Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Votoms Gallery and Reviews!!!


It's been a while since my last real mecha gallery and review. I finally got around to taking some shots of these new/old Votoms figures. I purchased a new light and have been using these guys as guinea pigs.

The first guy up is CM's 1/35 scale Calamity Dog Zerberus VR-Maxima Limited Edition!! I wrote about this guy way back in May in this earlier post. Ugh, I know, I know. I've been pretty back logged with toys that I would love to shoot and review. Anyways, better late than never. The Limited Edition signifies the special metallic blue color. I love this finish and the pearlescent quality really stands out. CM's Corporation makes a fine action figure. Great detail, hefty feeling piece. My only criticism is that the joints are a bit loosey-goosey. Not sure if it's just this one piece, but I would like a bit more tension in my joints so that I can pose him anyway I want. Right now, I couldn't get him to even lift up his own rifle!! What's up with that? However, Don't let this sway you...I would purchase him all over again. Guess what? You can too! Unfortunately the sick Limited Edition Pearl Blue one is sold out, but the normal version is still in stock at Hobby Link Japan for around $38 before shipping.




The next two 1/35 scale Votoms figures are from an older series from manufacturer Xebec. These little gems have to be some of best action figures around. I believe they only made six different Votoms in the series, but the detail, paint and weathering are all top notch. I got most of these on Yahoo Japan Auctions, but there are a few on eBay still. At anywhere from $20 to $35, I think these are some of the best deals around. Check out the mud splatter on this Bloodsucker! Incredible detail!! The down side to these guys is that there is not a lot of articulation. Contrary to their CM's sibling above, these joints hardly move at all so not too many crazy dynamic poses going on here!!! They are a bit fragile too. I broke an antennae on one of them during this shoot. Don't think those red shoulder fins on the Bloodsucker would survive a dive from the shelf!! And unlike the incredible Takara AG series, these guys don't transform into "Down" Mode. Still...totally worth it and if you get a chance to buy one, do it!!






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