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Bear Ottoman (Bear Osman) 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. Bear Ottoman is a larger size 8” adult sized figures from Real X Head, which is in collaboration with Goccodo and have proven very popular variant with Sofubi collecters!

 

Name: Bear Ottoman Taipei Toy Festival 2016 Exclusive
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head/Goccodo
Released:
2016
Price: First released – 6000 – 10,000 YEN (guestimate)
Scale: 8 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

I bought this particular Bear Ottoman or Bear Osman online about a week ago, it’s not really an exciting story as it was pretty much a case of add to cart, wait to see if it was in stock and then pay kinda order. However, my journey to obtain a Bear Osman I was really happy with has spanned a  few years since I started collecting Real Head figures.

I originally wanted to obtain a “Crazy Colours” version of the character, as at the time, this was the colourway I liked the look of the most. But, understandably, had no luck trying through various channels (I knew this particular figure would be very hard to track down regardless) and resided myself to being happy owning a grey and black Bear Osman.

That was until I noticed this particular variant online, in my opinion, this one even eclipses the crazy colour one, so much so, I have no desire to own it anymore, I’m quite happily satisfied with this one now it’s in my hands.

SCULPTING

I’ve talked about the base body of this type of figure plenty of times before in previous reviews do I’m not going to repeat myself again and again and again. It’s still a great body and has held up well over time. The new parts here are the head and right arm, which are unique to Bear Ottoman.

The Head sculpt is just outstanding. The amount of fine detail is simply amazing, a lot of work went into this head and it is easily one of my favorite head sculpts from Real Head, the bear claw-like arm is awesome too, there’s also plenty of great detail there as well, with finely sculpted hair all over it.

PAINT

This is one thing about the figure that determines for me whether I like it or not, the colour scheme and design of the paint application. For the longest time, I had a Bear Osman which was molded in grey plastic and had a black rub over the top. It was pretty cool and really showed off the details in the sculpting, but was still quite boring to look at.

This particular Bear Ottoman is quite the opposite it has a pretty electric colour scheme and it really pops. I also love that it has been cast in phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) vinyl which adds another layer of cool to the figure. (I do love me some glow in the dark figures!)

The paint is expertly applied and has some really nice blending and airbrush work. I really love the pink/blue and black colour choices too, it really contrasts well with the phosphorescent vinyl.

ARTICULATION

The larger sized Real Head figures all have the same amount of articulation, which tends to be the following: Swivel Head, Swivel shoulders, swivel waist and swivel forearms.

For the type of figure, this is it’s a good amount of articulation. You can pose the figure a bit, but normally the “museum pose” is the default pose I keep my figures in. It’s just nice to have the option to pose it differently if you wanted instead of this being a solid statue type of figure.

ACCESSORIES

No accessories, unless I would want to include the vest he comes with. It’s pretty cool looking and beefs up the torso a lot. It’s a really nice touch and I think really makes the figure stand out from the rest of the Real Head figures I have that have the same body.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There isn’t anything to worry about with these types if figures.

PRICE

Here’s the part where it can get a little crazy, especially if you are buying Bear Ottoman on the secondary market and to be honest if you are looking to buy one of these figures and not living in Japan, this is the only way whether its from toy reseller stores or Yahoo Auctions JP the price mark up can be quite high.

Even this particular Bear Osman wasn’t cheap and being an exclusive to a toy show not even held in Japan, you know you are going to be paying a lot of money to get one unless you went to the show. So be prepared to spend big when acquiring this particular figure type.

OVERALL

I really wanted a Bear Osman in my Real Head collection I was really happy with and this one is it. I can finally stop my searching and feel satisfied that I have a really amazing variant of the Bear Ottoman character after a few years of searching (or waiting perhaps) for one I really liked.

The price for this particular character is normally quite high, so if you want one, make sure you are happy with the paint application and are comfortable with the price you paid. Even although I paid a bit for this figure I am really happy with it and it’s one of my prized vinyl figures now.

 

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I’ve been on the Poppies Judging Panel (under media) for the last couple of years, I’ve contributed to a list of nominees from various categories to determine which toys/collectibles/props were the best for that particular year, where the judges decide and the people also get to decide. I really enjoy being a part of that as it’s great to see the sometimes varied results between industry and public.

