Last week, I wrote a post about a pair of articulated 1/10-scale figures I bought made by Bandai of Japan called Body-Kun. The figures are a bit short, but a little long in the legs, so I hope to modify them slightly to make them a little closer to correct height by adding a little filler in their midsections. Ideally, I’d add some filler into the arms too, and make the heads a little larger. But, reasonably, I can only do so much.
In any case, I’m pretty sure I can do something with them, so I went ahead and ordered another pair off of Ebay for just over $30. However, I noticed that there was apparently another version, which had replacement arms and legs, to allow the figure to naturally sit seiza, or “Japanese-style”, and to allow him to have his arms folded across his chest or just his hands folded in front of him.
The biggest differences I realized only after getting the figures was that they’re a little skinnier than the other figure and, more importantly, they’re barefooted, which is exactly what I need for Japanese figures of this period. I can always rig zoris, Japanese-style sandals, waraji, straw sandals that are tied around the foot, etc.
It took me a while to figure out that the new figures are called the Takarai Rihito edition. If you want this particular version, it’s a bit harder to identify on Ebay or Amazaon. The edition is written in Japanese as “– 宝井理人– Edition”.
The figure is apparently available as just a stand-alone figure with interchangeable hands, or as part of a “DX SET”, which includes a figure stand, some anime action figure gear, and, most importantly, the folded arms, hands, and extra leg pieces.
So, I now have plenty to work with now. There are figures to modify and I’ll have to work on clothes and tools and decide on how I want to use them. I just need to actually get to work! Ω