Saturday, 26 July 2014

Figure Review - Ultra-Act Ultraman Ginga

Over the past week, I have been staying with friends in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. One of the perks of being in KL is the fact that Japanese pop culture is... ell, pretty popular there. When I was there, I was able to snag a few figures that I have been wanting for a while at Gaming Figure at Berjaya Times Square. One of them is the Ultra-Act Ultraman Ginga, which was just released in Malaysia last Friday. I managed to snag him Saturday afternoon while wandering about with friends. I have watched several episodes of the Ultraman Ginga mini television series a while back. Honestly, I did not care a great deal for it. I found it more akin to the original Transformers cartoon for how it is mainly used as a means to sell toys, specifically the Ultra 500 Spark Doll vinyl figures. Regardless, I am a sucker for Ginga's design. It is a neat blend of the classic Ultraman with a retro aesthetic with the translucent light blue pads around its body. It is pretty pleasing to the eye, unlike the brand new Ultraman, Victory. Without further ado, let us begin the review.

The Ultra-Act Ultraman Ginga stands at around six inches in height, the standard for almost all Ultra-Act figures. The sculpt, in my opinion, is quite impressive. The translucent light blue crystals on his body really make the figure stand out. When Ginga was first unveiled, I responded quite well with his design overall. It is a nice throwback to the classic red and silver Ultraman designs while also giving it a very updated appearance.

Ginga's articulation is pretty standard, and above, in regards to what you can expect from the Ultra-Act figure line. What I appreciate about this figure is that the shoulder pads can move freely on their own. They're attached to the upper arm via balljoint and can be adjusted however depending on the pose of the figure. Other than that, there is not much else that is new with articulation.

As expected with any Ultraman figure in the Ultra-Act line, a butt-load of accessories is a given. You have various option hand parts to give the figure a bit more action to its poses.

And you also have Ginga's color timer too, which I found easier to insert and remove on this figure than any others in the Ultra-Act line.

Ginga is packaged with two special attack effects parts. Pictured above is his Ginga Saber. It's a decent looking effect. It's translucent and ends with a bulbous tip. To attach it to the figure, just remove the crystal segment on his forearm and insert the effect in place. It holds on quite well, but it's helpful to have the figure in a kneeling position with the tip of the saber touching the ground. It adds extra stability.

Finally there is Ginga's distinctive Cross Shoot beam effect. The Cross Shoot effect is colored with a multitude of bright colors, and sculpted out of translucent plastic. In a well lit room, it creates a really beautiful effect as light shines through the multi-colored beam.

Having bought this figure, and after thoroughly enjoying it, I feel that I should give the Ginga series another shot. The Ultra-Act Ultraman Ginga overall is a very solid release for the Ultra-Act line. While I would love to see more Kaiju and/or Seijin in the figure line, I can't help but enjoy the Ultramen as well. That's what this line is all about all-in-all. If you're a fan of all things Ultraman, then this is a definite purchase for you!

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