30 April 2011
D-Arts Mega Man X Review
At last, my long anticipated D-Arts Mega Man X is out! Even though I am not good at games, Mega Man X has been a series I follow a lot when I was little, and toys of them are far and few in between. Knowing back in December that X will be released on the relatively new D-Arts action figure line under Bandai's Tamashii Nation, I know I really would like to get one and see it myself.
Well, let's see how X fares in this D-Arts form then.
D-Arts Mega Man X is released on 27th April for an official retail price of 3465 Yen (tax included).
Mega Man X (or Rockman X or just X) comes from a Capcom video game series of the same name. While the connection between Mega Man X series and the original Mega Man series is quite loose, Mega Man X is set a long time after the original one, and both are created by Dr Light. Unlike the original series, X has a darker and serious theme to it.
D-Arts Mega Man X comes with 3 face expressions, 2 pairs of hands (closed fists and open palms), a normal left arm, 2 different effect parts, and an X-Buster open barrel for inserting effect parts
X-Buster. The "red gems" look quite nice and can be seen inside the X-Buster.
Not only do they appear on the helmet and inside X-Buster, these red gems can be seen underneath X's feet as well.
The 3 different expressions of X. They all look serious.
There are two barrels for the X-Buster: One with the red gem when X-Buster is not firing, and the other one with a hole so that effect parts can be inserted into it to show X-Buster firing
Buster shots can be configured in two different ways
X firing small pew-pew plasma bullets
Firing a charged shot from the X-Buster
A normal right arm can be swapped instead of the X-Buster arm so that X can have a normal right hand. Just like with the left hand, there is a closed fist or an open palm for the right hand.
Random pictures from here onwards.
X performing wall sliding, an ability he can do as well as wall kicking (to climb up the wall). D-Arts X is surprisingly light, so he can literally be held onto my desktop case with white-tac on his feet only.
X fighting against the universe-unrelated HGUC 1/144 Balls from Mobile Suit: Gundam
X: What are these Mavericks? I've never seen them before, and they just keep on coming!
X standing next to figma Black Rock Shooter. They're about the same size and roughly in the same scale I'd say.
A bonus photoshopped picture with X and his Fire Wave move (the flame is actually an accessory part from figma Signum)
As said in the beginning of the post, Mega Man X toys are fairly far and few in between, so I have been looking forward to this D-Arts Mega Man X for since its announcement.
Overall, X is a fun action figure to play around with. There are a good number of joints with good range of articulation (e.g. double joints for arms and legs, as well as the not-so-obvious chest and pelvic joints). The effect parts sure add extra play value, especially with the 3-shot part where you can have 2 configurations for them and rotate them for more poseability. With the light weight and large feet, X is quite stable too and won't fall down due to uneven weight or slightly unbalanced poses.
The figure isn't without cons. Some joints are rather loose and can fall apart when posing, such as the double joints on the arms and legs. But at the same time some joints are unbelievebly tough, so care must be placed and hold both ends of the joints to minimalise the chance of breakages. The plastic is little funny too; they feel like those that of Gunpla too, i.e. polystyrene, which may explain the light weight there. Joints inside are of polycaps and ABS (according to the official item page), which are very much like what Gunpla use for theirs too ^^;
Nonetheless, I had a good time posing X while reviewing it. Some joints may seem slightly loose while others too tight, but at least the parts are easily exchangeable, and X is quite easy to pose with. Now with Zero First Version (i.e. the X1 version) announced and is to be released in September, I do look forward to see more Mega Man-related figures from this line!