S.H.Figuarts Sky High
Firstly, I’d like to thank Angolz for reserving this one for me. It was practically sold out everywhere online within a couple of hours of its release and it’s not hard to see why!
From the stupendously awesome anime series “Tiger & Bunny” comes the most popular hero in Sternbild City, and the winner of last season’s “King of Heroes” title – Sky High!
Keith Goodman, aka Sky High is a very well mannered, good hearted and self repeating man. He has the power to manipulate the wind which he uses as a weapon by creating concentrated blasts and spiral balls, he also uses this power to save falling citizens by creating upward gusts to catch them, and with the help of a jet pack he is able to stream the wind which allows him to fly.
Name: Sky High
Designer: Masakazu Katsura
Material: PVC, ABS, Zndc
Release: Feb 2012
Original Price: ¥4,500 (approx. $53AUD / $55USD)
Height: 167mm / 6.57inches
Standard S.H.Figuarts packaging design covered in Sky High livery, very nice. On the back the photos are laid out in manga style frames to tie in with the anime. The figure itself rests in between two plastic trays, no twisty wires in sight making the contents easy to remove and place back – collector friendly design at its best!
Sky high comes with a few essential accessories as well as two scene specific parts namely the optional head with a broken spike as seen in the fight between Sky High and Jake. Bandai has also been kind enough to include the broken off piece on a separate runner which I’ve not bothered to remove. He also gets his jet back thrust effect parts, optional hand parts for his various air attacks and a Tamashii stage display stand.
I really like the 50s retro cyberpunk design of Sky High. For some reason it reminds me of the “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” movie. I was surprised to find that Bandai decided to make his robe from the harder ABS rather than the softer PVC, it looks great when Sky High is in a standing pose, but in other poses the robe looks stiff and unnatural. Overall the figure is nicely detailed and well put together.
Apart from the robe sticking out and looking unnatural, the rest of the figure has amazing articulation as you would expect from most S.H.Figuarts toys. Sky High features roughly 29 points of articulation in total, this includes double jointed knees and elbows, counting the shoulder ornaments. So as you can imagine, he is very fun to play with!
Once again Bandai have done a great job in this department. There really isn’t anything bad I can say about the paint app on this figure, it simply looks great. The pad printing of the sponsor logos are very clear and tidy and I love that the jet pack thrust effect parts are translucent with a touch of white paint around the jet nozzle base. Even his boots have been painted to a high level of detail even though they are usually hidden behind the robe, now that’s what I call dedication.
Bandai has done a great job with this figure, I’d even go as far to say I like this more than the Wild Tiger toy even though he isn’t the main character. Everything just looks so clean and simple yet detailed if you take a closer look. With no major limb part swapping there is also less of a chance that something will break. I highly recommend this toy to any anime fan, and if you haven’t watched “Tiger & Bunny” yet, please do, you won’t regret it!