Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sci-fi Revoltech Woody Part 1


My second Sci-fi Revoltech review this year, after Predator will be this one: ^^

Woody from "Toy Story". ^^ As the 10th regular release item in the series, Woody (as well as No. 11 Buzz Lightyear) is a somewhat uncharacteristic inclusion in the Sci-fi series. ^^; If No. 5 Jack Skellington didn't get released earlier, I suppose many people would be scratching their heads asking why a 3D cartoon character would be included in this series. ^^;

In a way, the product series' name did seem to be a bit deceptive after the release of characters such like Jack Skellington and Woody. "Movie Revoltech" might sounds a bit more accurate in my opinion, and in that sense, "特撮リボルテック" (Tokutsatsu Revoltech) as the series' name in Japanese is indeed correct, because Tokusatsu is basically films or TV shows with superheroes and special effects in them. That can be seen on all past and present releases in the series. Then again, the official translation given by Kaiyodo is "Sci-fi Revoltech". ^^;

I suppose it would be a lot easier to understand why certain characters get to be included in the series by just keeping to the spirit of the series - "Tokutsatsu Revoltech", or Revoltech action figures based on characters from films or TV shows with superheroes and special effects. ^^ The releases of No. 20 Skeleton Warrior, No. 25 Jack Sparrow, and No. 28 Sulley & Mike would make perfect sense following that spirit. ^^

Unlike Predator, I wasn't too excited about getting Woody when he was first announced actually. Frankly, I never watched "Toy Story" before, but I always understand its importance as one of the earliest feature film done completely using 3D. So I never really knew Woody as a character from his movie to like him. His merchandises are everywhere since the release of "Toy Story" back in 1995 until now, thanks to another two movie sequels and plenty of other programs. I'm not ignorant enough to totally miss him and not knowing where he came from, XD but that shallow knowledge about Woody wasn't enough to get me too excited about this particular action figure. ^^;

On the other hand, I do know that Woody is voiced by Tom Hanks, a veteran actor I really like. I suppose that point alone qualifies Woody to be awesome on my book. XD

Speaking of Tom Hanks as Woody, do you know that some of the toy figures of Woody in the market with voice gimmick is not voiced by Tom Hanks, but by his brother, Jim instead? XD

Tom Hanks revealed that his brother voiced Woody for some of the character's talking figure.
Video clip is from Youtube. Follow this link to the website if you can't see anything.

This Sci-fi Revoltech figure has no voice gimmick, otherwise it would be awfully fun to see if Kaiyodo can find Jim Hanks to speak in Japanese for the figure. XD

Anyway, I realize that the interesting thing about Woody, or Buzz Lightyear or any other toy character in the movie is, well, they are toys, so all of their toys are toys based on toys. ^^; On wait, my head is starting to hurt already. XD

Practically, that "association" shouldn't exist. While the characters are indeed toys in the movie, they are designed to be extremely human-like, complete with rich facial expression and super-flexible movement which are not possible at all with their "actual" toys. You can basically just look at them as cartoon characters anyway in that sense. ^^

The second design point mentioned above - flexible movement shouldn't be a problem for Revoltech since articulation is a huge selling point of the series in general (for most releases), but that's not really why I'm particularly interested in this Woody anyway. ^^

Will mention more about that in the next posting. ^^

Standard Revoltech design style for the sides, top and bottom of the box.

Introduction of the figure on the back of the box.

Unlike most other Revoltech packages that I have, there's no sleeve band for Woody. In its place is a row of snip shots of the figure in gray scale, which looks pretty much just like a sleeve band anyway. ^^

The same hard cover that Alien and Predator have that allows the package to be opened like a book, which gives the box a higher collection value. ^^

Introduction of the movie behind the paper cover.

The figure itself and almost all its accessories can be seen clearly through the front window.

Mini name plate for the display base and RevolChip.

Box open

Box content. Everything fit on one plastic tray.

Closeups on the content.

Rear view of the plastic tray.

A little tool included for one of the figure's gimmicks is taped to the back of the plastic tray.

Promotional pamphlet and booklet that are the same ones put in Predator.

Package content with the clear plastic cover taken off.

Closeups on the content.

Strings that were used to secure the figure to the tray.

Straight out-of-box Woody. ^^

A piece of plastic wrapper between the waist and abdomen will need be removed.

As usual, an introduction of all the accessories and more images of the figure coming up next. ^^

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh boy, the r@pe face is coming.