Toshiro Hitsugaya Play Arts Kai Review

Toshiro Hitsugaya is a character in the anime Bleach. He is the young captain of the 10th squad of the soul society (the place where souls go when they die). He is the youngest captain in the soul society and has an icy demeanor to match the ability of his sword. He is often cold towards people and has a short temper. He has little tolerance for fooling around or being treated like a child. He gets very annoyed when he is called by anything except Captain Hitsugaya, esp. when he is called Shiro-chan.

I got this toy for Christmas, but it can be found at Hastings. It is the Hitsugaya Toushirou Bleach Play Arts Kai produced by Square Enix. This toy was released on 11/2010, and is considered a US release exclusive.

Packaging: The box looks like other Play Arts Kai boxes, but is slightly smaller (the toys itself is smaller). The interior of the box is green to match Shiro-chan’s eyes and the box is closed with circle tape.

Accessories: He comes with extra hands, a sword and sheath, and a green plastic ribbon to hold the sheath onto his back. This toy does not come with a stand. There are some annoyances with the accessories! Try as I will, the sword sheath does not fit into the green ribbon! Its too tight! I’ve tried forcing it in but to no avail. The other annoyance is that Toshiro’s ankles are weak and he constantly falls over without a stand. He has to be balanced just right to stay up. There are already some paint mistakes where he has fallen!

Sculpt: This is the best looking Toshiro that I’ve seen. They captured his surly mood perfectly in his facial expression. He is also in correct scale with Ichigo (compared to the anime). He only reaches Ichigo’s shoulder, which is perfect since he is supposed to be a kid. The coat is split into two parts to allow for more pose-ability but I feel they could have made the split a little more seamless. It is very obvious in the back. Strangely, one of his ankles seems to be facing the wrong direction? The elbow joints and leg joints are very well hidden in his outfit!

Paint: The paint on the face is outstanding and his eyes look amazing! The paint on his captains cloak is also done very well, there are no bleeds in the color and the inside is a nice emerald green. If I were going to nitpick, I would say his hair could have been more white and less gray, but he still looks awesome either way.

Pose-ability: This toy is very pose-able. The range of movement on the limbs is excellent. His arms have enough movement to allow him to be posed as if he were pulling the sword out of his sheath on his back…if i could get the sheath into the sheath belt! grrrr…As mentioned above, his ankles are a little weak and his one foot is never positioned quite right for him to stand sturdily.

Overall, I would recommend this toy to any Bleach fan or Toshiro fan. He looks absolutely fantastic, just be sure to have the patience to balance him wherever he stands or just buy some sort of doll stand  lol

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