Wave 1:10 Briareos Hechatonchires
During my last trip to Japan, I stumbled across a line of action figures I’d never seen before, 1:10 scale figures of the Appleseed Saga: Ex Machina characters. I didn’t buy it on the spot as the price was a bit steep at first glance as I knew nothing about this line. After getting back home, I did some research and purchased Briareos right away as I was very happy with what I had found and wanted to share this with you, my readers!
Description from the packaging: Member of the Olympus ES.W.A.T partner of Deunan, both at work and in private life. Severely injured in the last global war, his body is now seventy five percent state-of-the-artmechanical components, making him one of the most highly advanced Cyborgs on the planet. “Hechatonchires” is the perticular(spelt as on packaging) Cyborg design system used on Briareos, and means “The giant with a handred(spelt as on packaging) arms”. Though very powerful, the Hechatonchires design can also be quite unstable – in fact, Briareos is the last surviving user of this experimental system.
Name: Briareos Hechatonchires [First Edition]
Manufacturer: Wave Corporation
Line: APPLESEED SAGA: EX MACHINA
Designer: Masamune Shirow (士郎 正宗)
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: Aug 2008
Original Price: ¥12,600 (approx. $155AUD / $147USD)
Secondary Market Price: $130USD – $200USD
Height: 200mm / 7.87inches (to top of antennas)
The 1:10 Ex Machina line of action figures comes in a very cool and unique style of packaging. The outside isn’t the typical cardboard box, but rather a folded pvc box with printing. This means you can see the toy from every angle before you make the purchase. Inside, the figure is encased in a snap fitting tray which fits on top of a cardboard tray that also stores the accessories. Everything fits together very nicely and effortlessly.
Briareos comes all his standard armaments, as well as an assortment of hands to use them. He comes with 2 pairs of the PROMETEUS M-08 Cyborg Pistols and his massive ENIGMA M-117 Anti-Material rifle. Why does he get 2 pairs of the pistols you ask? Well, here why…one pair comes with soft rubber holsters that you can attach to his thighs, and the other pair has little ball joints that you can attach directly to his thighs without the holsters. Ok it still doesn’t really explain why he needs both pairs but I’m not complaining.
From most angles Briareos looks great. There is heaps of intricate detailing (straps, buckles etc) in the body work as well as add-on accessories such as the pouches around his waist. But from certain angles, for example the straight on rear view, he kinda looks chubby, overladen and cumbersome perhaps, what do you think?
For a figure with this price tag you’d expect it to be pretty good in all departments, and it is. Articulation is great, the joints are a plenty and they are just the right tightness to maintain posture for such a big figure. It has joints in all the places you’d expect it to have, and then some. The thighs can rotate, the toes can bend and the shoulders are cleverly double jointed (shown later).
If you look closely at the figure, you can actually read the fine pad print which I think is pretty amazing considering the text is only about 1mm in height. “Hechatonchires System” printed on the front and back of his head, and “Olympus Police ES.W.A.T” badge printed on his left arm. The paint job on the whole is very decent. There are no bleeds or overspray as far as I can see, and metallic parts have been well replicated.
Time to show you the clever shoulder articulation I was talking about earlier. There are actually 3 sections that make up this area, the arm, the shoulder pad section, and the vest. The arms are ball jointed onto the shoulder pad section, which has a swivel joint attaching to the vest section which is able to be pushed back and forth. This series of joints allow Briareos to “hunch” his shoulders, very useful for holding that huge rifle of his.
Being a 1:10 scale figure, he stands just slightly taller than the 7” figures, Karas Otoha shown here for comparison. And standing side by side with his Hot Toys 1:20 companion, you can see the difference in size and bulk.
This is very much a collector’s toy going by its price point and level of intricacy, and a good one at that. I was totally surprised at how good this toy was, posing was a breeze and paint job is done to a very high level. Wave has done an excellent job with this one, I wonder if the Deunan Knute figure is just as good \(˙3˙)/?
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