This time it’s the Revoltech Snake (aka Big Boss), purchased from HLJ. This particular version of Snake is wearing the Sneaking Suit from Peace Walker, which I haven’t actually played…
Starting with a tl;dr summary: Snake’s pretty awesome. My faith in Yamaguchi has been restored after the disaster that was Vox Aura! I even almost feel bad I got a bunch more pictures out of him already than Saber Bride, but Snake has a lot more accessories and every Figma is basically the same at the base.
Initial shot. Like most Revoltechs, Snake has a “dynamic” sculpt to him, so this is as neutrally posed as he gets. Speaking of poses, I don’t know if I’ll be doing a good job at doing so, since I’m not a wizard like Yamaguchi is. If you’re not already doing so, I would suggest following him on Twitter, since he mostly just posts pictures of his Revoltechs and assorted other figures.
Snake’s got articulation up the wazoo, so let’s start. The head can look around pretty normally, although it is rather oddly constructed. The bandana is on a simple peg, so it can rotate around. The neck is a big chunk that can move up and down decently, similar to the setup on the Revoltech Iron Man or Jehuty.
This is what it looks like with the face plate taken off. One tiny joint going from the neck to the mullet, and another from the mullet to the top. Unfortunately, the joints are those tiny wrist joints, meaning doing proper headswaps with Snake is difficult. I was going to put his head on Menace’s body, but nope. It’s kind of an awkward setup, honestly, and probably the weakest part of the figure.
However, like some other Revoltechs, Snake’s one eye can be moved around in the socket. Doing so requires pulling the faceplate off the head, since the peg for moving the eye is so damn tiny. But it lets you give Snake a variety of emotions, just by moving the eye! Here, we have “Looking down at something” Snake!
Knees and ankles are pretty straight-forward, though the knee pads are on hinged pegs so you can keep them flush with the knee joint. Much better than the kind of stuff that was on that first Iron Man Revoltech (and I believe the newer Iron Men are similar to Snake here).
Moving on to accessories, first of all the hands. And importantly, a new style of hands with wrist pegs similar to Figma hands! This is quite a nice improvement over all of the other types of wrist joints Revoltechs have used over the years.
A pair of trigger hands without the thumb extended Snake’s silenced pistol. These hands can also hold the cattle prod. The pistol’s silencer can’t be removed, unlike the Play Arts Kai version of this Snake.
Another awesome accessory is the famous cardboard box. It’s a papercraft add-in, but it’s made of a nice, sturdy material. I had the presence of mind to scan the sheet before putting it together, which you can find here if you’d like it. The original sheet was 8 inches by 8 inches, so just print at that size or whatever size you desire!
There’s also this support leg stand kind of thing, which can peg into a hole on the bottom of that fanny pack and help support Snake for more extreme poses. Snake also comes with a standard Revoltech stand with extension parts, but that’s really only useful for the Alert icon. He also has a Revocontainer to hold all those hands, but it’s a solid grey color instead of the usual translucent orange.
CRAB BATTLE! Okay, so it’s a Killer Crab Alien, since I don’t seem to have any other crab figures, sadly. I think the official mascot of Baltimore is a crab, maybe I’ll pick up a plush of it next time I’m there for Otakon. That gunburst part is from Figma Canaan.
The shipment with Snake had a bunch of other stuff in it, too, because while I was waiting for Snake to release, I kept taking advantage of HLJ’s Private Warehouse system to buy random crap. Like this 1/12 scale locker, which Snake doesn’t quite fit into, but other figures/dead guards do. The kit is a bit odd, though, has to be glued together and there’s really not much to hold the door in place.
Got a set of those 1/12 scale gashapon machines, which I had actually ordered back when they released, but I didn’t want to ship them by themselves, so they waited for Snake. I realized now I should have gotten more than one set. They even come with little gashapon capsules and a variety of cutouts for the machines!
Also finally got one of those ‘cushion straps’, or as they are perhaps better known, “action figure-sized dakimakuras”. I want to get one that actually looks more like a dakimakura design, but this Fire Sisters one was one of the few even in stock. It seems like no one can keep many of them in. It’s pretty nice, though, and a bit bigger than I was expecting.
Finally, I randomly grabbed one of the new Queen’s Blade Grimoire books, since I like this character design. This one is named Zara and based on Little Red Riding Hood. All of the Grimoire designs are apparently based on fairy tales and such, though the first one’s based on Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
I hope they make more Queen’s Blade Revoltechs eventually.
I think probably the best thing about this Snake is that it seems to be selling well enough for Kaiyodo to just go right on ahead and make every God-damned Metal Gear character as a Revoltech, now. They’ve certainly done stuff like that before, and I look forward to it.
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