Fewture EX Gokin Shin Getter 1
This review has been almost 2 years in the making, well 23 months of waiting on the figure plus a week of photography. I must say, it was well worth the wait! Special thanks to Toyntoys for their great service!
The Fewture EX Gokin toy line is based on the designs and artwork of the legendary Sato Taku, aka “Professor Robo” (佐藤 [ ロボ師 ] 拓). Unfortunately this brilliantly talented man passed away in his prime, but he left for us something very special.
Name: Shin Getter 1
Manufacturer: Art Storm Co. Ltd
Line: Fewture EX Gokin
Sculptor: Alan Moriguchi
Designer: Sato Taku
Material: ABS, PVC, POM, Zndc
Release: June 2011
Original Price: ¥34,800 (approx. $420AUD / $450USD)
Height: 260mm / 14.17inches
Fewture Shin Getter 1 came in a massive cardboard box, very well packed and protected. The actual box of the toy is wrapped in a plastic bag to further protect the precious contents. The box has a slip on sleeve which is very nicely made with high quality gloss paper. The deep red colour gives the whole thing a luxurious feel. The box itself is made from a very sturdy card stock with a beautiful close up monotone shot of Shin Getter 1’s chest, a sign of what to expect inside!
Once you lift open the outer box, you’ll see the polystyrene boxes which hold the toy and accessories. There are two of these polystyrene boxes one on top of each other, the top one contains the figure and body accessories, while the bottom box holds all the weapons. Every piece of the toy is wrapped in plastic bags.
Shin Getter 1 gets a load of accessories, as you will see in the following photos. It’s almost too much to get your head around at first so I thought I’d take photos of the instruction sheets showing everything that is included, and how they are used.
Not only do you get an awesome Shin Getter 1 figure with this offering, you also get the Shin Eagle jet which is made almost entirely from die-cast. The Shin Eagle comes with its own purpose built display stand which can swivel and turn. There are a few different configurations possible with the jet, you can leave it as it is, or turn the wing sections up and fit either a pair of red wings, or the arm blades off Shin Getter 1’s forearms. The blades were rather difficult to pop into place so I only attached one side. Turning the wing sections back down, you can also fit the devil wing onto the Shin Eagle!
Due to the size and weight of Shin Getter 1, it is a good idea to place him on a display stand while on display. However, the design of this particular display stand was utterly crap. Yes, there is a nice big round base and it comes with a pair (different height) of adjustable aluminium support poles, BUT in order to fit the clip to the figure you have to wrestle around and somehow wedge it behind Shin Getter 3’s head – in the process scrapping off a whole lot of paint and doing damage to the toy!!!!!!! Take my advice, leave the stand in the box and if anyone figures out how to turn back time, please let me know so I can undo the damage.
Moving onto something a bit more positive, Shin Getter 1 gets two optional face parts. I’m not sure what the story is with the second one with the golden eyes, but they are both rather nice. These face parts are moulded in clear then painted making all those green bits translucent, and if you look closely you can see the teeth of the inner face through the mouth lens.
Next, we move onto the devil wings. I’ve heard a lot of stories about them being ultra fragile, and Art Storm even have a page on their website warning customers about this so it must be true. I was ultra careful with mine, and put them away immediately after I took these photos so thankfully mine are still intact. They do look great, and peg into Shin Getter 1’s back rather nicely. The wings are made in 4 sections each with enough movement to fully contract or expand.
What’s Shin Getter 1 without its signature weapons? These of course are the Getter Scythe and Getter Tomahawk, and they are huge! The Getter Scythe is almost the same size as the ones my granddad used to use in the rice fields! Not quite, but still they are pretty big. What’s great about them is that the ornate ends of these weapons are die- cast, giving them a nice weighty feel.
Last but not least, Shin Getter 1 comes with a pair of rifles. These things can be taken apart and reconfigured in heaps of different ways. You can make a big blaster, small blaster, double barrelled gun, sniper rifle, double pistols, or whatever else you can come up with. But I still prefer the standard double rifle configuration, they look great!
I know this guy isn’t to everyone’s taste, especially for those of you who prefer the simple clean lines of the classic Go Nagai designs, but to me this is an evolution. In short, this is Shin Getter 1 on steroids – gone wild! I love the organic lines and the mechanical detail Sato Taku has given this character. The Shin Getter 1 has loads of die-cast with the figure itself weighing in at almost 1kg. Die-cast parts include most of the torso covers, chest pieces, shoulders, forearms, waist and buttocks, thighs, lower legs and both feet.
The Shin Getter 1 is very well articulated with nice ratchet joints in most places. I counted a total of 31 joints but I could be wrong (and I usually am =P) but it gives you an idea. The joints that are ratcheted are the shoulder rotation joints, shoulder lift joints, elbow joints, wrist joints, hip joints, knee joints (double) and the feet joints. The joints that SHOULD have been ratcheted are the shoulder forward/backward roll joints, these were quite loose and tend to flop around a bit, which caused some paint chip!
When I first opened up the box and took the figure out, I was amazed by the quality of paint on the toy. The paint job on the metal parts was super glossy, very even and very rich in colour. There is also a high level of detail paint app on the smaller plastic parts, including the head and the back.
However, as I got more familiar with the toy and played around a bit more with it I noticed just how fragile the paint app was – which is not a good thing. I also noticed that the right elbow joint had traces of someone’s finger print? Maybe even some skin?! Strange. Back to the paint, there are a few places on this toy where paint chipping is possible, even unavoidable. The left feet of my toy came pre-chipped, then I chipped the top of Getter 3’s head and the lower edge of the torso when I tried to attach the stupid display stand, then I made a scratch on the right shoulder when the arm flopped forward! As I’m writing this review, I also noticed that the buttock flaps has chipped against the back of the thighs…sigh.
The Shin Getter 1 features an opening chest area where the core is stored. The chest pieces fit very snugly onto the torso so there is no chance of them falling off. The core itself is highly detailed with a blue, red and yellow translucent tube inside the clear casing.
Lastly to give those of you unfamiliar with this line an idea of just how big this guy is, I’ve put it up against the Aoshima Shin Seiki Gokin Shin Getter 1, and the Revoltech Shin Getter 1. The Fewture version is huge!
This guy is huge, high in metal content, well designed, looks bad ass, highly articulated, comes with heaps of accessories and will definitely become a highly sort after collectible, but its just too damn expensive. During pre-order the Fewture Shin Getter 1 was initially list for around $400USD, by the time it was release it ended up being closer to $600USD which made a lot of people not so happy – including me.
I do love this toy, even with all its little faults. If I had known earlier, I would have kept the display stand in the box, and been a bit more careful with the paint. It’s a lot of money to splash on a toy, so I’m not going to say I would recommend this one to everyone as you can probably do a lot more with the same money.
Thanks for getting all the way through the long review, hope you’ve enjoyed it!