Review | Yamato: Poison (Black Ver.)

Yay! Figure review time! Really sorry for the somewhat late updates when it comes to the figure review department. I was so freaking busy this past few weeks with work T_T. I’m still kinda busy right now but I had the chance to finish the figure shoot of Yamato’s Poison which is our main topic in today’s review.

This version of the figure is the black variant of the original Poison released 5 yrs ago by Yamato. After a year and a half, they released this version which changes  the default hair color of Poison from pink to blonde. They also changed the color of her outfit to black, thus, being dubbed as the “black” version.

I was hunting for this figure when I started my figure collecting hobby. I was originally hunting for the original Posion figure but it was already long sold out. Even online hobby stores doesn’t have her anymore. Good thing I saw a post from one of my friends on Facebook which also sells figures. The good thing about his goods are most of the items that he sells are the “hard to find” ones. I saw Poison (Black Ver.) from his post and I quickly paid for it right away lols!

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Poison in Final Fight (1989).

Poison has been noted as one of the most attractive video game characters (and I agree!). She was from Capcom’s classic arcade game, Final Fight (think of Double Dragon if you haven’t played it). Since she’s a Capcom made character, she was revived and appeared in Street Fighter 2nd Impact and 3rd Strike as Hugo’s assistant. She was also a playable character in Capcom/Namco’s latest crossover game, Street Fighter X Tekken.

Like what I’ve said, Poison is one of the most attractive characters ever created. But to those who are not familiar with Poison, you will be shocked about who she really is. Ok, technically speaking, Poison’s gender is not really a female. She was considered as a “newhalf” in her original character description. What’s a “newhalf” you asked? Well, It just means that technically, Poison is a male…

There are a lot of debates about Poison’s true gender, but the Capcom guys who made her said that It’s up to the audience to decide. Kinda tricky if you think about it. But for me, I really don’t care if Poison is a male or a female. What’s important for me is her outer appearance, and it strongly tells me that Poison is a female. There is a detailed write up about poison on Wikipedia if you want to know more about her.

Or if you don’t want to read her pretty lengthy character history, you can check out this detailed character analysis of Poison posted on youtube.

Okidoki, sorry for the lengthy intro and let’s take a look at Yamato’s 1/6 Poison (Black Ver.).

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Poison is one of the hard to find figures. The figure is technically 5 yrs old but the overall quality of the figure is still on par with the current figure manufacturing standards today.

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It was originally manufactured by Yamato and is 1/6th scale (yeah, she’s big).

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The figure’s design is very familiar to figure collectors. It’s like Tony Taka’s work. You just know that a certain work is from Tony Taka.

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It was designed by none other than the famous Shunya Yamashita and was sculpted by another famous sculptor, Mitsumasa Yoshizawa. This figure was created by 2 of the most talented people in the figure industry.

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The figure’s overall sculpt is TOP NOTCH. Even though it was originally released 5 year ago, you can still see the quality of the figure.

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There are lots of good figure manufacturers today. Alter, Max Factory, Good Smile Company, Native (and the list goes on). But there’s something unique to Yamato figures, aside from the quality of their figures, they’re also BIG.

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If you try to compare Max Factory or GSC’s 1/6th scale figures to Yamato’s, you will clearly see the size difference.

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Poison is really attractive in this figure rendition. I really love the serious yet seductive look on her face.

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Her overall form is really sexy and well detailed.

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And those thighs…. sigh…

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The use of her bloody red stilettos really adds contrast to her black outfit.

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The figure was painted so good that you will clearly see the somewhat perfect contours of her body. She’s really sexy.

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The figure was designed based on her signature pose in the video games. If you played Street Fighter 2nd Impact or 3rd Strike, I’m sure you will get a glimpse of her pose when playing as Hugo (the wrestler).

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The figure was produced by the best tag team I know in the figure manufacturing business. The well known illustrator, Shunya Yamashita, and the kickass sculptor Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (Reflect). I have 8 figures created by those 2 people and all of them are one of the best figures I have.

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The handcuffs is Posion’s signature accessory.

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Ohhhh….

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Her legs are just PERFECT!

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My only comment about this figure is the pretty obvious connection of her left arm to her body. Why not just make it as one piece?

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For my fellow collectors wondering what camera or lens I used in shooting this figure, I used my trusty old D90, my handy 50mm 1.4, and a mini tripod. I also used my mini studio which you can check out here.

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I’ve been hunting for this figure ever since I started my figure collecting hobby. I was really lucky to have her in MINT condition. The figure still looks great and her quality is still top notch despite the figure’s old age (released in 2007). I’m sure other figure collectors are still hunting for this prized figure. Ill keep this post updated if ever I have some new information on where to get her.

See you on our next figure review and thanks much for your time!

Figure Info

  • Character: Poison
  • Release Date: June 2009
  • Origin: Final Fight
  • Maker: Yamato
  • Artist(s): Mitsumasa Yoshizawa (Sculptor)
  • Version: Reflect Black Version
  • Scale: 1/6

Srp ¥6,800

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Join the conversation | 2 Comments

  1. Lolo | Sun, 2012/07/15 at 2:43 PM

    Thanks for the review and the great pictures.

    I was hunting this figure too and got the original version a few days ago, is fantastic!

    • Otakumouse | Sun, 2012/07/15 at 11:14 PM

      Congrats Sir! Yeah, this Poison figure is a rare “gem” nowadays. We’re lucky we still had the chance to own one. ^_^

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