'The Vision of Escaflowne' anime had been around for a while and it was only recently I seriously watched the anime TV series. Previously, I only had a rough idea having watched the OVA. I must admit that the anime's elements of knight fantasy and mecha blend well and the plot set at good pacing. Though the female protagonist, Hitomi Kanzaki, ain't the type many would like at first sight and beside she's too fickle minded.
There are a few choices of Escaflowne Guymelef from Bandai's LM model kit, Yamato's 8" transformable toy to Bandai's U.S released action figure. By elimination, the LM model kit itself lack details and even though transformable toy seems really cool, the cape seems weighing the toy down and the transformation seems complicated with weak joints from other review.
Finally settled on this 7"action figure which is a collector set based on an animated series from Bandai Entertainment. It come with the two main protagonists of the anime, Van Fanel and Hitomi Kanzaki. The character figures stands around 4.5" Van looks well sculpted and he looks really cool standing next to Escaflowne. Hitomi's figure on the other hand, doesn't quite resembles the anime character and she has that awkward 'Planet of The Ape' look : (
This Escaflowne figure released in 2001, looks great in my opinion though there ain't many points of articulation, therefore the number of poses are limited. It's well balanced, pre-painted with panel lines. The figure comes with an awesome huge sword that's almost as tall Escaflowne itself. The sword could have been better made if it's made with harder plastic like PVC rather than ABS rubbery material which tends to bend. The cape is removable so it allows display of Escaflowne with or without the cape.