Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Gundam Converge vol. 2
08 : And speaking of colourful, this brings us to the RGZ-95 ReZEL. Out of all the figures in volume 2, this is the only one not to have reappeared in a reissue (yet?). There are a couple of Converge figures that never seem to surface on the online second hand market, and this would be one of them. I actually picked this guy up in a shop in Tokyo, and it is the only time I have encountered it except when not sold in a complete set. What I am saying is: If you see it, grab it!
09 : Moving on along the colour spectrum we stop at another spectacular figure, the RGM-89D Jegan (D-Type). This is a grunt-type unit not unlike the GM. Again here is a figure which -although it is mostly painted in a single colour- comes to life thanks to excellent sculpting and just the right amount of colourful details. The Jegan is armed with a stockybeam rifle and a nice two-colour shield.
10 : And here, of course, is the real looker of this set, the good ol' Zeta, or MSZ-006 Z-Gundam. There's not a whole lot I need to say about its general appearance, the pictures speak for themselves. An absolute stunner! I am still baffled that this figure didn't make it to the top five of the Operation Revive vote, especially considering who scarce it is, as well as the fact that there is only one other version of it, with a very different look to it.
11 : You can't have a Gundam figure range and not put at least one MS-06 Zaku II in it. This very figure was the first in a line of green and red Zaku II:s, and the figure mold retained its features throughout the various reissues and variations (there is actually a whole slew of recent reviews on this guy for the intrepid reader...). All the Zaku II:s that appeared in Converge look great although this is (so far) the only one to feature this really light green colour. Articulation is limited to arms rotating at the shoulder, and a right hand which can be placed into the wrist socket at a preferred angle. The figure also has a cool feature where you can remove the helmet and adjust the facing of the monoeye by spinning a cylinder hidden under the helmet.
Secret : RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (Unicorn Mode) (Bazooka version). The secret versions of the first Converge sets aren't terribly interesting items and the secret Unicorn is no exception. You get the basic Unicorn figure with a new weapon hand, and that's it. Considering complex figures like the ReZEL and the Zaku I can't imagine it would have been that difficult to make the Unicorn's bazooka an optional part included with the standard figure.
Below you can see some of the figures from this set compared to more recent reissues. You may find those to be suitable replacements if the volume two figures prove difficult to source.
The Zeta Gundam as it appears in Converge volume 2 (left) and in Converge volume 11 (right). The latter has some minor paintjob differences and also a head that can now rotate freely. The Jegan figure was reissued in the two Operation Revive packs (released February 2014). The standard version of the Revive box features a figure to all intents exactly the same as the original figure, whereas the Premium Edition of Operation Revive added the bazooka as an additional optional weapon.
So, to summarize Converge volume 2, I must say this is a really fine set. A lot of both iconic and attractive figures are included here, the only drawback of course being the relative scarcity of some of these figures. Keep both eyes open and be ready to pounce like a puma when you discover them.