BAYMAX — PROTOTYPE ARMOR
BIG HERO 6 (BANDAI)
Remember two weeks ago when I reviewed thee Big Hero 6 Yokai figure? And how I mentioned picking up a bunch of them? Well, I gotta review them sometime, right? So, today, I’ll be looking at one of the film’s central characters, Baymax. Here goes!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Prototype Armor Baymax was released in the second series of Bandai’s Big Hero 6 line, which hit a little bit after the movie’s theatrical release. He’s one of four versions of Baymax to be released in the line and depicts him in the initial armor Hiro designs for him (which I personally prefer the design of to his later, more advanced armor). The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. As with Yokai, there are the ever present issues of scale. At least the two of them look fairly decent together, though. Additionally, the sculpt on Baymax seems to be a bit more internally balanced, at least as far as the proportions go, which makes for an overall better looking figure. He adheres pretty well to the onscreen design for the most part. All of the important details are there, and they’re mostly where they should be. The legs are definitely odd in the way they connect to the body, and are oddly shaped in general, to say nothing if the obstructive, obvious, and mostly useless hip articulation that the legs are attached with. I’m not entirely sure what they were going for there. At least the rest of the sculpt is pretty solid, with only minor issues (such as the slightly bulkier shoulders). I do wish he could get his arms a little closer to his sides, but that’s minor. Baymax’s paint work is about on par with the rest of the figures I’ve looked at from this series. The colors all match up well enough with those from the movie, and the application is largely sharp and clean. There are a few unpainted details, but that’s the sort of thing you expect with Bandai America, so it is what it is. Baymax includes no extras, which I guess is okay. What exactly would you give him?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I almost grabbed this figure numerous times at retail, as it was by far my favorite of the three Baymax designs, and I really did want a Baymax. But, for whatever reason, I just never got around to picking him up. I was actually pretty excited to find him marked way down at Ollie’s, so he was the first figure I grabbed. The final figure is okay. Not quite as fun as Wasabi, but a bit of a step up from the slightly disappointing Yokai, which is decent enough.