Unfortunately I haven’t been doing reviews regularly so I might be out of material next week. I’m gonna have to think of something.
Package contents. There are 4 extra pairs of hands which are actually just open hands and weapon-holding hands in two different styles. The Shining Caliber comes in both forms (can’t remember their names).
The metallic red is very nicely done. I think this form looks more badass than the final Shining form so I skipped that. It turns out I have most figures from the Agito series – must be due to their diverse designs.
As a result you can’t raise its arms much. The ankle guards are made of soft plastic. Feet are not diecast and use the newer kind of ankle joint which is much less conspicuous, maintains the same wide range but is harder to manipulate as well.
Sunlight changes him into Shining Form.
Among the various forms I think this is the best-looking one. There are some limitations in the range of its shoulders but its badass appearance makes up for it.
Incidentally on my copy the left wrist joint was stuck and could not rotate. I was stupid enough to force it using a pair of pliers and sheared off the ball area, leaving the peg stuck in the arm. I actually left a message on Bandai’s support site with my mediocre Japanese, and I received a reply saying that once they get stock they would send me a replacement figure.
They also requested me to return the broken one, and it was a hassle-free procedure as they included the shipping label all filled and completed already. All I had to do was put the broken one in the new blister pack, slip it back in its shipping box, slap the shipping label and leave it at a convenience store. I did not have to pay a cent. I guess it’s a good thing about living in Japan. If you read online forums you’ll see people complaining that Bandai’s customer service sucks etc. because we are actually outside their target market.
Now I’m thinking whether to request a replacement for my broken VF-171. :p