Composite Ver. Ka Temjin
This was one of my favourite arcade games back in my high school days, but at $2 (that was a lot back then!) a pop it wasn’t a game I could play often which meant I never really got very good at it. However, I did quite like the mecha design, even though Temjin wasn’t the Virtuaroid of my choice it’s still great to see it being made into a toy.
Line: Composite Ver. Ka
Designer: Katoki Hajime
Material: ABS, PVC, POM
Release: Oct 2010
Original Price: ¥4,800 (approx. $60AUD / $62USD)
Height: 148mm / 5.82inches
Packaging is relatively compact and slim, there is a bit of wasted space being in a box format but this is pretty standard nowadays. The box itself is quite sturdy, it features a large display window at the front which wraps around to the top allowing a view of the contents. Inside, there is a backing card with a nice artwork of Temjin that sits behind the plastic liners which holds the toy in place.
Temjin comes packed with quite a few weapons, ready to wreck havoc. It comes equipped with the MPBL-7mk2-d assault rifle, the MPBL-7mk3 beam rifle, a power bomb and beam blade attachment for the beam rifle. Other accessories include an optional soft type antenna for the head, disc for the backpack, optional hands and a display stand. The weapons fit very nicely and easily in the hands and the bomb has a little tab which fits into the open palm hand.
I can’t say that I remember Temjin very much from the games as I didn’t used to use him, however compared to the artwork on the packaging backing card, I’d say this toy is relatively accurate to its original design. Being an original Katoki Hajime design, it doesn’t surprise me as this line is overseen by the man himself. In terms of materials used, the toy feels great and the details are really quite sharp thanks to the use of ABS on the external parts.
Temjin is one nimble Virtuaroid, it features many useful joints which holds poses beautifully. What I like about this toy is that all the joints are relatively simple yet effective. The head shoulders and hips for example are on ball joints which works well and give a huge range of movement. Temjin also features toe articulation which really helps with a lot of the wide stance poses.
This toy also features plenty of pad printing detail, a signature of Katoki’s works. The paint app is really nice and tidy which is further accentuated with the use of translucent parts. Its worth noting that there is a pearl paint effect on all the blue and white parts of the toy which the photos may not have picked up very well.
There is quite a fun gimmick on this toy and that is the opening console styled backpack which houses the boosters. As you open the lid of the console, a little tab lifts the disc up.
When compared to the 1/144 scale GFF RX-78-02 Gundam, the Temjin stands only about half a head taller, but due to the body proportions it does feel much bigger than the GFF counterpart.
This guy is by no means my favourite mecha, nor was he the mecha I chose when I used to play this game, but this toy was just so much fun to play with that I’d happily recommend it to anyone. Another great thing about this toy is that it is mostly overlooked, so most places (HLJ, AmiAmi) have him on sale at the moment for a great price, get yours today and enjoy the fun!