162 : RX-78-2 Gundam
Of course, one of the reasons we get seven figures in this set is that it is heavy on reissues, and the first figure of course is a clear indicator of that. Finally the ol' RX-78 emerges in the rebooted Converge line with a brand new sculpt. The new sculpt is more aggressive looking when compared to its predecessor.
|The bazooka handle can be detached from the weapon so that the weapon can be held in the Gundam's right hand.|
|The refined sculpt has changed drastically from the original version (Converge 01).|
|Like on the recent Mk-II Gundam figure, the new bazooka is extended (compared here to Converge 21).|
|The new figure unfortunately cannot wield a weapon in its left hand, so packrat Gundam from SP03 still has it beat in this regard.|
163 : RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode)
Next up another old face makes its return. After all, the last Converge Unicorn was released in May 2017 so we were way overdue the release of a new one...
This time it is the Destroy Mode Unicorn that is getting an overhaul. This figure has actually not appeared "naturally" in the basic figure selection (which is pretty odd when you think about it) but now Bandai fills that gap with a solid new design.
Just like the RX-78, the Destroy Mode Unicorn comes with three optional accessories which is really great. The mobile suit can equip either the beam rifle or the bazooka, however only the bazooka can be stored on the back. Again no dual wielding will be possible due to the somewhat disappointing closed fist on the left hand.
|The new Destroy Mode Unicorn compared to the original figure (released in the SP 02 dual pack with a Sinanju in August 2012).|
|Destroy Mode Unicorn line-up: RX-0 from SP02 dual pack (August 2012), promotional UC7 movie pearl clear version (April 2014) and the new GC #08 sculpt.|
If you are still short on Destroy Mode Unicorn Gundams, the new figure is a really great opportunity to add this popular mobile suit to your collection for a fraction of the price that the old ones command.
164 : MS-14S Gelgoog (Char's Custom)
The retrospective saga continues, here is another old face way overdue for a re-release. We haven't seen a single Gelgoog in Converge since 2012 so it was about time this figure became available again.
165 : MS-14A Gelgoog
Four figures in and we are still looking at resculpts. Here comes, as little surprise, the mass production type Gelgoog A-type figure which is very welcome indeed. This mobile suit is a pure army-builder and also suitable for customization, the highlight in this set as far as I am concerned.
The shield goes on the back here as well, and once again the custom S.O.G. Beam Naginata looks great in its hand too...
|Here the new Gelgoog figure poses with the old Mass Production Type, figure 49 from Converge volume 8, released in October 2012.|
The Gelgoog is a formidable mobile suit, and there are also many custom colour choices floating around in the MSV series. I'm looking forward to transforming some Gelgoog figures into custom designs in the future. Perhaps Bandai will even surprise us with a High Mobility Gelgoog in the future.
166 : MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1
The resculpts continue, next up is the popular Zeta Plus in its original A1 configuration. Based on the Z Gundam family this machine is also known to come in a spiffy red and white livery as piloted by Amuro Ray during his time as a Karaba pilot. A pity we didn't get to see it here in Converge, but you can always pick up one extra figure and repaint it (or pray for a CORE variation costing an arm and a leg).
|The comparisons continue; here the new Zeta Plus A1 poses with the original Zeta Plus figure (figure 90, released in June 2014)|
167 : MSZ-006C1 Zeta Plus C1
Six figures in and finally something new. Perhaps not super-edgy since it is only a minor variation of the Zeta Plus A1 figure but at least here is some more gear to play around with.
The Space Combat version of the Zeta Plus comes loaded with extra boosters, fuel tanks and a ridiculously large Beam Smart Gun. It also has a few minor sculpt changes, the one most notable being the different crotch armor piece.
|The Beam Smart Gun uses the same attachment point type as the shield on the A1, so you can move it around to the left side or even equip two.|
|Using the gear from the A1 and the C1 figure you can mix and match according to preference.|
|Arming the Zeta C1 with both weapons on the same arm, Sentinel Hummingbird style.|
168 : GF13-017NJII God Gundam
The only real new mobile suit released in Converge #08 is the God Gundam arena fighter unit from G Gundam fame (or as it is also known across the pond; the Burning Gundam).
Overall, Converge #08 is a very competent set, featuring several gorgeous figures of very fine pedigree. Still, your enthusiasm will no doubt depend on your mileage with Converge. This set is a bit of a godsend for beginning collectors; those who only get one and a half new mobile suits here will be less impressed of course although there is a lot to like here even for them.
The updated sculpts work well across the board. You can (and I do) always lament what could have been and I do think that the lack of extras hurts some of the figures in this set. I guess that some mobile suits pay for the excesses of others. Any which way, I feel this set should be a guaranteed hit and help draw new crowds to Converge which can never be a bad thing.