We're suckers for Metal Gear. From the first time we frustratingly infiltrated the winding halls of Outer Heaven in the original 1987 Konami NES game, Solid Snake and his brand of covert justice have been on the top of our list of videogame franchises. Hideo Kojima's stories of military treachery, cloning, and secret societies have always been sprinkled with bits of insanity that manage to break the fourth wall with the player. Needless to say, we quickly grab up any and all Metal Gear-based toys we can find, and Square Enix has been delivering some of the coolest yet. Join us as we take a de-classified look at Snake: Battle Dress Version from Square Enix' Play Arts line of figures.
The sculpt for this Snake figure is based around his armored look in Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker. Unlike our Sneaking Suit Snake, this version is less about Covert Ops and more about front-line warfare. He's armored up from head to toe including a plate running across his forehead.The figure follows the design fro the game, but has been smoothed out and has that flair of "something extra" that Square Enix is known for.
Like their previous releases, this figure of Snake has an incredible paintjob. Every rivet, button, and seam has been painted cleanly. This also extends to the tampographed patches on his shoulders. The airbrushing brings out the details of the sculpt and is particularly noticeable when it comes to his web gear, making it appear to be cloth instead of the softer plastic it is constructed from.
Even though this figure is bulked up, it still retains a ton of movement and utilizes the impressive Play Arts articulation model. Snake kicks his way through the frontlines thanks to a dual ball-joint neck, swivel neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, swivel/hinge elbows (with movable elbow covers), swivel/hinge wrists, ball-joint torso, ball-joint waist, ball-joint/swivel hips, swivel thighs, dual/hinged knees, and swivel/hinge ankles. All of the joints move fluidly and the elbows, wrists, and knees all have "clicking" joints to better hold their positions. Due to Snake's various pouches and thick armor, his movement is a little more restrained than the Sneaking Suit version. Of course, gear that keeps you safe from bullets and low-grade explosions probably wasn't intended for acrobatics.
When it comes to accessories, Snake is prepared for all-out war. Starting things off with a bang, he's equipped with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) that is good for tearing through armored vehicles, helicopters, and putting slight scratches and dents in Metal Gears. Next up is the M-60 belt-fed machine gun. This puppy has a working bi-pod for steady aiming and a box on the side filled with ammo for gunning down hordes of dirty Russkies! (Hey, it was during the Cold War, alright?) As a last resort, Snake has his trusty .45 pistol. This sidearm is the same one that was previously released with Sneaking Suit Snake and is still just as useful. To go with the weaponry is an extra right hand with an open grip, to better hold the barrel of the M-60, and an extra masked head with flip-up blast visor. Although the head is very nice, it looks a little too small on the body--we're blaming that on the lack of a mullet.
So, did that just read like a giant ad for the figure? While we are biased thanks to our hearts being filled with love for all things "Metal Gear", this figure really is a nice addition to Square Enix' collection of videogame heroes and villains and there weren't any negatives (bad paint, loose joints, etc.) that came up while playing with the toy. Recently, Square Enix scored the rights to original Metal Gear Solid game and have shown mouth-watering prototypes of Solid Snake and Ninja. It looks like our shelves will continue to fill up with Covert Espionage Action!
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