However, it got me thinking that I’d like to do my own list of toys I thought stood out to me the most in 2016. Because with many people voting sometimes you don’t get to see your favorites get the number one spot.

Firstly, I have imposed upon myself the condition that the toys must have either been bought or reviewed by yours truly, if that hasn’t happened, then they don’t make the list ( so no Hot Toys Deadpool, even although I technically did buy it when I was in Japan, it was for a friend and not for me.) Secondly, I’ve tried my best to keep the list as varied as possible, even If I really didn’t buy a lot of new toys this year (I did, in fact, buy plenty of old ones) and thirdly, if I didn’t buy the toy but either my father or brother did and that makes it technically in the same house as me, it’s still up for consideration.

 

I’d also like to make the following honorable mentions:

 

Hot Toys AOU Quick Silver

Takara Tomy MP-30 Ratchet

Hot Toys Terminator Genesis T-800 Guardian

Takara Tomy MP-11NT Thrust

Mattel Defining Moments Ric Flair

 

 

 

TEN – Mattel Emma (WWE Basic Series 65)

This might be a bit of an underwhelming choice for number ten spot on what should be a very important list of the best of the best toys of 2016. But after going to the WWE’s NXT event here in Sydney and seeing Emma sitting on the toy store shelf when out and about with my family and passing on her, when a second chance came up to buy her from my local hobby store, I didn’t think twice about it.

I do love my wrestling figures and I do love purchasing the occasional toy based on an Australian actor etc. (Thor comes to mind right now) and after having a bit of a play with the figure once I got home and teaming her up with Zac Ryder (her current real life boyfriend) I was pretty happy with the figure.

It’s a fun figure, with plenty of play value and a great head scan to match her current gimmick perfectly and that was enough for her to score a spot on the list, sometimes it’s nice to be able to buy a toy you do not have any real desire to own, but find plenty of things you like about it after your purchase. (Impulse buying be damned!)

NINE – NECA Private Vasquez (Aliens Series 9)

NECA are slowly but surely lifting their game and doing a great job with the licenses they have, putting out a great number of figures and strong offerings in plenty of different scales, one of the few NECA figures I did buy this year was Vasquez to go with Hicks and Hudson. It was no easy feat to track her down either. I was over in Japan in November and tried my best to find her (being released just recently before I left) But had no luck what-so-ever.

That was until one of my last days there where I decided to check out a few stores in Akihabara that I normally pass by. I found a store with her, but they only had the display one left, then I asked if they would sell me said display stock, to which the clerk said “yes” (or in this case hai!) I did have to buy her as a set with the albino Aliens warrior but why not, sometimes you have to make compromises when out hunting.

Once back in Australia I was able to have a good look at the figure and a bit of a play and could see why I had trouble finding one, it’s one of NECA’s better figures they have made in a while and as of this writing the best Vasquez figure to date by any company, Strong likeness, great articulation and excellent accessories make for one kick ass figure!

EIGHT – Fujimi Kumamon Bear (Ptimo Series 002, Plastic Model Kit)

It’s not that often I buy a model kit, but from time to time I do make the exception. The Japanese character mascot Kumamon, created by the government of Kumamoto Prefecture to increase tourism, its popularity exploded in 2011 and he started appearing everywhere. I had seen this bear around during my travels in Japan and I’m always on the look out for Japanese mascot or character toys which are quality toys or action figure versions of the character.

Upon visiting my local Lala Port shopping centre and hobby store contained within, I noticed in their case shop section, they had this particular Kumamon bear for sale (already assembled too), so, of course, I bought it straight away! ( If I have learned anything from my travels in Japan, it’s if you see something you want, don’t hesitate to buy it or someone else might buy it before you do!)

I was very impressed with it once I had it in hand, multiple mouths and eyes that can be changed out as well as a good amount of articulation makes Kumamon very posable. It’s pretty much a perfect example of what I would want from a mascot toy.

SEVEN – Hot Toys Scarlet Witch –  Age Of Ultron VER. (MMS 301)

I’ve already reviewed Scarlet Witch last October, so if you want to read about my thoughts on her, check out the review here. I wasn’t expecting to like Scarlet Witch that much, but after having her in hand and having fun taking pictures of her for my review she won me over. I haven’t bought too many Hot Toys figures this year, but she is definitely a standout for me, the excellent head sculpt and outfit coupled with great articulation and accessories, for Hot Toys first release of this character she was a home run.

