Thursday, February 6, 2020

Diamond Select Toys Netflix Castlevania - Trevor Belmont

Casltevania Season 3 recently announced and now series one of DST's figures in hand! First up Trevor Belmont.

Trevor Belmont looks good. The sculpt is nice and there's a decent likeness to how he appeared in the Netflix series. He looks a little youthful though. The face is too clean. Some facial hair would be nice but I guess it'll contrast too much with his fair complexion. There's some nice detail on his attire for an animated figure. The gold section at his shoulders is raised and the Belmont crest on his back was sculpted and well painted. The crest on the front of his shirt was printed on. The little knives were stuck on. One of them is missing the black paint for the handle on my figure. There's a nice amount of wrinkles throughout his attire. The belt and "skirt" piece is a separate piece.

A close-up of his face.

Accessories. He comes two sets of open hands, two sets of hands holding a single knife, one set of hands holding three little knives, a long sword with sheath, a short sword with sheath, a whip, the Morning Star (chain whip) and a bucket. 

The number of  accessories is great and all, but how in the world is he going to hold them!?! DST somehow did not include a set of gripping hands! Unbelievable!!!

I Googled to see if this was really the case and apparently it is. I came across the review done by Toyark. They cut out the knife from a set of the knife throwing hands and I did the same. We don't really need two sets of them anyway. 

I cut out the knives which were more angled as the grip it would leave seemed bigger.

And voila! He's now able to hold his weapons. He's also still able to hold the knife which was cut out.

There's a hook at the left side of his waist where he can store his whip. The cord of the brown whip may be straightened out. I decided to leave it so as to maintained the coiled up shaped as seen below. The Morning Star can probably be stored here in place of the brown whip. It'll just need to be seriously coiled up.

There's a little loop at the right side of his waist. It cannot hold his sword or sheath. So what I did was to cut some of the bendy wire from the packaging and make a little hook.

And now he can carry the long sword as there's a little ring on the sheath.

Here's how he looks fully equipped.

Articulation. He's got a ball joint neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, peg hinge hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees, boot swivel and ankle hinge and pivot. He can only look up and down just a bit. What you see in the pics is the maximum his elbows can bend. He can hardly bend forward or back. He's able to turn at the torso joint. The legs can only be raised as high as you see in the pics which is very frustrating. And this is not caused by the attire, rather it's the design. The leg will hit the hip section preventing it from being raised further... The ankle hinge may only be used just a bit due to the design of his boots.

Just to give you an idea of the size of the figure.

Trevor Belmont is a frustrating figure. He looks good but has several issues. The worst being the omission of a set of gripping hands. The articulation would have better range if the design were better. 

One more thing. The bucket is clean. I inserted the vomit. 

Thanks for viewing!

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