It’s been ages since I touched any Ultra Acts and I’m glad to say that with Ultraman renewal, I’m back and swinging into the line! Ultraman Renewal version is an updated version of the previous Ultraman and with recent Ultra Act improvements, how can anyone not be excited?
Ultraman’s packaging is really really classy. The black bits are flat whilst the silver really pops out with it’s chrome finish. It kind of highlights just how Ultraman is a true collectible and not some random child supermart toy. =3
The newer Ultras all seemed to have bulked up considerably and Ultraman follows this trend faithfully. The joints all still seem obvious by my standards and his hip are still kinda loose but overall the effect is really striking and feels solid.
From the side, Ultraman’s musculature is even more obvious. Fighting random Kaijuus really makes you work out. =3
The newer Ultraman Hayata (left) has a much more streamlined appearance compared to his first iteration.
A much longer helmet with brighter eyes as well! =3
The appearance of his joints are also improved and look so much better in the newer version.
His eyes really shine in the light! XD
A size comparison between a SHF and an Ultra Act.
The effect parts that come with the newer Ultra are outstanding! The sculpt and paint of it is so so much better than the first one. =3
There’s a little triangle that can be removed and the adaptor for the Tamashii stage inserted.
Action poses are really easy to pose off and I think that the more dynamic it is the better Ultraman looks. No problem re-creating his signature crouch and he is surprisingly steady on his feet even whilst crouching.
Of course with a Tamashii stage stand, so much more can be achieved. However since Ultraman is heavier than typical S.H.Figuarts, he tends to fall off and it might take some fiddling to find that perfect angle.
Ultraman really loves to get up close and personal with his monsters…
Ultra Cutter! The effect is really awesome and deadly looking and probably the most economic way of displaying Hayata. =3
Due to our foolish ways, the terrible pollution saps Ultraman’s energy and when it run lows, the blinker on his chest turns red and starts to flicker. Beep, beep, beep….
Time to finish up…
On a side note, the Renewal version can also fit into the cloak that was provided with the first Ultraman.
I kinda despaired a little when Bandai announced a re-made Ultraman. I was like “why…I already have the first one!”..But when I received it and cracked it open..all my apprehension was just blown away. The sculpt is really awesome, his joints and stability is fantastic and the effect parts are really well sculpted and painted. I don’t really want to say it but this Ultraman release just blows the older one out of the water, not only is the first one obsolete, it’s not even as pretty to match….=( This is THE definitive action figure of Ultraman Hayata and unless you’re really a sucker for the cape that comes with the first Ultraman, there really is no reason to regress (since the Brother’s mantle is available). If you like Ultraman or if it made an impression on you during your childhood, you gotta get this!
Thanks for reading folks!