Tuesday, 17 October 2017
SD Gundam Warrior NEXT 02
01 : MSZ-006 Z Gundam
The base white colour is a bit on the creamy side which becomes readily apparent when compared to later depictions of this mobile suit. The wing binder pack is all black lacking the red detail but this is par for the course for most Gashapon figures, all the effort is typically spent on the front side.
02 : AMX-004 Qubeley
The NEXT 02 Qubeley goes all in for the expression. With huge mesmerizing eyes and fancily spread fingers it tries to hypnotize its poor prey rather than trying to strike it with say, a beam rifle or two. Right off the bat I am a bit disappointed that the Qubeley so rarely gets any accessories to play with. Imagine what an optional right hand with a yellow beam saber could have added to this figure.
03 : GNT-0000 00 Qan[T]
Initiating the second fighting pair of SD NEXT 02 is the fancy Qan[T] of Celestial Being fame. This figure is a good measurement of the amount of flair that Bandai is willing to add to a figure series. In the case of SD Warrior NEXT this is perhaps not too exciting. The figure is even relegated to being number three in the set rather than the first slot that it usually enjoys.
04 : GNX-803T GN-XIV (Commander Type)
Hidden away near the end of the set is my favourite figure from this volume, the wonderfully ominous-looking GN-XIV. I dare not say if this figure has been released as a Gashapon before but if it has I am not aware of it. This only serves to make this figure doubly intriguing as far as I am concerned.
05 : RX-124 Gundam TR-6 (Woundwort)
Trailing at the end of the set is the quirky looking Woundwort Hazel variation. I am not a big fan of the myriad of different Hazel units out there and the TR-6 definitely ranks among the more odd looking ones. I don't think the strange design choices transfer very well into SD format. The figure looks more like a cuddly character you would expect to see snuggling up next to Doraemon than a state-of-the-art mobile suit.
Overall the SD NEXT volume 02 delivers a fine set of figures with no obvious duds in the line-up. The widespread pedigree sees representatives from several different series although I feel that it is the GN-XIV that steals the show here. Such a shame that NEXT and later Gundam Gashapon sets did not continue down this road adding only a few more opposing forces from the MSG 00 era.
The good news is that these figures are still available here and there and not too pricey either. A good starting point for SD Warrior NEXT collectors I would imagine.