Welcome to my review! Today I will be talking about a figure of Professor (Samuel) Oak (in Japanese known as Okido Yukinari Hakase) ENTRY #18723 together with Bulbasaur (Fushigidane) ENTRY #4538 from Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) ENTRY #241 ! This figure ITEM #806057 is made by Kotobukiya ENCYCLOPEDIA #7621 . The item reviewed here was bought on pre-order, kept sealed for around 1,5 years and unboxed when I made the pictures for this review.
I will start off with telling some more about their background.
Pokémon does not need an introduction on this website, but it's interesting to point out that this figure is from Professor Oak as shown in his look of the original games. Kotobukiya is definitely aiming for nostalgia here just as with their earlier Red ITEM #331724 and Green ITEM #675943 releases.
The reason why and how I got him
As someone that loves the original Pokémon games, I was already very happy to have the Red and Green duo, so a Professor Oak that seems to wave them away on their adventures while leaving starter Bulbasaur behind, was a must-get for me! I also think Kotobukiya made this figure with exactly that idea, assuming people that got their earlier Red and Green would want a matching Oak!
Above you see the in-game sprite from Professor Oak and the matching artwork in the booklet from the original games. Although not exactly the same, the figure is put in a similar pose. The outfit and used colors on the figure are similar as well. Personally I really like how he is in his slippers here instead of the newer designs where he wears proper shoes.
For this figure a new piece of artwork was made by Ariga Hitoshi ENTRY #99294 , who has been a trading card illustrator for Pokémon since 2011 and has provided most of the images for the Pokémon Figure Series ENTRY #102689 . The figure is a very good copy of this illustration with only minimal changes in posture to make it look more natural (such as Oak's hand gesture).
I received the figure packed in a box with quite a snug fit. Luckily it's rare for me to receive damaged shipping boxes (although the times it does happen, the boxes are completely obliterated).
I always try to preserve this paper while unboxing a figure, but I have never been successful.
And there we have it! A fun looking silver and purple box, matching the box styles of the others in the Pokémon Figure Series ENTRY #102689 set. I like that one side is used to show the full artwork the figure is based on and the side with the prototype pictures is looking very good as well.
The top of the box is sealed with one piece of round tape.
The inside of the box has a cute Bulbasaur and Poké Ball pattern!
The figure fits nicely in the blisters, not too much or too little room.
The figure comes in three pieces:
- Professor Oak attached to the base
- Bulbasaur loose figure
The only assembly required is fitting the book in Oak's hand. It's a bit hard to see, but there is a small dent in the middle of the book where Oak his thumb fits. In this picture I have not fully put the book in his hand so you can see a bit of the dent.
Let's first take a look at the included mini-figure: Bulbasaur!
The sculpt and the overall look of this figure is great! This might be the best quality licensed Bulbasaur figure out there.
Unfortunately Bulbasaur suffers from heavy seam lines. This is also the situation for multiple of the other included Pokémon in this figure line.
When displayed from the front these seam lines are not visible, but even with a sideways display it's quite gnarly as Bulbasaur is clearly chopped up in three pieces.
Luckily this figure has multiple good angles!
My first reaction to the figure was 'this was exactly what I expected'. There was nothing to 'wow' me, but also no flaws or issues to point out. I got exactly what I expected for the price and this manufacturer.
I really like Oak's characteristic face wrinkles and half-smile! Also his hair is looking very accurate to the original design.
They also went through the effort of sculpting the inside of his ears and a few neck wrinkles.
The book Oak holds (which I will assume is a printed Pokémon encyclopedia) does not have much details on the inside, but at least I'm glad something is in there as some other Kotobukiya offerings had completely blank or very basic insides of books and similar items.
I like how the outside of the book resembles the look of the first Pokédex design. I am not sure if there is anything official noted regarding the specific book Oak holds in the early games, but it looks to me like a predecessor of the Pokédex.
A fun detail to point out are all the little sticky notes coming out from different parts of the book.
Oak wears his characteristic brown pants and purple shirt. His look has varied a lot over the years, but in the older reference material I was always a convinced he had a bit of a tummy, which I like seeing recreated here. Nowadays he is a lot slimmer in his design.
I like the bit of wrinkles and applied shading in both the shirt and pants.
Oak's lab coat has some minimal blue-grey-ish shading. The lab coat overall looks good and I like the fun detail of the pen in his pocket.
Both of Oak his hands havea bit of an indication of fingernails, but no full fingernail sculpt. The posing and natural look of the hands is good, but I would have liked a bit more detail here.
I always liked that Oak was wearing his slippers in the original games (his first appearance was inside his own home where he wears indoor slippers). The figure also has the iconic purple slippers with blue-ish green socks.
As Bulbasaur is a loose figure, there is no official way to pose him. Personally I like displaying Bulbasaur a bit more to the back.
It's a bit hard to see in natural light, but all the purple on the base is metallic.
You can see it a bit better with flash on, but when seeing the base in person it is a lot more shiny than on my pictures.
+ No obvious flaws to point out on professor Oak.
+/- You get what you expect for the price, nothing more nothing less.
- Heavy seam lines on Bulbasaur.
Exactly as expected, no obvious flaws.
Also exactly as expected, no obvious flaws.
Simple, but very fitting for the character.
Very compact and with a nice color, but it would have been nice if there was a specific part to place Bulbasaur on.
Nice size, design and quality.
Although I am very happy with this figure, he does feel like an 'addition' to my Pokémon shelf to me rather than a stand-alone figure. I am happy with my purchase, but not as excited as when I earlier received my Red and Green.
If you are a fan of professor Oak or similar to me, already own Red and Green and want to let the set feel more complete, this is a good figure to get. It is a high quality option of owning something representing a nostalgic character.
The figure originally released for ¥10,500 and I did expect his price to go a bit up after release, which it now seems it did. The average copy of this figure will set you back ¥12-16K. It is not as extreme as the price increase of other figures in this line on the aftermarket, but on the other hand I am not sure if Oak has as much of a chance of a re-issue as the others. It might be a good time to pick one up now if you are interested in getting him.
And to finish it!
My collection is currently a bit messily set up as I am missing a couple of display cabinets (you can read more about that here: BLOG #48627 ), so my Red and Green are sharing a shelf with some Strike Witches and Gorillaz merchandise. Later I will make a separate shelf that only displays Red + Green + Oak and my Mewtwo collection.
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Pocket Monsters (Pokémon) - Red & Pikachu ARTFX J - Kotobukiya: BLOG #38766
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