AV-98 Ingram Labor 1 WXIII
The AV-98 Ingram Patlabor used to be my all time favourite mecha when I was a kid, but for some reason I got over it and was off Patlabors for a while. That is until recently when I started watching the anime series again. It brought back all the wonderful memories and reminded me why this is such a kick ass mecha, and an even better anime series!
The AV-98 Ingram mobile police Patlabor is the top of the line crime fighting labor (until the Peacekeeper) made by Shinohara Heavy Industries (a fictional labor manufacturer). Put into service in the hands of the Second Section of the Special Vehicles division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
This particular version is from the third Patlabor movie “WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3” released in 2001.
Name: AV-98 Ingram Labor 1
Manufacturer: Wave Corp.
Material: ABS, PVC, PC, Die-cast
Release: Jan 2010
Original Price: ¥13,800 (approx. $163AUD / $170USD)
Height: 193mm / 7.59inches
The Ingram is presented in a cardboard box with simple, effective and well laid out graphics. Actual photos of the toy is used to illustrate the front and shows features at the back. Down the sides, there are screenshots taken from the anime movie with description about the Ingram and storyline (In Japanese). The toy itself is held within a polystyrene casing which protects the figure and accessories.
The Ingram comes with quite a lot of useful accessories, everything it needs to fight off the baddies. For close combat there is an optional protective visor part for its head and a pair of police batons (one extended, one retracted). The retracted baton can be stored under its riot shield on the left arm. Just like in the anime series, the Ingram comes with a revolver cannon which can be stored in its right leg compartment. Last but not the least, the Ingram can is also equipped with a riot gun, which is basically a pump action shot gun with retractable stock.
Every aspect, every detail of the Ingram design has been brought to life in this toy. I love the high hip proportions of this particular version, it looks very athletic and capable. There is a fair bit of die-cast used in this toy giving it a very healthy heft – the die-cast parts being the lower legs and feet. The joints are covered with a lightweight but durable rubber which looks great and works well (doesn’t get in the way). Overall, I’m more than impressed.
In terms of articulation, I didn’t have high hopes for this toy seeing as how Wave Corp’s Helldiver toy was so poorly articulated. However, to my pleasant surprise I found that the design of this toy was totally different to the Helldiver. There is a good range of movement in all of the joints which means this Ingram can even strike a kneeling pose! I’m not saying the Ingram is super flexible, but it has all the right joints and movement you’d expect from a mecha.
There is simply too much to show on this figure so I’ll point out just a few of the awesome paint apps and print apps on the toy. As you can see there is a lot of delicate panel lining applied to the toy which adds a lot of depth to the sculpt. This toy is literally covered with prints, from the Second Division emblem on the shoulders, to the nickname “Alphonse” given affectionately by its pilot Noah Izumi, to the number plates on the waist (front and back). Even the antenna on the head has the model designation “AV98 INGRAM” printed, now that’s what I call commitment to detail!
Not only is this amazing to look at, it also has quite a few fun features and gimmicks. The head visor part can be swapped over, unfortunately it isn’t built in but it’s a relatively simple process of taking the forehead part off and swapping it over.
Over to the back, the back piece clips off easily and here you can operate another two gimmicks on the toy. The long button on the top when pressed in pops up the flood lights on the chest, and the slider allows the pilot to move between the up and down position in the main body.
Here you can see the pilot is in the “up” position looking out the neck of the Ingram. Noah’s face is still recognizable even at this size! The front of the chest opens up to reveal the cockpit, its pretty nicely detailed too.
Lastly, comparison of the Wave Ingram 1 with a few other Patlabor toys in my collection. First up is the Wave Helldiver, both are 1:48 scale so its no surprise they look good together. Secondly, the Ingram is placed up against CM’s Brave Gokin Griffon Labor, again, they look to be in scale although the Griffon Labor is technically “non-scaled”. Lastly, up against CM’s Brave Gokin Ingram, the Wave version is quite a lot larger, conversely the CM’s version is quite a lot smaller as the Wave Ingram is in scale with most of the other Patlabor toys.
This is a very high quality version of the popular AV-98 Ingram Labor in toy form. Every aspect of the toy has been carefully designed and reproduced in 1:48 scale so its no wonder it costs this much!
I highly recommend this toy to any Patlabor fan, mecha fan or anyone looking for a well executed toy. The WXIII version is easier to come by (and cheaper too) than the standard version, so if you don’t mind the few minor difference with the paint/decal and the hand design, then I’d go for it.
Thanks for reading, hope you’ve enjoyed it!