Guyver I – Bio Boosted Armor 強殖装甲ガイバー
Max Factory has brought to life an impressive line of characters from the popular manga / anime world of Guyver. I have only recently finished watching the 2005 series of Guyver: The Bioboosted Armour 強殖装甲ガイバー, and I love my Guyver action figures now more than ever!
Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor is a 26 episode anime series based on the long running manga written by Yoshiki Takaya. The series was first aired in 2005, and was based on the first 1 to 59 chapters of the manga.
The main protagonist in this series, a 17 year old high school student Sho Fukamachi (深町 晶) comes across one of the inactive Unit-G (Guyver Unit), accidentally activating it and becomes Guyver 1. Pursued by the evil organization known as Chronos who wishes to take over the world (what else could an evil coporation want?), Sho must now fight back against Zoanoids (genetically engineered humans than can turn into monsters) sent by Chronos in pursuit of the Guyver units and protect the ones he cares about in order to regain his life back.
Name: Guyver I / Image Head Plus BFC 05+
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Line: Bio Fighter Collection MAX
Designer: Yoshiki Takaya
Material: PVC, ABS, POM
Original Price: ¥4,200 (approx. $60AUD / $45USD)
Secondary Market Price: $130USD – $199USD
Height: 180mm / 7inches
The BFC 05+ packaging differs slightly from the original 2005 Guyver 1 release, not only is there an extra head, the main colour of the inner cardboard artwork is now red. The graphics of the figure also shows the new image head, other than that the packaging remains quite similar. I must say, Max factory has put a lot of thought into packaging for this line, the figure and accessories sits nicely in between plastic liners, that slips into a cardboard inner box, that slips into another clear plastic box. All without destroying or removing anything apart from one tape that holds the outer box shut. This allows collectors to place their figures back into the box for storage and ensures they keep their value – a real bonus for adult collectors.
Guyver I comes with a few pairs of interchangeable hands, extended high frequency swords, inactive Unit-G and also a display stand (not shown). With the image head plus release, you also get an extra head, with half of Sho’s face showing, and also a grasping hand with part of the Guyver’s face armour to replicate the manga cover art of which the extra accessories are based on. All of the accessories are a good addition to the figure, even the Unit-G, although not really interactive with the figure, it’s still a nice thing to have as it shows the original form of the Guyver Units.
Sculpt on this figure is amazing as always as can be expected from Max Factory, it is very much anime accurate down to even the very smallest detail such as the sonic orbs (silver spheres) on the face, and the control metal (silver circle) on the forehead. The form is also very nicely proportioned, he looks strong and agile whatever the pose you put him in.
One thing that I was really impressed with this line was the fact that Max Factory have taken the time to do new sculpts for each of the three Guyvers, this is evident when you place them together as they are different heights as seen in the anime, Guyver I being the shortest of the three.
This figure has an impressive 15 points of articulation (counting elbow and knee double joints as one point), and can be placed in all the poses as seen in the anime. Using various materials also helped with the articulation, the thighs for example are covered with the soft PVC material that extends all the way up to the waist. This figure is also very well balanced in most poses, it did come with a stand but I found it unnecessary so have kept it in the box. The one negative about this figure is that the shoulder pads tends to keep falling off when handling the figure and it does hinder the shoulder joints slightly.
Not really much I can say about the paint job, apart from brilliant. The colour matching is great and all the little details are well painted with no overspray etc. There is good variation of tone across body parts, and good use of ink to bring out the shadows. There is a slight colour difference on the thighs (being on different material) to the rest of the body, but it is hardly noticeable.
Wherever you look on this figure, there is an incredible amount of detail. Starting from the head, every little thing has been sculpted with 100% accuracy and attention. Moving onto the chest, it can be opened to show the Megasmasher (Guyver’s most powerful energy blast weapon). Moulded with a clear gel like finish, it really does look organic and biological. The elbow joints are also well designed, being able to bend more than 90 degrees to allow Guyver to pull open his chest for the Megasmasher.
A couple of things to note, when changing the hands and frequency swords, be very careful as the pegs are quite small and can be fragile. I’ve heard of a few people breaking theirs and this can be quite painful as the figure will never be the same even after repairs. Speaking of breaking, I was quite unfortunate to have snapped the ball joint on the head when switching heads, it is now super glued back on and I have filed the ball joint down slightly to make it easier to change the heads to prevent future breakages. This may be a good thing to do if you’re worried about your figure, but do not file down too much as this may make the heads too loose.
This is a great figure to have in your collection even though it is a re-issue, the Image head plus release may be a better choice for first time collectors of this line as it gives you the extra head, however it is usually more expensive and harder to find.
The secondary market price of these figures have been held relatively high due to their rarity and demand, they are mostly sold out everywhere so be prepared to pay a premium if you can find one. If you do want one of these figures in your collection and are not too fussed about which character to collect, Guvyer II is usually cheaper and easier to find, and have the same amount of detail and quality as all other figures in the line. Definitely worth getting!
Thanks for reading my toy review!