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Real X Head 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. One such collaboration has been with Onell Design, firstly with smaller 4” sized figures like Pheyaos mini and secondly, with the larger 8” sized Pheyaos man. Onell’s character Pheyden and RealXHead’s Mutant Chaos have been merged together in a very interesting and awesome way that has created a very cool looking toy.

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Name: Pheyaos Man
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released:
2013
Price: First released – 5,800 YEN. Now – around 8,000 YEN
Scale: 8 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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Here is the story of this particular Pheyaos Man colour way, well at least how it found its way into my collection. I tried ordering it before going to Japan in June this year through the Mandarake website, this figure was at their Nakano store. Once ordered they have to check if it’s “in stock” or not as the figures are on display for sale as a “store front item” too besides the website.

They say it is not in stock.

I go to the store as soon as I can when I get to Japan and there it is sitting on the shelf…..

I waited until the store opened then snatched it up! I’m glad to have bought this figure I thought had escaped my grasp!

I don’t know whether it was the same one or another or if someone didn’t do their job very well when “checking the stock” but this pick up made my whole day and nothing else I bought that day of toy hunting made me feel as happy than the fact that I now owned this particular Pheyaos Man colour way!

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SCULPTING

This is one of the stand out categories for Pheyaos Man, even though he uses the Chaos Man body, with newly added weapon arm and new head, it is still a very impressive amount of detail. There is detail all over the figure and it is balanced out very well. For me, the head is the coolest part, the combination of Pheyden and Mutant Chaos looks awesome! The doll eye is once again reused and really helps the head sculpt stand out. You can definitely tell there are two characters merged together. The new weapon arm is very cool too and looks very organic. It’s as if Mutant Chaos is done sampling and now ready to fight! Overall it’s a great figure and an instant classic for me!

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PAINT

Pheyaos Man is cast in purple coloured vinyl, with mainly black and silver sprays separating each purple part. There is a little bit of extra paint added to the chest, eye and belt as well. I really like the overall colour choices for this particular Pheyaos Man, obviously with Real Heads product there are tons and tons of different colour ways. But out of all the Pheyaos Men I have this was the first one I bought and easily my favourite. I love how the purple and black work so well together with the little bits of silver highlights accenting the black sections. It’s probably just one of those deep rooted physic things seeing Skywarp is my favourite Transformer and he has very similar colour scheme. My absolute favourite part is the black spray over the face; it gives Pheyaos Man a menacing and mysterious demeanour – as always excellent paint application.

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ARTICULATION

Pheyaos Man has six points of articulation: head, arms, elbows and waist. All these joints are swivels and can be rotated 360 degrees. For this type of figure and the material it’s made out of, this is a great amount of articulation for the larger size toy. You can get a good number of subtle, yet expressive poses as well as little more extreme ones. Don’t get me wrong, this toy isn’t super articulated, but it’s not meant to be; even with just the arms down by its sides, in the so called “museum pose” it looks cool. It just has that cool factor about it.

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ACCESSORIES

No accessories for this figure, besides the scarf/neck wrap if you can even call it an accessory. Like most Real Head figures this one is pretty damn awesome just by itself, so it’s not a big deal we don’t get anything else!

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There are none at all – this is an adult designer toy after all. It is made very well, so there are no issues with it.

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PRICE

I purchased this particular Pheyaos Man from Mandarake Nakano. As it was loose, it was most likely second hand, but that’s fine, because it’s in excellent condition. The price wasn’t too bad and I really wanted this one in my personal collection. I paid 8,000 Yen plus consumer tax so closer to 9,000 Yen. I’m pretty happy with that price. It’s been marked up a little from its original sale price, however, and unless you live in Japan it’s pretty hard to get a hold of Pheyaos Man, so with that in mind, I don’t mind paying a little extra.

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OVERALL

I’ve wanted a Pheyaos Man for a while, mainly for the awesome sculpting, but I really wanted to get one in which I was in love the with the paint application too. So I really don’t have anything bad to say about Pheyaos Man, and in case you haven’t noticed, this was a pretty biased review. I’ve got about four so far and I love every one of them; it is easily my favorite Real Head figure and one I would be very happy buying more of! If you are like me and really enjoy Real Head’s products it’s pretty much a no brainer that you need at least one Pheyaos Man in your collection.

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GENERAL INFO – OSAKA

Travel in style!

What’s the best way to get to Osaka? Shinkansen of course! Travel time is about 2 and a half to 3 hours, but it’s a great way to see the country side and if it isn’t cloudy, Mt. Fuji!

