Skullwing is a collaboration between artist Pushead, toy store Astro-Zombies, in Osaka and Japanese toy maker Secret Base. The head is based upon the Astro-Zombies store logo designed by Pushead and using the Secret Base Skull Brain figure’s body. First released in 2004, there have been a number of colourway’s and variants released over the years.
Name: Skullwing (Rainy Day Edition)
Manufacturer: Secret Base
Price: Then: Unknown. Now: 3,000 – 6,000 Yen, loose. 8,000 Yen minimum MISB.
Scale: 5 Inches in height
I came to purchasing this particular figure during a late night hit up of Mandarke’s website, bundled in with a few other figures, I couldn’t help but not pass up purchasing this clear blue Skullwing, which marked my first purchase of a Secret Base product.
I was some-what familiar with Skullwing, having visited Astro-Zombies store a few times at this point, however all the Skullwings seen there are ‘not for sale’. Still, I wanted one for myself, but I was just looking for the right one to begin with as I didn’t want a massive collection of a character I wasn’t too crazy about, but still liked the look of.
I picked up this clear blue version as I’m a sucker for clear figures and the blue tones looked really nice.
The sculpting is one of the standouts for me. I really love the head design the most, it’s a pretty cool design and the wings coming off the top of the head look pretty sick! the rest of the body is quite nice too, but it’s a little too smooth in some places when compared with the head for my liking. However there is still a lot of nice detail on the body and arms. It’s a very simple design overall, but it still looks great.
The paint appears to be applied with airbrush and by hand. It is quite neatly applied, but used sparingly as most of the figure is translucent blue vinyl. There’s also the Astro-Zombies logo on the trunks as well. I love the clear blue vinyl that the figure has been cast in, it’s a great tone and really pops for me.
Skullwing has the standard amount of articulation for a smaller size sofubi. The head and shoulders can be rotated 360 degrees . If you have bought any kind of smaller Japanese designer toy this is not a surprising amount of articulation, but it’s better then nothing. You can still get a few good poses out of Skullwing, but like most of these figures you are really stretching it to get anything you would expect from a normal action figure. Most of these figures are just meant to be appreciated visually and the articulation is just a bonus.
Unfortunately Skullwing doesn’t come with anything else besides the figure itself.
Nothing to worry about here. Skullwing is quite well made and I can’t find any issues with mine.
I paid 8,000 Yen for mine, still in an unopened bag, from Mandarake. At first I thought the price might have been a little high for a figure I wasn’t familiar with, but upon receiving it in the mail, the size of the figure really surprised me and made me not feel too bad about the price. It really depends on how much you value having a MISB figure over a loose one, but obviously loose ones will be cheaper.
I like Skullwing a lot, it’s a pretty neat figure, that fits in well with my overall Japanese Sofubi collection, at the moment I don’t think it will kick off a Astro-Zombies/Secret Base buying craze, thankfully. But I am quite happy with my purchase. I would recommend Skullwing as a nice entry point for anyone who is curious about Sofubi or looking to expand their collection, but wanting to take baby steps about it first.
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