SIX – Takara Tomy Laserwave (Transformers Masterpiece series MP-29)

Like Scarlet Witch I don’t actually own this toy, my brother does. However, he’s still up for consideration and deserving of being ranked number six. As far as Takara Tomy’s Transformers Masterpiece Series is concerned after a shaky start they have now hit their stride and are releasing numerous and quality toys from the G1 series, that have been designed to match both the cartoon and toy, almost perfectly. Laserwave is a solid addition to the line, even if a lot of fans complain about the height and colour of the toy, in hand, it’s an amazing figure and it’s great to get more Decepticons to help fill out the ranks. Laserwave comes with only a few accessories compared to other releases, but in my opinion, he’s still value for money (third party can GTFO).

FIVE – Hot Toys Stan Lee (MMS 327)

I had fun tracking Stan Lee down when I was over in Japan, I didn’t think he would be so hard to find, yet somehow he was. I ended up picking him up from Osaka’s Entertainment Hobby Jungle of all places and even more surprisingly for a good price (20,000 Yen) MISB. (Still cheaper than Australia by at least $100 after currency conversion!)

Then I went to Toy Sapiens and they had plentiful Stock, but the price was not worth it, (28,000 Yen) and I managed to spy one more in Akihabara for around the same price I paid in Osaka so at least I didn’t feel ripped off.

Another figure I have in hand but am yet to review (see what happens when you wait until November to make a lot of purchases you’ve been holding off on!)

This figure is truly a work of art, especially the head sculpt and as you know with Hot Toys that is one of the most important aspects of their figures. The amount of detail is amazing and it’s an excellent likeness to Stan Lee, for me this is easily one of Hot Toys best efforts.

You also get a number of accessories and various hands, but the best part about this figure is it’s potential and by that I mean for funny photos or posing with your other Marvel figures, much like Deadpool he’s comedy gold and that’s what makes him so great as the possibilities are endless, just think of it as an extension of the cameos the real Stan Lee makes, the figure is just that fun.

FOUR – Mattel Harlem Heat – Booker T and Stevie Ray (WWE Elite Series 46)

I’m going to lump these two figures together because they are a team and they are both from the same series. When Mattel announced these figures I was excited, being a WCW/nWo fan from the 1990s, the more WCW era figures Mattel makes, the happier I am.

I knew there was a good chance they weren’t going to stuff them up, they had already made Booker T when he was in WWE so at least we weren’t going to get that version of him again. I was really hoping we were going to get just what I thought we would, classic WCW era Harlem Heat figures. Mattel have done an excellent job and even taken queues from Toy Biz with the singlet top construction. But the most important part is they both have the same tights design and same colour tights, so they actually look like the legendary team that they are! (which Toy Biz, unfortunately, didn’t do)

From head scans to the details on their costumes these figures are near perfection, they even have new torsos and they are both different torsos for each figure too. They come with some different bandanas/hats and sunglasses to complete the look. I couldn’t ask for anything more from Mattel which is why these guys are so high on the list, they are executed exceptionally, easily some of Mattel’s best work in 2016.

THREE- Takara Tomy Inferno (Transformers Masterpiece series MP-33)

I already knew this particular figure would be somewhere in my top ten, even from the prototype pics I knew Takara were going to make something special, it wasn’t until I had him in my hands, no less than two days until I flew out of Japan (Thanks, Amazon JP!) that I knew this was an amazing figure.

Upon opening the box, the quality and detail blew me away, I was most impressed with the size of the fire truck and then I transformed him, the transformation is a joy and really well thought out, I love the fact that the whole ladder hides inside Inferno’s back!

He looks just like the animation model and much like previous mp releases you get a number of accessories, to cater to toy and cartoon version of Inferno, personally I’ll be keeping him with cartoon head and toy truck parts as I think that’s the best of both worlds and it’s nice that’s an option! I’m finding it very hard to find anything beyond minor nitpicks to be negative about. Takara Tomy have done an excellent job and had a great year as far as their Transformers Masterpiece line is concerned, in my opinion, and another case of third parties GTFO.

TWO – Hot Toys Black Widow – Civil War VER. (MMS 365)

Yet another figure I put off purchasing initially upon release or even pre-ordering, after the two sub-par head sculpts for Black Widow I wanted to make sure Hot Toys did a good job and didn’t stuff it up.

