10.08.17

Bandai S.H.Figuarts Macross Delta Figures

Posted in 1/12, Bandai, Figures, Macross Delta at 4:48 pm by micronian

Review: The line begins with Mikumo

Packaging & Extras: (3.5/5)
Outside of some Votoms pilots figures, I usually don’t collect anything that looks like a person so I can’t make the most informed judgment about how these SHFiguarts figures compare to other Figuarts or Figma releases. The boxes are busy with pictures of the toys dynamically posed. Mikumo’s box is roughly twice as thick as Freyja’s (12CM deep vs 6CM), primarily due to her huge hair. Both Mikumo and Freyja come with the following:
1) Microphone
2) Display stand (base, arm, and claw)
3) 2x faces with alternate expressions
4) 5x pairs (5L, 5R) of fixed posed hands. (‘W’, fists, open, pointing, microphone grasping, Mikumo comes with knife-hand style hands installed, Freyja has fists installed and replaces knife-hands with hands that have the fingers in a V)
5) Instructions
The instructions are tucked back behind the tray. The toy comes with plenty of plastic jammed into its joints so you’ll need to disassemble it to free them. Mikumo’s toy also adds:
6) Blue dress extension
Freyja’s toy adds:
6) Alternate hair with rune erection
7) 2x bracelets (1 pink, 1 red)

Charm & Collectability: (2/5)
These days, it seems like most Macross releases are sold out during a very brief preorder window but not so with these Figuarts figures. These toys are still widely available indicating that they haven’t performed quite as well as many other Macross toys or that Bandai makes a lot more figures than they do mechanical toys. Releases so far:
Mikumo Guynemer, June 2017, 5,500Yen
Freyja Wion, July 2017, 5,500Yen

Sculpt, Detail, & Build: (8.5/10)
On a toy like this, the trick for the manufacturer is to make the joints as inconspicuous as possible. Bandai has done a reasonable job. While Mikumo has hair that covers one shoulder, Freyja’s shoulders are left out in the open and are a bit odd. The other joints do a better job at following their natural contours and it’s easy to find poses that minimize the awkwardness of the shoulders. Mikumo’s is wearing boots that partially cross the knee joint which clearly presented a problem for Bandai. The ball underneath is flesh-toned so when posing her you will likely cause ‘breaks’ in her boots. The display stand base has some nice Walkure art without drawing too much attention to the stand. Freyja has a red stand, Mikumo’s is purple.

Design: (8/10)
While articulation is obviously a part of design, in this section I’m focusing on how well thought out the ability to swap parts was and how well everything comes together. The focus on articulation throughout the figures means that tiny ball joints are the primary means of attaching the various bits. In my handling, these tiny ball joints performed admirably allowing for easy interchange of parts and secure connections. On Mikumo’s figure, I found the connection of the dress piece to be a real weakness. The ball joint provides very limited movement while simultaneously offering the weakest connection. Coupled with Mikumo’s flowing hair, handling her can be a little awkard. Some folks may find that Freyja’s bracelets being separate bits is nice for the options it allows but it’s also irritating in that they are tiny pieces that can easily be lost. The face replacement on both toys is easy to manage and secure. While both toys can stand on their own, it will be precarious and you should use the attached display stand which really enhances the value of the figures while remaining quite simple. The stands can attach to the back of the figure via a peg allowing for great standing on one leg/jumping/flying poses. You do get a more traditional doll stand claw which I have come to realize is very helpful for flying poses.

Durabilty @ Build: (8/10)
I didn’t encounter any loose joints, paint flaws, or breakages during my handling. Both figures felt nice and stiff. The microphones don’t plug into the hands making them easy to lose (particularly with Mikumo) if a figure takes a dive on you. As noted previously, be careful when changing Freyja’s hands not to lose her bracelets.


Articulation: (8/10)
Shoulder and elbow articulation is fantastic on these toys. Head articulation is limited by the hair. Mikumo’s head articulation also somewhat limited by the curl that comes down in front of her chest while Freyja’s is limited by the hair near her neck which is most detrimental when trying to do flying/falling poses. Mikumo has an extra joint at the chest that offers a nice swivel and dip but is very limited on how much of a crunch you can achieve; Freyja’s upper body is all one piece. Waist and hip articulation is limited by the dress and are easily the weakness in this category. You can remove Mikumo’s dress but even then, articulation isn’t amazing and the dress is the bulk of the iconic outfit. You can twist at the knee and bring the knee back as far as the dress will allow. The ankles are also ball joints and offer a nice range of movement which helps when you’re stubbornly insisting on not using the included display stand.

Total Score: (38/50)
One of the odd things with toys like this is how much their fun value increases if you know you’ll be able to complete ‘the gang’. In the case of Delta, that would mean that people would want figures of Makina, Kanama, and Reina to form the band and maybe even a Mirage figure since she looked so dreamy in that flight suit. At the same time, it might be hard to convince anyone to pay MSRP for figures of the secondary cast so maybe that’s where the Figuarts Zero line could come in. If you’re a huge Delta fan and love the idea of decorating a spot with these figures then there’s nothing here that should dissuade you. These figures could definitely bring some pop to a DX VF-31 display as well. If you’re not a huge Delta fan or generally prefer the mechs then there’s nothing so outrageously cool here that you should spend the money to check them out.

Original post date: September 10, 2017
Updated October 8, 2017: added Freyja content and HD video review.

 

1 Comment »

  1. musmo said,

    October 27, 2017 at 9:52 am

    hi!

    thanks :-)

    “nice comment” for you

    by the way: I literally adore when you say: “my husband spent 50$ for a doll…?!?”
    It was like hearing my wife!!! LoL

    Keep enjoying what are you doing… you both are really good at it!

    cheers

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