SH Figuarts Ultron Prime

There seemed to be quite a bit of discussion on which figure to get when both the SH Figuarts and Revoltech versions were announced. Being a sucker for SH Figuarts and having been tired of the limited positions the clicky Revolver joints can assume, I naturally picked the former, which may have turned out to be a bad decision.

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The box is slimmer and taller than the usual form factor.

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You get two extra pairs of hands in different open hand poses.

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Overall views. The sculpt is reasonably detailed especially on the torso, upper arms and thighs.

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Some interior areas are painted bright red probably to simulate a glow.

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While the face has lots of shallow panel lines, something looks off. I think it’s the mouth.

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Torso.

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Arms.

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Rear. There are two “cords” at the back of the waist that are on ball joints and they move out of the way when you try to rotate the chest.

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Legs. I like how the concealed knee joints result in a smooth line down the legs.

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Articulation. The chest can crunch a little. Unlike most other figures, the neck section includes the clavicle as one massive, wide chunk which can only swivel forwards and backwards so you can’t get the neck to tilt sideways.

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Also, the head-neck connection is a double ball and the back of the head is made of flexible plastic so you can squeeze a bit of range despite the limited clavicle range.

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Unfortunately, the rest of the figure is also severely lacking in articulation. The shoulder joints do not extend or swing at all, so the shoulders keep bumping the torso and you can’t swing the arms outwards either. The chest can twist more than I’ve shown in the above picture but I wasn’t sure as it didn’t rotate smoothly. While the hip joints can extend, the thighs still bump into the hips when you swing them out sideways. Otherwise, you get double elbow and knee joints and a generous sideways ankle range.

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You can sort of twist the head sideways but he has a derpy look.

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The lack of sideways shoulder range is a major disappointment.

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Some repulsor blast effects would have been nice.

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Wrong iteration of Ultron but whatever.

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Some perspective trickery to make the arms look wider than they can reach. I forgot a size comparison but he is around a head taller than Cap.

This figure is a huge disappointment and coupled with its exclusivity it’s evident the Revoltech version is superior simply because of this guy’s pathetic articulation range. It seems Bandai just half-assed this figure and decided to toss it out on Tamashii Web instead of a normal release to bait suckers like me, or for some obsessive collectors to get an all-SH Figuarts team.

★★☆☆☆

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3 thoughts on “SH Figuarts Ultron Prime”

  1. I already touch this figure two days ago and its major dissapointment formme too.not only for the shoulder but for the face sculpt and color.it came together with my ultra act x shf of ultraman and he have more shiny silver and have price that lower than ultron

  2. ah yeah this figure cause uproar on figures community, actually I don’t see this figure that bad but yeah for such price and it’s premium bandai status this definitely a disappointment,

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