PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING — SOVI SPIRITS (BANDAI)
Though not the smash critical success of its predecessor, Pacific Rim: Uprising was if nothing else a nice run through the world of the original, even if under some slightly different confines. Had Pacific Rim been made in the ’70s, Uprising would have no doubt made a solid pilot movie for the inevitable TV adaptation. It also did wonders for the very strong collectibles market associated with the franchise, giving us a whole new pool of Jaegers and Kaiju to give cool new toys. Back around the movie’s release, I looked at a bunch of the Jeagers, but never did get around to looking at any of the Kaiju. Let’s switch that up today, with a look at one of the three final battle Kaiju, Shrikethorn!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Shrikethorn was part of Bandai’s Sofvi Spirits line, as one of three Uprising-themed figures in the line. The Jaegers were covered by the more conventional action figure stylings of the Robot Spirits line, but for the much larger designs of the various Kaiju, it’s not really quite as cost effective to produce solid, fully articulated figures. So, these figures take a page out of the same book as the likes of the Ultra Hero 500 and Ultra Monster 500 lines, crafting the figure from a soft (and hollow) vinyl and cutting back on the articulation. It makes for a much lighter, and slightly less detailed figure, but it also means that getting the Kaiju in the same scale as the Jeagers is attainable without dropping rather insane amounts of money. The figure is about 6 inches tall (with a bit of a hunch, of course), about just as wide, and has 7 points of articulation. The articulation’s really not meant for getting much variance of poses; it mostly is there to help add more balance when getting the figure standing. For a big monstrous thing like Shrikethorn, it’s not really like there are going to be a ton of poses needed. He’s good for looking rather menacingly at your Jeagers, which is kind of the main point here. Being made from a softer material, his sculpt is understandably a little softer when compared to the likes of the Robot Spirits figures, and especially when compared to the NECA figures. That said, all of the important details are there, capturing the broadstrokes idea of Shrikethorn’s design quite well. Most importantly, they get the silhouette down, and that’s really were this figure’s success lies. Shrikethorn’s paintwork is respectable enough for what it is. Again, when compared to something like NECA, it’s a little soft, a little cartoony, and a little simplified, but the slightly more cartoony designs from Uprising do the figure some favors here, and the end result is a pretty solid offering.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since all of the Uprising stuff was hitting right as Toys R Us was going under, these guys showed up there at full price, quickly got discounted, and quickly disappeared. I recall looking at Shrikethorn when he first hit, but just never got around to tracking one down. So, where did this one come from? Well, from my Super Awesome F
iancee Wife (yes, you read that right), of course! She found him all alone in the clearance aisle of the Barnes & Noble right next to her new job, and decided to bring him home for me. As a piece on his own, Shrikethorn is perhaps not the most impressive offering, but he’s a really fun accent piece to the Jeagers, and I’m honestly just happy to finally have one.