Bandai posted up some more pictures of the White Base and the new CORE versions of its complement of mobile suits on the Converge blog yesterday as the preorder phase is about to close.
The blog author also confirms that the CORE Core Fighter will only be available as part of this Operation V Strategy set. Still not sure if the CORE Operation V mobile suit team will be made available as a standalone product in the future, we can only hope for it. Such a nifty little figure and it even gets its own little stand (G-Defenser, I'm looking at you...). It looks a wee bit tiny for such a rare Converge figure though, it is not like they are supposed to be to scale anyway. Overall, very mixed feelings about the White Base set.
Also revealed at the end is the continution of the Gundam Wing line-up. Seems the Altron is coming in its Endless Waltz configuration sometime in the near future, which will probably please alot of fans out there.
UPDATE: December 27, 2017
Bandai posted up yet another mystery face on their blog. I don't think anyone will be surprised that it looks like the Psycho Gundam Mk-II will soon join the ranks. It looks like it will avoid the Geymalk treatment as well and become a "full-size" figure like the Mk-I before it, probably with transformation capability as well. Nice, I hope this will also translate into more rank and file mobile suits from ZZ Gundam making an appearance in 2018.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Senshi Forte is a refinement of an earlier generation of SD miniatures. The figures come with what you could almost call an inner frame of sorts. So far all the figures seen in Volumes 1 to 4 share the very same skeleton and build principles, illustrated below by the Galbaldy Beta.
F013 : RX-105 Xi Gundam
The Xi Gundam was been brought back to life recently in the Universal Unit figure series so it is not a ig surprise to see it appear here as well. It makes sense with the release of Mufti's grunt type Messer mobile suits in volume 02 as well.
here. It is a neat gimmick although I have resorted to leaving one shoulder folded and one spread, because this is something I will not want to fiddle with in the future.
F014 : RX-178 Gundam Mk-II (A.E.U.G.)
The meat of this volume is arguably the Mk-II Gundams from Zeta together with their G-Defenser support craft. It remains a popular and widely covered mobile suit in most Gashapon and Shokugan figure lines.
F015 : RX-178 Gundam Mk-II (Titans)
Before we discuss the G-Defenser add-on for the Mk-II let's just get the Titans blue and black version out of the way. As you can see this figure is a simple colour swap of the white figure, all the accessories remain the same.
F016 : FXA-05D G-Defenser
Although the G-Defenser support craft was only present as a single unique vehicle in the Zeta Gundam television series it doesn't stop me from stocking up on a couple. I enjoy the idea of using them as generic support fighters, much like the Gattle or Saberfish.
|Size comparison between G-Defensers from SD Gashapon NEXT, Gundam Converge (the old one) and Senshi Forte.|
RX-178+FXA-05D Super Gundam
The main gimmick of Senshi Forte 03 is how the RX-178 and the G-Defenser combines into the Super Gundam mode. In this form the fighter craft attaches to the mobile suit's back while the suit discards its weapon and shield, instead making use of the Defenser's long beam rifle and missile launchers.
F017 : FD-03 Gustav Karl
The lovely Gustav Karl design (with a hopeless name seemingly a wordplay on the current Swedish monarch Carl XVI Gustaf) returns to Gashapon format and this time in the bright blue colours as seen in the SD Gundam G Generation videogames. Although the suit also featured in Unicorn it originates in the Hathaway's Flash side story where it serves as an army builder on the Earth Federation side.
F018 : Musha Psycho Gundam Mk-II
Repeating again for the third time the set concludes with an SD reinterpretation of a classic mobile suit. In this case it is the Musha Psycho Gundam, a total conversion of the MRX-010 Psycho Gundam Mk-II, existing only as a super-deformed figure as far as I know.
Jaws of James Bond fame...
The third volume of Senshi Forte contains several great figures that I can easily recommend to Gashapon lovers. The really great thing about this set is how it builds upon the figures released in previous waves. The Xi Gundam and the Gustav Karl go together with the Messer and the Penelope, the Mk-II's flesh out the Zeta Gundam line and the even the Musha character helps expand its own little line. I ended up buying a total of five Mk-II's and three G-Defensers to be able to display the two Super Gundams as well as the G-Defenser itself. The relatively low prices of these figures make such investments easily possible.
Thursday, 16 November 2017
This is the classic Gundam Converge pose. The figure stands on the ground holding a rifle of some sort in its right hand. The Ex-S Gundam can perform this feat also, but requires the clipping support piece since its large booster pack is too heavy for the figure to carry while standing upright unsupported. Not even the long beam smart gun can balance it out.
My figure seems to have some issues with the lining up of the binders dangling from its shoulders. It looks a bit distracting when you move the arms up and down and there is not a whole lot you can do about it.
Next up is an alternate variation in holding the large smart gun. The weapon has two special slots where it can be attached to the figure's two hands. When not in use, small pieces are inserted into those holes to cover them up which is neat.
I like this mode better than the previous one, the smart gun is just so long it looks a bit weird when it dangles in front of the mobile suit.
The final mode described in the assembly instructions is perhaps also the more interesting one. Here we get to replace the feet and the left arm and get to place the mobile suit on that nice looking clear action base. This eliminates the clumsy look which came from the clipping support piece in use while standing.
The way the beam smart gun is held is sometimes referred to as the keyboard pose but if you don't like it you can just as easily change the pieces around to have the figure holding the rifle in any of the other two configurations we saw earlier:
With so many different poses to choose from you should find something to your tastes quite easily. I definitely prefer the flying poses which also show the mobile suit in its true element.
There isn't really a whole lot to say about this figure, it is a pretty basic Converge figure with some minor posing variations. Is it worth the ¥2500 that Bandai think you should spend on it? Well, when you consider that you can get the transforming Super Gundam (which is a P-Bandai at that) for ¥2000 the price seems a bit high for this figure. When I purchased mine from Mandarake the price was already down to ¥2000. If you like the design it should be a worthy inclusion into your figure line-up but it probably pays to shop around.