Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Doom Gotter Vol. III (Imperfecz/Ironhaus)

 

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Hey, it’s been a while, but the team of Imperfecz and Ironhaus are back with another installment of Doom Gotter!  But this one has branched out more than a little – yes, it’s still about Kaiju taken from mythology and folklore, but if you remember, all of volume 1 and half of volume 2 were taken from Japanese myths and legends.  There was a Chupacabra, and thus Volume 3 has spread out more, with the Slavic witch Baba Yaga and the Aboriginal monstrosity, the Bunyip!  It’s going to be fun discussing these characters.  Oh, yes.  Just remember, you can find them at the Imperfecz site, in a variety of colors. Opt for the paint wash if you can, it looks great!  The figures are slightly firmer rubber than the previous volumes, though the buildings are hard resin, as always – you get several with each order!

 

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The figures are packaged in baggies, but Baba Yaga gets her own blister!  The card slides out with ease, making this collector-friendly.  Seeing as how she is larger than most Doom Gotter figures and comes with accessories, it’s a good choice. So, shall we discuss the figures now?  Sure!

 

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BABA YAGA
A famous witch, or spirit of the seasons, or group of witches, or… huh. we started wrong. Look, the thing with much mythology is, there is rarely a “single” true story. There are popular aggregates, but it’s not like there is “one” true form of these. So we’ll go with Baba Yaga as a witch. Her name, amusingly, means “Old woman old woman,” depending on how you read it. Sometimes she’s malevolent, and sometimes she’s gentle but usually Baba Yaga is not the type of person you would want to mess with. She often flies around with the aid of a mortar and pestle, and her hut has chicken feet. The hut is based on an actual architectural style (don’t knock it, it keeps your house dry during a flood), and is her most famous feature. Seriously, it’s in pretty much every depiction of this character you can imagine, though this figure takes a unique tact.

 

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Sculpted by Luke Harris, Baba Yaga is not made in his usual dreamlike melted-wax style – she resembles a statue, and that’s not just this particular one’s paint job. With harsh, craggy features, she sees almost carved from wood! Rather than a house with chicken feet, she stands on one chicken foot – it’s different, sure, but pretty unique. It also immediately identifies her.

 

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That’s a skull she’s holding, by the way.

 

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Baba Yaga’s mortar is more like a barrel, and serves as a pillar for her to stand on. It’s also very clearly filled with the dismembered parts of her victims, which lets you know exactly what you’re in for, here. No gingerbread house needed, she’s just going to mash you in a pot and boil you in a stew!

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Her pestle is now a gigantic staff, and fits snugly into her hand, completing the effect.

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This figure really stands out when compared to the Monster in My Pocket Baba Yaga. For one thing, it’s actually identifiable as an old woman.

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If you just feel like shoving her in a different backdrop, she still works – she needs to hold on to something, sure, but Baba Yaga fits in a lot of backdrops.

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Baba Yaga is many things in many legends, and can easily stand in for any of those in your display!

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BUNYIP
The Bunyip, often translated as “Evil Spirit” or “Great Man” (now, there’s some variety!), is… well, a lot of things. Maybe it’s a starfish. Maybe it has walrus tusks, or a duck bill, or a dog face, or a crocodile head, or maybe it’s a horse. At least one classic depiction turns it into a weird vine-limbed camel monster with a lamprey mouth. Some theories have tried to write it off as an extinct marsupial predator, or just a seal. What I’m saying is, this critter could be just about anything without fears of inaccuracy.

 

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Sculpted by Jimmy Rommel, the Bunyip is not made in his usual gory, toothy style, now depicted as a scaly, furry, monstrous little guy. It looks like something that could be called “Bunyip,” while also fierce enough to fit the legends.

 

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Bunyip has a scaled underbelly, sort of like an armadillo’s armored back, and okay, I dont know where I was going with this. Just look at those scales.

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The Bunyip is in a great attacking pose, similar to the Chupacabra from the previous set, although more dynamic.

 

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His back is very furry, almost thick enough to be a cape. The sculpting work on this little figure is really, really good – again, realize that these were sculpted at 1:1 size, by hand.

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The figures do fit together, even though they are different sizes – Baba Yaga is comparable to the taller figures like Ushii Oni, whereas the Bunyip matches the shorter ones.

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It’s time for a hug!

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When you put the larger figures together, Baga Yaga is clearly the most-detailed, though not so much as to break the general pattern.

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The same applies with the smaller Doom Gotter figures. Even though their styles vary, they fit together, still. The Bunyip is really surprisingly detailed, though.

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So, what to say about this set as a whole? I’ve already complimented it a ton, and it almost feels like there isn’t more to say. The fact is, these are some of the finest mini figures I’ve seen, and when you realize that it’s literally a label of love by two guys, that just makes them seem even better!

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