Since today’s the day the latest volume of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys mega-series comes out, I thought it might also be a good time to share with you this amazing piece of merchandise related to the series.
Michael Crawford’s Captain Toy site has a comprehensive writeup by Jeff Parker (probably not the comic writer) of this limited-edition release of a figure of the Friend. The Hong Kong company Hot Toys put out a number of exclusive figures to celebrate their 10th anniversary, and this was one of them. Parker’s piece is super-detailed, and I found it very interesting, especially since he wasn’t previously familiar with the manga, and I’m not very familiar with toy collecting. He’s also got a bunch of good pictures. There’s one of the accessories after the cut, but it contains a spoiler if you’re not caught up on the manga series.
Look at all the bits this figure came with! Extra heads, extra hands, masks, the Books of Prophecy (in Japanese, of course), a ray gun, a remote control, and a bent spoon. Such detail! You’ve got to read the description of his suit, too, which talks about the tailoring and how the tie is really knotted and such. It’s a shame this guy was limited to 2500 pieces worldwide, priced about $220, and is likely impossible to find. Still, at least we can enjoy Parker’s pictures and writeup.