More Figma review is here! Now, all about Figma Red from Pocket Monsters or globally known as Pokémon. Red is the player character in the first Generation Pokémon games; Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow and the male choice in their 3rd Generation remakes Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green, where his female counterpart is Leaf. Prior to 2nd Generation, he was officially referred to as Satoshi. Red is known throughout as the Champion from Masara/Pallet Town, as well as the living legend for his defeat of Team Rocket in Kanto during his quest. He is the final opponent in the 2nd Generation games Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, their 4th Generation remakes Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, and Pokémon Stadium 2. He is a participant in the Pokémon World Tournament’s Champions Tournament in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 and works as a boss of the Battle Tree in the 7th Generation games Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. Well, so many achievements he got and he is a legendary trainer, unlike his anime counterpart which never even win any Pokémon League. Well, to the review now! Like every Figma products above 200 numbering, Red’s box was designed simillar which is plain red and white with several promotional photos of the product with informations. Unlike the previous Figmas I got, Figma Red’s informations was printed in English and instead of using Pocket Monsters logo GSC used Pokémon Asia logo. Well, it’s because my Figma Red came from an Asian distributor so, it has different printed box but, it’s unusual for me to have Figma with full english printed informations. Inside the box there’s red colored inner tray paper. The red color represents Red himself and his product number is 356, making him as a standard release. Now, time to unbox him!
Red comes up with 1 alternate faceplate, 1 bag, 1 Monster Ball/Poké Ball, 1 figma display stand, 3 starter Pokémon and 8 alternate hands with 1 extra wrist joint.
Red’s design are vary from most of his series appearances but, in this Figma he was based from the 3rd generation games (Fire Red and Leaf Green). Don’t mistake this Red as the same one in the Pokémon Origins anime version, because he’s not the same Red despite the likeness and the same storyline. Red wears his trademark red and white colored hat, black T-shirt, red and white vest with black line on the lower tube, black wristbands, light blue colored loose pants and red with black and white shoes. Well, despite “Red” as his name, he’s not actually wearing full red clothing, which may looked boring if his clothing are full red. His clothing resembles to his previous appearance but, simple yet designed to be more fashionable for the 3rd generation games maybe… As for the figure himself, frankly not quite happy with him since there are still many things that should be add to make the figure more convenient. However, the figure still strongly depicts Red from his game counterpart mainly from Fire Red and Leaf Green’s official artwork. Articulations still works pretty much the same like other figmas, and you can also do a part swapping without any worries. The materials are mostly made from PVC and ABS, and he got approximately 30 points of articulations. Actual product also looking exactly the same to his promotional photos, except mine suffers many defects but, quickly solved once again by GSC.
Red’s face are looking accurate as his official artwork, they really captured Red’s looks although the figma tends to have more serious expression. Well, his face are typical Japanese anime goodie two shoes hero so, it’s no wonder why he has such a heroic face. Red was included with 2 faceplates in total, his default one would be his standard faceplate with confident look expression. This faceplate was meant to recreate Red’s expression like his official artwork but, aside of that Red is portrayed as a silent character, and apart from exclamation points and question marks, his NPC speech consists entirely of ellipses. Ironically, he’s given with alternate faceplate which he’s shown shouting. For sure, this faceplate strongly tells that Red is indeed speaking but, the main reason is to recreate Red is either giving a command or guiding his Pokémon during the battle. Red got a messy hairsyle and the hair color is dark brown, which is inaccurate since his hair was actually light brown in the games and even in official artwork. He’s also wearing a baseball cap/hat which colored red and white with half white circular logo resembling Monster Ball/Poké Ball. Unfortunately, Red wasn’t included with alternate head or fringe to reveal his full hair or a feature to backward his hat so, yeah… We can only enjoy Red the way he was done from GSC. However, in the game itself Red is never seen with his hat in a different position nor even seen without his hat. Red has always been seen with his hat’s on with the handler in front position so, we can’t complain much to GSC but, it’d be a nice feature if GSC add this. His hat is a 1 mold with his 2 fringe, in order to swap his face you’ll have to take off his hat from his head which the hat was attached with large peg on his head. Then change his default faceplate with the alternate one and reattach the hat back to his head and you’re done. And his head also got extra articulations like Figma Rem had which we can lift his head and bend his head deeply using ball shaped joint. Sadly, his collar was quite in the way to move his head more further. Originally, my figma Red’s faceplates suffers many issues which there are many black spots and his hat has some red paint transfer on the half circular logo and fringe but, GSC quickly solved my issues.
Red is looking like a teenager boy but, in the game he’s still only 11 years old so, he’s a tall one for 11 years old. In this figure Red was probably only stands for less than 13 cm. His red vest paintjob may easily rub off since I’m having a little red paint transfer on the white lines but, good thing it’s less visible since the paint transfer part was covered with the lower ab crunch. His vest, black sleeves and crotch pants were made from soft material while the rests are hard plastics. Making him stand is not easy as I thought, if there’s a slight mistake of his footing position he’ll easilly off the balance. As for the quality, I don’t see any paint issues on his body so far but, I did have some articulation issues on Red’s right arm but, it’s solved. Anyway, Red is a pretty decent made figure and having the same articulations works like the past figmas which incorporated with ball and peg joints.