Once you arrive in Osaka you will be at the Shin-Osaka Station and you will want to grab a Metro train line map (sorry, but you won’t be able to use your JR Pass here) and head for the following Metro Line stations:

Ogimachi (K12) – on the Sakaisuji (K) (Brown) line

(ALT Station: Umeda (M16) on the Midosuji (M) (Red) line)

Shinsaibashi (M19) – on the Midosuji (M) (Red) line

Nippombashi (K17, S17) – on the Sakaisuji (K) (Brown) line or Sennichimae (S) (Pink) Line

(ALT station:Namba (M20)on the Midosuji (M) (Red) line

It’s worth noting most of these stores are open 12pm to 8pm, 7 days a week. However, each shop’s opening hours and days can vary. (See Hero Gangu for details)

 

OGIMACHI  (UMEDA)

One of the two entrances to Mandarake Umeda

Even tho Umeda station is easier to get to from Shin-Osaka, if you haven’t been to Osaka before or like somewhat confusing combination station/shopping malls, then by all means use Umdea! To make the trip as easy as possible, the best way to get to Mandarake Umeda is to get off at Ogimachi! Take Exit 2A and walk through the park, and then follow the map below to get to Mandarake – There are two entrances located between Club Sega.

How to get to Mandarake Umeda

How to get to Mandarake Umeda – Click on the map to view a larger version of it.

Ogimachi station exit 2A

Exit of Ogimachi Park.

 

SHINSAIBASHI

Mandarake Shinsaibashi

Next one-stop shop is the second and last Mandarake store in Osaka, Shinsaibashi. Once again use the map below to get there. You want to use Exit 8 from Shinsaibashi station.

How to get to Shinsaibashi Mandarake

How to get to Shinsaibashi Mandarake – Click on the map to view a larger version of it.

What Shinsaibashi station exit 8 looks like.

Your view from Shinsaibashi station exit 8.

 

Both Mandarake’s in Osaka are worth checking out, However I still feel Tokyo’s Mandarake’s are better overall when comparing the two cities. You can still find the odd toy you might not expect to find there (which has been the case for me, when I’ve visited these stores).

 

NIPPONBASHI (NANBA)

This is the easiest way to get to Osaka’s version of Akihabara, “Den Den Town” in Nanba. If you get off at Nipponbashi you just have to walk in a straight line down Sakai Suji Street until you reach the stores. When you get off at the station, use the station map to find exit 5, once outside, look for Super Hotel (they are tall, blue and yellow buildings, with Super Hotel on them – great place to stay in Osaka too!) to know which direction to head in. Use the map below to help with the location of the stores.

Map of the Nanba area from Nipponbashi station down to "Den Den Town".

Map of the Nanba area from Nipponbashi station down to “Den Den Town”. Click on the map to view a larger version of it.

 

ENTERTAINMENT HOBBY SHOP JUNGLE

Entertainment Hobby Shop JUNGLE

One of the more well-known stores to visit in Osaka, this store is packed with tons and tons of toys and figures, both new and old: Transformers, Gundam, Hot Toys to name a few. However, the prices on some items are bordering on absurd, IMO. Best to check it out on the way to Hero Gangu and come back to buy, if you couldn’t find the same figure cheaper elsewhere and you have your heart set on it.

 

HERO GANGU

Hero Gangu

Another giant hobby store and anchor of Osaka’s Den Den Town as far as toys go; Hero Gangu features a massive amount of new and old toys! The ground floor features mainly newly released toys and figures, while floor 2 will have a massive amount of vintage Transformers and Hot Toys as well as Sofubi! If you visit any stores in Osaka this one must be top of your list! Even if it’s just to browse the amazing selection on offer!

Please note: Hero Gangu is not open on Wednesdays!

 

G-ONE SUPER POSITION CAPSULE

G-One Super Position Capsule

G-One mainly stocks capsule toys with small pockets of other toys here and there. If you are looking pick up a set of Gacha Gacha toys and don’t want to waste your coins, this is the place to go! The ground floor features isle upon isle of small little toys, with most prices being a steal. On the second floor you will find Kaiju and Chogokin and some Sofubi. There are also small sections which will feature Hot Toys and other figures too, so it’s a good idea to spend some time checking out each corner of the store.

 

ASTRO ZOMBIES

Astro Zombies

Down one of the side streets on the main strip of Den Den Town is Astro Zombies! Superhero toys are featured on the ground floor and upstairs will have many Sci-Fi figures and toys as well as model kits and movie props. They also have their own Sofubi Character as well!

 

PSYCHDELIA TOYS

Psychdelia Toys entrance.

Psychdelia Toys can be a little tricky to find and is also further away from the main cluster of stores, being right next to Nanba City, in its “City Hobby” section, However it can be worth the short trek as it has a great selection of Kubricks, Hot Toys, Sofubi and wrestling figures as well as Capsule toy sets! Best to stop here last if you are toy hunting in Osaka.

What the entrance looks like to Nanba city, where you will find Psychdelia Toys

Once through the entrance, up this escalator.

At the top of the escalator you will see this entrance.

