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Vault Review: The Big O’s Roger Smith (Figma EX 007)

As with Dorothy, I’m thrilled to be getting Big O figures eight years after the show premiered.  Now that Roger Smith is on my shelf I can breathe a sigh of relief that at least the two most important characters on the show were made.

Like the Heavy Arms version of Aegis, Roger Smith was a Wonder Fest 2011 summer exclusive.  Some were produced early and sold at the show, but the majority of them were sold online after the convention and made to order after the fact.  It’s kind of fun having toys pop up randomly in your mailbox long after you’ve paid for them.

Again, I’m going to have to thank Max Factory for doing this.  High middleman fees can sometimes be the deciding factor on if a person can afford a figure, and this was a great way to skip that hassle entirely.  I hope they continue the online exclusive program long into the future.

Roger Smith is the main character in The Big O.  He’s basically Bruce Wayne, without the need to dress up like a bat and stalk the night.  Instead, Roger solves most of his problems with the giant robot named Big O and a battle against whatever forces stand ready to destroy Paradigm City.  It’s a pretty simple concept on the surface, but like Evangelion, there’s plenty of symbolism, deep running metaphors, and philosophical questions that bring up new ideas with each viewing.

The show’s art direction was heavily influenced by Batman: The Animated Series, which is another thing I really liked about the show.  It gave the characters a unique look among all the other anime at the time.  Unfortunately the style doesn’t always translate well into 3D.  Roger looks fantastic from certain positions and super awkward or deformed in others.  I think it’s mostly because of how angular his body is.  Dorothy doesn’t seem to have this problem since most of her surfaces are round.

Aside from the angles issue, Roger’s sculpt is very simple and spot-on.  His tie and collar are a separate piece and tuck nicely into his bulky suit jacket.  But like Dorothy’s dress, his jacket is made of a very soft and rubbery plastic.  I’m curious to see how these pieces will age.  I’m hoping they’ll be ok, but I have a sneaking suspicion they might start molting that white chemical dust after a few years.  I hope I’m wrong though.

Roger’s paint job is almost non-existent since almost every piece of his body is molded in black.  There are the terrific white accents to his suit, which stand out really well in pictures.  Something I found really surprised is that the bottoms of his feet are painted brown, like real dress shoes.  That’s a nice little touch.  Something I was a bit disappointed in is that Roger’s skin tone is nearly the same as Dorothy’s.  This is fine for Roger, but it just emphasizes even more that Dorothy needed to be made with more of a pale complexion.  Continue to page 2…

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9 comments to Vault Review: The Big O’s Roger Smith (Figma EX 007)

  • da man

    Question…is that metallic Big 0 the $500 one i see on ebay, or was there a more affordable version? Man these are cool little figures…

  • manekochan

    My favorite Roger Smith look: http://gallery.rubberslug.com/gallery/inv_info.asp?ItemID=711
    But that would take an entire new figure and, regrettably, I don’t think that’s a possibility.

  • davy

    i can use that head as a base for a spike spiegel custom.

  • Reverend Ender

    Gahhhhh!!! If only I were not so poor!

  • StrangePlanet

    Great stuff! I’d only want Roger and Dorothy so I’m pleased as punch that these two got made, and they look real nice!

  • I’m a super huge Big O fan too, and about DIED when the Figmas were announced. I think your reviews are spot on! My Roger came with a broken left shoulder pin, though, and I’m not sure how to go about getting him a new one now that it’s a while after the item shipped. Did you notice any problems with the articulation of your Roger’s shoulder, or of changing out his faceplates? None of my Roger’s faceplates seat themselves all the way back onto the back of his head. I’m worried that because he was a preorder the production might have been rushed a bit? I’ve got quite a number of other Figmas and I’ve never had these problems before.

    Also, I have to beg, WHERE did you get such perfectly in-scale tomatoes and the piano for them? I want tomatoes for mine too!!

    • Thanks Emily. Sorry to hear you had problems with your Roger figure. GoodSmile is a pretty nice company to deal with, and they may be able to help you get a replacement joint. Send an email to support@goodsmile.jp and explain to them how it came broken in package and the seller couldn’t help you out, also include a picture or two of your figure and its broken piece. It may take a couple of days, but they should get back with you and let you know if they can help.

      I do think Roger was done a bit cheaper than a normal Figma. I didn’t have any problems with the joints on mine, but his alternate faceplates don’t fit quite right. It should take just a little bit of sanding inside the faceplate to work though.

      Both the piano and tomatoes come from the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby. The tomatoes come with a bunch of other fruit. If you’re set on picking some up, check out Hobby Lobby’s site first. Every few weeks they usually put up a coupon for 40% off of one item.

      Speaking of tomatoes, I love that little angry tomato you made on your website. Very cute.