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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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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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Optimus Prime is the courageous and wise leader of the Autobots. He feels his role is the protection of all life. He transforms in a red over-cab truck with large grey trailer. He has excellent leadership and decision making skills and is one of the Autobots’ greatest leaders. Optimus Prime is also one of the most recognisable cartoon characters of the 1980s.

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Name: Optimus Prime (convoy)
Line: Metalforce
Manufacturer: Takara/Time House
Released: 1998
Price: First released – unknown. Now – around 15,000 YEN minimum.
Scale: 11.5 Inches in height
Accessories: Ion Blaster, spare matrix of leadership (clear), spare head (clear face) and spare hands.

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On my first trip to Japan, when I first visited Nakano Broadway, in their display window on floor 2, I noticed the anime version of Metalforce Optimus Prime, what I also noticed was the sign next to him saying “Not for sale” too. Still I was determined to own this Prime figure someday.

The next trip he was still there, still not for sale.

On my third trip, he wasn’t in the display window any more. When I walked inside the store there was the figure with box now for sale. Now, I don’t know if this was the exact one that was always on display, but it’s still the same version at least, bought from the same Mandarake that had him on display and worth the wait too.

There is also a metallic paint version of this figure released (I’m assuming it was released first or at the same time) and unfortunately there are knock off versions of this figure too, but it’s pretty bad re-cast, however it is out there, so be aware if you are hunting your own Metalforce Optimus Prime!

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SCULPTING
This is an amazing Optimus Prime sculpt! The one thing I love the most about it is the commanding presence of the pose, coupled with the size, makes you take notice of him, there is a bit of styling with Prime’s proportions, but it doesn’t distract from the figure. It’s obviously very anime and G1 comic inspired. Also the chest windows can be removed to reveal the inside chest compartment of Optimus, where another cover can be removed to reveal the matrix inside Prime’s chest, just like in the original 1980s movie!

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PAINT
The figure has excellent paint application and it is one thing that really caught my eye. The paint is very neat and very crisp with hardly any slop. Most of this figure was cast in white vinyl and then painted. Only a couple of small pieces were cast in the colour they are mean to be. But that isn’t an issue as the painted parts are very professionally done and they match the casted colour parts quite well. The white base really helps the colours pop and really hammers home the anime vibe!

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ARTICULATION
Even for a vinyl figure, Optimus Prime has a decent amount of articulation: Ball-jointed head, swivel arms (at the shoulders) swivel biceps, ball-jointed wrists and swivel knees. The articulation helps a little bit, but you are mainly going to keep him either with arms down by his sides or one arm raised with rifle. The leg articulation is only there to help keep him upright and once you have fixed his legs, it isn’t even needed. The arm articulation however, is well thought out and quite handy, making his arms a joy to pose. Even the ball-jointed head is a great addition.

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ACCESSORIES
Optimus comes with a small number of accessories: mainly some spare parts or alternate hands. However, he does come with one very important accessory – his Ion Blaster! Unfortunately you do have to trim a lot of excess molding off the two separate sections and then assemble it yourself. The same can be said for pretty much all the other accessories – they have plenty of excess molding that will need to be removed if you want to use them.

The other parts besides the rifle really aren’t needed, but it’s nice to have some options. The extra clear face and matrix are a little puzzling, but I guess you can make a version of the head with a ‘light piping’ effect, if you really wanted.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Only very minor issues with Optimus- being slightly bent smoke stacks and slightly bent-in legs – which appear quite common with this figure. However, these are easily fixed with a hair dryer and cold water, which is what I did. Now my Optimus Prime is pretty much near perfect.

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PRICE
I’m pretty sure the price wasn’t too bad for this figure from Mandarake, but in all honestly the price was never going to be an issue for me, I saw the figure, finally on sale and I wanted it, no matter what!

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OVERALL
It was great to be able to finally get hold of Metalforce Optimus Prime, even better to get one for a decent price, in Japan (also to be sure I wasn’t buying a knock off!) Although it doesn’t Transform, I think it really captures the look and feel of how Optimus Prime appeared in the cartoon series and comic books released back then. The addition of articulation really helps add variety to the poses. If you are looking for an almost perfect representation of G1 Optimus Prime, then this is it.

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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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