Alrighty, this time I’m going to do a review one of my big brother’s figure collection, which is Legacy of Revoltech: ARL-99 Helldiver manufactured by Kaiyodo from one of the famous anime mecha Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor. The mecha is named ARL-99 (Airborne Reconnaissance Labor Type 99), & codenamed as “Helldiver”, is a military paratrooper labor (mecha) employed by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force Airborne Labor Battalion set in the Mobile Police Patlabor series. It is seen operating when there has been trouble with military labors that could harm civilians, therefore this unit has faced against several Schaft units such as the “Phantom”, the “Brocken”, the “Saturn” and the “Griffon” either as a bait for section2 to respond to or responding to an attack, as normally schaft would attack the JSDF force too as bait. It has been seen fighting effectively against the “Brocken” the “Saturn” and eventually the “Phantom” but has been completely useless against the “Griffon” which pilot was merely toying with them. As in the series said, Helldiver isn’t a main character mecha, it only makes appearances in part of the series, and the first Patlabor OVA (as a prototype). Even so, I still have to admit this labor actually got a very badass looking, especially build like a military design. One to note that this Helldiver figure is the rerelease version from Revoltech, named as Legacy of Revoltech. If you’re familliar with the 1st release, their packaging looks completely different for a reissue figure. The 1st release has it with standard white, black & orange colored box with a short green colored cover paper & the product series number was 040, while the reissue has it with overall yellow, black & small purple (on the Revoltech Yamaguchi logo) colored box & the product series number was LR-006. Well, considering this as a reissue, then it made this figure as a reguler release. Okay, let’s check what’s inside then!
There you go, Alternate head sculpt, Combat Knife with the sheathed one, 40mm Rapid-Fire Machine Gun, 2 pair of hand accessories, & a display stand.
Build from a multi-million dollar Labor Manufacturer, Shinohara Heavy Industries, Helldiver’s labor was overally colored dark green with some dark gray on the foots, several dark yellow paint on the crotch, chest, arm to shoulder, & knees. Pressumably, Helldiver’s chassis was silver with some dark gray as seen from the cockpit, foot joints, & inside the air brakes but, hey! This is a toy, though. Other paint works are on several of it’s head which small light blue with black outline on the forhead, orange colored visor, & some black in the circular sculpt. From the chest there’s some minor red, light blue, white, & black paintjob. Others are mostly black especially on the particular sculpt work. Helldiver was originally released somewhere in December 2007 but, the Legacy one was released in August 25 2014, it is reissued alongside with Legacy of Revoltech AV-98 Ingram 1 Movie Version. The articulation points are completely different comparing to SHF, PAK, & Figma. It has 43 articulations points, so he’s a poseable action figures however, they looked funny imo. From the cut joints, it’s just sounds awkward for me & I need to get used to handle them properly. As for the QC, I have to agree on many people complained about how terrible paintjob of their Revoltech figures, apparently this bad boy’s paintjob isn’t pleasing enough as I’ve spotted some incomplete paint applications. However, boxart pictures are actually faithful enough to the actual products, I think big bro wasn’t lucky enough to get a good one. Helldiver also got no diecast material at all, so it’s pretty light to hold.
Helldiver’s head sculpt looks pretty nice so far & faithful enough to the series, however some other toy line which produced Helldiver has it with blue colored visor, according to my big bro the visor changes color whenever the day goes, during the day the visor was blue while in the night it was orange like this figure. Whatever, it’s still looks nice to me but, it’d be better if they just give it with a clear colored material rather than just simply painted orange with black outline. Unfortunately, the black hole painting near the cheek wasn’t painted very well since several space still left unpainted. & after comparing to the other reviewer photos, the black outline on the forhead looks kinda too bold on big bro one. But, most of the review I saw they are the 1st release of Helldiver so, I think Revoltech added some slight changes? Helldiver is given with an alternate head which is a black visor for a night vision in the night scenes, again the visor was just simply painted black with a bit green-ish which imo looks cheap. & it shares the same paint problem as the normal head one. To change the head, all you have to do is pluck out it’s normal head & insert the black visor one to the neck joint. The only thing that I hate most from it is the ball jointed style for the neck, because it looks ugly. Also, some piece of artwork shown it with black colored cap instead of green & had a blue visor but, it is said it’s for sniper mode.
The sculpt work are indeed outstanding enough but, paintjob was slightly off since there’s alot of unpainted space. However, the print on the back looks nice it’s written “陸上自衛隊” read as “rikujojieitai” or meaning “Japan Ground Self-Defense Force”. As for the articulations, most of the joints are ball shaped, you can notice them by looking on it’s knees, elbows, & neck. It’s a standard revoltech figure joints which looks ugly for me but, some are cut joints on the upper bicep, crotch, & thigh. To create a desirable pose is pretty different than how I used to pose my SHF/Figma/PAK figures, I have to swivel the cut joints on the thighs & the upper bicep cut joints also works differently since they’re not completely cut horizontally. Eventhough, this is considered as a dynamic poseable figure, the articulations are so limited on some part. But still, this is one of a nicely sculpted figure I’ve ever seen.
Helldiver was given an extra nice feature of air brakes to recreate a scene how it deploy them to slow down while it descent after jumps out of the plane. It’s actually just an articulated fibula/calf that can be opened & closed, also they uses ball jointed style for this feature. Cool stuff but, from the plane? Aren’t this mecha is a bit too big to be carried by a plane? Wonder how big is the plane then? Blow me up since I don’t watch Patlabor quite much.
