Deep Striker Mode
|The Deep Striker compared to its ancestor the S-Gundam.|
Well, whatever you wish to call it, in this mode the Gundam figure stands on its own two feet like any other Converge figure, with all the extra gear resting on top of dedicated pegs on the action base. This is a very smart piece of engineering although the depth of the backdrop means you'll most likely not be able to see much of it if displayed on a shelf. The pieces do not snap into slots or so, so each time you touch it you can be sure some small piece will fall out of place. Actually I find it better just to chuck all the extra gear into a ziplock bag and stow it in the box the figure came with, and just display the Gundam itself with the rest of the figures.
|Comparative size display between then EX02 Unicorn Gundam and the EX03 Deep Striker. Both figures feature display modes where their respective gear is stowed as a backdrop.|
I get the feeling that Bandai is steering more and more towards these pricey kits rather than developing the standard Converge figure line, where there is still a lot of potential. I assume it is all about the final line in the spreadsheet after all. In conclusion, I'd say the EX 03 figure is one for the Deep Striker aficionados only, although if you have the money to spend the standalone figure does look really great.