I played the first Yokai Watch a few years ago….it was ok. The best part of it was easily Orochi. I completely adored this character. I usually don’t buy figures out of the box at conventions but when it came to Orochi there was no way I could possibly resist.
Starting up at the top (usually a valid starting point) his top knot is caught up in movement, blowing wildly back behind him. There’s very little detail, however this is one of those rare instances when that isn’t a gripe for me. In more chibified franchises overt amounts of detail make the product look bad more often then not so this is ok!
Orochi looks good his long locks fall in a wavy mess in front of his face which looks great. His eyebrow and eye decals are both applied really well. His eye looks intently focused ahead. His nose is an adorable tiny little nub and he has no mouth to speak of. (There’s a bad joke in there. No apologies)
Around his neck and the lower half of his face Orochi has a ‘scarf’ wrapping him up. It’s got a little bit of detail on the front, but nothing to write home to mom about.
Adorning each hand is a long fingerless glove, they could have afforded to touch up the paint on each finger, but it’s not too obvious without using your cameras 4x zoom on it to bring it into stark detail.At the end of the scarves is a roaring dragon snake thingy. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that because his name is Orochi they are probably snakes, but they definitely give off a very dragon-esque vibe. The dragon snakes have twirly wispy cloudlike eyes that are a kind of neat reminder that they aren’t sentient but an extension of Orochi himself.
Orochi is clad in a purple gi that could honestly use a few more wrinkles to detail it a little bit…..Otherwise the shade of purple is nice and makes a fine contrast with the black around his waist.
The snake dragons do have kind of questionable seams at their jawlines…..
In retrospect I probably should have switched this picture with the last one for order consistency but hindsight is twenty twenty right? So anywho the white belt around his waist looks good and in spite of being extremely light isn’t too distracting from the whole of the figure because his skin is so pale too. I also like how part of the black wrap at his waist folds over the top of the belt. Nice touch.
His pants have a little more detail then his shirt does with a small handful of wrinkles down around his knees. I also really like the cuff around the calf it gives the pants a nice distinctive look.
Underneath the pants Orochi wears some form of black tights that hook underneath his tabi socks. The paint in this area looks all around pretty good. No major malfunctions here.
His other foot isn’t painted quite so well, the white paint bleeds heavily onto the sandals strap.
I seriously love the craziness of this topknot it’s kind of adorable.
I think part of the reason I love his hair so much is because it’s completely wild, like it’s on the verge of becoming tentacles and when you take into account he’s named after the muliheaded serpent ‘Orochi’ it’s kind of funny. Stop judging me. Also, and I know it would be entirely ruined if we could see the rest of his face, I’m very fond of his profile.
From the side we can see that his ‘scarf’ does the same wispy cloudy thingy that the dragon snakes (snagons? drakes?) eyes do. I think this looks really cool and much better then the vaguely bubbled look it has in the front.
His outstretched hand looks pretty good (small aforementioned paint problems aside) his fingers are spread wide which is usually a nice touch. However if your a detail heavy person it’s also worth noting this figure has zero bone structure and doesn’t deal with little things like finger nails for example.
Where as he has no bones…..he does have some muscular structure his arms while thin do show small hints of biceps and shoulder definition.
the second snagon trails down under his arm inevitably helping with the figures balance, For that matter now that I think about it both snagons match up nicely with the movements of his arms. Deliberate? probably.
Actually from the right angle the wispy cloudy things almost make it look like the eyes have giant bushy eyebrows. How amusing.
His foot that’s further back is a might bit of a problem but nothing to major. There’s a small indent on the base for the sandal to rest in and it fits fine, but it also slips out really easily so it’s recommended to just readjust him once he’s sitting on your shelf already.
The back of his hair is less of a tentacley (not a word) mess. but the cool detailing on the scarf almost makes up for it.
The seams on the back of the scarf are god awful but they are a necessary evil. unfortunately if the snagons had come attached the box he came in would have had to be huge, by huge i mean not standard prize figure size. By having you assemble this though it becomes a lot better for box size and seeing as you are putting it together the seams are expected.
Directly underneath the scarf the base plugs into his back super easy.
Along the back and sides the snagons have a few cool sporadic scales littering them which is a neat effect.
His clenched fist looks better then his outstretched hand. It doesn’t suffer from the same paint issues.
The bottom of each sandal is textured. I love it when they do this!!!!!
His other foot almost reaches off the base, but not quite.
Each snagon has six surprisingly sharp teeth. I seriously love these things.
There’s a nice crease along the side of his gi which finally gives it a little bit of a realistic flare.
There are also nice folds in the fabric around the crotch and his bent knee.
As everyone who reads this blog regularly knows though my favorite is always the detailing around bent ankles. I’m not sure why I’m such a sucker for this, but i fall for it every single time…..
So yeah Orochi is pretty boss prize figure and with the way merch has been handled for Yokai Watch this is probably the best he’s going to get for a really long time. You know like when Megahouse runs out of ways to exploit Pokemon and Digimon…. I would not recommend going to crazy as for the cost though. It’s a cool figure and a great excuse to write snagons, but not something to go crazy and spend like 80 bucks on unless your a pretty hard core fan.