Quite a number of parts in this set since it is one of those transforming 80's designs that must cause many gray hairs on the product designers.
RX-178 Gundam Mk. II
This is of course the "standard" RX-178 in the white A.E.U.G. colour scheme. We recently got the navy blue Titans version of this figure in the recent Converge #06 retail set which popped up earlier this year in April.
The basic figure is pretty much a recolouration of the already existing blue version and features the same basic gear. The CORE figures are typically marketed by Bandai as being improved versions of the basic figures, often including more markings or enhanced paintwork but as we can see here the figures are pretty comparable in that regard, the standard retail figure even including unit number decals.
The G-Defenser unit has also been given a significant make-over with this re-release. It either combines with the RX-178 figure or displays separately. Unfortunately no action base is included for this G-Defenser, which frankly seems like a dumb (or cheapskate) oversight. My figure here borrows a clear Assault Kingdom action base.
While we don't get any action base there are two clear support pieces that can be slid in between the fuselage and its... uh, landing gear? This reinforcement is definitely useful and helps keep the figure in shape.
There aren't two G-Defenser figures out there that look the same. Shape of wings, fuselage and equipment varies with each release. Below you can see the two Converge figures flanked by the SD Gundam Warrior NEXT Vol. 22 G-Defenser and the recent Gashapon Senshi Forte version which is almost as big as the new Converge figure but more clumsy in its style.
Notice how all of these figures list, bend and crumble in one direction or another. They are not only pretty but rather fragile as well.
RX-178+FXA-05D Super Gundam
The last and primary feature of this figure is of course how the two units combine into the Super Gundam. Basically you remove the cockpit section from the G-Defenser and reattach the landing gear so that they swing out 90 degrees acting as shields for the Gundam. The long beam rifle is removed from the fuselage and becomes handheld instead. Technically the shield is discarded during this transformation but I like to attach it to the figure anyway.
The figure's action base has a special support peg to help keep the G-Defenser parts in place but I thought it was quite fiddly to use and the figure can still stand up without the need for its support.
The CORE Super Gundam is really impressive when compared to its older version. Everything is more pronounced and increased in size, the look is definitely more down-to-business than kawaii now. In the above comparison we see the Bandai Asia metallic-colour "Overseas Only" Super Gundam for comparison.
MRX-009 Psyco Gundam
Lastly I'll just bring up the Psyco Gundam connection which is the RX-178's main antagonist in the early pre-Super Gundam era of the MSG Zeta Gundam anime. Since the two figures were released practically at the same time though through different channels it feels prudent to add a quick Psyco came here. : )
The new CORE Super Gundam figure is an excellent realization of this mobile suit and clearly superior to its older counterpart. On the other hand this doesn't mean that the old version has become obsolete, far from it. Like all the other recent Zeta Gundam redesigns it makes a key mobile suit available again which mainly benefits people just starting out their collections. It is a shame that it doesn't help improve the existing Titans mobile suits (a spare right hand would have helped) and it sucks that it is released as a CORE figure only but the price point isn't that bad. Limited availability will be its main problem down the line I suppose.
|Several Zeta-era mobile suits have now been redesigned following the Converge 2016 reboot.|