Funko Hikari Vinyl Gigantor Power Vision Gigantor Funko, 2015
Day #1,241: August 6, 2015
Gigantor Power Vision Gigantor #488 of 500
Hikari Vinyl Japanese Vinyl Figure
Item No.: No. 5812 Manufacturer:Funko Includes:n/a Action Feature:n/a Retail:$50.00 Availability:July 2015 Other: San Diego Comic-Con / Toy Tokyo Exclusive (sold at Funko's booth)
At 7 1/4-inches tall, the Comic-Con exclusive Power Vision Gigantor figure is pretty astonishing up close. The figure has three joints - as do all Hikari figures - and a wonderful rainbow coat of metallic paint.
If you've bought Hikari figures before, you know what to expect. This one is more about the paint job than the articulation, and it's a bright shiny toy that may look best on your desk.
The character seems to be getting a decent second wind, as Mezco Toyz is also making a jumbo version of the figure - theirs is about 24-inches tall, though. Tetsujin 28-go seems to have many an American fan, and/or exceptionally low licensing fees. There are actually a few Gigantor figures and most are quite nice - this one in particular is not as impressive as the "normal" versions due to there being no individual rivet paint, but the rainbow effect is certainly worth a look. Greens, blues, yellows, reds, and purples fade from one shade to the next on each piece, and the end result is some crazy candy-colored character that while hardly an essential addition to any collection will certainly grab attention from other toys on your shelves or cases.
The coloring is marvelous, and the lack of panel lines or typical anime eyes do a lot to make this figure look like more of a toy than the standard releases. Visible sculpted detailing like the backpack and various panels helps to sell the pointy-nosed, mohawked metallic mechanical man to click as a weird limited edition figure. The joints are a little stuck but can be moved without too much fuss after you open it, but most people leave things in the box because there are only 500 of them. I have no such concerns because I am a child. I dig the colors. I'd probably buy another mold in these colors down the road. And for some reason I can't not think of Robin Williams when I look at it.
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