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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Force Five: Blue Force!

11.20.2013 – Blue Force is a character appearing in the fictional Japanese television show Force Five, which exist in the world of Blue Bustamante. In that particular realm Blue Force is portrayed by a stunt double in a suit named George Bustamante.

George an engineer who works as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) lost his job. But found an alternate employment as a suit actor thanks to his friend Roger Grace. Blue Bustamante a successful indie film in the Philippines released an action figure.

This action figure is none other than Blue Force which was manufactured by INS (Imagine Nation Design Studios) in limited quantities. It was first launched during Komikon 2013 as unofficial exclusive and only 30 pieces were made.

The action figure doesn't have play ability value because it’s more of an art toy than the one you can throw around.

It’s packaged in a zip lock bag with the Force Five logo in Japanese to make the toy authentic, which exist in the realm of Blue Bustamante. The figure looks like it was produced by a Japanese company, but up close the sculpting is crude to its imperfection.

The figure stands 6-8 inches tall with very limited articulation only to its arms. But due to being an “art toy” in nature to make the arms do some minor movement, you still need to remove it. Blue Force is painted in darker shade of blue close to mistakenly painted in “parpol” when you can just have it in Violet with his belt in silver. His gloves are painted in white with gold linings on his boots.

Blue Force has a symbol “V” in chest is painted in gold, and there is black paint on the sides of the figure to add contoured details.

The texture is not smooth but due to its imperfect crude sculpture it adds more personality to Blue Force, that looks like a real toy similar to the ones Bandai released with their actual action figures.

Overall Blue Force is a unique action figure produced by INS, but it’s not your usual toy that you can bury in the sand. It’s more of an art toy since INS produced some interesting vinyl toys in the past.

It’s the first ever action figure that has a tie-up with an independent film, and there was only 30 pieces made which first revealed at the premiere night of Blue Bustamante.

The figure was launched at Komikon 2013 as an unofficial exclusive sold at PhP 1,000.00 pesos ($22.95 US Dollars), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) to Red Cross.

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