Before we jump into the review, here’s a quick summery of who Gundari Myoo is. The Myoo are the five belligerent deities who represent Buddhism’s power to overcome the earthly passions, and guard the four directions and the center. Gundari is the guardian of the South. He distributes celestial nectar to the poor and is the scourge of demons. His eight arms carry various weapons in order to fiercely defend the virtues of Buddhism and its followers.
Revoltech Takeya’s Buddhist line is one of the most interesting collections that I’ve ever amassed. A toy line based on various real-life religious figures and deities is already pretty unique. So when you add the super articulation and insane amounts of sculpted detail, you get a line that pretty much impresses with every release. It’s difficult to pick the “best” figure with so many exceptional products, but Gundari Myoo has to be near the top of the pack.
The thing that sets Gundari apart from pretty much every action figure that I’ve ever owned is his eight arms. Figures with multiple arms connected at their shoulders usually have a hard time balancing aesthetics with functionality. Articulation typically suffers most with the arms getting in the way of each other, leaving the poor collector with a figure that only looks decent in one or two positions.
This is why I really have to give major props to the folks at Kaiyodo. They were actually able to design a figure that has full swivel/hinge movement in each shoulder, while at the same time keeping the overall figure looking very organic. His arms can even rest at his sides in very natural looking positions (Well, as natural as a person with eight arms can look).
Gundari’s overall sculpt is actually quite a bit bigger than most of the previous figures. I’m not sure if this is to accommodate his multiple arms, or if the line is becoming more popular and they can afford to make them at a slightly larger scale. Either way, I’m liking it. It’s nice to have a bit of variation among the various deities, and a larger figure allows for a more detailed sculpt.
And speaking of sculpted detail, Gundari’s is pretty amazing. Unlike a lot of his predacessors, Gundari is mostly naked. There’s no real armor on this figure, instead he’s wearing a combination of flowing robes, bracelets, armbands, and a necklace. (Surprisingly his necklace and sash are two separate pieces!) But I think the coolest things are the white snakes coiled around each wrist, and the two tied together as a belt. (Never mess with a man who uses live snakes as a belt.) And if that wasn’t enough, his snake belt isn’t just holding up his robes but also a tiger pelt with a sculpted face. Continue to page 2…