Friday, June 10, 2011

Merch Medley IV

After a long absence, we return with another Friday Medley. Not a whole lot to report--just some nice Gundam stuff for fellow Robot Damashii aficionados.

First up: new promotional images for the upcoming 1/100 Scale Master Grade Epyon!

The Epyon is due to release THIS MONTH (late this month) at an MSRP of ¥4,800.

And some of the upcoming Robot Damashii figures, starting with the RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam. (Basically, a recolor of the already-released RX-78-2 Gundam, which itself has already been released twice. Bandai's Robot Spirit line sure does love to re-release figures with new paint schemes, don't they?)

The Prototype Gundam is set for an October 2011 release, with an MSRP of ¥3,990. Next up: the Aile Strike.

Very sexy, ain't it? Well, okay, the shoulders look a tad oversized, but at least it's anime-accurate. The Strike Pack looks very sharp: enough to make me consider purchasing one despite my poor experience with the Robot Damashii Strike Freedom figure--the Aile's simpler design ought to make it nice and sturdy, however.

The Aile Strike will be released this September (2011) with an MSRP of ¥3,500. The Launcher and Sword pack items will be sold seperately in a limited quantity through the Tamashii Nation webshop.

The Katoki redesign of the Wing Gundam. I'm not sure if I like it or not, but it's certainly very unique--and damn, do I love that shield. It'll  be out this October for ¥3,990.

And let's start to wrap things up with the single most loved-or-hated design in the franchise (except for, possibly, the fabulous Turn A): Wing Zero Custom.

I really hope there's some mechanism for locking the wings in place, and I just can't see it. Anyway, this WZC really looks nice, doesn't it? I'm a bit irked at the lack of detail on the wing interior--without anything to clearly indicate that the "feathers" are mechanical, it's hard to visually differentiate WZC's wings from being organic angel wings.

And to be fair, Endless Waltz doesn't exactly try very hard to make the distinction, either.

The legs have a  nice bit of detail, which is always goot do see, because too many gundam designs simply have featureless, really generic looking thighs--the Robot Damashii Crossbone figures, for example, have about the least interesting lower halves out there. No word yet on the shoulder gatlings--either they won't be featured at all, or (hopefully) the covers will actually open up.

Generally speaking, as a consumer, I feel a bit wary of buying a figure with so few accessories. Just a rifle and beam saber? Yikes. I'm not sure how to assauge those doubts in my fellow fans here, but I will say that despite my misgivings, the Robot Damashii GM Sniper II (which only has hands, beam sabers and a rifle) ended up being one of my favorite figures in the line.

Anyway, the Wing Zero Custom is due for a release this month for ¥3,800. 

Finally: my own personal favorite, the Tallgeese!

The Tallgeese III, naturally. (My least favorite of the three). It's pretty damned nice, but I can't help but fear that the ommission of Tallgeese and Tallgeese II means that, instead of getting genuine releases for either of those figures, we'll simply see more Tamashii Nation webshop exclusive add-on parts, as was the case with the V-Gundam HEXA.

Not to imply, of course, that I don't already have this sexy beast pre-ordered at HLJ.

Hopefully, this massive surge of Gundam Wing merch will result in us eventually seeing some incarnation of the various grunt suits, either as HG or MG model kits or Robot Damashii figures. I speak of those incredible classics--the Aries; the Leo; the Taurus; the Virgo; the Mercurius and Vayeate--that made Gundam Wing's mobile suits some of the most visually striking the franchise has ever seen.

Source: Cyber Gundam

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