by: Peter Ong [ ]
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North Star Models
54mm “Savior of the Galaxy (Male)”
North Star Models of Lativa, European Union, has produced some interesting and unique resin model kits and the “Savior of the Galaxy” series are some of them. Wearing full body armor and armed with futuristic high-tech devices and weapons, this series of figures depict most of the elements a Science-Fiction figure modeler wants and craves for. The options included in some of the kits give the modeler a choice of two heads and weapons to customize the figure with.
The kit contains the following parts:
• Resin body complete with legs, boots, body armor, and straps molded on
• Two head options: One bald and one wearing a helmet
• Curved rifle, Option #1
• Straight rifle with carrying handle, Option #2
• Left arm with body armor molded on
• Right arm with body armor molded on
The “Savior of the Galaxy (Male)” kit comes in a stiff cardboard box with a line drawing of the figure on the box cover. The gray resin parts are in a sealable plastic bag with a black-painted wooden base wrapped in plastic wrap. The base is a nice addition as most resin figure kits do not come with any base.
The one-piece resin body has all the features of a futuristic Science-Fiction warrior; it comes with segmented body armor reminiscent of the “lorica segmentata” body armor worn by the ancient Romans. The layering of the armored segments and the crisp molding of the buckles just looks awesome. No seam lines, flash, or air bubbles are detectable to detract from the smooth curves of the armored plates. The breast, abdomen, back, thigh, and armored boots conform well to the male anatomy of thick arms and legs. The figure’s back showcases plenty of details with fine straight lines similar to strings or straps to bind the armor. Block pins are molded to join to the holes in the arms. I really like the one-piece cast and found my piece devoid of any imperfections, which is a very good aspect considering how fine and smooth the segmented armor is.
North Star Models gives the figure modeler an option of two heads, one with a helmet and one without. The helmetless head has fine stubble to denote a buzz-cut hairstyle. The facial features are pronounced with shallow sunken cheeks and high brow and straight nose…excellent sculpting craftsmanship. The helmet-head looks equally fine with a visor, mouthpiece, ear microphone devices, and segmented armor. Best of all, the heads are proportional to the body and the neck should fit right into the body socket.
The two weapons are casted extremely well. The straight rectangular rifle has the right hand attached to the trigger grip and the left hand on what appears to be an underbarrel grenade launcher. The rifle is cast as one piece along with the armored gloved hands. Again, no visible seam lines or imperfections were detected on this amazingly thin piece of resin that is perfectly straight and full of indentations and surface detailing. Even with the grooves, the piece is substantially thick enough to not bend or be weakened by the grooving and channeling to depict the weapon’s design.
The arced rifle also follows the same design philosophy of having the right hand on the trigger grip and the left hand under the barrel. Both hands sport armored gloves. This rifle has a triangular buttstock, yet despite this, measures about the same length as the rectangular rifle.
The armored gloved hands on both rifles have cylinder pins on the wrist end for joining to the holes in the armored arms.
The line art on the box cover shows the buttstock of the second option rifle on the back of the figure. Thus, this male warrior could carry two weapons, one in the hands and the other on the back. There are no attachment points on the body armor’s back so one could assume the secondary rifle attaches via some magnetic fasteners on the body armor.
The bent armored arms appear very well done and are devoid of casting flaws. The armor is again segmented here, extremely well, with curves and plates that conform to a good bicep. A square hole is at the shoulder to attach to the square pin on the body while the wrist ends have a hole for the hands on the gun to fit into. The arms portray the figure carrying the gun pointed diagonally downwards and I do not believe the arms could be positioned in such a way as to aim the rifle.
North Star Models has created an awesome 54mm futuristic Science-Fiction figure with just seven pieces. The smooth casting appears practically flawless and the sculpting the best quality for a Science-Fiction figure. The proportions look excellent, the engineering precise and well thought through. This figure lacks the seam lines and flash that could detract or mar the intricate and complex curved segmented body armor, giving the casting process a huge score of almost perfection. Very few scale Sci-Fi figures are produced outside of Anime and North Star Models has produced a series that appear exceptional, masterful, and futuristic.
Special Thanks to North Star Models for the review sample. Painted and blue background photos are from North Star Models and are used with permission.