Ashura’s halo threw me for a surprise. I was expecting it to be exactly like the ones used on the previous two figures, and the mold is the exact same. What’s different is that the halo was made out of a translucent dark yellow color and then painted over with a green that resembles tarnished brass. In front of a light this gives off a really neat glowing effect, and I really wish the other two had a similar feature.
Ashura’s paint is interesting. All of the parts showing skin was molded a deep red with a black dry wash added over it. This gives the really interesting illusion that the figure is almost burnt because of how dark it can get. This same effect was used on his three faces, but it wasn’t as heavy and there’s plenty of detail. There was an interesting technique used on Ashura’s clothing to make them shine like worn copper in certain areas.
Ashura has a fantastic amount of articulation, but there are some issues too. First off, his heads, neck, shoulders, elbows, chest, waist, hips, knees, and ankles are all Revolver joints. To make articulation a bit easier, his halo and tails to his robe were also given Revolver joints. One of the few difficulties I’m having with this figure is that a lot of his articulation is partially blocked by clothing or body parts. His arms in particular seem too bunched up and tend to get in the way of each other.
Instead of a Jaki demon, Ashura’s base is a piece of rock. The base itself is sculpted very nicely, but it’s definitely not as exciting. Ashura also comes with a traditional boomerang shaped Revoltech base too.
All of Ashura’s other accessories are entirely comprised of alternate hands. There’s a set of clutching, open palm holding orbs, holding, praying, and holding weapons. I was hoping to get multiple sets of hands that were the same. This way he could be holding the same gesture on all six arms. I was also disappointed to discover that his bow and arrow are molded into their respective hands. This really limits his weapon wielding abilities.
I really do like this figure. The posing gets easier the more you play around with him. The arms still are limited by each other, but you find ways to work around it mostly. The biggest disappointment is the lack of weapons and more alternate hands. This really would have made the figure perfect, but I’m sure it would have also upped the price. So for now, I’ll just have him meditating on my shelf while wait for the fourth figure in the line.