Saturday, 12 March 2016
Gundam Converge Limited : 3 in 1 Box
Anyway, we have a long list of releases to look forward to this year. And as if that wasn't enough, Bandai's Asia division decided it was time to spoil us with an "Overseas Only" limited edition pack. This, as far as I understand it, means that this pack was prepared especially for and distributed by Bandai's "Overseas" divisions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. These "Overseas Only" packs tend to be old repainted figures, often in metallic or pearl-coating, and this set is a perfect illustration of this practice.
Released in February 2016 the cryptically named "Gundam Converge Limited Metallic Version 3 in 1 Box" set is similar in execution to the triple pack we saw in 2012 which featured three repainted Unicorn series-figures, and this time the turn has come to my favourite chapter in the Universal Century saga; Zeta. It was released as a special limited item for the C3 Hobby Hong Kong 2016 trade fair which was open for three days in February. After that, this set was mainly available through various local retailers.
Inside the box we find the expected three bags containing the repainted figures, each packaged in the same fashion as when the original figures made their respective appearances. There was no Shokugan chewing gum in this box, instead the contents are rounded out by a little assembly instruction and something brand new; two custom made figure display bases.
RX-178 Gundam Mk-II (A.E.U.G.)
RX-178+FXA-05D Super Gundam
RX-178 Gundam Mk-II (Titans)
New Display Base
As mentioned earlier, all of the figures in this set are repaints of their original counterparts, all of which appeared as regular boxed figures in the standard regular figure line. The A.E.U.G. Mk-II and the G-Defenser both appeared in Converge Volume 7 as figures 40 and 41 respectively. The set released in May 2012 making both of them fairly rare today. The Titans' version of the RX-178 is even older, and was released as figure 15 in Converge Volume 3, back in June 2011. This is usually a very expensive and not very easy to find figure. Below you can see the initial versions paired with the new metallic versions from this set:
Overall, the "Overseas Only" packages are usually a very good deal for Converge collectors, and the "3 in 1 Box" Mk-II set is no exception. This is a really good value set compared to trying to find the original versions of the figures, and you don't have to pay through the nose as if they were CORE reissues even though the paintjob standard is easily up to that level here. The Mk-II set should please Converge collectors of all sorts; there is lots of useful parts and pieces in here. My recommendation is to grab it while it is still hot.