Action Works 005: Ultraman Mebius (updated)



Note: This post will be updated with pics… eventually.

The Mebius design for Ultraman is pretty neat. I find I actually like a lot of the more modern Ultraman designs, as they tend to go for weird yet cool looking variations of the original Ultraman suit color scheme, as opposed to giving him more and more outrageous helmet/head designs.

I don’t really keep up with the Ultraman scene, but given the nature of people and the internet, there was probably much “harumph!”-ing when Mebius was first revealed, due to that wrist/forearm thingy on his left forearm, as well as his chest crystal being more wide than tall.

I admit that I’m not a fan of the wrist attachment, but hey, it’s not hugely oversized or anything. So it doesn’t get in the way too much. And as for the chest crystal, well, it’s a different take, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with it.

The short of it is that Ultraman Mebius’ design is pretty darn good looking. Both on the screen, and here as a toy. However, these Action Works versions of Ultraman are highly articulated, and given Ultraman’s primarily silver coloration, it means that the seams are all highly visible. Mebius’ design, which incorporates red lines running down his body, doesn’t help in that department either.

Another thing with Mebius (and the line in general) is the size. He’s pretty small, and certainly won’t fit in with larger 6″ scale figures, such as Marvel Legends or DCUC. But at the same time, he’s too tall and lanky for the 3.75″ scale toys like G.I. Joe or Star Wars. Personally, I can imagine Mebius as being a huge 8-footer amongst the 3.75″ crowd, so I don’t have a big problem with his size. But generally, if you collect in any other scale, then Mebius and his fellow Action Workers are gonna be mighty outta place.

Finally, the paint job could have been better. There are tiny tiny imperfections that I normally wouldn’t mind, but at the price you’re likely to be paying for these guys, those puny nitpicky imperfections do tend to niggle at the mind.

In all, I wish my office let us decorate our places a bit, because despite all the stuff I just wrote, I’d still really really like to display Mebius on top of my PC or something. He’s totally “cute” (in a manly otaku way) yet cool.

3.1 out of 4.0

So the Aesthetics have got some issues, and that’s mostly caused by the articulation, which is very… complete. He’s pretty much got everything you need. Also, it seems he’s constructed in such a way that he’s very easily disassembled. That’s gotta have some pros, but the cons are more evident, as Mebius feels rather fragile, and his joints are all quite loose. A one legged stance is pretty darn hard to strike up, as the looseness of his joints make maintaining the off center weight of such a pose difficult, if not impossible.

But here’s the good news. While Mebius can’t bear any load, he’s able to hold himself up pretty well, and is otherwise, superb in his poseability. In light of all the negativity I’ve written, it’s hard for me to stress just how crazy-keen Ultraman Mebius’ poseability is. You’ll just have to look at the pics (when I get the chance to take ’em).

3.9 out of 4.0

Mebius comes with 2 tiny aircraft, presumably belonging to Japan’s Monster-of-the-Week Impotent Defense Force. As well as two additional pair of hands, allowing him to do his signature poses. Including, yes, the Specium Ray pose.

There’s really nothing here per se, but because Ultraman’s never been one for lotsa stuff, what’s here is good for what it is. The little fighter jets are pretty cool actually.

2.6 out of 4.0

A really good figure, despite all the faults I mentioned. I’m glad I got this guy. There’s a lot of cool in this tiny little package. Although I wouldn’t recommend him to others unless he’s available for a good price. His regular retail price is pretty high, and he’s a tiny little fella with a way oversized box. Action Works 005 Ultraman Mebius still gets a thumbs up from me.

Pros: Looks cool. It’s Ultraman. This guy is frickin’ poseable!
Cons: Out of scale with… everything. Lots of visible seams, which may bother some people. Joints are weak, they’re enough to hold him up, but don’t expect him to swing around a Buster Sword. Expensive.

3.2 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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