Friday, 19 June 2015

Gundam Converge EX04 : MSZ-006C1 [Bst] Zeta Plus C1 "Hummingbird" (Red Ver.)

A couple of weeks ago we took a closer look at the Converge EX04 Hummingbird figure. That is, the bog standard blue version. While the blue figure entered the regular distribution network, the red version was more of a limited thing, intended for sales through Bandai's own website. As a result, the red Zeta Plus is a bit scarcer although it has been readily available for the time being. This will no doubt change very soon.

I picked up this red Zeta in a tiny toy shop in Hong Kong in May 2015, shortly after its release. While in town I stumbled on at least half a dozen sellers each offering one or more of these figures, but this limited stock is likely to run dry pretty soon (if it hasn't already).

If you think the red Zeta Plus looks familiar it is because it is a simple colour variation on the standard blue figure. Still, I couldn't resist its striking paint scheme, not to mention a chance to display the mobile suit in another mode together with the standard figure.

It is easy to be misled by the seemingly low number of parts included in this package. However, as you begin to fiddle with the parts you will notice how they come apart in several tinier pieces. The Fusion Works engineers really excelled on this model.

At first I planned to do a full review to show the three different modes of the red Zeta Plus. However, with the fiddly assembly of the blue Zeta Plus still fresh in mind, I haven't really been willing to go through this process just yet. At the moment, the figure is displayed as a basic Converge figure and I kind of like it that way.

This review will be updated if I do decide to go through the paces of additional assembly. You can still see the transformation process taking place in the review of the blue version. Apologies if this makes the current review a bit substandard, but I still wanted to present this awesome mobile suit on the blog, since it will most likely be readily available for a limited time only.

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