Despite his collar we can still rotate and swivel his head 360 degrees without any worries.
We can also bend Red’s head and chest to the side, up and down but, not much.
We can swivel Red’s ab crunch and waist joint 360 degrees.
Red’s arm articulations consist movable ball jointed shoulders, rotateable bicep cut underneath his sleeves and elbow joint so, making Red do the crossed arm pose is pretty easy as he doesn’t have any ornaments that obstacled his arm movements. We can also twist both of his legs to the side but, not quite much due to the limited crotch articulation. His feets are also rotateable but, also limited due to the loose pants.
Red’s elbow and knee articulations are quite limited which couldn’t bend deeper, because they’re still using the same single jointed style. Imo, this has always been Figma’s flaw which is why their elbow and knee articulations lost to S.H.Figuarts, since Bandai incorporated the SHF figures with double jointed style on the elbow and knee. However, this articulations are still more than enough to recreate most of Red’s posing in the game, and atleast we can still create any dynamic pose for him. Like Figma Archetype-She Next, Red was also given with tip toe articulations although the movements are quite limited.
We can also move his arms, wrists up and down to the side. Also, there are 2 half cut on his upper vest sleeves and crotch to make his movements works more dynamic. So, I can do extreme posing like split pose for Red, as well as making him do a high kick pose looking perfectly.
We can also make Red crouching but, recreating sitting pose on the ground was pretty hard due to his large pants that obstacled his leg movements and tends to pop off easily.
Red was included with his backpack containing lots of needs for his Pokémon journey. Inside the bag usually contains Monster Ball/Poké Ball, Pokédex, potions, evolution stones, ticket and other devices/items that Red obtained in the game. The bag was only a single hard plastic with 2 handler made from soft plastic, on the left side handler there is Vs. Seeker, a device that indicates trainers who want to battle. The battery charges while traveling. Well, it’s a pretty good accessory just to make Red looked more accurate to his original counterpart. To attach the backpack you’ll have to remove one of his arms then insert the handler hole to his other arm’s shoulder and the other handler to the other shoulder, the backpack also got a clear peg joint on the back to be attach on Red’s back, after that reattach one of his detached arm and you’re done! Perhaps, you better becareful on handling those backpack, since that clear peg joint looks so breakable. The backpack also got peg hole for attaching the peg jointed figma display stand.
Despite having lots of devices inside his backpack in the game, the figma only comes up Monster Ball/Poké Ball for Red. Yeah, the purpose of this ball is to recreate Red’s throwing his Monster Ball/Poké Ball for either capture or summoning his Pokémon or making Red’s other iconic pose in the game where he’s holding his Monster Ball/Poké Ball. There are 2 hands that allows us to make Red holding the ball which you’ll have to attach it and make any kind of posing you wish but, the left hand one you cannot make a free pose when Red is holding it since the ball will fall easily. The ball itself was done pretty good the paintjob looks clean enough, I’m loving how they added the lining on the ball’s button although, mine one suffers a little seam line problem but, it’s not a big deal for me. Anyway, this ball can be a troublesome when you drop it recklessly since it can roll over, especially if the ball fall you might will be having a hard time to find it back.
Red was included with 3 starter Pokémon for Kanto Region which is; Fushigidane/Bulbasaur, Hitokage/Charmander and Zenigame/Squirtle. They’re all static figures despite having seam line on part of their bodies but, all these 3 Pokémons were still done pretty nice! They’re all looking accurate to their game counterpart and even the anime version. I loved how their eyes was done and the fire shading on Hitokage/Charmander although, people complained why it’s not transcluent. But, with these Pokémons we can make Red is either catching, commanding, training or leading them. However, in the Fire Red/Leaf Green game itself, Red can only choose 1 of them and the other 2 cannot be found in the wild.
Figma Red comes up with option hand parts as well in total 10. the one out from the box Red was already attached with fistful hands for any purposes you like. The extras are pair of open splayed hands for like commanding his Pokémon or other purposes you like, 1 pair of holding hands for holding something although, there’s nothing from all of his accessories that can be hold by this hands but, it can be assumed the holding hands was meant to recreate him holding a rod for fishing water Pokémon or riding a bicycle like in the game or you can make him holding any objects whatever you like, 1 another pair of holding hands for holding Monster Ball/Poké Ball, both hands are vary from right and left one. The right one was semi open splayed hand for gripping his Monster Ball/Poké Ball with open finger, this one we can recreate the pose where he’s about to throw the ball or you can also make Red posing on returning his Pokémon back to the Monster Ball/Poké Ball. With this hand you don’t have to worry of falling since the ball was completely attached, while the left one was a semi chop hand for a relaxed version of Red holding the ball, you can only put the ball on the hand but, the ball will easily fall since it doesn’t have any attachment for attaching the ball. Yes, it’s opposite from the right one, you might have to worry about the ball falling from his left hand. Then, 1 pointy right hand for Red commanding his Pokémon during Pokémon Battle and 1 holding right hand with 3 gesturing fingers for Red’s habit on holding his hat in a cool way. Also, It’s unusual for GSC to include the hand stock with a clear plastic one, since they usually included the hand stock with either white or gray purple-ish plastic but, it doesn’t matter as long as the figure is legit. There’s also extra wrist joint included incase you miss or break it.
