Nendoroid Raiden (MGS2 Version)
Yes, okay, my dive into the Metal Gear Solid series
may have been because of Raiden. Not because he's a tragic dork
with a pretty face, but because I stumbled across someone's video
compilation of "the naked escape". Yeah. I laughed so hard
that I had to know more about the series... and here I am now. Here... I am. Now. ...Here.
Well anyway. As much as I absolutely adore Raiden as an angst-powered cyborg, my favorite incarnation clearly had no toy representation. Until I saw the alternate body. The pre-order was immediate.
"Get me out of this damn box." There is no smiling face, because even though this Raiden is fully organic, he's still fueled by angst (and dork-ness). And weapons. And gorgeous, flowing hair.
Raiden comes with his gorgeous self in a sneaking suit, of course, peg stand with a swivel arm, a "Shinkawa face" (designed after the gorgeous Metal Gear Solid artwork by Yoji Shinkawa), five alternate hands, a little plastic "sneaking base" so he can be propped up on his elbows, an extra peg for the stand arm so he can wear his katana, the katana itself, two guns, katana sheath, a real cardboard box (that you have to tape/glue yourself), and... the naked body. So much more on that later.
Articulation strikes again. Or just gives me more opportunity for stupid poses, which I absolutely love.
Admittedly, I'm a little irritated by the giant head being so heavy as to not allow him to stand on his own. This is a minor personal complaint, because I'm just not crazy about always having to use a stand. But since that's my only real complaint, it's pretty much next to nothing.
Overall, yeah I'm really happy with him. I've seen complaints of loose joints, but I didn't experience any. The Shinkawa face is truthfully a little hard to slide into place at first, but all I needed to do was take a file to the side of one tab, so that's just... not a problem, as far as I'm concerned. The details are amazing, the paint is equally wonderful, and now I have a tiny angry Raiden. And box. It's a fun little reminder of how I accidentally got pulled into the riptide that is Metal Gear Solid. And while I'm annoyed that Konami got any of my money, Kojima's sure to get more at some point in the future.