Or the alternate title: "Don't suss me out, Don't. I'm so tricky"
Hello again people of TAY, and welcome to another Diggin' through the TAYbox review. Today's review is on the D-arts Bass figure from Bandai. (Yes I realize the header pic is from Battle Network, but look at that bastard, he just screams badass.) As I mentioned in the last TAYbox, D-arts is Bandai's Videogame line of highly detailed and posable figures. I believe the figure was originally initially available at this year's comic-con, and has since been available elsewhere.
So I'm not up to date on alot of things Megaman, so I don't know a lot about ol' Forte, other than his name as I just mentioned, is his name in Japan, and he was in Megaman & Bass, as well as that Power Battles game (and a few spinoffs such as the Battle Network series.) So let me pull up some info for your grey matter right quick.
From the Megaman Wiki:Bass is a Robot Master created by Dr. Wily to imitate Mega Man's design, along with Treble, an imitation of Rush's design. He was created based on a research conducted on Mega Man with the intention of surpassing his power sometime during or before the events of Mega Man 6, and made his debut in Mega Man 7. Bass is the prominent anti-hero of the Mega Man classic series, and his goal is to become the most powerful being in existence. Although Bass and Mega Man are rivals, at times they team up to take down mutual enemies of the two. Despite being created by Dr. Wily, Bass frequently rebels against his creator, usually for his own purposes.
With that out of the way, lets get to the figure itself:
Here's the box it came in.
Here's the actual packaging.
Here he is at multiple angles
He also came with Treble, his robo dog. It's kinda hard to see in the pics, but he is a shiny metallic purple color not unlike that of the
Waluigi Midnight Purple 3DS. Treble's only point of articulation is his head, which can swivel side to side only. That red part on his tail in the last pic is a translucent plastic which really makes it look like a power gem or something (I'm not sure what the best word for that is) Bass also shares this quality which I will address later.
So next up are his extra parts. He doesn't have too many extra parts, part of that most likely being it's just Bass and not Bass using some robot master power or the like. He comes with a pair of fists, a pair of open palmed hands, and a "Sailor Moon-ish style left hand. He also comes with a right arm and an extra Bass Buster (He comes in the box with a left arm and a Buster on his right arm, so you can switch sides. Or pull some Megaman in Smash Bros type crap and give him two busters for maximum shootage.) =P
So before I get into his three included faces, let me get back to that gem thing from before. As you can see in the shot, his buster has it as well. Since most Megaman characters fire energy from their busters, I assume that to be some form of a power gem or a lens of some kind that focuses their power. He also has them on his feet(below pic), which is usually how they dash in the games. This translucent-ness is also visible on his head and chest on the blue parts. Let me tell you it looks way better in person, the paint job as well. The pics don't do them justice.
So onto his faces, you've seen his standard mouth closed face in the other shots, so I'll show you the others. This pic shows the method in which you replace his face (not to be confused in anyway with the Cage/Travolta flick FACE/OFF), in left to right order. First you take off his ear...things which compromise the top of his head, remove the front part of the helmet, and lastly the face which leaves the gaping void that is the last point before replacing the face and reversing the order.
So next up is his angry showing his teeth face. (His head might look a bit weird, that's because I didn't reattach the head parts completely)
His other head is pretty much the same as the previous, just he's looking down and to the left.
Allows you to take shots like this.
Onto joints and things. His hands are on ball joints as seen here. The extra hands' holes are large enough that with a bit of pressure they pop right on. This is nice as I don't honestly like the tiny joints as seen on figures such as most of the revoltech line, or again the Figuarts Sailor Moon. Reason on that is the hand holes arent always big enough and the hands are sometimes impossible to put on. Boring (drilling?) the hole a bit to make it bigger would probably solve that, but I'm afraid I'll mess em up.) Add to it that when putting them on sometimes the joint will move around occasionally making it hard to put on. Anyways that aside the hands have the usual 360 rotation that figures tend to have as well as 360 circular as much as the joint allows.
His shoulder pads are kind of loose as to allow arm movement, also I think because of how they're attached. Taking one off you can see his general arm joints. He has the full 360 rotation at the connection to his body, and right where his shoulder is, full 180 movement along that circle (in the case of this shot from against his legs to above his head.) Directly underneath that where it connects to his bicep is a full 360 motion which allows him to move his arms in and out. Lastly of course, we have the elbows which for some reason don't allow his arms to be straight, but at a slight angle. (If you look at the side shot back up at the begining you can see its a bit of an obtuse angle) They do bend enough however to do this:
Bend pretty much right up to his shoulder.
His legs have a fair motion at the hips, and sideways rotation right above the knee.As you can also see his knees bend from an inside joint. That whole above knee section kinda sits in his leg when standing straight. His feet have a bit more limited motion due to his legs, but enough rotation to pose him. Before I forget, his body rotates at the waist, he has upper chest rotation, and his neck has a bit of rotation (mostly forward and back) separate from his head.
Lastly some size comparison, which I kinda did in the last article. Here he is next to a blu ray box.
Overall Bass is a nice figure, with lots of nice metallic paint on him and Treble as well as the translucent gem like parts. I don't have the D-arts Megaman, but Bass would look good alongside him as Megaman comes with Rush as well.
As usuall, 1 point if you can name the song the lyric in the title is from without using google (or a search engine =P) and 2 total if you can name the song for the alternate title and the main title (1 if you don't happen to know the main title) to whoever guesses them first.I encourage everyone to guess. =D Also for future reference, The article title will usually have reference to the subject in some way, and the alternate title will be whatever =P I dunno what these points will be for yet, but they will be for something.
Join me next weekend (hopefully) When I review the S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mercury (assuming the box isn't crushed or the like, seems like thats been happening recently or so I hear.)
This Bass figure was reviewed with a copy of the figure I picked up back in October (also when I should have done this originally, procrastination HO!) when I went to Capcom HQ (US) for their Halloween Monster Hunter event.