Thankfully they didn’t, this is their best Scarlet Johansson head sculpt to date. They’ve had a lot of attempts, but this one suppresses them all quite easily. Coupled with excellent rooted hair and a plethora of accessories this figure is almost the definitive Black Widow from Hot Toys, they’ve come a long way with the body suits as well and I think the material used works well not hindering the articulation too much and hopefully won’t deteriorate over time.

I was really impressed with this figure out of the box, I’m sure some collectors are suffering from Black Widow fatigue, but seeing this is my first purchase of a complete Black Widow figure (Winter soldier doesn’t count as I sold her as soon as I received her) besides buying a loose head sculpt, I was quite pleasantly surprised. This is easily the best Black Widow so far, it will be interesting to see how Hot Toys plan to top it.

ONE – Bandai Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (SH Figuarts)

Out of the three released turtles (Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael), it was just too hard to choose just one, so like Harlem Heat they are together as a team.

I had fun hunting all three of these figures down while I was over in Japan, it’s definitely a great feeling going from store to store on the hunt and ultimately being rewarded.

Bandai normally does a pretty good job with their SH Figuarts releases (the Monster Arts figures come to mind about now)  and when these cartoon versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were announced a lot of people were excited, me included. The sculpting is spot on when compared to the 1980s cartoon.

With plentiful articulation and metal shins and feet these figures are extraordinary, not to mention the numerous accessories and additional head sculpt for each turtle, Bandai have really set the bar high and come out tops against anything Playmates and even NECA could hope to achieve with their TMNT figures in my opinion (NECA really need to include some more accessories with their 1/4 scale offering, plus it seems like they are still using cheap and brittle plastic for their 1/4 scale figures joints, if the pictures and stories are to be believed, but they are still head and shoulders above Playmates).

So that sums up what I thought about the figures I purchased in 2016, sure there were a few big names missing and my opinion might differ greatly from yours, but like I said, this list had a few particulars to make it a little different from the standard “best of 2016 list” with the upcoming Poppies everyone can have their voice heard loud and clear about which figures were the best for this past year.

 

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Mutant Evil 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. Mutant Evil is the smaller size 6” figure from Real X Head, which, at a time, were very popular with Sofubi collectors, even if their popularity has now been eclipsed by the larger 8″ figures.

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Name: Mutant Evil (Devil Man Tribute colours)
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released:
2008
Price: First released – 4,000 YEN (guestimate). Now – varies 4,000 – ,7000 YEN
Scale:  6.5 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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I’ve mentioned before in past reviews that a lot of Real Head’s colour-ways are homage’s to either Japanese characters or Western ones. Sometimes noticeable quite easily, sometimes not. This particular version of Mutant Evil happens to be quite easily Identifiable if you are some what familiar with the Japanese character  Devil Man.

I’ve had this guy sitting in my collection for quite a while, I think I bought him on my second or third trip to Japan, from OneUp in Akihabara.

He’s avoided a few culls or purges of vinyl figures from my collection over the years (yes, I do sell figures I’ve either gotten over or impulse bought, I don’t keep everything like some sort of demented plastic toy hoarder ) and is currently my only Mutant Evil in my Real Head toy collection, hence why he’s still around (but with good reason, besides being the last of his kind, haha.)

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SCULPTING

One thing I like about the original Real Head figures is that they all had pretty solid sculpts, even if they used similar parts (like sharing the same body) I always liked Mutant Evil more than Mutant Head, however, even although the difference is just the head sculpt. Mutant Evil has a number of little details all over the body and head and if I didn’t know better, I think even the head sculpt itself might be a homage to another Japanese character as tends to be the case with these figures.

I would have to say compared to the chaos man releases he’s lacking the same level of detail, but I still feel its a great sculpt in its own right.

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PAINT

In most cases, this category is where Real Head’s figures tend to stand out the most. What is a big difference from most of the other Real Head figures I’ve reviewed is that the paint applications with this particular figure appear to have used a lot of masks to get very precise paint applications with only a little bit of free hand air-brushing.

It makes for a very clean, crisp and professional finish! I also really love this particular shade of blue that the figure has been cast in, it really pops and makes the figure look amazing!

