If you had asked me years ago if I thought Gundam Seed would ever see more statues you probably would have been met with cynical laughter and a “Don’t I wish.” Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine four new statues, and one of them is one of my personal favorites. Let me introduce you to Yzak Joule.
Yzak’s face is fantastic, his eyes are done in the GS design perfectly (I always liked their really thick eyelashes). They chose a very pale blue that would be absolutely perfect for an icy glare. In a slight bit of OOCness though Yzak is smiling at us. If it were virtually anyone else I would think this was a very innocent pretty smile, but it isn’t someone else, it’s Yzak so I’m going to wager he’s probably thinking about strangling someone. His collar is really well done, I love the gold pins painted on it, they add a nice classy look to the Zaft uniform.
The black on his shoulders and going down his chest is also very well painted. Yzak might be a really slim guy, but you can still see a slight bit of muscle definition on his chest. Megahouse also did a great job of shading his uniform just above the belt. Speaking of, his belt is done in a nice pearlescent white which looks very nice, it stands out a great deal from the other colours in that area. One of Yzak’s hands rests easily against his hip, his fingers are actually connected to the hip. I wish more figures did that so we didn’t end up with things like this.
Anyway back to Yzak, his hands are gorgeous, long thin fingers that have great knuckle definition and fantastic fingernails are always a plus in my book.
The bottom of Yzak’s uniform flows out a bit more, it seems to be caught n the same wind that’s gentle teasing his silver locks. The folds in the fabric look really nice and are definitely eyecatching. The black trim is very nice and overall this is a great job.
Yzak’s pants are tucked neatly into his boots, and just above the top of each boot you can see that same nice shading that’s on his jacket.
His white boots are pristine, I’m glad honestly that they did a matte finish on the boots, making them shiny like the belt would have looked ludicrous. Like they were space cadets or something (wait for the joke to kick in). there’s isn’t a whole lot of paint on his boots but the little that is there is well applied.
Yzak’s hair looks really awesome from the side, I absolutely adore the shading. From the top we’ve got a nice light grey that gets progressively darker the closer you get to the tips. I also like that his hair isn’t cut in a perfect bowl all the way around, it’s got slightly longer parts to add some depth to it. Very nice!
From the side we get a very nice view of Yzak’s medals. I wish that a little more detail had been put into them, but it does look good regardless. Also the Zaft symbol on his shoulder is painted very nice, and the folds going down his side are well placed and look really good.
The very long cuffs of Yzak’s uniform look very nice, I like the long pointed tip at the elbow.
From the side the bottom of his jacket looks a little funny, it’s kind of hard to tell where it’s going exactly.
I love Yzaks’ legs, the shape of his calves and the curve that leads down to his ankles is great. You can even see his ankle bone defined through the boots. Whereas this does leads me to believe the material can’t be very thick it does look great.
Oh yeah his other arm….this like the other Gundam Seed figures are all designed to be reaching out to each other. Who Yzak would be reaching out to is beyond me, but it does look amazing.
Yzak’s back looks very nice, his shoulderblades can be seen clearly through his uniform and the creases in it are also a very nice touch.
Of course all the wrinkles, folds, and creases on the bottom half of his uniform start after his well defined rear end. He also fairly nice hips now that I’m actually looking a little closer.
The soles of his boots go pretty high covering the heel of the foot. It’s a pretty unique design. The wrinkles at the back of the ankles look awesome by the way.
I noticed when I was switching out his pieces that they actually layered his hair underneath. I’m a total sucker for details like this.
Oh and speaking of alternate parts I found the Yzak in this figure. Remember that ice cold stare we talked about earlier. Well here it is in full force. Blue eyes narrowed in a cold glare and there’s a permanent frown creasing his features. Buried under his grey locks are a whole load of bandages, there’s also a rather jagged scar running down the length of his face. This is everything that Yzak should be.
Also with this variation Yzak has one hand up by his face. He’s no longer reaching out to someone, oh no, now he’s swearing vengeance. I’m not quite as fond of this hand though. His fingers look a little less elegant and a little more chunky.
At various points on his head you can see bandages peeking out from Yzak’s hair. I really dig this concept but it leaves a few seam lines that I don’t really dig.
The largest bandage spot is on the back of his head. With a little bit of shading this probably would have been wicked.
Part of the fun though is mixing and matching pieces, now Yzak is reaching out to strangle you.
And now he’s trying to keep his hair out of his face, how cute!
Yzak’s base is a dodecagon with the Zaft symbol emblazoned on it. I could honestly dig this base if the shade chosen for it had matched him even a little bit.
Yzak’s box is Zaft red and covered with stars. It’s pretty epic.
An updated statue of Yzak
Ugly base colour
a little out of character
Generic initial pose