Fighter Chaos is made by Real X Head, which is a small Japanese company run by Mori Katsura, who makes vinyl toys. Over the years there have been a number of figures and variations released as well as collaborations with other people or stores. There are a number of Mutant Chaos variants ranging in size and shape, one being Fighter Chaos, which all swap various body parts or have all new sculpts, with the exception of sharing the same Mutant Chaos head . Mutant Chaos himself is meant to be a shape shifter, hence why there are a lot of variants! He also has a team of fellow mutants, Mutant Head, Mutant Evil and Mutant Bigaro, who fight against an evil mutant organisation led by Akro-Kasier.
Name: Fighter Chaos
Line: Mutant Zone
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released: 2007 (guesstimate)
Price: First released – unknown. Now – around 5,500 YEN minimum
Scale: 5-6 Inches in height
Accessories: A red bandanna
Collecting designer toys is not a new thing for me, having collected, and still am collecting, Dunnys. However, having fairly recently gotten into collecting Japanese vinyl toys (mainly new stuff, not vintage) largely due to the Super 7/Collection DX’s Tokyo Underground Toy shop guide book. There was always a chance of that happening due to the excellent photos of vinyl toys in that book, not to mention the various stores, which have a large number of vinyl figures on display, (I’m looking at you Mandarake and One Up!) not to mention, myself and I’m sure other collectors too, who always will have that impulse to jump into something new to collect if your main interests start to dry up.
So, being in Japan last June/July and having some spare Yen I wanted to spend, I decided to buy some designs I liked and hopefully find some figures with paint applications I liked the look of most. One of these said purchases is the following, Fighter Chaos.
The sculpting for this figure is one of the best I’ve seen as far as vinyl figures go; you have plenty of detail on every part of the body, the main torso is fairly smooth with some nice detailing on the belt and shorts. This main body part is shared with the other mutants on Chaos’ team. The head and arms are where we find the most detail. These parts are from the main Mutant Chaos figure and can be interchanged with the other sized figures from this line (something that works really well for these figures and increases variants ten-fold!) There are plenty of lumps, grooves and texturing that stand out; the figure balances these details well. The gun or probe arm (which Chaos uses to sample new forms) looks great and stands out as it’s quite large and longer than his right arms, this can sometimes make it a bit harder to have him stand upright with his arms by his sides. The single doll eye on the figure is one of my favourite parts too! It looks great and really adds something special to Chaos and makes him stand out from his team mates. The inspiration for these figures is meant to be 1980’s toys and TMNT and in the sculpting I can really see that inspiration shine through. When compared to Playmates Muckman for example, the similarities are pretty obvious.
For once I don’t really have anything to say about paint application, only because this figure is cast in semi-clear white vinyl. It also has what appears to be white flakes all over the body, which when viewed close up really makes for a nice effect. FYI painted Real X Head figures are of a very high quality with very clean, crisp and professional paint applications.
Fighter Chaos has four points of articulation: his head can swivel 360 degrees, the same can be said about his arms and on his gun/probe arm there is a swivel joint at the elbow which also moves 360 degrees. This may not seem like much, but is fairly standard for figures from Real X Head. You have just enough articulation to get some nice poses out of him, but not enough to ruin the sculpt. Considering these are vinyl figures, I feel the articulation we get is great and adds plenty of play value.
Not much in the way of accessories, but what we do get is quite cool. Fighter Chaos comes with a red bandanna. In some ways the bandanna has become a bit of a trademark for Real X Head figures; it’s a really nice touch and contrasts with the sculpting. It makes Fighter Chaos really push past the mundane variant/repaint territory and into a cool figure in its own right.
Nothing to worry about with this figure, I can’t see any problems to watch out for, except if for some odd reason you were rough with it, the eye might fall off?
I purchased this Fighter Chaos from Mandarake, so it was most likely second hand. But that’s OK, because it’s in excellent condition. The price wasn’t too bad and you will pay less in most cases for unpainted versions of Real X Head figures, depending on how it was released and the number of figures made per release of course.
For me, collecting Japanese vinyl figures has been a very enjoyable experience so far. I’ve been able to find variants I like fairly easily and at good prices. I’m going to place the blame squarely on Super 7 and collection DX for getting me into these figures. But, I’m sure it would have happened naturally during my trips to Japan as I continue to explore various off-shoots and sub-cultures of toy/ hobby collecting each trip. As far as Fighter Chaos goes, I highly recommend him, if you like vinyl figures or enjoy Japanese toys/figures in general you should have at least some kind of Real X Head or mutant Chaos figure in your collection, the figure is too cool to pass up regardless of the variant and/or version!
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