This rendition of the Bang Doll is the first in Volk’s IMS line that is based on injection molding. The sculpts so far are excellent, and the casting is good. They really tried to make the details as crisp as possible, for example in the Bang the edges are all super sharp and if you aren’t careful you’re going to bend them.
Being the first in line, there were some purported challenges with the fit. While it is true that I had an easier time building the Black Knight which is number 2 in the series, the Bang wasn’t bad, it just require a bit of puttying around some armor pieces. By design Bang Doll is just more hassle that’s all. Like many mortar headds it’s not practical for the skinny arm to hold the shield/veil, so for longevity I got the Bang a base and used acrylic rods to support its body and the veil.
This was also an accident-prone build for me, with the waist armor breaking, losing major pieces in the shoulder and arms, spending multiple hours to look for them to no avail, wasting time to solve these missing piece problems… Fortunately the missing pieces were relatively hidden. Actually the build was doomed from the start, with the kit having duplicated C and F runners but missing a E and G runners. Could not proceed. Fortunately Volks was willing to replace it for a fee. The bad part is I have to pay for it because I didn’t buy from an authorized dealer – which I think means volksusa.com. Alas. I think this is the first time I have a runner problem, ever.
That said, I love the Bang. It was amongst the most majestic of all the mortar headd and one of best Nagano’s designs. This IMS kit has one of the best sculpts of it and I highly recommend it as a *relatively* inexpensive way to get yours… relative to resin it’s less than half the price, but definitely more expensive than Bandai kits, or even the more overpriced Wave and Kotobukiya injection models.