I just received my third Revoltech Takeya figure earlier this week, just in time to make my first review. Ashura is one of those rare figures I’ve been looking forward to for a while, but wasn’t quite sure what to think after I received him.
Ashura’s history is a bit complicated since different Buddhist sects see him in very different ways. The first thing you’ve got to know is that Ashura is the name of this race of creature and not his personal name. Ashuras are a low class of demi-gods, or even demons (according to some religions). Similar to the Titans of Greek mythology, Ashuras were cast down from their home on Mt. Sumera and currently reside at its base, beneath the sea.
Ashuras typically are portrayed with three heads or faces, and six arms. In Japanese Buddhism Ashuras are considered as guardians even though they have extreme emotions. Often times they will become obsessed with passionate emotions and display extreme forms of wrath or pride. An Ashuras middle face is usually in a state of suffering, while the other two depict a countenance of war and anger.
One of the interesting things about this figure is that it isn’t a representation of the Four Heavenly Kings. In most sects of Buddhism this creature is portrayed more as a demon than a guardian, so it’s not too much of a leap to consider him as an adversarial character for the more righteous Heavenly Kings. This is especially nice since these figures are a bit smaller than your average Revoltech and it gives the other deities an opposition that’s in scale.
I’ve really come to love the intricate sculpts on these figures. The sculptor did a fantastic job of giving each figure the feel of a living statue. This is most evident with the figure’s flowing robes and various fabrics. This figure even has a few additional pieces of jewelry sculpted around his neck, but still resting underneath his various scarves.
I think this may be my first three-headed action figure. I really love the subtle personality differences of each character, although I don’t think the middle face looks like it is suffering as much as it’s furious. Of course compared to the other two, he seems a bit calmer. One great little attention to detail on the Ashura’s head is the two metal rings they used for his earrings. Did the figure need metal earrings? No, but it adds a level of caring detail that I love.
Ashura’s also got some really well sculpted arms and legs. Not only can you see his cut muscles, but there are also bulging veins. This really makes the figure look powerful, like he’s ready to crush any other deity in his way. Even his back muscles are ripped like a MOTU figure. Continue to page 2…