Aww, isn’t it sad?
Or if you don’t find the above picture sad: Mmm, amputee fetish *gurglegurgle*
This review of Busou Shinki Zelnogrard: Type Firearms is a revisit to my old review on this figure. Part 1 and Part 2 are available in case you want to take a gander. I’m doing this revisit because a) Like I said in my old review, this figure makes me wish I had a camera. Well, now I do! and b) I plan to do a few more Busou Shinki reviews soon, so I figure I’d get myself in the mood with my favorite Busou Shinki (that I currently own).
Multi Movable System (MMS)
All Busou Shinki use the same basic body known as MMS. It’s a highly feminine body that’s well articulated and also very modular. It’s very easy to take the toy apart not just to add accessories, but to switch around body parts with other Busou Shinki you might have.
As for Zelnogrard herself, I absolutely love her. Busou Shinki don’t really go out of their way to hide their joints, in fact, they even bring attention to them in the art and so forth. They’re supposed to be tiny little battle princesses. But due to Zel’s dark green coloration, her joints are mostly well hidden. And while her facial expressions are only “neutral” and “determined”, I find her adorable nonetheless.
As mentioned, the MMS body is well articulated, it’s got all the joints you’d expect from a modern, poseable toy. This poseability is helped by her feet, which are very human-like in that the soles have an arch in the middle, much like a real person. This helps the figure’s stability out greatly. Check out this pic:
Furthermore, the sculpting for the knees and elbows allow her to bend her limbs at a high angle. And finally, her hips are balljointed on a mechanism which allows her to lift her legs high up.
That’s all the good news. The bad news is that due to her slim womanly proportions, the toy does feel somewhat fragile. While I don’t think she’ll break if you look at her funny, this is strictly a toy for a collector with gentle hands, and not one for the kiddies. Also, the hips mechanism which gives Zel her improved kick-up ability also make it obvious she’s got jointing in her hip region. Add in the fact that she’s got a lot of holes and screw holes on her back, and it’s obvious that this is not a very “human” toy.
Just remember to bear in mind that Busou Shinki are marketed as tiny robo-girls and anyway, as mentioned earlier, due to her plain but dark colors, Zel doesn’t suffer from obvious joints as much as some Busou Shinki do.
All in all, I just totally love Zel. She’s so adorably pathetically cute. You can have her whole and intact, amputated with a neutral but sad expression, or you can her like this:
A mentally broken, weapon of mass destruction… who walks on guns…
All Busou Shinki have a theme and a boatload of accessories to go with that theme. These accessories can be arranged in any manner of configurations, as well as mix and match up with the accessories of other Busou Shinki. As is fairly evident, Komrade Zelnogrard’s theme is guns, and lots of it.
An important note though. There are tiny ring pieces known as “washes” attached to all the detachable joints. Exercise great care not to lose them when you detach a limb, especially the wrists. These pieces will surely fall off as you dismember your Busou Shinki.
The bottom tray of the figure offers the usual base for posing, various optional hands, a pair of sled-like plating which are normally used as robo-feet in some configurations, and a whole lot of connector pieces.
The top tray on the other hand, contains not just Zel’s main body and optional head, but guns, guns, more guns, gun barrels that can be used as guns, guns, cannons, big frickin’ bullets, a canister, funs, a spike which can be used as a gun, a knife attached to a gun, cannons and guns.
Did I mention guns?
And more guns?
Personally, I love Zelnogrard, and thinks she doesn’t get enough love in the Busou Shinki community. She’s as solid as any Busou Shinki and her accessory pack’s a winner. Zelnogrard and her Busou Shinki sisters aren’t without their faults, but Zel’s are kept to a minimum and she really is a lovely piece.
Pros: Well proportioned body with good articulation and great assortment of accessories. Also hides joints better than many other Busou Shinki.
Cons: Joint visibility is inevitable with the MMS body, and slim feminine proportions means she’ll feel a tad more fragile than your big and beefy Transformers and DC Superheroes and so forth. Also, be careful not to lose those washes!
4.0 out of 4.0
Aww, wook! Zel wuvs Darkseid!
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