By Hervé St-Louis
Sep 23, 2006 - 20:35
Gen looks exactly as the cartoon and Anime inspired depiction he has had in Street Fighter. There are small details, like the pins on the his robes’ torso that are not placed exactly the same way.
Gen is calm and has a body that can be articulated with grace. It’s a great design for such a spiritual and reflective character. He is one of the few Street Fighter action figures to have normal proportions. Yet although the figure is that of an older man, he still shows that he can threaten any Street Fighter opponent just by spinning them with one of his hand using their weight against them.
Gen is shorter than Ryu and a little shorter than Cammy. However his limbs don’t share the female’ Street Fighters’ proportions. As an older character, Gen’s small stature is fine.
Gen doesn’t have perfectly flat feet and they are short. That makes him hard to put upright. It’s possible to find a good balance but he won’t stand up for long. There are no peg holes in his feet to stabilize him. His chest is too top heavy and tips the figure all the time. Not a great figure to pose in a basic stance, although you might have more success if posed in an action move.
Gen’s composition is PVC and rubber. The thickness and resistance of the PVC depends on the body part. For example, his torso is thicker and heavier than his limbs or hands. The rubber serves as the front and back tail, as well the belt of the character. Articulations are well blended within the figure.
Gen comes with three pair of hands in all and two heads. Of course, one set of each is already attached to the action figure. One pair of hands are fist, the other grasping. The third set is posed as if he was picking something with his thumbs and indexes. It mimics a martial art pose, but I don’t know which. The alternate head for gen only has one of his brows raised up and mild smile.
Street Fighter action figures retail for $12 in most online stores and Sota Toys. Some stores seeking to liquidate extra stock may sell for less. Bargain hunters, start hunting.
Gen was released a year ago with the third Street Fighter wave. Not considered a popular character, stock of this figure should be available mostly at online stores. Brick and mortar stores may have stock too, hidden in the sales bin. Most retailers who ordered Street Fighter action figures, ordered them as complete sets. Therefore, it’s likely that Gen is one of the left over. Several coloured variants of Gen were released by Sota and some sold at specific retailers. This increases the likelihood that collectors can find a copy of this figure, provided they are not picky about colour.