Metal Gear is one of those brands that never get the right kind of toy love. There were statuesque McFarlanes back in the day, expensive Hot Toys & Play Arts Kai figs that don’t fit in with my other figures. But Kaiyodo has finally made one that fits in with my collection!
First things first, this isn’t Solid Snake. This figure is Naked Snake from the MGS Peace Walker video game. I’m pretty happy with this because I actually like Naked Snake more than Solid (gasp!). My favorite game so far has been MGS3: Snake Eater, and I really enjoy seeing the exploits that turned Naked Snake into Big Boss.
I think the sculpt on this figure is pretty good, but you definitely have to take a few things into consideration. The art for the Metal Gear games, done by Yoji Shinkawa has always been very stylized. While I love it, and actually think it fits the series quite well, it’s definitely hard to translate it into a realistic 3D model, like a toy.
The second thing you have to keep in mind is that this figure was sculpted by Katsuhisa Yamaguchi, who also brings a very stylistic look to the figures he sculpts. Sometimes this style can look fantastic, like on the Vash the Stampede figure. Other times it just looks like a mess of wrinkles and strange proportions, like on Wolfwood.
Snake definitely suffers from a few of these strange proportions, but all around he’s definitely still recognizable. Of course the sneaking suit helps a lot also. All the small details like straps, seams, and even armor bulges make the figure look like he just stepped out of the game. I also love the added canteen and pouches around his waist and upper legs.
Like the body, Snake’s head sculpt is also a bit stylized. But again, with features like the bandana, eye patch, scraggly beard and mullet, he’s definitely recognizable as Snake. One thing about the headsculpt that really blew my mind was that his eye is articulated. You have to take his face plate off to get to the tiny little knob to move it around or even take it out. This adds a ton more personality to a figure that only has one expression and one eye. Continue to page 2…