Friday, May 30, 2014
My taste in anime basically consists of what Cartoon Network was showing during Toonami and Adult Swim 10 to 15 years ago, so my favorite Gundam series (and the only one I've seen in its entirety) is Gundam Wing. A couple weeks ago, Jcee made a post of his Gundam Wing figures, which got me interested in picking at least one Gundam figure. I had a few of the Gundam model kits years ago, but I was never practiced enough at painting to make them look as good as I would have liked. So these modern figures from Bandai are a pretty worthy update. Deathscythe was my favorite Gundam, and this is the upgraded Hell version, which has the extra shielding and a double bladed beam scythe.
My favorite aspect of Deathscythe Hell's design is the way the armored cloak unfolds in a way that is reminiscent of bat wings. That design is carried out even more blatantly in the Endless Waltz version, but that hasn't been made yet.
The figure includes different versions of the beam scythe's handle. One is straight, and another is curved, which represents the way it is presented in the animation, when it took on a curved appearance to make it look as if it was moving faster while being swung. There is also a compacted version that can be stowed on the back of the figure. The blades are transparent green plastic and are removable.
Also included is the rocket blade beam shield thing, which can be plugged onto either arm. It also has a removable beam blade, and the regular blades are articulated. There are also four different sets of hands, open, closed fists, fists for holding weapons, and angled weapon holding fists.
Aside from just looking great overall, the figure has a ton of articulation as well. It can move in most anyway you'd want it to (there's even an ab crunch joint), but a lot of the panels are articulated as well, so that they won't get in the way of limb movement. I'm really digging this figure, which is cool on its own, as well as scratching the nostalgia itch. I'm not really into Gundam enough to want the full lineup, but I might very well get the Wing Zero as well.