I’m the main character goddammit!
Thanks to Fanmode for identifying the Kado Karyudo Kirin C toy for me, I didn’t even realize Monster Hunter characters had names. I thought they were typically nameless customizable characters. After doing some research, I found out this guy’s name is “Generic Nameless Male Character” wearing Rathalos armor, so that’s what we’re going with here, Rathalos.
A phenomenally good looking figure, Rathalos is probably the best looking mold of the MRS Monster Hunters. He’s got an intricate armor with lots and lots of detail. There’s nary a smooth surface in sight, aside from the obvious breast plate and maybe his elbow guards. He’s also got a great paint job, with an almost weathered look, especially in the face. And yes, he does have a face, with teeny reflective eyes that my camera and lighting just won’t pick up. All in all, arguably one of the best looking figures in my collection.
Here’s where things go a bit downhill. “Unfortunately” (note: massive sarcasm quotes), Rathalos is “only” made with standard MRS construction. As much as I gushed over the Kirin‘s articulation, I was totally hoping the other MRS Monster Hunters would share the same engineering. So you can imagine my disappointment when it turned out that they don’t.
Don’t get me wrong, Rathalos has the exact same construction as a regular Motion Revive Series figure, and that’s a good thing. It means he’s still articulated as heck. And although his armor and appearance do restrict him somewhat (especially with the head), they don’t do so to a crippling degree. Take Rathalos’ side skirt flaps for instance. Those flaps are not going to pop out, but on the other hand, they’re also fitted in loosely. So it won’t be a bother to move them out of the way while posing. They’re a little annoying at first though, but it’s the thought that counts and the execution is good.
All things considered, Rathalos is decently articulated despite the bits of armor getting in the way. This is a testament to the awesomeness of the basic MRS body design. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed Rathalos didn’t use Kirin’s improved MRS body design instead.
Rathalos comes with a great sword known as the King Teostra Blade (which I like to think of as a Keyblade, or just a plain old Key (which you stick in people and it unlocks their DEATH)), and a couple Dragon type Bone Katanas (one sheathed and the other unsheathed). As you can see from the pics, they’re a little given to being warped out of the package I’m afraid. You’ll have to bend them back or use the old “heat up and freeze” technique to fix them. I was actually hoping to get the Silver Sol Monster Hunter, since that guy came with a huge fist hammer and a cool bone scythe, but Rathalos is also good. The swords are neat, despite being bent, and the Keyblade is pretty awesome. While swords for accessories is nothing special, the swords here are totally cool, so I diggit.
A terrific looking figure with acceptable articulation and good accessories. Ironically, compared to Kirin C, he’s the blond bimbo of the Motion Revive Series Monster Hunter world. But as much as I’m disappointed he’s not as great as Kirin, objectively, Rathalos is still one of the better 3.75″ figures you can get if you can find him. I’ve no regrets with him despite the higher price tag.
4.1 out of 5
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent
4.1 – 4.5 = Worth high pricing
4.6 – 5.0 = Worth inflated secondary market pricing
* 4.1 – 4.5 is for slightly inflated secondary market or unreasonably high (retail) pricing.