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March 5, 2006

Review: Vinyl Fatty

Filed under: Toy News — Rumble Crew @ 7:58 pm

Practice makes perfect.

A friend of mine who attended last month’s Wonderfest was kind enough to pick me up one of Sakamoto Showten’s new Fatty vinyl figures. As you may remember, I previously picked up one of their Scopedog figures and felt it left a lot to be desired. This time, however, I think they got the formula right.

The Fatty, as you may or may not know, is the mortal enemy of the Scopedog in the VOTOMS TV show. This retro-styled vinyl version stands roughly ten inches tall, and has rotating knees, elbows, shoulders, neck, and (surprisingly) thruster nozzles. Some areas are painted red, and vinyl unit number decals are on the shoulder and chest.

So what did they do this time that made this a better toy experience? First of all, the wide-footed stance of the Fatty gives the figure more stablity, but beyond that, much stiffer vinyl was used, as opposed to the more pliable material that was used in the first version of their Scopedog figure.

This initial release of the toy also came with a “mission arm” that’s used for cutting into starship hulls, which is a nice little bonus. The figure sold for 7,000 yen, which is admittedly pricey, but for a design like the Fatty which rarely gets any toy love, I have to give it an A.

Even though there were only 30 of them sold at this Wonderfest, Sakamoto has been known to re-release figures at other shows, so it should appear again. If you’re a fan of the Fatty, I strongly recommend keeping an eye out for it. As always, my photos stink, but Sakamoto has put up their own photos. Enjoy the sea of cyan here, here, and here.

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