Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bandai Big Hero 6 Baymax Armor-Up

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 
Inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, the film tells the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada, who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain.
Bandai is producing the toys for the movie, ranging from 4 inch figures which will feature all the 6 members plus the villain of the film to plush toys and a variety of role play and mask offerings.
Baymax is clearly the main character in the movie and he boasts 4 different one-off figures.
There is the 10 inch projection/SFX Baymax, the 10 inch posed version with limited articulation, a deluxe flying version that comes with a 4.5 inch Hiro Hamada toy and an Armor Up Baymax.
I decided to get my hands on the Armor Up version basically because I could get two figures in one, the 6 inch white nursebot form and the armored up Baymax.

I like the packaging. It is meant to attract kids.
It's big, full of graphics and firm and you can see all the contents nicely laid in front of you.
The figure and armor parts are placed securely in a plastic tray.

There are 20 pieces of armor which are used to armor up Baymax.
It is easy to put the pieces on and was pretty fun to do so.
My only gripe is that they could have gone with a more metallic paint.

In the movie, Baymax in his white nursebot form is pear shaped.
However when he is armored up, his shape is totally opposite with broader shoulders and a smaller hip.
So how do you do a toy, where the body shape is different before and after putting the armor on?
Bandai came up with a simple yet ingenious solution.
By turning around the front and back of the figure and extending the shoulders, you basically get two different shapes!

White nursebot form

Ready to armor up!

I kinda like the sculpting of Baymax in its nursebot form.
Because of the armor up features, it can't be perfectly movie accurate but I think it works here.
Anyway I feel that most will display him in its armored up form.

Ok..lets armor him up.
First the leg armor. That will add around 2 inches in height.

Next will be the tight armor...

Body armor next...

Arm armor going up next...

Up with the shoulder armor...

The armor gloves...

His wings...

And finally his helmet.
Baymax in full body armor and ready for the fight!

Overall a fun toy to have.
I have always liked such 3D computer-animated movies and I am glad that I have a figure that represents the movie.
Even though it is a toy made for kids to play with, I think it displays well too.
In Singapore, the price point is a bit on the high side, so I recommend getting it on Amazon with free global shipping.

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