Thursday, March 3, 2011

Toynami Kakashi Action Figure Review

Hello There and Welcome to my review of Toynami's Naruto Shippuden
Kakashi 4 inch (though it's really 5 inches) Action Figure.
It had been a month or so since I'd gone to my local comic shop and I was looking around the store noticing that some of the things I wanted were already gone, but then I saw a rack of these 4inch Naruto Shippuden Figures hanging up and they caught my eye. Especially Kakashi.
Seeing them was very surprising because I never heard about these coming out (I keep up with this kinda stuff) and I never saw the pictures of them either. So when I saw Naruto, Itachi, and Kakashi action figures in front of me I was like: Whoa....
But I was also leery about buying any of these because I was afraid that the quality might be poor and for the price (I'll get to that in a bit) I really didn't want to buy something that was going to fall apart or something.

Click the "Read More" Button to find out if wasted my money on junk or spent it on something cool after the jump!

Well let's start off with the packaging,
I think it looks good sporting the Naruto Shippuden logo with Kakashi on the right side and on the bottom of the package bubble it has his name and his Sharingan.
It's pretty eye catching (it sure caught mine). It's too bad these aren't sold in stores like Toys R Us were they could get more exposure, though at least they can be found at comic shops
(though not all from what I've seen)
and they're not nearly as imposable to find as say...Figmas and Revoltechs
(gosh, I gotta get my hands on some sometime! >.<)
As for the back of the packaging,
It has the a smaller version of the Naruto Shippuden logo on the left with Kakashi's bio and features below that. There's some pictures of the actual figure in various poses on the right side next to the bio and features.
Also it shows the figures other characters available in this Series (1) and illustrations of upcoming characters for Series 2.

Now on what you get out of the box (or package in this case).
As you can see, we have the figure which comes with 3 pairs of different interchangeable hands (Open, Closed with Kunai, and Jutsu Sign hands) and a bonus reading book hand, two different heads, and a clear stand.
Let's start with how he looks,
The sculpt has a nice amount of detail and paint applications are quite good, especially for an articulated figure at a fairly small scale compared to most anime figures.
He pretty much looks as if he jumped right out on the anime.
Also the reason I bought him before any of the others was because his joints are very well hidden compared to his fellow ninja pals (and enemies). Like his ball hinged shoulders and hip joints.
With all this talk about joints, why don't we talk about his articulation (aka Playability).
For the Articulation department, it's pretty much like a the new GI-JOE action figures they sell in stores.
The packaging says that there's "Over 25 points of articulation" and I not exactly sure it's true but I think it's a little more articulate then "most" GI-Joe figures out there. Most of the joints use ball-socket joints like GI-Joe and other action figures.
Here's a list of the parts that appear to be movable:
  •    Neck
  •    Shoulders
  •    Torso (is very much like a GI-Joe's)
  •     Hips (Very much like Hasbro's Marvel movie lines like: Iron Man 2,Wolverine, Thor, and etc..)
  •     Ankles
All of which can be moved left and right and up and down.

The only parts that don't have ball socket joints and are swivel are:
  •  Elbows
  • Knees (which is similar to the older GI-Joe figures)

Also the Wrist have joints too which go back and forth.
"Size matters not."-Yoda   
 I like the figure because it looks great,has a good amount of articulation, and don't see a lot figures like these from mainstream anime series.
But I do have a few complaints.
Joints can pop out if you're not careful (though I am naturally),so I won't recommend giving this to a young Narutard. Though so far they don't pop out too often which is good.
Price Point, Because $16.00 is a bit steep for an action figure. Though I have heard that some shops sell them for around $13 a piece.
My Kakashi's left knee is a little wobbly, but it's not any big deal and it's affect the figure that much.
My biggest complaint is the Quality Control.
Remember I was telling you all that he came with two heads,right?
Well, one of the head's hole where you put the peg into it was way too small.
It took me over an hour with a razor blade to finally make the hole big enough so the peg could fit in so I could use the other head. Now I can finally switch out the heads now.
But for the Price (which wasn't cheap) I shouldn't have had to do that!
I hope that their Quality Control gets better as the line goes on.
Overall I think it's a Good Looking (with nice Paint Apps and Sculpting) Articulated Action Figure with a few setbacks (the Price and Head Ordeal in particular).
I recommend it if you like:
  • Naruto
  • Articulated Anime Figures
  • Kakashi-Sensei
  • Good Looking Anime Figures
Anyway, I hope my review will be helpful to you all and thanks for reading!
 See ya next time!


  1. I used to collected figures like these, and I have to say this one looks pretty awesome. The price is a bit high, but the worst is the low availability. (There are no close comic stores to me D:) oh and great choice of music XD

    1. where are some comic stores located

  2. Reply@Anonymous

    Yeah I gotta agree, that's one of the reasons I bought it. ^^
    They totally should be more readily available in stores besides comic shops IMO.

    Thanks,glad ya like the tunes (music). ^^