The Senshi Forte series premiered this winter and volume two followed shortly thereafter in March 2017. Being Gashapon these figures are typically sold in vending machines at a price of 300 yen each. Flip the handle and you receive a figure in a plastic bubble. The figures can also be found on store shelves with the plastic bubbles packaged in cardboard boxes. Pray that you get the one you wanted and if not, spend another 300 and try again.
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 3 share the very same skeleton and build principles, illustrated below by the Galbaldy Beta.
F007 : GNT-0000 00 Qan[T]
To be fair though, the Qan[T] is a really beautiful figure and it can easily hold its own when compared to its bigger Converge cousin. Fans of MSG 00 will surely enjoy it.
F008 : MSZ-006 Z Gundam
F009 : RMS-099 Rick Dias
F010 : RMS-117 Galbaldy Beta
F011 : Me-02R Messer
look-alike although the full-scale design is much more menacing looking. It would have been sooooo good to see it pop up in the 1/220 figure line sometime in the future (yeah, right...).
F012 : Musha v-Gundam
|Gundam Converge Musha Gundam (left), Senshi Forte volume 1 Musha Mk-II (center) and Senshi Forte volume 2 Musha Nu (right).|
For what is is, the figure looks really great. Perhaps not as impressive as the Musha Mk-II from Senshi Forte 1 but definitely better than the Musha Psycho Gundam from Senshi Forte 3. (Seriously who comes up with these things and when can I expect to see a Musha Asshimar?)
Senshi Forte volume 2 is easily my favourite release from SF this far. Not only are all the figures in this set great but we get a whopping 50% of the figures being army buildable which really tempted me to bulk up the collection unnecessarily. I hope that we will get more frontline grunt suits to play with in future sets as these figures are not only adorable but also pretty customizable and excellent as pieces for your own custom games. Overall, the entire line consists of many fine figures and I would highly recommend them for any SD format collectors out there. Although they are not size compatible with Converge they are almost of the same quality and have a fairly similar feel to them.