Review: KOS-MOS version 4 by Alter

*fanboy noises*

I don’t know what it is, mayber her Simulated Personality OS, or possibly her superior breed of nanomachines, whatever it is, I love her. KP-X 00-00-00-00-1 is definitely my favourite Special Humanoid Anti-Gnosis Annihilation Weapon. Introducing the fourth incarnation of the anti-Gnosis tactic system Kosmos Obey Strategic Multiple Operation Systems, or KOS-MOS, as seen in Xenosaga Episode III: Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Produced by figure company Alter.

You know you want to click it click it click it for some thoughts and pretty pictures:

This figure has not been kind to me. After I payed a reasonable price for it on auctions, it was re-released for a much more affordable price…well, that’s just my luck. However, being that is is KOS-MOS, I’m still happy, because she is one of my favourite fictional characters, but also because she is one BEAUTIFUL figure. The kind you just wanna rip out of its package and display, or actually display in the package, since it comes in a nicely designed, completely see-through plastic box.

This is my first figure from Alter and I am glad to see they lived up to all the good things I have heard about them, so glad. I’ll get my complaint out of the way right now, her nose, but I don’t really fault them, Xenosaga III’s art style reverted to a strange…anime/realistic mix of the first and second games’ graphical stylings, which looked wonderful, but the noses kind of had a vagueness to them…or something…Heheh. Recreated here by Alter. The sculpt overall is wonderful though, very detailed and smooth. The hair is FIERCE, for lack of a better word. I love that they always use a translucent plastic for her hair, it suits the character well. It is, essentially, a perfect representation of her appearance in Xenosaga III.

(Yes, I know I use this background all the time, but I am lacking a real photography set up still)

As for the paint applications…well, they are spot on and…

…so well done…

…with wonderfully accuracy and attention to detail.

The metallic parts in her suit and gattling gun are the perfect tone. There are very few cases of overlap or drip or anything of the like, and nothing very noticeable. The multiple shading tones on her sleeves, skin, dress and leggings give subtle detail without going over the top (someone teach Square Enix how to do this).

I enjoy the minimalistic white stand that she has too, I believe Alter’s T-elos has one too which ties them together well and the simple design fits with some of the imagery in the videogame.

Hmmmmmmmmmm, goodies goodies. (That was for Mandy x3)

Yeah, so, in conclusion. This figure is must-get. If you are a Xenosaga fan then why is this not on your shelf (and if it is, good job)!?

You owe it to yourself if you are a JRPG fan to play this game (atleast Episode 3, anyway).

Oh yeah, spoiler warning for Episode 3 here:
And one of the reasons I love KOS-MOS

Next up: Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm…no idea! xD


~ by wanderingkind on September 28, 2008.

6 Responses to “Review: KOS-MOS version 4 by Alter”

  1. I’m just now playing through ep 3 again (never beat it the first time) so naturally my want for a KOS-MOS figure has resurfaced, and this article makes me want this figure BAD!!! Any links to where I can buy it at a decent price? 🙂

    • Hey Amanda,
      Unfortunately, no. This figure has had two releases so far (initial release and one re-release about a year ago) and I haven’t heard anything about it being released again. The re-release pretty much sold out in pre-orders, so the only way to get it is probably through eBay, where it goes for $150+. >.<
      None of the sites I use for ordering figures has it in stock anymore so I can't recommend anywhere to you, sorry.

      Best of luck hunting one down at a decent price. It's definitely a must-own for Xenosaga and KOS-MOS fans.

    • on (not this figure) but a kos-mos v4 motion revive figure is avail. for $19.99 (plus shipping) hope that helps! ^_^

      • Hello Ju,
        I’d caution anyone before buying the Motion Revive figure unless they are absolutely sure it’s the type of figure they’d like to own.
        Personally, even as a die-hard KOS-MOS fan, I skipped this figure because frankly, the quality seems awful. It’s a very small scale articulated figure, roughly the same size as a G.I. Joe. There is a review at Anime.CollectionDX that I think pretty much sums up why not to get this figure (unless you must absolutely have everything KOS-MOS).

        Now, if an articulated KOS-MOS is something one is interested in, Alter is actually releasing a Figma-style KOS-MOS ver. 4 sometime this year. I think it’s Alter’s first foray into articulated figures so it may not be the best, but the prototype photos are already way better than the Motion Revive figure.
        Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. […] see that many reviews out there in my searches.  The two most easily found are from:  Wanderingkind’s review (which has some interesting backdrops and angles) and (which had the review out since […]

  3. […] didn’t see that many reviews out there in my searches. The two most easily found are from: Wanderingkind’s review (which has some interesting backdrops and angles) and (which had the review out since […]

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