28 October 2010
Revoltech Skeleton Army preview
Now this is something interesting coming from Kaiyodo's Revoltech series (as if some of their latest stuff aren't interesting enough).
Meet the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts.
Mouth can be opened and neck as two joints for some creepy poses
Base has one emerging skeleton which has limited articulations on one arm to swing the sword
Unused accessories or parts can be placed at the back of the base.
4 extra hands (open spread palms, closed fists) included, as well as an arm with a hand for holding a shield it seems
Full set of accessories and base excluding the skeleton figure itself. A nameplate labelled "SKELETON ARMY, [JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS] 1963" is included as well.
Equipped with sword and shield with head of Ymir artwork
Equipped with spear and a shield with octopus artwork
This particular skeleton actually comes from a 1963 film called Jason and the Argonauts. Directed by Don Chaffey in collaboration with stop motion animation expert Ray Harryhausen, the film was noted for its stop motion skeletons that fought the protagonist Jason and his two companions.
Apparently those four minute stop motion sequence took Ray Harryhausen four and a half months to produce. It may sound ridiculously long for nowaday's technology, but it must have been quite a feat back in its time!
Approximately 140mm in height. Official retail price is set for 2850 Yen, to be released on 1st January 2011 (a great way to New Year)
The Japanese name for this particular Revoltech action figure is called 骸骨剣士, which literally translates to "Skeleton Swordsman". However according to the nameplate it's labelled "Skeleton Army".
While these skeletons may come from one specific film, they are generic enough to be used in many scenarios. Besides, I have a fondness for grunt units, so if the price is not too dear upon release in Hong Kong I may get a couple of them. They are also ideal for some stop motion clips if one is up to it. ^^
While some collectors tend to compare Revoltech line (mostly anime-related figures) to Max Factory's figma line, Revoltech has sought out a wider market, hence they have more creative ideas as for what to do with their technology and is not limited to human-looking figures only. Some nice examples would be the Alien (first in the Sci-fi Revoltech line) and Blade Liger from Zoids. In terms of human figures, the Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) and Sengoku Basara lines are pretty decent too. These upcoming skeletons have potentials too. I just hope that those Revoltech joints can hold up those bones well enough ^^;
Pictures are from Sci-fi Revoltech official website