My agent tells me I’m doing the OP for Kamen Rider Decade. Wait, that can’t be right. That’s Gackt, not Gatac… oh well, as long as they pay good money. Ahem, DESTROY EVERYTHING! CONNECT EVERYTHING!
From the second wave of Motion Revive Series (MRS), Kamen Rider Gatack hails from the 2006-2007 series of Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Kabuto, where he was the primary secondary Rider. Since there’s going to be quite a few pictures here, I’ll cut this segment short, but as an fyi, I’ve reviewed Gatack before here.
Gatack is in my mind, one of the better Rider designs out there. He’s what I could call “generically aesthetically appealing (GAA)”, in that his design would appeal to even non-Rider fans. Maybe not the most GAA figure out there, but close enough.
He really does look good, what can I say? Let’s focus on the bad, as you can see the good pretty well already. There are three niggling points on Gatack.
The first is his head sculpt, which looks great, but is sculpted in such a way that he’s always looking down. Unfortunately, it’s also sculpted in such a way that if you try to lift it, it’ll pop right off the ball joint. So Gatack can’t look up, though he can still turn his head some.
Second, Gatack’s buckle is very nicely detailed, but it’s just one big blue paint app, so unless you focus on it to appreciate all the tiny and intricate work that went into the buckle, it’s going to appear like a big blue glob.
Finally, due to his shoulder design, his double ball jointed pecs/shoulders are exposed. It’s no big deal, but it can seem a tad weird.
Aside from the head problem, it’s all just nitpicking. Gatack is still a great looking toy who would actually fit in with your other 3.75″ figures such as G.I. Joe (if you’re not too adamant on realism) and Star Wars.
Like Joes, Gatack has a fair degree of intricate mold detailing. If he seems like a very smooth textured figure, it’s only so as to be show accurate. Check out the pics here and in the previous reviews, you’ll see he’s got quite a lot of intricate detail sculpted on him.
Being an evolution of the Full Action Figure (FAF) series of toys, Gatack enjoys better proportions than them (the FAF). The FAF toys have about the same detail, but I gotta say, the MRS versions just look better. If you stand a FAF and MRS of the same figure side by side, the MRS will probably look better despite the both having the same amount of details. The proportions make all the difference.
So in short, very nice looking figure.
3.5 out of 4.0
Like all MRS, Gatack has 24 points of articulation.
Balljoint at base of neck (1).
Double balljointed pectorals/shoulders (5)
Swivel upper biceps (7)
Double jointed elbows (11)
Swivel wrists (13)
Balljointed mid-torso (14)
Balljointed hips (16)
Swivel upper thighs (18)
Double jointed knees (22)
Balljointed feet (24)
But has mentioned, his head articulation is highly limited due to the head sculpt, but on the other hand, his pecs and shoulders have a very free range of movement due to their semi-exposed state. No “kibble” problem here! All in all, it balances out.
So by now, my feelings on the articulation of G.I. Joe and FAF should be pretty clear, but to iterate and compare against MRS:
G.I. Joe, good shoulders but lack of hips prevent it from every being a real challenge to MRS, also, MRS has double jointed elbows, so it surpasses Joes there.
FAF, really good and really fun, but MRS is on par or better in basically every category. End of story.
3.7 out of 4.0
Accessories is a really mixed bag with MRS. This is the category where G.I. Joe would typically beat them out. The problem is that MRS figures would only get their signature items, and maybe some extra hands if they had any signature hand gestures. Alas, most Kamen Riders fight barehanded, so their swag is a little on the skimpy side.
While Gatack is not absolutely brimming with accessories, his at least have some functionality/playability. Gatack comes with an extra pair of fists and his signature pair of (unpainted) scimitars. In addition to being your regular instruments of curved death and blood letting, the scimitars can combine into a… hedge cutter… which is more impressive than it sounds. His scimitars can also be stored on his shoulders, giving Gatack a new, tweaked aesthetic.
While not the best thing since sliced cheese, Gatack has a good and functional (playable) set of accessories that’s way better than what some of the other Riders get gyped with.
As mentioned, this is the category G.I. Joe typically excels in compared to either MRS or FAF, ’nuff said.
FAF have it slightly worse than MRS figures. They don’t come with extra hands, and usually only get one piece of accessory. Although on the upside, theirs is painted and typically look better because of said paint apps.
3.5 out of 4.0
I want to say that Gatack is one of the best MRS, simply because I love the character design, but he does have some detractions. But he’s still a great toy that I’d totally recommend.
3.6 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