Review: SH Figuarts Space Sheriff Gavan and Gavan type G
[This is an SH Figuarts review]
For my final, and incredibly delayed, entry into Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger week, I have SH Figuarts Space Sheriff Gavan along with his successor – Space Sheriff Gavan type G. Sadly, they are both Tamashii Web Shop Exclusives. Here are the reviews.
Space Sheriff Gavan and Space Sheriff Gavan type G
Figure: To save us both time, I’ll tell you up front that Gavan and Gavan type G are almost exactly the same figure; the only thing that separates the two is the torso armor. Gavan’s is multicolored whereas Gavan type G’s is blue. The figures are incredibly light, and I was very disappointed when I found out that the chrome parts were plastic and not die-cast; it all feels so cheap. If you’ve ever handled the original TMNT Chromedome figure, you’d understand the tactile illusion this chrome plastic gives off. But otherwise the sculpt looks pretty good. The only complaint that I have in the looks department, are the small feet. I have a tough time balancing a figure in a lot of poses because of how small they are. Either way, Gavan looks fantastic. The articulation is what you’d come to expect in any standard SH Figuarts figure, so don’t expect anything ground breaking. If anything, it body does have a really crappy thigh-joint. It’s the type that feels like the socket can only sit well on certain ridges of the ball-joint. Regardless, it’s obviously the armor that makes some of the articulation as limited as it is.
Accessories: Again, both Gavan figures come with the same accessories. The only thing that differentiates the two, are the eyes on their alternate heads. Gavan’s eyes are orange, and Gavan type G’s are blue. There are four sets of hands, and two versions of the Lazer Blade. The first is your typical standard sword, the other has a fatty slash effects part. I like the slash, but where’s the glowing blade?
Overall: I can safely say that Gavan is almost perfect. The figure has its share of flaws, but there really isn’t much you can knock for it. SH Figuarts Space Sheriff Gavan will look amazing on anyone’s shelf. Gavan type G, however, I can’t fully get behind. First of all, Toei/Bandai pulled a fast one on us by using the same design on a second character. Of course, character completests have to get both right? So what’s the problem? I was going to go off and talk about how type G should have been a more slender mold… but I gave up on the notion. Should you get both? It really depends on what type of collector you are… but if one looks impressive on a shelf… imagine what two look like.