Helldiver got a movable head that can be rotate it 180 degrees & bend down but, it cannot look up & Helldiver cannot stretch it’s waist to the back.
We can swivel Helldiver’s waist full 180 degrees but, it cannot bend it’s waist to the side at all.
Helldiver is given an upper bicep cut joints but, the cut is made sideways. Fortunately, it can still crossed it’s arms but, it looks funny somehow. There’s no butterfly joints on Helldiver but, he could still do the close hug arms incredibly easy as you only have to raise it’s arms to the front.
From the front view, leg articulations looks nicely made, the design looks convincing to make the joints hideable such as knees, & elbows. Unless you see them carefully & unfortunately from the back view of it’s knees, the ball jointed style can be seen clearly. We can create many dynamic posing for it as well. The elbow & feet articulations works the same like other figures but, moving the elbow is a little limited & it has no toe cut joints. But, what do we need that for, since the question is “can a mecha do a tip toe?” Helldiver can also bend it’s waist chest to the front a little & also rotate it’s arms.
Helldiver’s crotch articulations is a cut joint in which cannot spread wide to do gymnastic split pose since you can only rotate them up & down. However, to make it spread it’s leg wide, you’ll have to use it’s articulations on the thighs. Unfortunately, it looks awkward imo, & Helldiver got a big feets it couldn’t balance itself so I used a display stand of Stage Act Vol. 4. Helldiver can also raise it’s arms high.
We got Combat Knife with the sheathed one part for Helldiver, details looks nice although the blade doesn’t sharp enough but, it’s better like this since it won’t be a troublesome to handle. I loved the way they did the sheathed one can be taken off but, it’d be better if they just made the actual knife can be sheathed.
Helldiver also included with a projectile weapon part which is 40 milimeter Rapid-Fire Machine Gun & it is already attached on Helldiver’s right arm & the wire also already plugged on it’s right waist. We can take it off from the figure, although for the first time it was a little hard to remove the wire peg joint. With this gun, Helldiver isn’t actually grab it with it’s hand or shoot it manually since there’s no trigger on the gun. In some review, I’ve seen some guy did a pose shown Helldiver grab the gun with it’s hand but, I couldn’t managed to do that since, it’s easy to fall. Perhaps, I will update this review again if I managed to create one.
Helldiver’s default hands was an fistful hands, the extras are to a pair of hand grip for holding it’s combat knife, 1 open splayed left hand, & 1 pointy finger for right hand. Well, not quite much for it since Helldiver mostly uses combat knife for grabbing, the only thing that I don’t like is it’s thumb finger with the rest of the fingers was made sticked together. A pointy finger is to show more like… How cocky is the pilot on teasing his/her opponents, as for open splayed… You can use it whatever you want…
The display stand is completely different than any other display stand I own, it is colored all black with a little printing on it. The ground piece is shaped as “V” & it has 2 pegs on it, 1 for inserting the figure’s feet hole for a standing pose & 1 is for the small stem, the stem has 1 peg for inserting the figure’s feet hole as well. It is meant to recreate an action pose but, I’m having quite trouble with this since the stand sometimes couldn’t balance the figure itself & inserting the peg to the hole was a total hard.
Apparently, big bro also got 2 versions of Revoltech AV-98 Ingram & it’s a 1st release so, I can do a comparison. For your informations, I never get a chance myself to review these 2 since they’re way too fragile on me & handling them is a complete pain in the ass but, not for this Helldiver since this bad boy wasn’t hard to handle. Their height are almost simillar but, Helldiver is still slightly taller & the body is far more bulkier than the duo. In the story, they build by the same manufacturer which Shinohara Heavy Industries but, it is said they had a same chassis. However to think like that, I think it’s very true since they bear strong resemblance except the designs are made differently which Helldiver was made for a military forces, while Ingrams for police department. As you know these 2 are notable mecha in the series especially Ingram 1 is the main character’s mecha. However, the proportions looks off somehow as their waist & chest looks too small compare to their shoulder armor & Ingrams got a longer arms compare to Helldiver.
This isn’t actually my 1st time of getting used on handling Revoltech, I actually had already played enough with my big bro’s Revoltech Ingrams first release but, those duo are pain in the arse to handle as they’re too fragile. I even broke one of Ingram 1’s antenna, after that incident I never want to touch or even own Revoltech figure anymore but, this Helldiver is a different story! It’s easy than those 2, I don’t break anything this time & yes, this is one of revoltech I could recommend you to get, the sculpt detail is top notch for a small mecha figures & handling is pretty much easy. This bad boy also faithfully made like how in the show, it’s a must have if you love mecha or being a Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor fans however… Since my big bro preordered the reissued one, I cannot tell the difference between this & the first release since he didn’t managed to get 1. What I’m trying to say is since I’m reviewing the reissued one so, the one I could recommend you to get is the reissued one. But, if you have both release, let me know about your thoughts from the difference or similarities.
- Good sculpt work.
- Accurate to the anime counterpart.
- Unexpectedly easy to handle.
- The Air Brakes was a nice feature for this figure so, Helldiver isn’t just an average figure we own.
- Materials are quite sturdy.
- So, much incomplete paintjob found on many parts.
- Articulations are not that good, instead they’re pretty confusing to get used to.
- Some articulations are limited such as waist joints, crotch, arm, & hands.
- Exchanging the hands are quite difficult.
- The display stand couldn’t balance the figure quite much.
- They should have included more head & weapon accessories for this bad boy to make it look more badass.
Small Parts: 3/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
I never heard of pilotless mecha talks, though…
It’s… It’s a GHOST?!
It attacks effectively!!