I received my second D-Arts Pokemon figure last week and I have very mixed feelings about it. While I wouldn’t call Charizard a bad figure, I really feel like they could have done a better job. So let’s take a look at the good and bad of Charizard.
I never really felt like the various creatures in the Pokemon series were given much of a personality in the original games. That’s why most of my affinity for the characters comes from the anime. Charmander and Charmeleon were at best annoying and at worst incompetent, especially when compared to the impish Squirtle or the headstrong Bulbasaur. But Charizard was entirely different with his dickish attitude, bringing an interesting level of strife to the series for Ash.
Sculpt wise, Charizard looks fantastic most of the time. Like Mewtwo, the figure feels like it just stepped out of the game or anime with its extremely simplified cartoon-like look. But that doesn’t mean they skimped on the details. Little details like his heavy horned brow, nostrils, and even pad-like markings on the bottom of his feet help to add a bit of realism to his design.
My biggest issue with the sculpt has to be his height. Standing straight up he’s less than five inches tall. He seems even more miniscule when standing next to Mewtwo, who’s almost a head taller. I wouldn’t want Charizard to be Monsterarts King Ghidorah tall, but I do think his height should be a little imposing to other Pokemon.
Probably my favorite aspect has to be the flame at the tip of his tail. This thick piece of translucent plastic has been molded yellow and given red highlights to add depth. The piece looks fantastic and makes me want a slew of fire effects parts like this for my other figures.
Charizard’s paint job is also very sleek and cartoony with its bright orange and yellow colors. But if you look closely there is some very subtle dark orange airbrushing around his muscles and raised bone structure. The airbrushing is even more evident on the blue parts of his wings where you can see the lighter colors in the center. Continue to page 2…