Review: Variable Action Hi-SPEC RahXephon
In the early 2000s I used to edit for a fansubbing group, and one of the titles that I worked on was RahXephon. Until now, there really wasn’t much in the merch department until now. MegaHouse has released RahXephon in their Variable Action Hi-SPEC line. Here is the review.
Figure: This is the first figure from MegaHouse’s Variable Action Hi-SPEC line that I’ve handled, so I’m not sure if this the quality of the figure that I should expect. First off, let’s talk about the sculpt. The sculpt is fairly simple; the face, especially, doesn’t look very special. But there isn’t anything wrong with that. What I’m not a huge fan of is the joint system. Some joints are incredibly tight, some are incredibly loose; I just don’t feel too comfortable when handling the figure. There are also too many dangly bits for such an expensive product. The joints for the gorilla arms have an open canyon gaps; it’s visually distracting. The torso has many, well-greased, articulation points that feel like they would flop around. Keep in mind, the thigh/hip-joints are very loose and strange… so posing it without a stand is near impossible. The range of movement is also fairly minimal for such a simple design. RahXephon has swappable wrist-guards, but they’re super loose. The collar piece is made of something that feels like rubber, and it’s prone to getting stress marks. Since RahXephon is 50m, according to my Super Robot Scale Chart, the figure is a pretty good size to display with Super Robot Chogokin Mazinger Z.
Accessories: First off, the set comes with a pair of forehead wings. Putting these in is pretty frustrating; it’s difficult to gauge the angle for the pegs. There are also a few different option parts for this head. There are three faces: 1 standard one, 1 with yellow eyes, and the screaming face. There’s also a second forehead crest that looks identical to me. Lastly there’s an alternate forehead piece for the closed wings. All of these parts are a pain in the neck to swap out. There are three sets of hands, and not a single set of splayed ones. As for effects parts; they look like jelly candies mounted on alternate wrist guards. I swear, the originals will forever be loose once you pop them off the first time. To top it all off, there’s a gimpy figure stand.
Overall: I’ll be honest, I probably would not have even considered buying this figure if I didn’t have such an attachment for RahXephon. Even still, for the price, I’m not a huge fan of this figure. Bandai has knocked it out of the park with their Super Robot Chogokin/Soul of Chogokin lines that anything else feels like a poor man’s plaything. Unfortunately, the price says otherwise. So until Bandai makes their version, this is probably the best option you got.