by: Peter Ong [ ]
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75mm “Vagabond” (T75002)
Nuts Planet of South Korea continues their fine “Trigger Series” with a post-apocalyptic or Survivalist figure titled, “Vagabond.” “Vagabond” could complement the female “Overwatcher” figure of the Nuts Planet “Trigger Series.”
“Vagabond” means a wander, traveling from place to place with no permanent home, a nomad. While the motorcycle in the background isn’t included in the kit, the mode of transportation fits along with the accessories of water (or fuel) can and civilian-style backpack. “Vagabond” seems only armed for self-defense as he doesn’t carry enough armament and ammunition to stay in a protracted fight.
My kit arrived in the usual Nuts Planet blue cardboard box imprinted with color photos on the top and side. The box opens to reveal two layers of foam padding with the small parts on the top layer and the figure and base on the bottom layer. The small parts come in clear plastic bags while the figure and base are not contained in bags.
The kit parts are:
• Left arm
• Right arm
• Right leg with shoe
• Water can
• Left backpack strap
• Right backpack strap
• Pump shotgun
• Combat knife in sheath
• Small single-strap pouch
• Small double-strap pouch
• Angle-head flashlight
• Figure with head, torso, left leg and shoe molded as one piece
• Base with sidewalk, cobblestone street, and lying teddy bear modeled as one piece.
The male “Vagabond” has light armament (a pump shotgun and a sheathed combat knife) and no armor. The detail looks amazing, crisp and refined in its light gray resin. There are pour blocks on most pieces, but they’re usually small and often located in areas where the viewer will not see once the part is glued or finished.
“Vagabond” wears modern clothing of a polo shirt with some torn holes and pushed up sleeves and wrinkly jeans or leather pants. One belt is strapped to his waist for the pouches, knife, and angle-head flashlight, and another belt strapped to his thigh to hold five shotgun shells with one loop being empty. The figure comes with nicely-detailed shoes with textured soles and tied shoelaces.
The arms were sculpted with nice smooth muscle tones; one could even see some major vein lines run across them. The fingers have sculpted joints and knuckles. The left wrist has a molded-on dial wristwatch. There’s a subtle hint of a muscular chest under the shirt. “Vagabond” looks proportional to a young adult human male and while not ultra-realistic in facial complexion and hair, “Vagabond” doesn’t appear too cartoonish either. Once again, the level of detail and casting appears amazing with no runs, flash, or imperfections.
The separate backpack appears realistic with two side pouches, and one larger frontal pouch, all closed with molded-on straps and buckles. The fabric has a few torn holes molded on and there’s a top carrying strap and blank circular emblem patch. Two backpack straps are included separately. The backpack isn’t meant to be worn on the figure as the backpack straps will not stretch around the figure’s torso and shoulders.
The one-piece water can looks fantastic with all the angles, indentations, and details of the real thing. It has a small pour block on the corner that once cut away, should not be visible if stood on end and surrounded by groundwork. I’m glad that Nuts Planet chose to cast the water can as a single piece because that alleviates any alignment errors one could make when gluing the handle or cap on. (Note that the top box photo relabeled this water can as a fuel can).
The one-piece pump shotgun looks very nice with ribbed choke, indentation for the shell ejection port, and a hollowed barrel. One would need to carefully hollow out the flash in the trigger guard to expose the trigger.
“Vagabond” has two belt pouches, one with a single strap and a larger one with a double strap. Both pouches are finely detailed with buckles, wrinkles, fabric bordering, and even a little sag to add some character.
The angle-head flashlight sports groves and reliefs that add an amazing amount of detail to its surface right down to the side button and the attachment clip. It’s an incredible accomplishment of digital sculpting. The same goes for the combat knife which has a handle that is actually oblong like a kitchen knife. All the parts have a small (triangular) pour block at the edge, but the pour block placement should not interfere with the visual appearance of the piece once cut and sanded away.
The part sidewalk and part overlapping cobblestone street base comes with a wooly teddy bear lying by the curb. The sculptor added a sense of humor to the teddy bear, giving it a cloth diaper. The street all have cobblestones where no two appear alike in size and shape, yet another wonderful sculpting feature that adds uniqueness to the scene. The sidewalk has some cracks and chips for character and the amorphous base gives a sense of curvaceous visual flow that’s different from typical circular and square bases. There is a shallow “T-shaped” pour block on the side of the base that needs sanding off, but other than that, the base appears excellently cast and the sides smooth and finished.
Interestingly, most of “Vagabond’s” equipment and gear is not military grade, meaning that “Vagabond” purchased or found his equipment from civilian sources. This adds a unique identity and character to the figure since “Vagabond” resembles a civilian more than a Survivalist militiaman sporting heavier firepower, military gear, and wearing camouflage. “Vagabond” took what he could get to carry out the nomadic way of life he leads, traveling light with only the basics for survival. Best of all, “Vagabond” looks generic enough to fit into any scene since he doesn’t carry any specific gear to place him in any specific (zombie, monster, alien, demon, or post-apocalyptic) fantasy and Science-Fiction world.
Nuts Planet has produced yet another fantastic figure with “Vagabond.” The “Vagabond” name fits well for this figure; the details, casting, and quality all excellent and typical of Nuts Planet’s 1/24 resin figure kits. Highly recommended.
Special Thanks to Benny Sa of Nuts Planet for the review sample. Colors and CAD images are from Nuts Planet and are used with permission.