The Righteous Bison is no ordinary raygun. Far from it.
Where traditionally manufacturers in the Wave Oscillation genre have (some say lazily) gone down the well charted route of heft and mass, the Righteous Bison has been designed with the handler in mind. Portability and wieldability have been the guiding lights for the ground breaking team of young talent that's been put in charge of this whimsical undertaking.
It is furthermore an eminently suitable accessoire to your pseudo-victorian attire for weekending in the country or impressing your peers at parties or other large gatherings. The Righteous Bison can take a fair amount of man-handling. And even more woman-handling!
The result, ladies and gentlemen, as I'm sure you agree, is nothing short of pretty good. The gun is about the same weight as a small brown trout (or two pints of Pale Ale) and can be fired continuously without exhausting the sportsman. Much like a good man-servant.
It is despatched packaged in equally light-weight materials and should reach you at your desired destination quick-smart.
Made from Imitation Metal*
Any similarity between the Righteous Bison Indivisible Particle Smasher and the raygun silhouette in the crest of Grordbort Industries is naturally not completely coincidental. They're both rayguns, silly.
*Imitation Metal is a light-weight compound that looks and feels remarkably like plastic under Earth conditions
A Raygun for the Masses
My memory of Wetaâ€™s Righteous Bison: Indivisible Particle Smasher at Comic-Con are... Read more.
My memory of Wetaâ€™s Righteous Bison: Indivisible Particle Smasher at Comic-Con are mostly faint. I recall that the prototype needed some fine tuning (reversed insignias, that sort of thing) but more vividly stuck in my mind was how poor display piece had begun to bear the toll of being fondled by the eager SDCC masses, developing cracks, scrapes and other unspeakable signs of collectibles abuse.
Itâ€™s alright though, lifeâ€™s never really been easy for the Bison, having to fight perceptions toward its plastic pedigree since its moment of birth.
In addition to the obvious goal of attracting a broader audience with something more affordable, Weta has cited requests for a â€˜convention friendlyâ€™ Raygun as an impetus for the product. Considering the Righteous Bison is not only less expensive and less fragile, but also transport-friendly without losing life-size form, that logic seems well supported.
Putting the final product through its paces, the Bison comes through in two righteous waysâ€“ fit and finish.
The details are crisp down to the rivet. You can count the handle detail (where the Atom is) which is rather â€˜blobbyâ€™ looking as an exceptionâ€“ though it seems to be conceived that way, rather than it being any sort of manufacturing issue.
It all comes together darn precisely which is equally impressive. Although there are quite a few â€œplastic seamsâ€â€“ most notably where the two major halves join down the centerâ€“ for the most part they are dead flush; there are no odd ridges or dodgy alignments. In the best cases, the seams can almost look as if they belong with the intentionally sculpted ones.
A good test jiggle revealed no rattles or crackles and creaks of any kind. Itâ€™s a clean fit. Itâ€™s solid.
The gun is trimmed in gold and black with a metallic base. The weathering on top of the body is actually phenomenal, and if you do sense some surprise itâ€™s because so often one would find this to look quite â€˜painted onâ€™ and artificial. Contrary to that, a beautiful job is done on the rust/oxidation along the adjoining panels. At worst, some of the black pieces, especially the large tail fin that look bare could do with a coat or two of paint. Black is black right? Why not leave as is? Because it does look more characteristically plastic there I wish they would have painted that not for color, but texture.
Nevertheless, the paints are bit better than what Iâ€™ve come to expect from a perceived â€˜budgetâ€™ piece. Fit and finish, pleasant discoveries thoseâ€“ and really the difference that elevates this from merely â€œtoyâ€ status.
Not that it canâ€™t be that too. If intended, it can suit that purpose quite well. You donâ€™t feel compelled to don kid gloves every time you handle it, as you would its more expensive brethren. It doesnâ€™t make any noise or light-up (which Iâ€™m absolutely fine with) but the trigger does squeeze quite ably! And while the Bison is certainly lighter than said brethren- which should not come as any surprise- itâ€™s no flyweight either. Thereâ€™s some decent mass to the thing; itâ€™s perhaps at the upper limits of what youâ€™d want it to weigh if you were to actually tote this around for an extended amount of time. A pretty good balance was achieved.
If you are dead opposed to a Raygun made of â€œimitation metalâ€, you might never get right with the the Righteous Bison. I was rather on the fence as wellâ€“ but the bottom line is I would not hesitate to display this alongside the bona-fide high end Rayguns.
Dollar for dollar, I find the Righteous Bison to be more impressive than the identically priced miniature Unnatural Selector. Hide.
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Off to hunt on Rylon 5...
Preordered my Bison at San Diego Comic Con and honestly forgot about... Read more.
Preordered my Bison at San Diego Comic Con and honestly forgot about it until I had a UPS notification waiting for me at home.
I LOVE this piece. While I do not collect statues or busts, I am a fan of some 1:1 scale pop culture sci fi firearms and this is right at home with some of my other items not to mention it looks great with some of my historical real firearms!
Just a beautiful piece and well worth the money in my opinion. I can easily over look some plastic lines here or there because the overall craftsmanship is exceptional for a mass produced item. Extra kudos to whomever designed your packaging...very eye catching.
Hope you release more of these affordable mass releases. Hide.
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