Friday, October 5, 2007

Clear Skull Kun by Bounty Hunter

This review will essentially be the same as the Original Skull Kun since they are essentially the same sculpt with a few minor differences.

Header //N/A//:
The same Bounty Hunter clear plastic bag.

Sculpt //4.5 out of 5//:
Again, simple yet effective. The stylized skeleton of Frankenberry, with clean lines, good balance, and small elements sculpted into the surface to add detail.This is important here, obviously, since there is no paint to create detail otherwise.

The vinyl used on this figure is different than I have felt before. It is soft and smooth yet almost sticky feeling (but not to the point where things actually stick to it) ... perhaps this is because it was produced in Japan and the vinyl quality is higher, or it is an effect of properly producing the clear vinyl. Lots more solvents to kill the environment!

The difference with the original Sukeru Kun are pretty subtle.

For one, the arms come out a bit from the belly. This allows more range in the movement of thew, which aids in the posing of the toy. The hands at the wrist are a bit shorter which keeps them from sticking out too far since they are sculpted to come away from the body a bit.

There are also now joints at the ankles where the two feet attach. Not sure if this was just necessary to attach everything together properly in this seemingly more delicate vinyl, but it allows the feet to rotate a bit. It's not much, but it's nice to be able to move it if you'd like.

The head on this figure also appears to be just a tiny bit smaller in comparison to the body than the original Kun.

Paint //N/A//:

Coolness //5 out of 5//:
Frankenberry's skeleton... and it is x-ray style. Very cool.

Plus, the vinyl is soft so you can get it apart fairly easily and fill it with goodies!

Value //3.5 out of 5//:
Tis figure was produced much more recently, so odds are you can find it at a much better price than the original black and white Skull Kun.

Overall //4.75 out of 5//:
Positives: A nice take on the original, added poseability, clear, smells good like a Trapper Keeper

Negatives: Probably extra poisonous haha

If you like the original, this one is a no brainer.

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