Articulation-wise, while the change to the armor enhances the shoulder’s downward range, that’s pretty much the only thing different from standard. The rest of the figure is all old parts and that just means that everything works as it should and give Ninjor plenty of posing options.
And all that money saved on the body reuse? It got poured into the accessories. In addition to the second unmasked head, we also have a quiver that mounts to the back of the armor, a bow, nunchuks and a katana. The quiver has spots to store the bow and katana – the nunchuks can kinda sub in for one of those, but the clips on the quiver are a particularly hard plastic, so be careful deviating. The other nice thing is that even though comes with a ton of weapons and all but one piece can be stowed on the figure without him having to hold it. I love that. The bow is probably the weakest piece, it’s all one color and has the arrow molded to it with the string also molded in. The katana and nunchuks have some paint and both look sharp with the figure. I could be crazy, but it seems the katana handled is molded a little thicker for the slightly wider open left hand? The only improvement would be for the nunchuks to get a real chain or maybe been a little softer.
But, wait, there’s the alt head, there’s the weapons, and there’s one more accessory! Also included is an add-on belt. It’s red and gold and you could use it for Ninjor if you wanted to… but, secretly, it’s meant for Jitsu. The loincloth is in his colors and features long, golden rope for a belt. On Jitsu it allows the figure to capture his look from the short-lived M02K staction line. It’s a cool addition and I love that we go it. I need to decide if I’m going to use it full-time on Jitsu here soon or keep him more vintage.
Overall, I’m super excited to finally get this guy. I’m first in line for new figures, new characters, never before made guys, etc. but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I felt vintage glee for some of the originals now and again. And Ninjor, or Ninja Warrior, definitely fits the bill! His classic body style mixed with nice updates to the armor and a fantastic head sculpt really make him a winner. I would like the accessories to be a little more detailed to match, but they’re good and win me over en masse. The only thing that could make this figure cooler? If he could secretly whip out the dagger on his symbol for a last-ditch, extra weapon!
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