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Ryoma Sakamoto
The Samurai - Ryoma Sakamoto
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]

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Historicus Forma


After releasing many very nice complemantary kits representing female warriors of World War II and some animal sets which bring realism to vignettes and dioramas, this time Aurora Model released a Samurai figure.

The kit Ht-003 is sculpted in 55 mm size, cast in metal and represents a famous samurai – Ryoma Sakamoto.

about the figure

Sakamoto Ryōma (January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period in Japan. Ryoma used the alias Saidani Umetaro as a cover name during his work to keep Japan united in the creation of a modern government which would allow his country to join the rest of the world which was in a colonizing mode, while keeping its own sovereignty intact.

The figure comes in 10x7x2 cm dimensions white cardboard box with a photo label on the front side. Inside the box, parts are represented in a plastic bag and a small paper sheet with figure information in Japanese and English is given. It is noted on the information sheet that the metal kits contain lead.

The figure is sculpted by Kiyushi Tsuda aka SOLO and cast in 3 white metal parts. I think the sculptor was inspired for the posing of the figure by the Statue of Sakamoto.

  • Torso with head ; Facial details and samurai hair style is quite well defined. He wears a kimono with a wide collar band and wide sleeves. The hilt of the Wakizashi - short sword usually worn next to the Katana is cast on this part.

  • Lower body-front ; Folds of kimono, Obi cloth sash and Tsuka(handle) of Katana - long sword are well defined. Handguard of the katana makes a good fit to the upper body.

  • Lower body-back ; Folds of kimono and Saya - scabbard of Katana are well represented.

    Not a very detailed figure but it can be painted as a Japanese hero or any samurai standing in a neutral pose. Less parts make the assembly easier.
    Highs: Ease on assembly and can be painted as any samurai figure in neutral pose.
    Lows: Low details
    Verdict: It can be painted for the fans of period.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 54mm
      Mfg. ID: HT-003
      Related Link: Product Page
      PUBLISHED: Jul 19, 2010
      NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 76.47%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Thanks for the review, Brother A bit of a bland figure. I have limited knowledge of samurai, but to what extent can the painter "go to town" with the painting of the gown? Were samurai gowns traditionally a single colour? Or could they be a bit flamboyant with prints and such? Rudi
    JUL 19, 2010 - 12:13 PM

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