Today, we’re diving into the unboxing of Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Lord Orochimaru – Seeker of Immortality figure. Which might be the best Tamashii Nations figure from the Naruto line so far.
As fans of this iconic anime and its characters, we’re thrilled to give you the lowdown on this fig.
It’s already released in Japan and the North American release date is slated for January 2024.
The first thing that grabs your attention is the packaging. Orochimaru’s action figure comes housed in a clean, minimal box, tastefully adorned with brush style artwork that wraps around it. We get a peek at the Sannin’s character with different poses on the sides and back of the packaging.
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the details. The figure itself is a work of art, meticulously designed with attention to detail, from the beige and brown of his attire to the stunning shading and sculpt of his hair.
The colors on his clothes are on point, and we can’t help but admire the intricate details, like thread fibers on the nicely sculpted purple obi. The upper legs flare out a bit, and the legs’ sculpt is clean. Unlike other figs, even the paint his feet is clean.
A good action figure isn’t complete without a range of accessories, and Orochimaru doesn’t disappoint. He comes with four distinct faces – a mouth open face, a tongue-out face, a serious open-mouth face, and a smirking face.
You’ll also find a variety of hands – open hands, jutsu hands, sword-gripping hands, semi-open hands, and martial arts hands. Notably, Orochimaru brings along his trusty sword of Kusanagi, complete with a striking silver finish and detailed hilt.
But that’s not all; Orochimaru’s accessories also include twin snakes with textured scales and fangs, adding more authenticity to the figure.
If you’re a Naruto fan, you’ll appreciate the added bonus – a curse mark Sasuke head from the part 1 final valley battle with Naruto.
The details on this head are superb, featuring the curse mark and that unmistakable yellow eye. Plus, there’s a smirking face and impressively sculpted hair. Unfortunately this is the only way to get this head is with Orochimaru or on the secondary market.
When it comes to articulation, this action figure holds its own. The head, waist, arms, and legs all have a good range of movement.
Notably, there’s a ball joint in the hair that adds to the figure’s posability. The upper torso offers a twist and fold movement, but the hair can sometimes pop off when moving. The joints match seamlessly, providing a clean look.
But what about the waist? Orochimaru can bend down and go backward to a certain extent, although the obi might interfere a bit. The figure’s upper leg twist and double-jointed knees are impressive, offering a wide range of poses.
The figure’s legs also offer lower leg twists, and the ankles provide a range of articulation, including rocking side to side and up and down, as well as toe articulation. It’s safe to say that Orochimaru is ready for some dynamic posing.
Even if it has some minor issues like the hairpiece. This is probably the best Naruto line S.H. Figuarts released this year so far. It’d make a great addition to any collection.