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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Toy Review: Play Arts Kai Robocop 1.0

Square Enix followed up after the release of the first Robocop figure with the 2014 version of Robocop 1.0. Set as a prototype by OmniCorp, the silver version is a homage of the 80s Robocop with a modernized feel. Since this figure tries to imitate the movie suit, there is almost no indication of any OmniCorp branding on the entire frame. But the metallic color is noticeably crisp with slight flash of purple and dark air brushed strokes to lessen the monotony.

Parts include a Play Arts Kai stand, 2 types of the custom TSR 66 pistol and 2 kinds of custom SMG, 2 trigger hands and leg panels with holster parts. The guns are undeniably well detailed to the point that Square Enix graciously place OmniCorp logos near the nozzles. The reason why there are two kinds of each is because for the trigger hands and the other pair for holstering. I suggest placing the guns first on the holsters before starting with the transition. Then take out the thigh panels just like the 80’s Robocop and replace with open door parts. The same goes with the other side. Quite tricky at first since the instructions are somewhat vague and there are no indicators on these extra panels.

The entire set is simply impressive with the details that were put into each and every part, not only on the figure but also with the accessories. But if I were to nitpick, it suffers the same with the 1987 Robocop figure in terms of accuracy. I feel that the A symmetrical frame is inconsistent with the suit featured in the film, being too thin. Moreover the upper body detaches easily from the frame and the shoulder guards feel too flimsy. Aside from that, I do like the set as a whole because as it is, feels very awesome and worth taking a second look.


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