now have all three Megadeī! The paint is average fare on a vinyl, as well as the articulation, and the toy looks fantastic. I cannot recommend this figure, however, to anyone who is anything less than adamant about his or her love for The Big O. The figure being a stark 12,800 yen can be a deal breaker to most, and it just being a vinyl may or may not warrant that kind of price. This figure is definitely not for everybody. If you love Big Fau and want this behemo... wait, Leviathan of a robot in your collection, then go for it.
We're all just one BIG happy family.
|Posted 26 January, 2012 - 11:04 by VIR|