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Vault Review: Xenosaga’s
KOS-MOS Ver. 4 (Figma #095)

All these little bits of slop are annoying, but the worst is with the words on her costume.  On various parts of her body the words KOS-MOS have been tampoed, sometimes there’s even a smaller sentence underneath.  I love this kind of detail.  Unfortunately these tampos seem to be scratching off.  The effect is most noticeable on her forehead, where the MOS in KOS-MOS is entirely gone.  So, a warning for those who get this figure:  When holding or posing her, be careful not to touch the tampoed areas.

KOS-MOS’ articulation, like most Figmas, is pretty fantastic.  She has the normal swivel/hinge joints, similar to a Revoltech, on her head, elbows, knees, and ankles.  Her hands are hinged pin joints which can swivel, and she has a thigh cut which also swivels.  Her upper torso is a double ball-joint, while her lower torso joint is in the shape of a “Y” with ball joints on all three ends.  This allows her two legs and lower torso to move separate from each other.  Even her long hair was split into two pieces, each articulated with a swivel/hinge.

I think my favorite joint is definitely her shoulders though.  I really wish US toy designers would notice some of the innovations in articulation the Japanese have come up with.  Where a Mattel or Hasbro figure would normally have the restricted movement of a swivel/hinge for a shoulder joint, Figma figures have a swivel/hinge that is connected to the torso with a ball joint.  This gives the arm all the movement that a swivel/hinge allows for in the arm and then adds the greater circular articulation of the ball joint to the shoulders themselves.  A Figma can actually move their shoulders like a real person.  This adds a ton of character and freedom to the poses of a figure.

Because KOS-MOS is essentially a weapon, she comes with a ton of weapon accessories.  I don’t know what the official names of these weapons are, but that doesn’t take away from their coolness.  Her two most impressive weapons are probably the giant Gatling guns.  Each has a clear prop stand and a burst of firepower that can be added to the barrels.  She also has a pistol like gun and an incredibly long saber weapon that can be positioned in an on or off setting.

As for her body, she comes with an extra head that has green eyes and an almost coy expression.  She also has a second tiara piece for her forehead.  Her second breast plate which has these little spiky things opened up and much less clothing coverage.  Then there’s a long blade that can replace a forearm.  Last, but certainly not least, are the eight extra hands in various open, closed, and holding poses.

This figure is truly fantastic and fun to play with/pose.  Aegis is still my favorite Figma, but KOS-MOS comes very close.  She’s a bit more expensive than a normal Figma, costing at least $40, but this is because of her level of detail and the fact she comes with much more than a normal Figma.  I think you definitely get your money’s worth.

-Vault

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9 comments to Vault Review: Xenosaga’s
KOS-MOS Ver. 4 (Figma #095)

  • dayraven

    finally, another collector who gets it… buy a figure cuz it’s cool. this trend of “i need to have known this character for 25 years or i won’t buy a toy” is preposterous. how does something that familiar inspire new ideas and new play?

    • AdventureVault

      I think most people are just more interested in things they’re familiar with. It kind of pans out that way on this site. Most of the reviews where I showcase something different than the usual fare have the lowest numbers of views.

      It’s really too bad because people are missing out on some truly great toys.

  • He-Mullet

    KOS-MOS is Mary Magdalene! Or at least Mary Magdalene’s soul trapped in a robot body!
    Red Eye KOS-MOS is normal Robot KOS-MOS. Green eyed KOS-MOS is when Mary Magdalene’s soul comes forth… Yes she’s Mary Magdalene as in the one from The Bible… This is the Xenosaga Ep 3 version IIRC… Haven’t played XS in years…

    • AdventureVault

      Yeah, I was reading about that in her bio.

      Between her figure and bio, I actually want to go back and play the games. I just don’t have as much time to dedicate to a lengthy RPG anymore.

  • Superdadd2

    I so love these figs. And, like vault… I know very little (really nothing) about the characters.

    I’m trying to slowly ease out of collecting now, so the cost of these are prohibative for me. But these are amazing figs.

    Thanks Vault!

    • AdventureVault

      Yeah, no problem. Thanks for the read Superdadd. 🙂

      Did you ever pick up any of those Revoltech Skeletons? I got my second batch in with KOS-MOS here. Man, I would buy a whole line of skeleton toys like this.

  • Emerald_Mara85

    I just got her myself but I can’t for the life of me put her trigger hands with the Gatling guns…I’m afraid for the fingers that could break…

    • AdventureVault

      Yeah, I couldn’t either. I just assumed her open holding hands were the ones meant for the Gatling guns.

  • StrangePlanet

    I’m with Dayraven and with you in this case: I like toys. I buy toys I think are cool even when I have no idea who the character is.

    And I’m ga-ga about Figmas. Thanks for coving how awesome they are. This one has always looked way over the top in terms of acessories. Plus a really nice booty. All good stuff in my book. I didn’t even know about the alternate faces and shirts.

    I always found their paint apps to be excellent and it’s only recently that I’ve gotten a couple that are a little less than stellar in detailing. Seems like you’re seeing the same sort of thing on yours which is too bad.

    Anyway thanks for covering something a little different, which I’m always happy to see.