By Hervé St-Louis
May 16, 2005 - 7:06
The action figure captures Vega’s likeness well. His tattooed purple snake circles his entire torso and ends on his left pectoral. His unmasked face does look effeminate, like in the cartoon animation. His sash lies in his back instead of his right hip. However, there are far more details in Vega’s shoes. Vega’s maskless face has a light smirk. The variant figure has him licking his lips.
Vega’s legs are longer proportionally than his torso. This makes Vega seems more refined and fragile than stocky characters like Ryu or huge fighters like Sagat. Although more polished, he is still in a very good shape. They tone down the colours of his suit compared with some illustrations and game in which they have appeared. For example, Vega’s pants are purple instead of blue. His sash is crimson instead of red.
Vega is taller than Ryu or Ken, a little shorter than M. Bison, although he is much thinner. He fits very well with all figures in this line. I pictured Vega as shorter but I still enjoy Sota’s rendition.
Vega is not very stable because of the shape of his soles. There are toes articulation that makes the figure unstable. Vega being very tall without heavy weight to cement him on the ground. As there are no peg holes in Sota Street Fighter action figures, there are few solutions to stabilize Vega. One solution is too put Vega on a piece of cloth. He will be more stable than if put on a wooden or polished surface.
Vega has 29 articulations with ball-joints in places like the head, the shoulders and the hips. There are double articulations at the elbows and the knees. Double articulations at the elbows are not common for male Sota Street Fighter action figures. One could count the claws that insert in his left hand as an extra articulation. Other articulations are in the biceps, the wrists, the ads, the waist, the thighs, the ankles and the toes.
Besides the ninja claw, no real props come with Vega. However, he has three alternate right hands. One is a fist, the other opened, and the last one holds a rose.
All Sota Street Fighter come in a bubble pack that can only be opened with scissors. The bubble packs are not environment-friendly. Each pack contains a small catalogue of Sota products. Also, inside the package is a flyer reused as the standard art pack for each of this wave’s figures. The artwork in the packs is improved compared with the previous wave.
Sota action figures cost anywhere from $12 in the United States. In Canada, they often retail for 16.99 and up. Prices vary from retailers as there is no unified suggested price. Also, figures’ costs differ depending on which distributors retailers get their figures from.
These figures were available earlier in stores that ordered outside Diamond Comics. They appeared in February. Most comic book shops that ordered through Diamond Comics received the figures in late March early April. Now that potential collectors know these figures, there could be more interest in Vega.