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ARTICULATION

Like most of the 6″ sized figures Mutant Evil has only three points of articulation being: Swivel head and swivel arms (at the shoulders) I don’t mind the basic articulation for these type of figures. You can change the basic pose up a bit, but ultimately all the choices will be very similar to each other. It probably helps the figure looks cool regardless and I always see the articulation as just an added bonus.

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ACCESSORIES

No accessories included with this figure.

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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.

PRICE

I paid about 5,000 Yen for Mutant Evil and I’m pretty happy with that. If you can find him for around that price then you are doing well.

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OVERALL

I feel this particular colour-way of Mutant Evil shows off the sculpt really well, plus it’s a great tribute to Devil Man as well. Those two reasons make it a win-win as far as I’m concerned. If you are looking to add a Mutant Evil to your Sofubi collection this particular version is a good choice, but the great thing about Real Head is you always have plenty of choice, when it comes to colour combinations and can always find something you like. I’m quite happy with this one.

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NeXt Man 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. NeXt Man is a larger size 8” adult sized figures from Real X Head, which have proven very popular with Sofubi collecters!

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Name: NeXt Man (NeXt Man Spirit)
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released:
2015
Price: First released – 6,000 YEN (guestimate). Now – varies 6,000 – 15,000 YEN
Scale: 8 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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I picked up NeXt Man on my most recent trip to Japan in November, I was there for a month and Japan didn’t disappoint as Tokyo and Osaka, even Nagoya offered up a great amount of figures and toys at excellent prices and sometimes not so excellent prices, but still a bargain anyways.

This particular NeXt Man had been put up on a certain toy re-seller’s website and sat there since it had been posted. I kept my eye on it, but decided to pick it up, once I had seen it in person.

I had also taken with me a bunch of toys and figures I didn’t want anymore to sell to the buyback stores and was also flush with unwanted toy cash – more so then I expected!

Once I had seen NeXt Man in person, I decided I must have it, that red translucent plastic was just too awesome to resist!

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SCULPTING

As in previous reviews, I’ve raved on about the excellent base body and its number of details and textures, that still rings true today as the body is still great. NeXt Man’s head, and lower arms are new pieces and like all new Real Head pieces are up to par with the standard that’s expected.

The mohawk rocks and I love the Ninja Turtles style mouth as well! It’s a really nice head sculpt and one of my new favs.

I’m pretty sure there was a smaller sized figure released of NeXt Man previously, so like all the original smaller Real Head stuff, NeXt Man gets an upgrade!

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PAINT

NeXt Man has been cast in translucent red plastic and I think its a great choice ( and because I’m a sucker for red, grey or clear translucent toys). There’s not too much paint applied to the figure, mainly black and sliver for the main colours and then a tiny bit of red and gold on the belt. There’s also a bit of a black rub to bring out those details too.

A lot of Real Head’s colour-ways are tributes to either western or Japanese characters most of the time, some more obvious then others, it’s not clear to me if this is the case here, but I still love the application of the black and sliver. Just enough of both to really work with the red.

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ARTICULATION

NeXt 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. You can get a good number of subtle, yet expressive poses. It really is a great base body and hasn’t shown it’s age yet.

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ACCESSORIES

No accessories for this figure, besides the scarf/neck wrap if you can even call it an accessory. It still looks pretty cool and it’s good this was carried over from the smaller figures

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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 paid around 10,000 Yen for this guy and as far as Real Head figures go, that’s not too bad as the mark-up wasn’t over the top, but then, I guess NeXt Man isn’t as popular as some of the other releases.

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OVERALL

I only need one NeXt Man in my collection and this is it. I’ve said before that it’s really up to the collector how deep down the rabbit hole of Real Head toys you want to go, But I try not to impulse buy the figures too much, now days one great colour-way of a particular sculpt is enough for me, unless it’s Pheyous Man, then the amount is, never enough! NeXt Man is definitely only for die hard Real Head fans.

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Sun Dad 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. Sun Dad is a larger size 8” adult sized figures from Real X Head, which have proven very popular with Sofubi collectors!

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Name: Sun Dad
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released: 2015
Price: First released – 6,000 YEN (guestimate). Now – varies 6,000 – 15,000 YEN
Scale: 9 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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Yet another Real Head release of new parts on the now classic base body, which in turn creates yet another character, whose name roughly, translates into “Sun Dad” or “Sun Father” I think Sun Father sounds a lot cooler then Sun Dad, but that’s just me.

