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Bandai: S.H.Figuarts Momotarosimagin

I’m not sure where I first saw this figure, maybe it was a Fwoosh Weekly or Instagram or perhaps Twitter, but once I saw it I had to have it. I know absolutely noting about the character, but the look and Figuarts usually stellar production quality drew me in. Let’s take a look at Momotarosmagin!

Momo comes in a solid and super-classy looking box. It’s made of that sturdy board and reminds me of a box a phone would come in. The figure is securely packed in a clamshell with removeable top and the accessories are in another clamshell beneath that.

Momo comes with a sword, cup and saucer, and a slew of hands ( pairs of fists, grip, relaxed, splayed, thumb up, pointing and one special teacup holding hand). Now normally I’d do a little research on where the character comes from and try to get an understanding of his accessories and if they are appropriate, but I thought it might be fun to just remain in the dark and take them as they come this time around.

The sword has a good amount of sharp detail with a nice wash to bring out the grip detail and very clean paint application on the raised black symbols. It fits perfectly in the sword hands and has a long enough grip and functional articulation so he can wield it two handed.

The teacup and saucer also have some neat designs printed on them and inside the cup there appears to be a colored foam or whipped cream of some kind. Momo holds the cup well with the special tea cup holding hand and the saucer can be balanced on the relaxed hand.

I’m having a lot of fun trying to imagine why the heck he comes with the saucer. Is it a taunt for opponents, a special alien drink from his alternate dimension, or perhaps just an after action cool down treat? I almost don’t want to know the real answer.

The hands all swap easily and securely and provide a nice variety of posing options. I give this guy extra points for being able to hit a Buddy Christ pose.

The sculpting detail on this guy is exquisite. He’s got this really brilliant helmet design where it looks like there is a silver grinning skeleton underneath this demonic/insectoid oni mask. The black details give me a bit of a Darth Maul vibe to him and they are very cleanly painted. The spikes also have a nice sharpness to them and he benefits from not being a mass market toy.

He’s closer to real six inch scale, so kind of small for Marvel Legends, but will work nicely with G.I. Joe Classified or Articulated Icons. I’m thinking this guy is probably a Kamen Rider villain or an anti-hero from a similar type of show and he works well with those figures.

Articulation is so good on this figure and makes him a joy to play with. It does have a lighter overall feel to it than most western super articulated figures, but feels on par with a lot of imports. This guy is on the sturdy end of import toys, though and the articulation doesn’t feel too fiddly or loose. Momo has:

  • Swivel/hinge shoulders, wrists, hips, and ankles
  • Swivel biceps and thighs
  • Ball and socket neck, head, mid-torso, waist, shoulder pads, and where the shoulder attaches to the torso
  • Double hinged knees and elbows
  • Hinged toes
  • Rocker ankles and lower knee

The lower knee rocker is something I haven’t seen before and it’s basically a limited swivel on the bottom half of the knee assembly. I’m not sure it is wholly necessary, but doesn’t seem to get in the way.

The torso armor is connected slightly loosely with some give to it, so the shoulder pads can slide under the armor when lifting the arms. The shoulder pads attach to the shoulder at a ball joint, so there is a slight give to them and they can also slide over the torso armor. It is one of the nicer shoulder armor designs I’ve seen in a while.

The ball joints in the waist, torso, head, and neck all give really nice side to side tilt. Forward ab crunching is not quite as nice, but he looks down very well. Looking up is hindered a bit by the shape of the armor collar. The ball joints that connect the shoulders to the torso allow for some nice butterfly shoulder movement and help the figure hit those two-handed sword poses.

Paint is also very nice on this figure with a shiny gloss on the armor parts and sharp, clean work on all the tiny armor details. My favorite part is the dark wash applied to the silver teeth visible through the open mask mouth.

Overall I love Momo a whole heck of a lot. He’s super fun to pose and blends in nicely with a bunch of my collections. He was a little pricey as you can expect for imported super-articulated figures, but I feel like I got my money’s worth.