Saturday, July 14, 2012

Garo Kiwami Damashii Garo Part 2

Details, details and more details

More images of Garo Kiwami Damashii Garo after the long introduction yesterday. ^^;

Closeups on the details:






In the TV series, the cape only appeared in the final episode if I remember correctly. It was an "extra present" given by angles in that awesome armor-up scene. ^^ For the rest of the episodes, Garo is always shown without the cape. For this Kiwami Damashii figure however, the cape is on by default.

(Left) The cape is unpegged from the figure's back to remove it, just like that. ^^
(Right) The slots left by the cape are filled using the three option part introduced in the previous posting.

A cape-less Garo. ^^

Closeups on the details:

If the previous posting yesterday is a teaser to the level of craftsmanship and paint work done on this figure, the full-on display shown here should make that point very clear I suppose. ^^ I've talked about awesome details on Revoltech and Figma figures in the past, but their sizes are still bigger than Garo Kiwami Damashii Garo. Not that those figures are bad in comparison to Garo, but the latter's small size kind-of magnifies its level of details even more when you look at them. For a figure that is roughly the size of my palm - the figure is about 11cm tall, the details' design and execution is just incredible. ^^

Since the entire figure is rigged with details from head to toe, I suppose there's no need for me to mention them one-by-one. ^^; However, I would like to say that the eyes that are accurately painted in green and molded engravings on the wolf ears are my favorite design features on this figure. ^^ The wolf head is arguably Garo's most significant design feature, and it's definitely well done on this figure. ^^

Going back to the paint work, the gold paint used for the overall figure looks fine to me. It's definitely not as shiny as its depiction in the TV series, but I always look at it as a unique feature of this version of Garo. The first wave of Garo merchandises back in 2006 saw different gold paint scheme used on different versions of the same character in the Equip and Prop series (the predecessor to the Makai Kadou line today). So even though the gold paint scheme on Kiwami Damashii Garo is a bit dark, I didn't think much about it at all.

Until the announcement and release of his horse, Goten (轟天) in the Garo Kiwami Damashii line that is. ^^;

The horse, which also features a full set of golden armor, is a lot shinier and glossier than its rider. ^^; The huge color contrast isn't intolerable, but it's not that great to look at anyway. ^^; I have Goten in my collection as well. The color contrast issue would be very clear to see when I review that figure. ^^

The last posting for Garo Kiwami Damashii Garo featuring its articulation design and some action poses coming up next. ^^

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