|Converge 19 cast. Note that the clear action base is not included with the G-Parts model, it is borrowed from an Assault Kingdom figure.|
I think it stems from the fact that this volume is mixing a lot of obscure mobile suit designs from some lesser known story arcs. It is of course also an extravaganza in Gundams, with no less than five out of five mobile suits being hero-type suits, which automatically makes it less exciting for a grunt suit follower as yours truly. Again, this criticism is more of a Converge-meta thing than any faulting of the actual miniatures as such.
|Rrraahhh! Hulk smash! Look at those Hazel figures...|
Enough rambling, on to the figures themselves!
Zoloat or Zollidia would be well suited for Converge display.
Still, the result is formidable and now the two figures really begin to shine. The heavy gear on the Hazel's back removes its leaning forward problem, and I stuck the large beam rifle in the hand of the blue Hazel instead to prevent that figure from falling on its nose.
|Custom Hazel Customs|
In conclusion, Converge 19 is something of a mixed bag. Although it contains several well executed figures from an unusually wide selection from lesser known Gundam properties, it also lacks that real looker to pull you in. The set seems to have more of a filler character in that it fleshes out your collections with more units for your favourite factions, rather than convincing you to start collecting in the first place. Good for serious collectors but the more casual fans will probably be more reserved.
The secret figure is also kind of wasted on this set, and with twin Hazel Custom figures and a support fighter that is nothing more than a few crossed tiles, this becomes extra apparent. I imagine a lot of fans will prefer to cherrypick what they need for their collections rather than go for the full set.
If you are one of those that feels that Converge 19 isn't bringing that much to the table, prepare for a dose of more-of-the-same when Converge volume 20 rolls out in September. This jubilee number release will be dedicated to more Hazel, more Reconguista in G, two figures premiering from the Build Fighters Try show (including a Bearggu-uurgh). There is one real promising figure for the grunt-type followers in that pack though, a shiny green Hizack which I obsess about already.
hyped right now on the Bandai Gundam Shokugan page, we shall see.