Inside the box we find two bags of parts (unsurprisingly the same type of bags as used with the original figures) as well as a little assembly instruction sheet. The latter is very handy and I can honestly not remember having got one with the original figure(s), unfortunately I am too lazy to get up and dig around in the box storage so I'll just leave it at that...
GN-0000 00 Gundam
|A comparison of the original 00 Gundam (left), released as figure 51 in Converge volume 9 back in December 2012 and the recent CORE upgrade (right).|
GNR-010 0 Raiser
|Comparison of the original 0 Raiser (left) and the upgraded CORE 001 version (right). The original figure appeared together with the 00 Gundam in Converge volume 9, as figure number 52.|
Of course the most interesting aspect of these two figures is the fact that they combine. There have been a number of Converge figures which pair up to create alternate designs, typically Support Fighters merging with their parent Gundams. This is accomplished by picking apart the 0 Raiser figure, and then removing the two GN Drives (the white cones, that is...) from its shoulders and sticking the 0 Raiser wings in their place. The fuselage is then attached to the mobile suit's back and snapped in place.
As readers of the CORE S-Gundam review probably remember, I was less than enthusiastic about that figure. Not because the figure in itself was bad, far from it, it is a brilliant piece of Converge just as this set, but I do retain my reservations about the price point.
If you already have the original figures the recommendation will not be so clear, just remember that if you decide to skip on these figures only to come back later to try and find them, you will most likely turn up empty-handed. Personally I like to have both pairs so that I can display them side by side as separate and combined figures.