FIGZERO S (THREEZERO)
Holy crap, is this two Ultraman reviews, in under a month? Can that be right? I mean, yeah, it can. It’s my site. I do what I want. And some times what I want is two Ultraman reviews in a month. That’s just how I roll. Today, I’m shifting focus ever so slightly, and delving into Shin Ultraman, a reboot of the Ultraman franchise which is, after a few delays, supposed to be released at the end of this week. The film follows up Shin Godzilla, a similarly handled reboot of that particular franchise, both of them headed by Hideki Anno (creator of Evangelion, amongst other things) and Shinji Higuchi. They will be followed by Shin Kamen Rider, and are all supposed to be taking place in a shared universe. Shin Ultraman has gotten a modest merchandising push in the last year, as they’ve lead up to its actual release. That includes some coverage from comparative new-comers on the Ultraman front, Threezero, who are expanding on their anime-inspired Ultras and giving us two different versions of the titular Shin Ultraman. I’m looking at the smaller version today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Shin Ultraman is the inaugural release in Threezero’s FigZero S line, which is a line of 6 inch figures, playing into the same market as the likes of Figuarts and MAFEX. Notably, all three of the lines tackled this particular take on Ultraman, which I guess gives a good mark for comparison. Not that I’d be crazy enough to buy the same design in similar figure styles three times over. Right? Right. I’m not gonna do that. I swear. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 40 points of articulation. The movement on this guy is pretty solid. I got to mess with the Figuarts release, and the movement, especially at the neck, was my real complaint. This guy still has some restrictions, but he’s generally a little more posable. He’s at the very least capable of the flying pose, and that’s a pretty key set-up, I feel. The rest of the joints all offer a decent range as well; I quite like how the butterfly shoulders work. I’m not too crazy about the knees, which, at least on mine, seem a little stuck on the lower potion, resulting in a range that’s just okay. Shin Ultraman is based on his design from the film. It’s a pretty straight forward update on the classic Hayata Ultraman design. The fin no longer runs all the way down the back, and he’s no longer got the color timer, but otherwise he sticks pretty close. I like the design, unsurprisingly, since I also really like the original design. The sculpt does a good job of capturing the design, at least from what we’ve seen of it thus far. The joints work into things alright, and he has a pretty slick feel overall, which certainly feels right for the character. I also dig the skinnier, more alien design, which feels like an intriguing departure from prior looks for the character. His paint work is fairly decently handled. The silver is very shiny, which I really like. The red seems a touch on the dark side, even when compared to shots from the movie, but it works well enough. The application is a little bit spotty on some of the change overs, but it’s minor for the most part, and not terribly distracting given the scale. Ultraman is packed with four sets of hands, in fists, flat, open gesture, and relaxed. No effects pieces, though thus far none of the Shin Ultraman items have those, so it could be a license thing. The extra hands do at least offer a nice variety of looks when posing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I love me some Ultraman, and I’m also growing to love me some Threezero. I like the 12 inch figures I’ve gotten from them so far, and when this guy was shown off, I was definitely down. It’s been a little bit of a wait to get him, but I’m glad I waited it. He’s different from the Ultra-Act stuff I’ve gotten previously, but I can dig the changes, and I’m intrigued to see what else Threezero tries at this scale. Until then, I’ve got this really cool Ultraman. And who can knock that?
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