REVIEW: Kaiju TriPus
From the ocean’s depths, [Kaiju TriPus] emerges to do battle with Captain Maxx. What will it take to defeat this tentacled sea mutant? No doubt a full out battle royale between Kaiju TriPus, Alien Xam and Kaiju Eyezon versus our ultimate hero!
TriPus is the newest kaiju creation from Max Toy Co. and artist/designer Mark Nagata. This character is a part of the Captain Maxx universe, which now consists of four different vinyl figures.
The Kaiju TriPus comes double bagged with a header card and backing card. The header card has a drawing of the character from the chest up, while the backing card has a great scene of TriPus attacking a ship at sea. On the rear of the card is a listing (with photos) of all of the Max Toy Co. produced figures.
The Kaiju TriPus is a soft, rotocast vinyl figure that stands approximately 10” tall and features five points of articulation (arms and tentacle legs). It’s painted with a shiny coat of various colors (green, blue, yellow and pink) that has that sprayed-on look. And the three inset eyes are painted yellow with a little orange glow around the edges.
Mark Nagata and Max Toy Co. have become the premier US creator of Kaiju figures. It’s tough to think of a company that does the craft any better. And the great thing is that the designs just keep getting better.
And because of that, it’s difficult to come up with anything that I would change about the TriPus vinyl. Actually, I wouldn’t do anything differently.
It might not look that way, because the paint job isn’t made to accentuate the sculpting, but this piece is extremely well sculpted. There are scales and suckers on the legs, bumps on the arms, a small starfish on the back and what looks like the random barnacle here and there. There’s a lot of intricate sculpting work for a fairly large rotocast vinyl. And with his tentacled face, TriPus invokes memories of the old “Squid Head” Star Wars figure.
And the paintjob is great as well. It’s done in that traditional shiny sprayed-on kaiju look. But the standout paint area is in the eyes. The slight orange shading gives TriPus a sinister look.
Overall, TriPus is an all-around great kaiju piece. A great character. A great sculpt. A great paintjob.
You can pick one up at the following:
Max Toy Co: $70.00
Frozen Empire Toys: $69.95
Fun Factor: 9/10