Close Up: Solid Snake from the Konami Doll Collection
Made in 2002 by Yamato Toys, the Konami Doll Collection included 4 different figures representing characters from the original Metal Gear Solid: Solid Snake, Meryl Silverburgh, Liquid Snake and Sniper Wolf. The 1/6 scale (12” / 30 cm tall) dolls are fully articulated and come with removable outfits and several accessories. For the close up article on the Liquid Snake Doll from the same line, go here. Now, onto the subject of this article, which is the game’s protagonist Solid Snake.
They come in a box decorated with artwork from the game and a window in the front, as well as a short description of the character in question.
The doll itself has joints in his elbows, knees, wrists and neck. However it can be a bit difficult to pose the figure as it is quite stiff (at least while wearing the full equipment) and it stands a bit wobbly on its feet.
The body armor can be taken off, as well as the belts holding the pouches and gun holsters. Solid Snake comes with his favorite weapon, the SOCOM, which can be disassembled as well. Another way to customize the figures is by adding the two ends of the bandana that are included in the box and which can be attached to make it look like they are blowing in the wind.
The cool thing about these dolls is the amount of details, from all the little pouches, holsters, zippers and buckles, and the fact that the clothing is made from real fabric, rather than plastic.
All in all a neat figure, and quite impressive in terms of size and attention to detail. Like most Metal Gear merchandise these dolls are usually hard to find for decent prices, so unless you’re lucky you’re going to have to be prepared to pay if you want to obtain one of them.