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 is with the store Ichiban –Boshi, which sells new and vintage vinyl toys. One of their custom figures is the subject of this review: Ryusei Ninja.
Name: Ryusei Ninja
Line: Ichibanboshi Ninja Gaiden
Manufacturer: Real Head X Ichibanboshi
Price: First released – unknown, now – $50-$60 MIB
Scale: 5.5 Inches in height
Accessories: One eye patch
I became aware of the Ryusei Ninja when thumbing through the excellent ‘Tokyo Underground 2 Toy and Design Culture in Tokyo’ it really is a great book and I cannot praise it enough as it has made my trips to Japan so much easier than if I was relying on some unhelpful internet guide with Google maps links. (You know who you are.)
Even though there was a very cool photo of some Ryusei Ninjas in the book, I never actively searched for them until my third trip to Japan (I travel to Japan at least once a year to visit family in-laws and friends).
I had made a purchase off eBay, of an uncoloured red vinyl version which I received just before I left on that third trip. After having one in my hands, I wanted more! At least a few different colours and variations would do me. I ended up buying a black version which sparkles in the light and a flesh coloured version on that trip. Since then I’ve added a glow in the dark one and the subject of this review, the clear grey Ryusei Ninja to my collection, which I am quite happy with and proud of.
This is a category where the Ryusei Ninja stands out! It is cast in a semi-clear grey vinyl material and looks awesome! The details can be a little hard to make out at first due to the dark material, but the sculpting, as expected from Real X Head products, is top notch! There are some great details on the face, including a star in the middle of its forehead and some solid work on the chest armour/torso with some good details added to this part of the figure. The arms and legs look great too. With an uncoloured version of the Ryusei Ninja you can really appreciate the details a lot more.
Seeing the figure is cast in clear grey vinyl with a doll eye, there is no paint to talk about.
The figure has a grand total of three points of articulation: swivel neck and swivel arms. That’s it. While it may seem like this makes the figure pretty boring you can still get a couple of nice poses out of him and thankfully it does look cool posed with arms by the side.
The Ryusei Ninja comes with an eye patch which in most cases, all Ninjas will come with. It is mainly used to cover the eye, which is the source of the Ryusei Ninja’s power, I would also like to think it makes the eye colour of each figure a surprise as well as it can change depending on the figure.
No problems at all.
I picked this particular Ryusei Ninja up from a neat little website called Vicious Fun, they carry a large range of vinyl figures and the prices are quite good too. If you aren’t living in the USA, it’s best to send them an email to make your order, as the shopping cart can be a little troublesome.
The Price I paid was around $50 USD and that’s what I would expect to pay for this kind of figure, considering nowhere else had this particular version – worth every penny in my opinion!
I think the Ryusei Ninja is a very cool looking vinyl figure! It looks really cool in my display cabinet with a number of other ninjas and vinyl figures. The best part about any Real X Head product is that there are a number of variations and colours so you can always find something you like. I would recommend picking up one if you can as they are too good to pass up!
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