Just walk along until you reach Psychdelia Toys.

Multi-level Gundam store, in Nanba.

 

 

*BONUS: ONE STOP STORE IN TOKYO – HOT TOYS – TOY SAPIENS

Hot Toys flagship store in Tokyo.

How could I write a Japan toy shop guide and be a fan of Hot Toys and not cover their Japanese flagship store in Tokyo!?!?

This is more of a one stop area as there really isn’t any other toy stores close by. Toy Sapiens can be reached by either getting off at the JR Harajyuku station ( Yamanote, Green line) or the Gaiemmae Metro station on the Ginza (orange) line, both followed by a sometimes confusing walk through small little streets and main ones until you reach the store.

How to get to the Toy Sapeans store from

How to get to the Toy Sapiens store from Harajyuku Station

 

If you are a Hot Toys fan you must visit this store at least once! Hot Toys current in stock products and pre-orders are beautifully set up on display surrounded by many retro and current figures and toys from various companies.

I will always check out this store on a trip to Japan as it’s very exciting to see soon to be released prototype figures on display and depending on the demand, picking up a newly released Hot Toys figure or two!

This concludes my Japan toy guide, I hope you have enjoyed reading it and hopefully it helps you in your travels. As stated before, this is not a “have all, end all” guide, but the stores listed here are great to check out if you have the time and if you like some of the toys reviewed on my blog, you can find many of these types of toys at these stores!

Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions, I will be adding to it and improving it where I can from time to time!

 

 

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Mutant 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. Mutant Chaos is meant to be a shape shifter, which 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.

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Name: Mutant Chaos
Line: Mutant Zone
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released: 2008 (guesstimate)
Price: First released – unknown. Now – around 5,000 YEN minimum, MIB
Scale: 5-6 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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After my previous review of Real Head’s Fighter Chaos, I still needed to get my hands on a version of Mutant Chaos that was (A) Painted and (B) in a colourway that I really loved and thought was awesome. With the exception of an unpainted red version, I really wanted to keep the numbers down of Real Head Mutant Chaos’ in my collection, mainly due to shelf space and also wanting to keep my Real Head collection as focused as possible. I really didn’t want a sprawling mess of colourways and variants if I only care for about 50% of them after all!
Once again finding myself in Japan this past June and having limited time to toy hunt (only about 4 days here and there in total, I took the approach of hitting up Mandarake’s online store for toys I wanted (even though not everything will be listed on their site, the bulk of it is) resulting in many purchases, including the purchase of the subject of tonight’s review: a pink/purple Mutant Chaos with not only sparkles, but a black rub as well!

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SCULPTING
I was blown away by the sculpting on Fighter Chaos; I’m even more blown away with the sculpting and detail of Mutant Chaos! You have plenty of detail on every part of the body; the main torso has a lot of little details that don’t seem over done at all, it feels very well thought out. The head and arms are very similar too, they have plenty of detail, but it never feels like too much. 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 arm, this can sometimes make it a bit harder to have him stand upright with his arms by his sides. The single doll eye is still one of my favourite parts! It looks great and really adds something special to Chaos. The figure is cast in a pink/purple colour but glitter appears to have been added into the vinyl before moulding, making it catch the light often as the vinyl is semi-translucent. To me, this really captures the essence of Mutant Chaos, being a shape shifter, even if his outside form is still stable, the insides are always moving and changing constantly.

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PAINT
The paint application on this figure is limited to the black rub and some small detail work. The black rub really does a great job of bringing out those details and adding a nice contrast to the colour the figure was cast in. It just really shows that a lot of the time a rub or wash is all a figure needs to bring out the best in it. The small detail work consists of a few sprays on the body which help add variety; they work quite well with the other elements. As always, expertly applied paint!

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ARTICULATION
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 Rea 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.

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ACCESSORIES
No accessories for this figure, but that’s OK. This figure is pretty damn awesome just by itself!

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
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?

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PRICE
I purchased this Mutant Chaos from Mandarake, it was loose, so, it was most likely second hand, but that’s fine, because it’s in excellent condition. The price wasn’t too bad and even with the small shipping charge it didn’t break the bank. I don’t have too much info on the release of this particular colourway, but I have seen it on other websites for around $80 USD so it’s a steal in my book!

OVERALL
The more my Real X Head collection grows the more I find myself seeking out colourways I really want, and not just accepting what is available. I feel this need to be 100% satisfied with each particular mold and colour which is a good thing, but sometimes it takes time to find the particular colourway I’m after. As far as this particular Mutant Chaos is concerned I really like it; it seems to effortlessly express the idea of Mutant Chaos’ character and power with a few simple design choices. If you want a Mutant Chaos for your collection, make sure to really check out all the many, many colourways you can find as I’m sure you will find one or two that really look awesome and that you too must have in your collection!

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