S.H. FIGUARTS (BANDAI)
Oh hey, look! It’s another K-2 figure! It’s been, like, forever since I’ve looked at one of these. But, of course, there were still other K-2 figures in existence, so it was really just a matter of time before I got another one on the site. I’ve looked at pretty much all of the lower-end K-2s, so now I’m turning my sights to the higher-end stuff, starting with Bandai Japan’s S.H. Figuarts offering!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
K-2SO was released as part of the Rogue One sub-set of the main S.H. Figuarts line, and he hit shortly after the film’s theatrical release last December. The figure stands a little under 7 1/2 inches tall (he’s just a smidge smaller than the Black Series and Elite Series figures) and he has 34 points of articulation. Not only does he have the most articulation of any of the K-2 figures, he’s also got the most mobility by a very large margin. The sheer range of posability on this guy is just insane. Things like the shoulder pads are on their own hinged joints, allowing them to be posed out of the way, which helps to maximize the possible range of all the articulation. I didn’t know I wanted a K-2 that could pull of crazy high kung-fu kicks, but by god did this figure convince me that was a thing I wanted. Posability is one thing, but how’s the actual sculpt? As much as I loved the Black Series sculpt, there were some definite inaccuracies present. This figure fixes all of those issues, and presents the most accurate version of K-2 we’ve seen yet in plastic form. In addition to the sheer accuracy of the sculpt, the detail work is really clean, and really, really sharp. Truly amazing work. Given that he’s made from a less rubbery plastic than the Black Series figure, I was a little worried about this guy’s durability, but so far I’ve had no issues. Obviously, he’s not going to hold up to seriously rigorous play, but he’s still pretty solid. The paint on K-2SO is also very top-notch. The base color is the appropriate gunmetal finish, which looks super sleek. The small details are really nicely handled as well. I love how they handled the eyes in particular; the lenses are clear plastic, with details painted beneath. I do believe this is the first K-2 to implement the eyes in the proper way. K-2 is a little lighter on extras than most Figuarts offerings, but he does at least include three pairs of hands (in fists, gripping, and open gesture poses), and a clear display stand with a posable arm. I do like the stand, but I really wish he’d included the blaster pistol he has during the climax.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
K-2 here was given to me as a birthday present from my boi Tim. He’s apparently run out of Aliens to buy me, so he went with the next best thing. I didn’t know what to expect from this guy, but I have to say, I’m very impressed. The Black Series release is still perhaps the best toy of K-2, but this figure is definitely my favorite.