Tekken 7, which released in 2015, is the culmination of the Mishima Saga that started with the original game over 20 years ago. The game features a number of modes, including a cinematic story mode that is becoming a very popular alternative to traditional single-player arcade modes. The story mode sees Heihachi Mishima struggling to maintain control of Mishima Zaibatsu Corporation, as he fights off attacks by numerous entities, all while a new King of Iron Fist tournament is set in motion. The game features over 30 fighters, including special guest characters like Street Fighter’s Akuma, Fatal Fury’s Geese Howard, and Final Fantaxy XV’s Noctis.
Storm Collectibles has been picking up more and more licenses lately. Already well into both a Street Fighter and a Mortal Kombat line, they also have King of Fighters, Fist of the North Star and Tekken figures in the works. The first figure from the Tekken line has hit U.S. stores, and it looks like fans of the franchise are in for a treat. Today we take a look at the Storm Collectibles Heihachi Mishima 1/12 Scale Figure. Our friends at Bluefin sent along the figure to check out. After the jump, you can read my thoughts on the figure, and see a gallery of over 50 photos.
Heihachi Mishima 1/12 Scale Figure by Storm Collectibles
- Outstanding overall sculpt
- Three very good head sculpts
- Nice selection of interchangeable hands
- Removable uwagi is a nice touch
- Excellent articulation
- Paint work is handled nicely
Heihachi comes packaged in a collector friendly window box. The design is similar in style to their Street fighter and Mortal Kombat figures. The packaging features design elements from the Tekken 7 video game, along with a character nice render of Heihachi on the front. The window is nice and large, and you can easily inspect the figure and the accessories prior to purchasing. The back includes multiple photos showcasing the numerous poses and accessories included. Heihachi includes three interchangeable portraits, four sets of interchangeable hands, an Electric Wind God Fist effects, and a special move effects piece. The figure sits in a plastic clamshell tray, and can easily be placed back in for storage.
Having previously reviewed the Mortal Kombat Ninja’s (and owner of their excellent Street Fighter Ryu), I’m already a big fan of what Storm has been doing with their fighting game figures. I’ve been a fan of the Tekken franchise since the PS1 days, and was more than a little excited to see Storm take on the franchise. With Heihachi in hand, I can thankfully say Heihachi is handled equally as well as their previous releases. The figure features well over 30 points of articulation, and stands just over 6.5″ tall. Range of motion is excellent here, allowing you to easily pose Heihachi in any of his special poses. The figure features multi-point neck articulation hidden under a soft vinyl chest overlay, which is an underrated feature of the Storm figures. This allowed me to get more natural poses with Heihachi looking up or down, as well as being able to tilt his head. Knees and elbows both have double joints, along with a chest that has multiple articulation points. Joints are all very solid with no looses spots and no paint locking issues present here. Parts swap out easily, and snap on tightly. The connection joints feel even tighter than previous releases, especially at the wrists.
The sculpt work here is great, with some outstanding character specific details throughout. The figure uses a mix of plastic and soft vinyl pieces to give a great range of motion. Much of his upper body is hidden by a soft uwagi (gi jacket/shirt), which is removable. The belt is held in by a small pin and can be popped off to allow the uwagi to be removed. This is an especially nice touch as Heihachi features a prominent chest scar which is nicely sculpted here. The included portraits are very well done, with three very different expressions, and each working perfectly with the included hands to give you some really good display options. The screaming head wound up being a personal favorite. Storm also did a notable job on the paint deco. The flesh has a natural tone to it, with subtle transitional work to give it a lifelike appearance. Give a close look at the face, and you’ll even see liver spots painted in. Each area has crisp and clean paint lines separating things like the hair, eyes and mouth. The outfit has a nice mix of paint washes over it that brings out the strong texture work of the sculpt.
The Heihachi figure is another top notch release from Storm Collectibles. With a stellar sculpt, excellent range of motion and great paint work, this is great way to kick off the Tekken license. Check out some highlight pics below and the full gallery after that.