Hot on the heels of the Octavia review earlier this week, comes another aquatic-themed lady with a killer design. (Get it? ..killer?) Kamen Rider OOO is the 21st installment of Japan's famed Kamen Rider Series. Kamen Rider had a brief run in the US as the translated series Masked Rider, but it didn't have the staying power of other Toei properties like Power Rangers. I don't necessarily watch any of these series, but I am a huge fan of the costume and character design and I have a ton of figures to commemorate my obsession. Mezool is one of my newer acquisitions but definitely one of my favorites. Who would have ever thought that having a freakin' Orca Whale on your head could make you look sinister?? I've seen hats at SeaWorld that are very similar to this, but somehow they don't have the same effect when I wear them. This figure is in the style of the Kamen Hero and Sentai Hero Series. They are 7" scale lightweight hollow vinyl figures with limited articulation (2-3 points), great sculpts, and a low price point. I'm a big fan of this style and I wish we had something similar here in the US. Let's check her out below!
Mezool is the only female member of a clan of evil creatures called Greeed. They are all animal themed, with appropriate powers (her hands can project water), and each are driven by a greedy desire - Mezool's is love. Sounds sweet, but it's actually creepy. In a super-simplified explanation, she basically hypnotizes humans and lays roe-like eggs inside them which will eventually turn the human host into an aquatic monster (called a Yummy). See? Creepy.
I love the "tentacle sucker" patterns down her legs.
Mezool is only articulated at the shoulders.
Let's take another look at that Orca hat... craziness!
Here are some screencaps from the show.
Instead of coming boxed or carded, these figures usually have a plastic hook protruding from the back of their necks with a hang card. So they dangle loose in the stores... cutting down on a lot of wasted packaging costs I would assume.
Time for a Comparison Pic!