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My first older (90s) Real Action Heroes figureMy first older (90s) Real Action Heroes figure

solluxcaptorsolluxcaptorVor 2 JahrenLoot
As somewhat of a enthusiast of the Medicom Real Action Heroes line (I'm sure you guys see me praising them every time I get a chance), I managed to get my hands on one of their older pieces and one of my favourite characters at that!! I really wanted to write something about it as I rarely see the older ones talked about and you can consider it somewhat of a counterpart to my article BLOG #22748 'My First RAH' where I showcase a newer RAH. This time we're going back into the past! This won't be much of a review so I'm just going to call it a loot post/showcase.
I went through a proxy to buy this and got a real deal on it (3.6k yen!) so thank you to everyone who gave me their reviews and advice when I asked about proxies a few months ago.

The character I'll be showcasing here is Joe Yabuki from Ashita no Joe, a series highly underrated in the West but a personal favourite of mine that moved me greatly and will probably continue to inspire me for the rest of my life. Please do check it out if you aren't familiar, it is an absolute masterpiece and it has a very influential position in anime history so you are likely to have encountered references/influences of it many times without even realising! This RAH is #35 in their line, and they have made many MANY more since, currently at #762. It came out in 1997, from what I can gather it was the first scaled figure of Joe Yabuki and here is the database entry for it: ITEM #200959

First off I'll show the box!
http://i.imgur.com/hVuq1px.png
This is VERY basic compared to what they make today, but it is classy looking in its own way. The more recent boxes feature a 'window' and a door that opens with magnets, so they really levelled up their game but I like this more simple looking box too.
Other things to note in this picture is that I got the version with the limited edition item inside and the most obvious flaw of Medicom's earlier RAH is very obviously apparent in this picture, which is the gap between the neck and the body. More recent RAH have a seamless transition from body/neck/head as the head is connected to a full body with a neck, while their earlier approach was obviously to have the neck/head be one entire separate piece to the rest of the body that looks kind of jarring when you have it tilted at a certain angle, luckily this can be 'covered up' to look natural with some careful positioning which you'll see in my later images.

Inside the box:
http://i.imgur.com/avcFl4L.png
Honestly I have no idea if the previous owner ever removed anything from this box because it looks immaculate. The accessories are tied up in little bags on the side, and the figure is held down by stretchy ties. Entirely different from their current approach of using a huge plastic blister to hold everything but the simplicity is nice in it's own way :D

A closer look at the accessories:
http://i.imgur.com/UPTZ62F.png
Sorry that I didn't take the ones on the left out but they are the shoes for his boxing attire (yep, this RAH includes a whole other outfit! They don't seem to do that anymore), red boxing gloves and a clenched fist hand. On the right are the limited edition extra item yellow boxing gloves, reaaally nicely done shorts, his bag and hat. The hat is made out of a kind of rubber/silicone material so it fits nicely onto his head and isn't awkward looking like a rigid plastic piece would be!
There are also some jointed, plain hands included with the manual. His wrapped up hands don't have joints on them and just slot on over his wrists but I think they look nicer, I like that they give you the choice though.
Overall I think they were very generous with the accessories!! I'm amazed that they give you the option for a whole other outfit, even though sadly the older bodies aren't the most convincing or aesthetically pleasing to look at so I probably will never change him into the boxing outfit that shows almost all of his body. They've really come a long way with their RAH bodies since then, though it went through many stages to get to where we are today.

And some photos of him out of the box, in his regular attire complete with hat and bag!
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I REALLY love the way that they sculpted his face, it looks spot on! Same for his signature large bangs hairstyle, and the clothes themselves are very well made too. I'm really impressed with him and think he is beautiful! *__* <3 The body is very well articulated despite the age and he's definitely become one of my favourite figures in my entire collection.
Another thing to note is that unlike modern RAH, he doesn't come with a stand, but you can still get him to stand up if you take a bit of time to balance it.

I hope this was an enjoyable article, I thought it would be something interesting and different to write about :D

P.S. Apologies for the photo quality! I know my images are usually better quality as I use my camera, but I could only use my phone at present moment. The colours are a bit off and I did have to filter them a bit to make it look good, I know ;;;
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solluxcaptor (Vor 2 Jahren) #11095964Yeah that's basically why I'm keeping him clothed ahaha he looks amazing when he has full clothes on but take them off and it kinda ruins the illusion a LOT. It's a shame though cause I really do like the extra clothes and accessories they provided and I can't even use them :(

You could put his boxing gloves on and then the coat? Bit of a weird combo, but...

