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MiniArt 1/16 Samurai Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2012 Manufacturer MiniArt
Subject Samurai Scale 1/16
Kit Number 16028 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Beautifully rendered samurai warrior and his armor Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $24.99

First Look

Here is an interesting release from MiniArt - a 1/16 scale Samurai warrior figure in attack pose. The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on two parts trees. Assembly of this kit will be easy and straightforward with a number of options depending on your desired final figure. The kit is built up in layers, so you can actually build the figure wearing only his fabric tunic and pants along with the armored forearms and shin/foot protection. The figure provides a complete head without helmet or mask. If opt to pose the figure without armor (as if training or demonstrating his skills), you'll have to adjust his waistband that support his sword scabbards.

Samurai Kit

The upper leg armor and shoulder/upper arm armor simply overlay the basic figure which also makes painting of each protective layer much simpler. The helmet is last and the kit also features a warrior mask that overlays the figures face. The detailing of each part is very sharp which will make painting of the figure much easier to apply. As you can imagine from the box art, you'll be spending much more time with the painting phase of this project than the assembly.

If you're wanting to try your hand at figure building/painting or you want something different for your shelf, this Samurai kit provides a wealth of color and detail in a very concise figure.

Thanks to MRC for the review sample.