I’ll be repeating myself a little bit in this review, but it’s hard not to when a lot about this toy has already been covered in previous reviews.

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SCULPTING

I’ve talked a lot before how much I love the base body the adult sized Real Head figures uses. My opinion still hasn’t changed as its still a great part of this figure. It’s still got all those cool little details which make it so awesome, but what really makes each release stand out is the paint.
The new components are Sun Dad’s head and “weapon” arm and they look great! the new head is a lot larger then any of the other heads seen thus far, it not only gives Sun Dad more height, but make him come across as a little more intimidating too. There are lots of nice little details all over the head; it really has a lot of character. The same can be said about the weapon arm.

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PAINT
As always the paint work really shines for this figure, quite literally too, as the main coat is a brilliant Gold. The black rub helps to really bring out the details also. There are a few small areas like the belt and face which have additional paint on them and as expected they are up to a high standard as well. The only downside, is that the nature of the black rub can make the figure seem a little untidy so to speak, But I don’t think is distracts too much.

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ARTICULATION
Sun Dad 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. You can get a good number of subtle, yet expressive poses as well as little more extreme ones. It really is a great base body for the small, yet growing, variants and collaborations.

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ACCESSORIES
No accessories for this figure, besides the scarf/neck wrap if you can even call it an accessory. It still looks pretty cool and it’s good this was carried over from the smaller figures. Some other Sun Dad’s I’ve seen come with a spare normal hand, in addition to the weapon hand, but, unfortunately this particular one does not.

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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 paid about 15,000 Yen for this particular Sun Dad and the lowest I’ve seen this figure for on the secondary market is 12,000 from the usual suspects. It’s a bit of a hefty mark-up, but I was willing to pay that amount for this particular colour-way. It just depends with how comfortable you re with the price.

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OVERALL
I like Sun Dad, but I’m not crazy about him like Pheyous or Chaos Man, I think I will be very selective with how many Sun Dad’s I buy and I don’t think I will be buying more then one as I am very happy with the paint and look of this particular one.
On his own he’s a great figure and if you are a completist you may want to pick up at least one that you like if you can find it for a good price.

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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 Refreshment, with their Chaosman Lady character.

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Name: Chaos Lady
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head/Refreshment
Released: 2013
Price: First released – 6,000 YEN, Now – varies 6,000 – 9,000 YEN
Scale: 8 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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I picked up Chaos Lady off Yahoo Auctions Japan after one came up about 10 months ago; this was my other Christmas present from my wife after Hordak, hence why it’s taken a while to put the review up.
There haven’t been too many releases of this particular character yet and it appears that its releases have been restricted to festivals or shows only.

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SCULPTING
The head is a new sculpt and looks pretty good! It has plenty of cool little details, like a number of small hearts on the top of the head hiding in-between the other details and Lucha Libre style mask details at the back of the head. The head also has longish hair sticking out from the bottom of the mask and big, prominent Dame Edna style glasses and not to mention cat ears on top of the ‘mask’.
The body is the standard Chaos man body and even with its heavy re-use still retains its charm as always.

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PAINT
This is one area where this figure stands out for me, even though at first, I didn’t really like the colours used, they grew on me quite a lot once I had the figure in hand. The blend of yellows and blues are great and work well with the grey and sliver tones. If anything looks out of place it’s the pink glasses and orange eye, the pink contrasts with all the other colours, and I find it a little too distracting.

As per usual the paint application is up to a very high standard; very neat and clean.

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ARTICULATION
Chaos Lady 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. You can get a good number of subtle, yet expressive poses as well as little more extreme ones. It really is a great base body for the small, yet growing, variants and collaborations.

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ACCESSORIES
No accessories with this figure.

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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 paid a little bit of a mark up, being around the 8,000 YEN mark. That’s not too bad of a price, but you are really just paying for a new head with this release.

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OVERALL
I really like the Chaos Lady sculpt, but there haven’t been many releases of it yet, with only four different colour-ways available at the time of this writing, I’m yet to see one I really love, I think there’s plenty of potential with this character, but whether it reaches that potential is yet to be seen. With that said, this particular one is still the best release so far IMO. If any of the releases catch your eye and you have the chance to pick one up, you should, as Chaos Lady is pretty hard to find atm.

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