It was over a decade ago that I wandered into my local Ames after work, expecting to find nothing of interest, and discovered, much to my surprise and delight, a pair of action figures based off of one of my favorite games of all time. The figures were Kain and Raziel, from the Legacy of Kain series, and the toys were the Soul Reaver collectible figures from Blue Box Toys.
They cost me less than ten bucks a piece.
How times change, eh?
To this day, I consider this pair among the crown jewels of my collection. Even after NECA released their own versions of the characters, I still prefer the originals. For the superior paint jobs, for the massive scale, for the flawless likenesses, for the seemingly limited articulation that is actually quite versatile and more than adequate for all posing needs, without hindering the outstanding sculpts, these figures are some of my favorite toys ever made.
The ONLY drawback, in my eyes, is one glaring omission . . . Raziel lacks his signature weapon, the ravenous wraith blade, the Soul Reaver. Special editions of the figure came with the weapon, but it looked less like the weapon in the game and more like a spatula twisted into a spiral, and it was noticeably lacking from the mass market release. Fortunately, it was a fairly easy fix.
At that same time, the US was experiencing something of an anime explosion, and Gundam model kits were easy to find on store shelves. A pair of 1/100 scale beam sabers (from a Wing Zero Gundam, I believe) served as the base of my spectral Reaver. Using a hot glue gun, I warped the blades, twisted them, and bound them together. Then it was just a matter of carefully drizzling glue all over the surface of the sword, slowly sculpting a hilt, then trailing it all up Raziel's arm and peeling it off when it completely cured. Finally, the piece was painted with transparent green. It's a 10-year-old custom weapon, but it still looks perfect in Raziel's hand.
Eventually, I intend to make alternate Reavers, specifically a blue "material" blade, and an orange Fire Reaver. But for now, Raziel has the sword he needs to face off against the demons of Nosgoth and to rewrite his fate and the history of his ruined world.