Figma 049 Aegis アイギス
All I can say with this one is, hot! I’m usually not a big collector of the Figma series action figures but I do admire the quality of the toy line. This however was high on my “must get” list!
Brief explanation from wiki:
“In Persona 3, the player takes the role of a male high-school student who joins the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES), a group of students investigating the “Dark Hour,” a time period between one day and the next that few people are aware of. During the Dark Hour, the player enters Tartarus, a large tower containing Shadows, creatures that feed on the minds of humans. To fight the Shadows, each member of SEES is able to summon a Persona, a manifestation of a person’s inner self.”
Name: Aegis アイギス
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Line: Figma 049
Sculptor: MASAKI APSY
Material: PVC, ABS, POM, PP
Release: Nov 2009
Original Price: ¥2,628 (approx. $32AUD / $29USD)
Height: 150mm / 5.9inches
Packaging is solid and classy as always from Figma with nice images and tidy layout of text and information. Aegis sits in between two layers of plastic lining, which interlocks thus requiring no tape to secure the two layers. This is both environmentally and collector friendly. Max Factory have been very thoughtful and wrapped the figure and the Rocket Punch right hand with soft plastic sheet to minimise rubbing and damage during transportation.
Aegis comes with three interchangeable faces (angry, soft smile and distant stare), a Rocket Punch right hand, two magazines that attach to her wrists, clear “heels” for her feet, eight optional hands and a Figma display stand. One thing I noticed, she comes with a pair of weapon holding hands which are closed fist with round hole in the middle but she doesn’t have any hand held weapons?!
When the first images of this Aegis figure appear on the web, I was blown away by the design of this character, that was until I saw Dimension Diver’s custom kit. The Figma version was still good, but I much preferred the more rounded and fuller sculpt from DD. Moving on from this, there are still elements on the Figma version that deserves credit. For a mass produced toy, it has heaps of sharp detail in the hip and shoulder trims and all materials used in this figure are of high quality.
Articulation is pretty good, there is a total of 16 points on this figure and they all have a good range of motion with minimal restrictions. The knees can bend all the way back past 90 degrees, as can the elbows. Aegis can pull off just about as many poses as you can think of!
Paint work here is not to bad overall. Some of the smaller paint detail could have been tidier but you won’t really notice it such as the head detail shown below. The arm band is a nice touch with S.E.E.S printed on it, this is quite impressive considering the armband is made from soft PVC and the shape is irregular. There is also a nicely painted skull detail on the Rocket Punch fist. Most of the small details have paint on them but no panel lines drawn in, which I don’t mind as the figure appears cleaner this way.
The Rocket Fist is a great accessory, and the fist can rotate and actually detach. I haven’t played the game so I’m not sure if this was a feature. Another notable detail are the triangular shapes in the hip trim, they are not just painted on but actually moulded with the cut outs which gives greater depth to the sculpt of the figure.
This is a great figure of a popular game character and is represented well in toy form. It is very detailed and well made action figure with high quality materials and good quality control overall.
If you like the game Persona 3, or if you collect female figures this is a no brainer. However for those you that do not know the game or collect female figures, I’d recommend this figure to those of you that like mechas and robots but want something slightly different in your collection.
Thanks for reading my toy review!