Or if you want, you could buy one of those bodysuits for dollfie's if you find similar ones in size to this RAH. It probably wouldn't hide the shape of the joints, but at least the color. :')
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Maakie (Vor 2 Jahren) #11095791Oh, I didn't notice that...omg...those joints are so ugly. Yeah, better keep him clothed as much as possible, lol. I don't even think the clothes-quality is so bad, but those joints are nightmare fuel. xD
Yeah that's basically why I'm keeping him clothed ahaha he looks amazing when he has full clothes on but take them off and it kinda ruins the illusion a LOT. It's a shame though cause I really do like the extra clothes and accessories they provided and I can't even use them :(
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solluxcaptor (Vor 2 Jahren) #10989775Thank you I'm glad you enjoyed!! :D I agree there aren't typically many photos of them up online which is why I wanted to help. If you want to see photos of the boxing outfit, someone else has them up on the item page ITEM #200959, unfortunately right now I don't plan to undress him since it would be a bother to dress/undress him just for some photos and I don't plan to display him like that ><;; Sorry!!

Oh, I didn't notice that...omg...those joints are so ugly. Yeah, better keep him clothed as much as possible, lol. I don't even think the clothes-quality is so bad, but those joints are nightmare fuel. xD
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Maakie (Vor 2 Jahren) #10935590That's really nice and interesting to see! :) I've seen older RAH's pop up on Mandarake from time to time, but never ones from a franchise I liked. So I was really curious how these would look up-close. :)
I do hope that if you plan to switch his outfit that you upload some pictures! ^^


Thank you I'm glad you enjoyed!! :D I agree there aren't typically many photos of them up online which is why I wanted to help. If you want to see photos of the boxing outfit, someone else has them up on the item page ITEM #200959, unfortunately right now I don't plan to undress him since it would be a bother to dress/undress him just for some photos and I don't plan to display him like that ><;; Sorry!!
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SerpentyleTorc (Vor 2 Jahren) #10764778Congratulations! And thank you for the photos, I've been wanting to see some for a while.
You're right about the box. Older boxes have that strange charm to them. I can't count how many times I've had to stop myself from buying figures at con that I din't even want, just cuz the box thad that sweet vibe to it. Heck even yesterday at AN. So many delicious boxes. Just narrowly avoided paying waay too much money for ITEM #95858 hehe


Thank you, I'm really glad I could help if you wanted to see it! :D Aaah that box is really cool, I love the vintage feel on anime goods honestly, there's something special about it.
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That's really nice and interesting to see! :) I've seen older RAH's pop up on Mandarake from time to time, but never ones from a franchise I liked. So I was really curious how these would look up-close. :)

I do hope that if you plan to switch his outfit that you upload some pictures! ^^
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Congratulations! And thank you for the photos, I've been wanting to see some for a while.
You're right about the box. Older boxes have that strange charm to them. I can't count how many times I've had to stop myself from buying figures at con that I din't even want, just cuz the box thad that sweet vibe to it. Heck even yesterday at AN. So many delicious boxes. Just narrowly avoided paying waay too much money for ITEM #95858 hehe
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lavalunar (Vor 2 Jahren) #10668926Thanks for this! I love seeing older or more obscure figures getting some blog-spotlight. I've seen this series around, though I've never actually looked into it myself. Maybe I will! You're right, they've done his face/hair really well! Very clean and simple, but very accurate looking.
Thank you, I'm really glad that you enjoyed it! I love seeing it too for sure, it feels like anything other than the latest and newest doesn't get so much love around here, while it's nice to see a bit of both.
I really couldn't recommend the series more, honestly, it deserves all the praise it gets and so much more. I could ramble for ages about everything I love about the series from the intensely well done character development to the heart-wrenching realism of the plot at times, I could go on for years if I let myself start but it is just something you have to experience for yourself so I'll let you find out for yourself if you check it out.
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Thanks for this! I love seeing older or more obscure figures getting some blog-spotlight. I've seen this series around, though I've never actually looked into it myself. Maybe I will! You're right, they've done his face/hair really well! Very clean and simple, but very accurate looking.
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ZoidsFanatic (Vor 2 Jahren) #10662988
But 1998. Man, now I feel old. I'm trying to think which series (besides Star Wars) was I big into. It was before the Pokemon/Phantom Menace phase so I want to say maybe TMNT and Powerrangers back then.


Out of the way sonny, you want to talk old...I come from a time when the only cartoons on tv where old bugs bunny and popeye. This is why when WPIX in New York started airing Starblazers (Space battleship Yamato) & G-force (Gatchaman) my lil kid mind was blown!
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