My second Buddhist figure arrived a couple weeks ago, and my third is already on its way. So I thought I’d get this review done before he shows up. (Sorry Gokai Silver. Maybe next week.) Today we’re taking a look at Takeya Takayuki’s series two Revoltech: Komokuten.
Komokuten is the Lord of the West. His name literally means “wide eyed”, and he has the ability to see through falsehoods or evil, even if it’s disguised. Like the other Four Heavenly Kings, Komokuten is usually seen wearing armor. While he can be depicted with weapons, often Komokuten is portrayed holding a brush and sutra scroll. These represent the ability of Buddha’s teachings to overcome ignorance and evil.
At first glance I thought Komokuten reused many of the same pieces as Tamonten. It wasn’t until I compared the two side by side before I realized how few pieces they actually did share. Almost the entirety of Komokuten’s armor is a unique sculpt. Not only is the pattern original, but so are the various belts and straps that help add to the realistic armor detail of the figure. One thing I really loved was the sculpted stress fractures in the figure’s hip armor.
That’s not to say all of his pieces are original though. Both figures share the same fabric areas of their sleeves. Both have the same forearm bracers, and they both have the same basic hand assortment. Also, I’m pretty sure everything from the waist down is shared between the two figures.
Komokuten’s paint job goes a long way in disguising how many pieces he shares with Tamonten. It’s kind of amazing really. Their shoes, shin guards, and bracers are even the same basic color, yet the detailing on the gold trim has a much more worn look on Komokuten’s figure. Even the fabric parts of his clothing were given a heavier wash in a light gray to make them more aged.
One piece of paint work I really like is Komokuten’s skin color, which has this great statue-like feel. Each textured wrinkle has been highlighted by a dry wash that really brings out his rocky visage. Add to this the worn metallic look of his armor and Komokuten looks more like a tiny statue than an action figure. Continue to page 2…