Alright I admit it, I enjoy Kissplay!
Sometime back in 2008, Bandai released the Motion Revive Series (MRS): Monster Hunter series. It was a single wave of MRS based on the Monster Hunter game-property. Well, in late 2008, the wave was re-release, featuring deco changes and even some sculpting changes to the Rathalos mold. Or rather, the other two swordsman guys. The guy in the gray version of the Rathalos armor now has a smaller helmet but more well defined eyes, while the blue version has been replaced altogether with a guy with a noticeably different helmet type. The sharpshooter guys are straight up repaints that don’t offer much, and are somewhat inferior as far as I’m concerned (but then, I’m not a Monster Hunter gamer, so who knows, maybe they have uber new color schemes if you’re a fan).
And then we have the Kirins. Who are also straight up repaints. I’ve already reviewed the original Kirin C, so now let’s look at the new Kirin A.
The new Kirins basically wear black cave girl outfits with green trim and some dashes of white VS the old white/blue with orange/yellow. They also spot white hair of course. Other than that, like the originals, they all have the same outfit, but different skin tones. Their skin tones are also different from that of the originals, so that’s all the more reason to be completest. The new Kirin C for instance, has a darker, more African/Indian skin tone VS the original’s deep tan or tropical look.
The new Kirin A’s skin tone isn’t really that great to me though. It’s too pale. While the original was also pale, it look like a Caucasian, whereas the new Kirin A’s paleness makes her look like she’s had her blood sucked out by Dracula. It’s not so bad once you get used to it, but it’s not the most pleasant skin tone one could have used.
Otherwise, hey, it’s the Kirin mold! It looks great. There are no changes from the original, so you’ve still got the same great mold detailing and somewhat overly long arms.
I personally prefer the original outfits’ colors, but the repaint is significantly different, so you don’t feel gyped.
Articulation remains the same as that of Kirin C. Which is to say, pretty dang awesome.
Kirin A’s accessories are a great sword, a fishing pole lance thingy and a shield. As you can see from the pic, the lance and shield are painted nicely, but the great sword is left unpainted. Fortunately, it still looks good, if a little drab.
This differs from the original, in that it was the great sword that was painted while the other two were left unpainted. This is the case for all the figures in this re-released wave. Weapons that were unpainted before get a paintjob, while painted weapons get the shaft. For the most part it balances out, except for the Red Rathalos armor guy, whose auxiliary swords get new trims while his great big key blade is a huge unpainted block.
In any case, as for the new Kirin A’s, she’s one of the lucky ones that got an even trade off. And hey, her stuff are pretty good no?
I said before that I thought this mold was the best 3.75″ figure that I’ve seen. How’s my view now that my horizons have been expanded? I still think she stands at the top of the plateau, although there are others who now share it with her. I’d rank this redeco slightly less highly than I would the original, but that’s purely due to personal taste. I just happen to like the original paintjob more, but the mold is still great and Kirin A’s accessories are tops.
Scroll down a bit for some pics eh.
3.8 out of 4.0
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
The pics were originally taken in reverse order. So originally, Prime was DYING (again) as opposed to being revived through Kissplay. Just an FYI.