As usual, laziness overrides my intentions and instead of Miku, we have here a figure of KOS-MOS from Bandai Namco’s Xenosaga III. I keep meaning to build a nice backdrop for Miku so that I can photograph her, but there’s about a billion reviews of Miku out there already and everyone knows what she looks like, anyway. KOS-MOS, however, is far too large to build a special background for, and besides, while Miku is nice and all, KOS-MOS is one helluva figure.
KOS-MOS has had several looks throughout her career as a video game character. I like her look in the first Xenosaga the best; in fact, it’s one of my favorite character designs amongst all video games. I bought Soul Calibur III mostly because you could unlock that costume and create a KOS-MOS battler. I also have a sentimental bias towards it; KOS-MOS was Alter’s seventh figure (out of around 246 at this time) and was the third PVC figure I acquired.
This particular KOS-MOS is dressed in her v4 costume from Xenosaga III, which I haven’t played. Curiously, while the first two games aren’t hard to find cheap in the used game bins at Gamestop, the third game seems to go for about full price on eBay. While I’d like to pick it up for collecting purposes, I strongly doubt I’d ever play it, since I’d feel compelled to play the first two games and I really don’t have the fortitude to attempt the first game again.
KOS-MOS is about 38 centimeters tall from the sole of her left foot to the top of her headpiece, and her base and gun extend her total height a bit more. Sculpted in 1/4 scale, KOS-MOS truly is huge and majestic.
Here she is with the 1/8 scale Metatron for comparison.
Her stature isn’t the only thing that defines her majesty; this is one really impressive sculpt. This figure’s an E2046 recast while the original sculpt was done by Volks. She’s frozen in mid-stride, looking like she’s either ready to step into a firefight or is sashaying down a fashion runway.
Many of Chorosuke’s 1/4 scale sculpts provide relatively realistic proportions, and KOS-MOS is not an exception. She doesn’t have the huge head and tiny torso that you often see in anime-style designs; rather, she’s got a womanly build with a wasp waist and thick, powerful legs.
The detailing on her legs is remarkable. Her stockings are trimmed with lace and her thigh boots have lacing up the back.
She’s got a massive gun, a triple Gatling gun, actually. It is very impressive but on a figure that looks this good, it’s almost an afterthought.
This figure was shipped with left arm and the gun detached, and they slide into their joints without difficulty and stay in place quite well, even without glue. Also, E2046 often outfits their figures with magnets so that parts can be snapped on and off; KOS-MOS comes with an additional visor with this eyepatch-looking thingy, which I am guessing is some sort of visual display like in Aliens.
It looks quite cool. I’m not sure which I like better, myself.
This figure was painted by E2046 and they’ve done a great job with it. I didn’t look it over with a magnifying glass but I didn’t notice any problems. Her boots and blouse have a very attractive sheen to them. Her hair is tinted a faint red towards the tips, giving it an interesting multitone look.
I’ve been effusive with praise but everything isn’t quite all perfect with this figure. Her breasts can be exposed by removing the magnetically-held parts of her dress. The problem is, they’ve got some very unattractive scribe lines on them, and I really don’t know why they’re there. In the interest of staying work-safe, I’ll refrain from inlining a picture of them, but you can see them right here.
I mean, listen, we’re sitting here talking about boobies. Not her face, not her face, not her face, but we’re talking about boobies. Not her face that I love and looks awesome but we’re talking about boobies, man. How silly is this? Now I know I could just overlook this and all that but I’m not shoving that aside like it don’t mean anything. I know they can be hidden, I honestly do but we’re talking about boobies. We’re talking about boobies, man. We’re talking about boobies. When you come to this site, and you see what I buy, you’ve seen what I like, we’re talking about boobies, when it actually matters, we’re talking about boobies … how the hell can they make these boobies better by scratching lines on them?
Ahem … so besides that one aspect, this is an incredible, awesome, superb figure. I guess the only change I would’ve liked would’ve been to put her in her episode I outfit, but when the figure looks this good, I really can’t beef about something like that.
I should mention that E2046 tossed in an extra base but as it’s quite a bit larger than the one she comes mounted on, I’m not using it. Wolfheinrich has pictures of it and more pictures of KOS-MOS on his own review.
Speaking of KOS-MOS’s original outfit, apparently a content pack for the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia will let you dress up Judith as KOS-MOS:
How cool is that? If Tales of Vesperia’s PS3 port ever gets a US localization, I might have to double-dip because Judith is just that awesome. She’s another character who deserves her own figure. More pictures of her are up here.