S.H.Figuarts Golden Knight GARO

Background:

Here’s another great figure from the live action tokusatsu franchise – Garo, this time from Bandai’s highly articulated S.H.Figuarts line. It is the first toy from the Garo franchise to appear in the S.H.F line, and if its anything to go by, future releases will be something to look forward to.

S.H.Figuarts Garo

Name: Golden Knight GARO
Manufacturer: Bandai
Line: S.H.Figuarts
Sculptor:
Designer:
Scale: Non-scale
Material: ABS, PVC, POM, Zndc
Release: April 2011
Original Price: ¥4,500 (approx. $53AUD / $56USD)
Height: 160mm / 6.29inches

Packaging:

The box art of the packaging has been carefully designed to follow the style and feel of the TV show and it looks great. Box material isn’t the most sturdy stock but with the plastic trays inside supporting it, it’s not too bad. Window at the front allows a sneak peak of the toy inside.

  • S.H.Figuarts Garo packaging front
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo packaging back
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo packaging inside plastic tray
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo packaging cape plastic tray

Accessories:

Not that he needs much, but Garo doesn’t come with a lot of accessories. He comes with his Garouken (sword) which has a working sheath, and his cape or mantle as the Japanese like to call it. One complaint I have is that the sword seems rather short, and slim compared to the figure itself.

  • S.H.Figuarts Garo's sword and sheath
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo's cape/mantle

Form/Sculpt:

As with all S.H.Figuart toys, the design and sculpting is super clean and precise. To top it all off, it is made with high quality materials including die-cast feet for great balance. However, with toys like this which are made to almost perfection there is always the feeling that somewhere along the way it has lost its “soul”, the time and effort a sculptor spends carefully crafting the master mold which gives the toys character is lost.

S.H.Figuarts Golden Knight Garo

Articulation/Action:

I’m always impressed with the articulation of S.H.Figuart toys, there are always enough joints to place the figure in most any position imaginable. With Garo, you will get 26 points of articulation, all of which are just the right tightness except for the waist which is just slightly loose.

  • S.H.Figuarts Garo drawing his sword
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo ready for combat
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo kneeling
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo side kick, heyah!
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo defend!
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo posing heroically

Paint/Print:

The sculpt is not the only thing that is clean with this figure. The paint job is also remarkably clean and tidy. As hard as I try I just cannot find any faults anywhere. I do wish that the “Gold” of the armour was more metallic, from a distance it does look yellow-ish.

  • S.H.Figuarts Garo head paint detail
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo waist area paint detail
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo cape paint detail
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo cape paint detail
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo ears paint detail
  • S.H.Figuarts Garo sword paint detail

Detail/Features:

Just a few size comparisons to give you an idea of the scale of this toy. First up is the S.H.F toy compared to the Kiwami Damashii Garo, much bigger and “cleaner”. Compared to the Hasbro 6” Iron Man MK VI, they are about the same scale which is nice, CycloneJoker also around the same size.

  • S.H.Figuarts Garo vs Kiwami Damashii Garo
  • Hasbro Iron Man MK VI vs S.H.Figuarts Garo vs S.H.Figuarts CycloneJoker

Overall:

At ¥4,500 this is one of the more expensive toys from the S.H.Figuart line. It is a really nice toy and definitely worth getting if you are a fan of the show, but if not it may be worth waiting until this guy goes on sale somewhere, if there are any left.

I really like the character design although I only managed to watch about 5 episodes of the show before I got slightly bored (largely due to the lack of subtitles:P) but I’m still happy that I picked him up, he looks great with my other 6” toys.

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