Broken Blade Delphine 2nd Type
On my never ending search for new and interesting mecha action figures, I came across this guy when I was in Japan in September. It wasn’t cheap so I was a bit hesitant at first, but curiosity got the better of me and so here he is, please enjoy responsibly!
Broken Blade (a.k.a “Break Blade” ブレイク ブレイド in Japanese) started off as a manga series which is being adopted into six 50 minute animated movies which each of the movies based on the first six graphic novels (can’ wait!).
The story’s main protagonist is Rygart Arrow, who was born without powers into a world of people who can all use magic. Despite this, he becomes best friends with the future King and Queen of the Kingdom during military school. Basically, it is his “special” inability to use magic that allows him to pilot an ancient mecha called “Delphine” which cannot be pilots by any magic users and he must make a choice between two sides.
Name: Broken Blade Delphine 2nd Type
Manufacturer: Sentinel / Sen-Ti-Nel Co. Ltd
Line: RIOTBOT R01
Sculptor: Chemical Attack
Designer: Takayuki Yanase 柳瀬敬之
Material: ABS, PVC, PA
Release: Sept 2010
Original Price: ¥5,524 (approx. $67AUD / $65USD)
Height: 140mm / 5.51inches (To the top of helm)
The packaging design of this toy is not typical of most designs out there, there are no photos or pictures of the actual toy, no description of what it is or where it came from, nothing really to entice the potential customer to make the purchase. It tries a bit too hard to be fancy but fortunately you can flip open the front lid to get a glimpse of the contents. Once opened, the toy sits snugly in plastic trays, with some smaller accessories and instruction booklet packed in separate bags.
When it comes to accessories, Delphine has more than enough. He comes with no less than 4 different sword / lance weapons. There is a Type 4 heavy lance, a Type 2 Gande, test type large sword, an East Seamister, a spear as well as hand parts to hold them. Each of the weapons comes with hilt parts that you need to cut of the sprue and plug onto the handle. There is also a display stand, which is very customizable and looks great with an ABS top layer.
Since I’ve never read the manga, or seen the anime I can’t really say how accurate the toy design is to its original drawings, but I do think it looks great. Every part on this toy is crisp and clean, you can tell it has been accurately produced and carefully assembled. Like a lot of obscure mecha designs, this one also takes a bit of getting used to, but once you are I’m sure you’ll grow to like it. This toy is all plastic (good quality though) so it’s actually rather light and it certainly looks heavier than it actually is.
This was the main reason I bought this figure, the packaging didn’t have much information but luckily there was a sample on display at the store I could play with, and it was awesome. I don’t know how well the photos can show off the articulation, but trust me, this is one of the most well articulated mecha action figures I’ve ever encountered. All the joints are tight and holds poses well, it can kneel with no problems and even sit on the ground with its legs flat on the floor.
Although the colour scheme for this mecha is rather simplistic, paint job is top notch. Body parts are coated in glorious metallic silver/gunmetal paint with subtle red highlights in square details throughout the figure. The only printing detail present are two emblems or flags which I’m assuming is the kingdom’s symbol? One on the collar and the other one the left shoulder, doesn’t really do much for me as they don’t have a lot of detail. I wanted to point out the sword paint job, with black inking applied to the battle scar of the blades, which I think shows great attention to detail.
There are two quite cool mechanisms on this mecha that I want to share with you. Firstly, the knee joints has a folding mechanism that looks really cool, its not the only joint on the knee but it looks like it actually helps hold the pose in place.
The other cool mechanism is the retracting ankle joint. Again, this doesn’t do much just another gimmick but I’d rather have it than not:P And finally, just a photo to show you the relative size of this guy compared to Robot Damashii line Arbalest and GFF Exia.
This is a good toy, but an expensive one at that. If you are a mecha collector like me, then definitely go for it otherwise for the same price there are many other options out there, some including die-cast parts! Anyway, metal is not the only measure of a good toy, I like this toy a lot and I look forward to watching the anime if I can get my hands on it.
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