end of November 2011, a prototype picture of Figuarts H-01 was
published. At the beginning of November 2012, I've
finally got him in my hands. Worth the agonizing
wait? Oh yes. Made even more obnoxious by a
certain hurricane delaying all mail on the east side of the
US, he's finally here. Let's never do that again.
It should be noted that H-01's accent color is much more pink-red than these pictures show. Trying to adjust the color for those threw everything else off. Bleh.
If not obvious, this is a limited run Tamashii Nation exclusive item. Luckily there are plans to sell him on the Tamashii web site as well. I have a dislike of exclusives.
One not-really-gripe: that's the same shiny black plastic as my PS3. What does that mean? It means he's a dust magnet. And desperately difficult to light, but also magnetic to all forms of noticeable dust. But I'll deal.
Paint-wise, he's awesome. Thoroughly awesome. It took these pictures to realize there's a little paint spot I need to fix on his upper left leg, but that's hardly concerning.
As for the interchangeable parts on their own, there seems to have either been a minor improvement in the pin holding the "wrist guards" on, or my H-01 just happens to make the process a bit easier due to some kind of manufacturing magic. The way the sword attaches is a little nerve-wracking, though, involving three exceptionally tiny pins above the wrist. Needless to say, I will be excruciatingly careful.