I’ve never played Rage of Bahamut but I’ll be damned if there aren’t some fine character designs in that game. Kotobukiya has produced some excellent figures for the property, including the Dark Angel Olivia that originally turned me on to this game. I’ve also reviewed Max Factory’s Cerberus which is perhaps less awe-inspiring than just cute/sexy. In early July I received Kotobukiya’s Dark Dragoon Forte, which kind of looks like a sister piece to Olivia.
Mushimaro’s beautiful character design is the foundation of this figure, and Kotobukiya’s sculptors knocked it out of the park. The figure definitely has the same epic look of Dark Angel Olivia. If I had to choose I’d take Olivia’s wings and swords over the huge double lances of Forte. They both look striking at first glance.
While the sculpting is impeccable, the paint job is not quite right. It’s mostly in the gold accents around her armor and belt, which look messy. The rest isn’t bad; her outfit and lances are clean while the red cape part is very nicely shaded. The red swoosh of her capes adds a much-needed splash of color. I’m glad Koto made them into a swirl as Forte’s pose is rather uninteresting otherwise.
Though the figure looks complex, there was actually no fuss in assembling it. Only the lances need to be attached; everything else came as one piece. But once you do get the lances on, Forte becomes really clunky to handle. Those lances are sharp. I’d worry about stabbing myself, but also I’d be concerned about the fine point breaking off.
I haven’t been going out of my way to collect Rage of Bahamut figures. However that game has produced some great character designs, and once in a while a manufacturer like Kotobukiya or Max Factory will take a swing that results in a centerpiece figure. When that happens it’s so hard to resist the urge to buy. Like, I’m not hoping for more awesome Rage of Bahamut stuff specifically… just saying… if something catches my eye, that pre-order button’s going to look really tempting.