02/08/98- This is a GI Joe figure wearing Max Factory's vinyl garage kit of the Guyver Zoanoid from the movie Guyver 2: Dark Hero. Not exactly a blockbuster, but an entertaining sci-fi flick. The creature was designed by the talented Steve Wang, who's a great sculptor & designer. Max Factory's garage kit was sculpted by Yoshihito Kobayashi-- it's an incredible piece with intricate detail. This guy's still in the works-- he's got a painful job of painting ahead...

I'd had this kit lying around unbuilt for quite a while, fulfilling its duty as a model dustketcher. My recent purchase of Medicom's very cool Predator & Alien figures inspired me to finally do something about it. I didn't want to do a Garage Kit build up because they're so static-- everyone who's built this kit has a nearly identical version, except for the paint job and base. The thing I appreciate about posable toys is that you can get a lot of different looks out of the same figure.

Of course there is a cost. A non-articulated figure will usually look more realistic because you don't have to compromise look for articulation. I say usually, because the biggest exception to this is seen in film. An elaborate rubber skin can be cast and placed over the actor or articulated armature. That's a lot of work, and I'm sort of a lazy, quick-gratification type.

So this is my mutant-hybrid-quickie solution: Cut up a vinyl kit and glue the parts over a body suit. More or less, the same thing I did with my other small scale Guyver figures. Here's what I avoided doing:
  • tediously resculpting the sections which were distorted by the kit's pose
  • making big, expensive molds
  • pouring rubber in the molds and rotating them till the rubber gels
  • painting rubber, which is an exercise in frustration
Whew. I get tired just thinking about it!

The compromise: vinyl is just too stiff, so the costume had to be redesigned to retain the figure's articulation. The thigh fittings were snipped, and the abdomen detail needed to be snatched from the back's excess detail. The part I'm most sorry to lose is the underlying fibrous muscle detail. That stuff looks cool, and I've thought of sculpting & casting sections of generic fibrous detail in rubber to use in place of the kidskin bodysuit.

On the other hand...


Mondo Guyver (smaller scale kits)

Last modified: Saturday, January 6, 2001 6:20 PM