S.H.Figuarts Garo Lost Shine (Ryuga) Ver.
GARO: Yami o Terasu Mono (GARO: The one who shines in the darkness) is the third season of the Garo live action TV series with a new story line. Since the fall of the last Garo, the armour has been hidden away and protected by Makai Priests. The loss of its golden shine signifies that the armour is now weakened. Ryuga is the next Makai Knight to possess the Garo armour in this story.
Name: Garo Ryuga Ver.
Series: Yami o Terasu Mono
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: Feb 2016
Original Price: ¥5,940JPY
Height: 158mm / 6.22inches
Ryuga is a Tamashii Web exclusive release so it does come packed in the brown shipper box, unfortunately I don’t have this as I bought the figure second hand. The actual packaging is very slim and compact, feels more like a gift box than your average toy packaging. The graphic is very minimalist, it has a nice artwork of Garo at the front and a single photo of the toy at the back with some brief text. Overall very collector friendly.
Ryuga comes with his Garo-ken (sword), pair of open palm hands, pair of weapon holding fists, pair of all finger pointing cursing hands and a right handed sword holding on a forward tilt hand. Accessories wise this is very sparse but it’s enough to do the job.
Having never really watched the show I can’t comment on how accurate the sculpt is to its on-screen counterpart but the proportions of the toy is very well balanced, with a slightly more anime style than real life, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The armour detail on this figure is is nice and crisp and jam packed at that. The joint areas are matte in finish with textured under-suit style design, which shows great attention to detail. Unlike the previous Garo toy from 5 years ago, this one is all plastic, so no more die-cast feet.
Ryuga has great articulation as can be expected from the S.H.Figuarts line. All the joints feel smooth yet perfectly balanced so that it’s not too tight to move, yet tight enough to hold poses all day long. The head has a full range of movement thanks to a double ball joint and hinged neck however the collar on the armour design does restrict some side to side movement. The shoulder is on a pin and hinge joint, it has bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, pin and hinged wrist with a ball joint to connect to the hands. There is a torso ball joint but it doesn’t have much range. The waist is on a ball joint as are the hips, the hips can extend down to give the legs more space to move. The legs have thigh swivel, double jointed knees, pin and hinged ankle rocker and toe articulation. Overall very well articulated figure with good execution on most of the joints, the only pose I had trouble with was the side kick, but I don’t expect anyone wearing heavy armour to be able to do a high side kick.
I love the fact this Garo armour isn’t fully golden, it makes the golden bits really stand out and gives him a bit of a dark aura. The paint app is very tidy, nothing to fault at all.
You can see how far this line has evolved in 5 years just by comparing Ryuga to the previous Garo figure from 5 years ago, even when compared to Zero, which I consider a superior figure to Garo, the improvements to the proportions can be seen quite clearly.
S.H.Figuart figures are typically close 1/12 to scale, however they are slightly on the small side when compared to standard 6″ figures such as Marvel Legends.
I was as chuffed as a kid in a candy store when I learnt that Garo was coming back to the S.H.Figuarts line and Ryuga certainly did not disappoint, in fact it exceeded all my expectations. The design is better, the joints are smoother and tighter, the paint and material is just as good as before even without the die-cast feet. If you’re a fan of Garo, or just Japanese action figures in general I highly recommend picking this guy up. He is a Tamashii Web exclusive but with so many 3rd party vendors these days they aren’t as hard to get your hands on as they used to be. I also recommend watching “Garo: The Animation” if you want to know more about this franchise but like me, not particularly into live action TV shows.