Although the new Banshee figure is both slim and tall, with relatively small feet, it still stands up with ease and balances without the need of any support. The colour scheme feels quite exquisite, especially when compared to the Unicorn Mode fiugre in its brighter blue colour. The STANDart figures can be a bit delicate and the large V-fin of the Banshee seems especially prone to damage if handled carelessly. Overall, the figure's pose comes off as pretty static. Shoulders and neck rotate as per STANDart standard, although the general impression of the figure is a bit two dimensional due to its flatness. If the Unicorns had been around during the days of the Ultimate Operation figure line, I am sure they would have received quite spectacular dynamic poses.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Destroy Mode Banshee has very much in common with the white Unicorn equivalent. The image above clearly displays the similarities and differences of the two figures. There have been a lot of Unicorns appearing in the shokugan figure lines lately, so it is good to see the Banshee getting some love as well. This is an outstanding sculpt that will be a highlight for any STANDart collection.
077 : Now here's a real classic. It is hard to mistake the YMS-15 Gyan for another. This cool mobile suit is specialized for close combat and brings a large beam saber and a shield loaded with auxiliary weaponry to the battle. The model is very crisp and stylish, with a lot of attention to detail. As we've seen with several Zeon figures in STANDart before, the designers have decided to omit painting the glowing monoeye inside the visor.
|The STANDart Gyan compared to its old namesake from the FW Ultimate Operation figure line (FWUO9, released March 2005).|
079 : Now that I've spent an entire paragraph moaning about the Baund-Doc design let's take a closer look at its properties. As you can see the last figure of the set is also an NRX-055 Baund-Doc though this one is referred to as a Twin Seat Type (lore has it that it was piloted by one Gates Capa). The figures are completely identical though, save for the colour variations. The Baund-Docs are very delicate and large figures with many small parts. Ignoring my personal preference for a second I must say that the figures are very finely detailed and have excellent paint applications. Due to the one-piece chest section these figures feature no shoulder articulation, though you can swivel the left arm underneath the shoulder section. It barely clears the large skirt section though, so you can't really move it much. The head is also a part of the chest mould and so cannot be rotated at all.
Words really do fail me. I was skeptical when these figure was first announced, and here with the result in hand I can safely say that this must be the worst thing to ever have come out of the STANDart line, past, present AND future. Who in their right mind is going to place that robot chicken thingy on a shelf next to a Z Gundam and say whooouuuuwww? Bandai, please don't turn STANDart into a freakshow, you have the SD-series for that very purpose. Let's hope we never have to see further atrocities (such as Qubeleys and Kshatriyas) in this line.
|STANDart 20 size comparison. The Gyan is roughly 9 cm tall, and the two other figures come in some where around 95-98 mm.|