Having been a Mega Man fan for not as long as most, I came in during Mega Man X, so I honestly didn’t know much about the original save for what I “learned” from the old Ruby Spears cartoon. Yes, it was pure cheesecake, but it was entertaining for my young age. I own all of the classic series and have beaten 2 ~ 5, most of 1 and 8, and only a couple of levels of 9. With the exception of character introductions, I know there’s not a lot of story to miss. >_>
I wasn’t able to obtain it right when it launched, but I still got mine prior to the official US release (which I think is still pending), during Ohayocon 2011 in my “Tax Refund, I Don’t Want You No More” spending spree…
This is my second Kotobukiya kit I've worked on, following a non-scale King Kittan from Gurren Lagann that I built and painted for a friend. I gotta admit, when I started working on it, the size caught me off-guard. It’s a tad taller than most early U.C. (0079 - 0083) HGUC’s.
Judging by the face and proportions, It seems like they based this off of Ryuji Higurashi’s than Keiji Inafune’s original concept. Probably for a more solid, crisp look, as it definitely has that going for it! And no extra details were added to throw off Rock’s simplicity.
Very little painting was necessary, and what was painted by me seemed to be more optional. Such as the rim around the neck to give the torso a little extra cobalt blue. I lined the mouth with some light umber to give it a more deepened look, but not look drawn on. And the vents on the back of the helmet were filled black.
Red added on Photoshop for better visibility.The notches in the buster are to allow it to be placed onto either arm while keeping the solar panel on the outside. I keep it on the left, as he seems to be seen with it more in artwork that way.
For both of these I applied a coat of white at the attachment point to make it brighter at the base of the shot. Doesn’t pick up as well as I’d hoped, but it was more of a conscience issue, I guess.
Trying to mimic the first illustration for Rockman.
Mega Man Official Complete Works.
One issue I have with Kotobukiya kits is their polycaps are much less wear-resistant than Bandai’s. It’s legs droop very quickly due to their size/weight.
The eyes can be switched among the faces by how they fit. The happy and serious faces have straight-lined bottoms to the eyes, as the teeth-grit face has upward-arched bottoms.
At least the decals turned out good!
MG Gundam Astray, but it’s undoubtedly better than any Mega Man/Rockman (I can do this all day) figure we’ve gotten in the past.
Rating: 3 out of 5
And while this line has a great prospective future, I do have a feeling something soon will be stealing that title…