Red also comes with his own display stand like every standard figma, which allows us to maintain the figure from falling.
Red’s height almost stands equally like Rem although, in actual Red was actually shorter than Rem but, due to Red’s having bigger head than Rem (even Meiko too lol) so, they both looked equal. Their actual differences can be tell from their shoulder position, which Rem’s shoulders are higher than Red’s shoulders. But, out from all of them Meiko is the tallest one since she’s an adult woman with ideal looking body! Yeah, they’re not actually made to be scaled together since they’re not scaled figures. Red’s skin color tone is also pale but, more yellow-ish/darker than both Rem and Meiko.
BONUS FIGMA CYCLE
Well, it’s a bonus review featuring Figma Cycle for Red! The bicycle was packaged with a plastic and the contents comes up preassembled which we have to assemble it on our own. The line was called Figma Ex: Ride which notably features vehicles or machines miniature for Figma to ride, the bicycle was released somewhere in 2009 and it was considered as a Limited/Exclusive release. There are variant colors of the bike but, I only got the turquoise color.
This is how it looks when fully assembled and it’s definitely a regular bycycle model. The bicycle was done in solid turquoise colored plastic material but, they’re likely very fragile and may easily breakable. The bicycle is fully articulated as well which we can roll the wheels forward or backward, then a movable grip and even the pedal also movable. They’re also included with a display stand to maintain the position.
I knew it… His holding hands fits perfectly on gripping that Figma Cycle’s handlebars, the hands are definitely meant for riding his bicycle from the game! Well, Figma Cycle is a perfect addon for him but, it would have been better if GSC included his own bicycle… However, I plan to repaint the bicycle someday and if it’s done, I’ll also update the review again.
Overall thoughts, it’s pretty fun playing this figma but, not quite happy with his limited accessories… They could have add more type of Monster Ball/Poké Ball like Great Ball, Safari Ball, Ultra Ball and Master Ball. A Pokédex with other items would be good too for Red, especially fishing rod or bicycle to make a good use of Red’s holding hands. But, then again I’m very disappointed with that beyond expensive price of him… Yet, GSC was so stingy for including Pikachu in a different order that will cost more money but, I picked the retail version since I’m not spending double just for 1 extra part! Frankly, on the price matter he’s not worth at all but, due to the popularity of Red the figure now became more expensive even the retail version. However, in terms of quality this Red is still recommended to have as he’s pretty decent made, if you like Pocket Monsters/Pokémon or looking for a decent action figure of Red then he’s your best choice for your collections unless you’re not a fond with his price. However, I kinda looking forward for the next continuity of this line, mainly waiting for figma Kasumi/Misty.
- Good sculpt work, paintjob and materials.
- Very accurate to his game counterpart.
- Vast movement on the head, arms and legs.
- Nice and fitting accessories.
- User friendly on dealing several parts.
- Some paint transfers on several part and black spots on his faceplates but, solved by GSC’s customer support.
- Awkward removable arm joint.
- Moving his wrist joint is a real hard.
- Need more accessories!
- Too expensive for a figma!
Gosh… Seriously, you’ve been silent from the whole review! I wonder what the hell is in your thoughts?!
Uh’oh… I smell a shotacon!
I think he said “Just pretend I don’t look!”
Boy, you sure really interested with Pokémon battle, huh?
Hey, wait a minute?!
Isn’t that pretty much the same?
– Meiko would like to battle! –
I think he said “Interesting!”
And now like… “I choose you!!”
Owh, Red sent Hitokage/Charmander!
Lol, this was supposed to be a nice looking armpit but, that joints…
What the hell?! Since when Dragon Ranger is a Pokémon?!
I think Red is not familliar with Dragon Ranger…
What will Dragon Ranger do?
“Huh?! Hurry dodge it!!”?
Foe Dragon Ranger used Low kick but, he miss it!
Hitokage/Charmander used Iron tail!!
But, it’s not very effective…
Hitokage/Charmander used Flamethrower!
But, it miss!
Dragon Ranger used Backflip kick!
It’s super effective!!
Dragon Ranger used another Backflip kick!!
Well, winning or losing you’ll end up hooking up together lol…
Still… It’s super effective!!
What? Hitokage/Charmander is evolving!
I think he wanna say “Not yet!! This match is far from over!!”
To be Continued….