ere's a short picture essay about the little Ma.K. powered armor figures.
I've just finished "assembling" one, so I'll leave the
one to give
you an idea of what's in the box.
Basically, the you get the basic figure in one of 3 color schemes
from the BBS thread is clearer on this),
with the legs already plugged in. The legs have almost no articulation except
to pivot around the slots. Same for the
which you have to plug in yourself -
no articulation to speak of. The last two bits are the shoulder plates. The plates look
difficult to insert and I simply PUSHED hard to force them in. It worked too :)
The shop had a stack of mini flyers which informed the buyer (in Japanese, no less)
that you were supposed to use a blow dryer to "expand" the arm slots before attemping
to insert the pegs etc. Very garage kit-like... I couldn't be bothered so I simply
enlarged the slots with my trusty Tamiya dremel kit.
OK, here's where it gets interesting - when you compare the design of the suit to
other "powered armor". First up is a personal favorite of mine:
The Takatoku 1/24 Powered NOVE from the anime series Dorvack. Roger Harkavy had a
pretty nifty page on Dorvack and lists these armored suits as "cannon fodder" for
the baddies in the show. Well, the toys are probably waaay more detailed that
any of the hero mecha :) Take a look at the
Besides the shared
dome and droopy posture, they also have similar layouts
for the armor plates. I think one of the interesting points of the design is that
the pilot's head is totally encased, and for the little Ma.K., there isn't even a
hint of a "scope". Makes the mecha-head boggle as to the "technologies" used for visual
Now let's take a look at another not-so-distant relative - the recent
Kaiyodo Powered Suit...
Note the design of the legs, especially in the jints and flanges... separated at birth?
I guess when you design a close-fitting, man-sized armor suit, there are a set of
limitations that are universal.. not that it stopped innovators like
Masamune Shirow from creating his cool Guges armor in Appleseed.
Now if only the toy makers would agree to make this gems in a
common scale... ahhhh!