Busou Shinki Tigris


Like Zelnogrard, Tigris uses the very nicely proportioned and feminine Multi Movable System (MMS) body. However, hers is much more ornate with its immaculately applied lines and patterns. While not the most intricately painted Busou Shinki ever, she was one of the more flamboyant in the earlier days of Busou Shinki. Especially since her alternate face has a huge sadistic grin with psychotic eyes.

And just like Zel, she’s got a good range of articulation:

Swivel head on ball joint neck (2)
Swivel and hinged shoulders (4)
Swivel biceps (2)
Elbows with high degree of bend due to grooves (2)
Swivel wrists with hinged hands (4)
Ball jointed upper torso (1)
Balljointed legs (limited outward movement) on a hinged hips mechanism (4)
Knees with high degree of bend due to grooves (2)
Swivel thighs (2)
Hinged ankles on human-like feet for improved balance (2)

Totaling 25 points of articulation. The MMS body will pose pretty much anyway you want.

As with Zelnogrard, the weaknesses of Tigris’ MMS body is the same. Being extremely slim and feminine, it can feel a tad fragile, especially since it’s made to be taken apart. Also, despite the well proportioned body, let’s face it, these girls have big anime heads. Additionally, Tigris doesn’t hide her joints as well as Zel, especially on the arms and hips. Fortunately, her black stockings and/or go-go boots hide her knee joints well.

To sum it up, the MMS body is good despite a few relatively minor issues, and Tigris stands out despite using the same basic body as everyone else. She’s one of the first Busou Shinki with a more unconventional facial expression, and she’s loaded with personality because of it.

Type: Tiger
Tigris’ theme is of course, the tiger. But it’s more along the lines of tiger themed mecha parts than to make her look like a tiger. At first glance, Tigris’ selection of accessories looks pretty good, but then you realize they’re all big solid pieces, so it seems like there’s not as much room for subtle variation. Then after you play with it some more, you’ll realize that’s not true, you just need some imagination and creativity and just like any Busou Shinki, it’ll occupy your time for hours on end. Plus, Tigris’ parts can play well with that of other Busou Shinki, for instance:

The compatibility could have been better, but there’s still loads of options. Anyway, the lower tray consists of half of Tigris’ main mecha parts, a couple of extra big and long claws, as well as the obligatory connector pieces. Not as many as Zelnogrard, but it’ll do the job.

Top tray is of Tigris herself, her extra face and hair with cat ears, a tiger tail, the other half of her mecha parts, a huge scissor sword that’d make your average RPG main character green with overcompensating envy, 3 pairs of swords, assorted handles, Wolverine claws, go-go boots and more connector pieces… and an extra pair of chesticles.

Tigris’s toys is actually meant to combine with her co-sell Vitulus’ set, but as you can see, they can function on their own pretty well. I like Tigris’ selection, but they aren’t the most overwhelmingly awesome selection of parts for a Busou Shinki. Still, who can complain when you can do something like… this:

An important note. 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.

When Tigris and her co-sell Vitulus first came out, they weren’t terribly exciting. Especially since there’s already a cat themed Busou Shinki named Mao Chao. But where Tigris lacked in an original theme, she made up for with spades of personality. Not only that, but I think she and Vitulus were also the first Busou Shinki who had intentionally compatible accessories. Since these two, Busou Shinki have gotten a whole lot crazier in their designs. You could say they were the vanguard for a more creative take on the Mecha Musume/Maiden offerings by Konami.

Pros: Well proportioned body with good articulation and great assortment of accessories. Tigris is loaded with personality and her accessories work well with others.
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!

3.7 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

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