Thursday, 7 July 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: STGCC Exclusive Classics Lion-O

In 2012, a year after the rebooted series was released, Bandai released it's CLASSICS sub line of figures that were designed to capture the classic figures and put them in 6 inch and 8 inch figure form, much like the originals had done in the mid 1980s. However, the line sadly passed when the cartoon failed and the toys failed to sell that well.

For the 2012 Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Con, Bandai released a limited edition version of their Classics Lion-O figure. The packaging uses the same collector friendly packaging as the other figures in the classics line, which is the large window box, where you can see the figure and accessories The card top is black and features a golden style logo.

The back of the box features the classics logo and Lion-O in the upper section. Underneath that, a shot of the figure in combat with the other 8 inch Lion-O figure. Then on the bottom of the card, we have the other figures in the line, as well as trademarking, copyrights and licensing information.

This version of Lion-O is based on his appearance as a Mumm-Ra made mirror clone from the episode Fond Memories. He stands 8 inches tall and features orange fur and red outfit. He's articulated at the neck, shoulders, deltoid, bicep, wrist, abs, waist, hips, double knees, shin and ankles, which gives him a massive range of movement and articulation. 

He comes with an altar to place the claw shield and Sword of Omens on, which has a vac metal "dagger form" Sword of Omens. This can be removed and placed in his hands. The figure comes with an attachment to put the claw shield on his hip, or can be placed on his right hand. The shield comes with an empty space to slide the claw shield into. 

The vac metal full sword works well and could work with the regular Lion-O as an upgrade. I like this figure. However, in recent years it has become harder and harder to find. I've yet to see one really crop up on the secondary market. I did see them sell for around $35 in the US, but have since sold out. Whether I would recommend this? well, it all depends on if you want to spend a lot of money for a repainted figure or buy a second one and make your own.