Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ninja Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba) by Alfrex

The ultimate ninja (IMHO) is by Alfrex. Their Sonny Chiba as ninja Hattori Hanzo is probably one of the nicest and most authentic ninja ever produced. The box belies the hidden jem waiting inside.

Typically japanese, the flap flips to the right unlike all western box flaps that flip left

A very good likeness of Sonny Chiba. Besides acting, he is a martial arts expert in Ninjutsu, Goju-ryu Karate, Judo, Kendo, Shorinji Kempo and Kyokushin Karate. Quite sure nobody dares to mess with him and the director only has good words for him, "Berry guud acting neh. Eggscellent moves, Cheebah san." ha! ha!

He comes dressed in the shinobi shozoku, black keikogi preferred by ninjas for blending into the shadows when operating in the dark. Amazing thing about this Alfrex product was that it comes with instructions on how to dress and tie the waist belt, sandals etc - good thing too coz most people wouldn't have known how to. First task, tie up the special ninja trousers which comes with double-ties that fasten at the ankles and knees.

Check out his ponytail, so hard yet flexible it's a weapon in itself. I'm sure he kept the opposite sex pretty content.

He comes with a unique feet design. His big toe is split from the rest so that he can put on the waraji (sandals made from straw rope) after he dons his split-toe socks.

The Alfrex Sonny Chiba ninja Hattori Hanzo set came with (from left to right) the rarely seen kabuto wari (used to break helmets and other armour, as well as against un-armoured combatants - OUCH!), a die-cast metal ninjato (very nice) with sheath, die-cast metal kusarigama (sickle and chain), 5 shuriken throwing stars (because the number 4 sounds like dead and is considered bad luck to carry anything in 4s) and grappling hook.

Sonny Chiba all suited up as ninja Hattori Hanzo. He has a small pouch tied to his waist belt that holds his shuriken. Check out his waraji.

Wielding the kabuto wari and his ninjato or shinobigatana.

A close-up of his hood, unique to this character.

Another look at the waraji - probably produced only by Alfrex.

Previous posts include Devil Ninja by TAO and Ignite's Ninja warrior


Anonymous said...

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alex teo said...

thanks for the compliments :) much appreciated.