S.H.Figuarts Wild Tiger
Wild Tiger from “Tiger & Bunny” is finally here! One of the best anime series I’ve ever laid eyes on, seriously!
From the anime series Tiger & Bunny, the main protagonist Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, aka Wild Tiger is a veteran “NEXT” (individuals with super powers) living and working in a futuristic city called Sternbild City. The superheros of Sternbild City are sponsored by real life companies and their heroic activities are broadcasted on the popular television show “Hero TV” where they each try to accumulate points and improve their hero ranking. At the end of each season the highest ranked hero is crowned “King of Heroes”.
Name: Wild Tiger
Designer: Masakazu Katsura
Material: ABS, PVC, POM, Zndc
Release: Oct 2011
Original Price: ¥4,500 (approx. $56AUD / $58USD)
Height: 148mm / 5.82inches
The packaging format is the same as other S.H.Figuart releases, a thin profile cardboard box with a large front window. Keeping in theme with the anime, it comes draped in vibrant and exciting Tiger & Bunny style graphics. On the back there are dynamic photos depicting the features of the toy and a short description of the character in Japanese. Very nice.
Wild Tiger comes with a pair of wire gun parts, Good Luck Mode right arm part, 2 extra pairs of optional hands and surprisingly a custom Wild Tiger damashii stand. To attach the wire gun part, the arm armour parts needs to be pull off and the wire gun parts sandwiched in between, this process is relatively simple. Getting the Good Luck Mode right arm part in place requires a little bit of bravery as you do need to tug the right arm off with a bit of force, but everything seems to be pretty solid. The damashii stand is a nice inclusion as this allows Wild Tiger to be placed in mid-flight poses.
Wild Tiger’s armour looks just as good in toy form as it does in the anime. The molds are very sharp and highly detailed especially around torso area. There are a lot of clear and translucent parts used in this figure and it really adds a whole new level of detail to the toy. My first impressions of the toy when I picked it up was that it felt quite solid but very bottom heavy thanks to its die-cast feet. This turned out to be a good thing as it balances the figure quite well.
As can be expected from the S.H.Figuarts line, this toy has amazing articulation. Featuring articulated toes, double jointed knees and elbows, ball joint hips and articulated waist and chest, the toy can recreate just about any poses from the anime. The only place where articulation was restricted is the head, due to the large collar design on his chest armour Wild Tiger is unable to look upwards. I have also heard stories about the leg joints breaking on this toy, fortunately this has not happened to mine but best to be careful.
On the whole the paint app is quite good, although there are a few bits which I think could have been done better, especially because S.H.Figuarts are supposed to be really good in this department. The clear shoulder pads are somewhat cloudy in appearance, and the paint app hazy. However all the pad printing logos and Wild Tiger’s chest logo appear to be clean and sharp.
Compared to the S.H.figuart Kamen Rider figures, Wild Tiger stands just slightly taller and as you can see the proportions are very different. Anime vs Tokusatsu!
If you’ve seen the anime, you’ll understand how awesome Wild Tiger is, and you’ll also understand why this toy is so sought after! Not only is this an awesome character from an awesome anime, the toy itself is also very well made. I’ve had no problems with mine so far but do take into account there are people out there who’ve had broken joints and smudged print detail. I think as long as you are careful with it, it’ll be a great addition to any collection.
Thanks for reading as always:)