Wow, my first S.I.C. (Super Imaginative Chogokin) and its Den-O! Though it may not be the regular sized one, I feel it is quite close to them nonetheless - at least from what I can sum up from Ngee Khiong's review recently here (read all the 9 parts if you want).
This series of smaller scaled S.I.C.s are relatively new (as far as I know) and are priced very attractively. Because of that, I really couldn't resist buying one when this one came to the local hobby shop. Though Wild Chalice arrived first, I didn't feel the "want" for it, just in case anyone is wondering why I didn't get that one first. However, if they made the normal Chalice, well, that's a different story altogether.
Info regarding Den-O over here in Wikipedia.
Read on for the full review!
Part 1: Box
Its packed in a small transparent box. Small and compact packing which shows everything inside so you will know what you'll get without the need to open it. I think this is a good packaging for something like this. Simple.
I took the front box, as usual, and the head was turned to the right a little. No problem though. I noticed that he boxes seem a little "dirty" at the top but doesn't to be a problem.
Part 2: Box Open!
The main body is held with metal wires while the smaller parts are taped in. It has been a while since I've opened anything with metal wires though since the recent Robot Damashii purchases are covered by another transparent plastic "box" layer to hold the stuff in. The metal wire proved to be useful later though. >.>
Part 3: Manual
Part 4: Taking it Out & Height Comparisons
Very minimalistic in parts actually. I can't complain since it costs only 1200 Yen which is considerably "cheap" already for such an item. Nonetheless, there are enough parts for most of the signature poses. ^^
Though I would like some coffee... XD
Part 5: Front, Rear & Closeups
Superb detailing all around and decent painting. The only miss is the white parts which seems a bit messy for some odd reason. The metallic red and silver is where is at though. I totally love the visor the best, very nice effect. o.o
The "opened zip" for the front section of the torso is also a nice added touch. ^^
From simply touching it, there are no metal parts for this figure. I can honestly say it is made of plastic and some soft plastic for the whole thing. This makes it very lightweight.
Part 6: Articulation & Gimmicks
It may not be able to do the splits but the spread is pretty good. I notice that the "side-skirts" tend to fall off whenever I spread the legs though. It has a flimsy connection. ^^;
The ankle articulation was not so "visible" at first for me. You really have to give some effort in moving the ankles sideways which I thought was not possible at first due t it being "hard". Though, it tells me that the ankle is very firm.
You can switch the "side-skirts" from "empty" to "standby" for the weapons for both sides. Be warned (reminder) that it kinda pop off easily when you spread the legs. ^^;
Part 7: Action!
- Great price (1200 Yen)
- Great details
- Good playability
- ひっさつわざ (HISSATSU WAZA) Not really a valid pro but meh.
- Sloppy paint job on the white sections
- Flimsy "side-skirts"
That's all for this post~ 'til the next post. :)
Read the omake for this figure here!