Origami Cyclone is one of those characters in a show that doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but is badass in a way that almost expands off of the cult following, as well as just being a great character in general. While the often cowardice Hero from Tiger & Bunny doesn’t see much action, the S.H. Figuarts rendition of the character is definitely something with a lot of action to it, and Bandai’s put up another great addition to their Tamashii Nations sub-line. Check out my review of SH Figuarts Origami Cyclone! (please?)
At first glance, you’ll notice that Origami Cyclone is a bit bigger than what he should be, which puts him out of scale with the rest of the cast. I’m personally someone who’s big into scale, especially when the figures are at $50-60$ a pop.
Origami Cyclone’s head sculpt is very nicely done, and the head features some good articulation on a ball-joint. The back of the headgear does get in the way if you want to bend OC’s head back, which is something to note. Origami Cyclone’s neck also has some good articulation in itself to allow for some extra wiggle and wobble.
OC’s shoulders have a lot of movement with the ball-joint within a ball-joint that some Figuarts have (I love it), as well as featuring a bicep swivel. The elbows are double jointed, and the hands peg in via a ball-joint. The hands to me are probably the worst part about this figure, so check down in the accessories section for the reasoning.
I do like the fact that OC has the ability to rotate at the upper part of the waist above the belt, as well as below the belt having the ability to rotate the hips and legs around. Very nice as I haven’t really seen this is a Figuart before (is this a dream, or reality?). Origami Cyclone also features some nice red bands on either side of his waist that are made of a nice rubber material, and connect to the belt with metal loops. Nice attention to detail by Bandai here as they could’ve just stuck some stiff plastic loops on there.
The hips are attached to the torso via a ball-joint for some good articulation, but his “battle-skirt” tends to get in the way a bit if you’re wanting to rotate the legs to the front or the back of OC. The knees have that great double-jointedness that fans of Figuarts love, and they do a fine job of giving Origami Cyclone some good movement. The ankle articulation is very good with a rocker joint, but it is worth noting that Origami Doesn’t have any toe articulation. Now obviously this is due to him wearing the Japanese type sandals with the huge sole (someone can help me out what these are actually called?), so it’s kind of for the better as it would look insanely weird for that chunk of metal and plastic to bend. The back section of the dark blue part of the sandal is all die-cast though, so some added weight for balance is always nice.
Origami Cyclone comes with some great accessories that really give the character some much needed personality he didn’t have in the anime. Included are: 2 katana, 1 large ninja star, 1 small ninja star, 1 large ninja star w/ holder attachment, 1 large ninja star holder attachment, 2 katana belt attachments, and 3 pairs of hands. All in all, I’m very pleased with the accessories on OC. The katana hilts are able to be attached to the back of Origami Cyclone’s belt via a couple attachments that replace the blade. Origami Cyclone also comes with a signature Tamashii Stage stand.
As far as the large ninja stars go, only 1 is loose and able to be used as an actual weapon, while the other is permanently in place on the holder attachment, which is meant to be placed on Origami Cyclone’s back if he’s not using the large ninja star. On the other hand, a holder attachement by itself is able to be placed on Origami Cyclone’s back if he is using the large ninja star. Great attention to detail by Bandai here, as they could’ve just used some quasi working method of attaching the ninja star to the holster to save money.
One thing to note about Origami Cyclone’s hands is that they do seem to be poorly painted, and a little small. Most of my hands just kind of looked mashed together with some paint slapped on them. Not a huge deal really, as the rest of the figure is pretty badass, just something worth noting. YMMV.
Overall Origami Cyclone is a solid iteration of the onscreen character. There are a few flaws, but those are minor and don’t detract from the other great parts of the figure. Some great accessories are included that give OC a ton of personality, which is really something that the character itself doesn’t have a lot of. For big Tiger & Bunny fans, this is a must buy, and I’m thrilled that he’s a part of my S.H. Figuarts collection! Be sure to check out the gallery if any images weren’t included in the review, and comment with your thoughts!
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