For longtime fans of tactical espionage action the weeks leading up to the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on the current/next-generation consoles cant pass fast enough. What’s even more excruciating is that Konami has announced a limited edition Premium Package that comes completes with the game disc, a Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker book, and a Kaiyodo Snake action figure for 8,480 yen (roughly $85 US) thats not even slated for official release outside of Japan. Not to be denied however, weve managed to snag that elusive Snake action figure, and were pleased to report that its actually more impressive in-hand than the original preview shots conveyed.
Officially dubbed the Kaiyodo Revoltech Yamaguchi #131: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Snake Action Figure, this 5.5 import is a detailed and highly stylized recreation of Hideo Kojimas furtive tactical operative. Like other figures in Kaiyodos Revoltech line, Snake features a staggering level of articulation. Whether crouched, prone, or brandishing a weapon, there arent many game-inspired poses that cant be captured. Unfortunately, this poseability comes at the cost of durability; as the tiny joints do not appear to have been fabricated to endure the rigors of frequent manipulation. On a shelf or in a display case, however these deficiencies arent apparent and they ultimately dont mar what is ultimately more of a poseable collectible for enthusiasts than a toy.
While the portrait and overall sculpt of the Snake figure are extremely well done (albeit with a distinctly anime art style), its the accessories that really distinguish it from many other video game inspired collectibles. In addition to an assortment of left and right hands, the package includes Snakes silenced pistol, assault rifle, stun knife, and his (ever useful) cardboard box. In addition, the set comes with tiny models of Metal Gear’s familiar on-screen indicators including blue and red exclamation points, and Zzzzs (the universal sign for inattentive guards), that are clearly aimed at fans of the series.
Despite its fragility, the Kaiyodo Revoltech Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Snake Action Figure is a crave-worthy recreation of Konamis iconic game hero. Its a veritable must-have for longtime fans of Hideo Kojimas venerable franchise and one thats worth the time, effort, and expense to track down on North American shores. Check out our shots of Snake below and we think youll agree.