Mobile Suit Mode
In its traditional mobile suit form the figure stands on two large feet and uses a torso with spread legs.
|Notice how the feet of the Devil Gundam have problems lining up properly with the ground.|
The size of the figure feels just about right, not gargantually oversized and not too tiny. I do have some issues with the head however. While the head does look like a modern era Converge figure, it feels just a little bit smaller than it ought to be, especially now that the rebooted Converge figures tend to be getting larger heads.
Mobile Armor Mode
In the MA mode, the figure makes use of an alternate torso where the legs and feet have been retracted. Alternate feet are attached to the bulky leg armor which is also swept backwards. The armor plating on the back is placed at a different angle and the fiddliest part. The giant V-fin makes use of a slightly differently shaped blue connector piece.
Transformation into this mode is quick and efficient (and not complicated enough to entice me to purchase a second figure to display the two modes side by side). The pieces don't fit together any better in this mode however, and the legs and upper body still attach fairly loosely.
While the overall appearance isn't that different the mobile armor mode is a decent variation and it is definitely more elegant looking hovering around while sitting sturdily on its transparent action base. Still, the mobile suit mode is probably the mode of display I will ultimately go for.
Somehow the legs look a bit tiny in this mode; the Devil Gundam doesn't look half as menacing when paired up with your average Converge figure.
Overall, the Devil Gundam is a fine entry into the Converge EX line, not too pricey and looking the part. The lose-fitting joints are a cause for concern however, I wouldn't be surprised to see people gluing up these figures if theirs are as wonky as mine.
|The Devil Gundam as seen in Gundam Collection DX3 (released in 2005), Gundam Converge (December 2018) and Mecha Selection 1 (released in 2000).|
While I can understand the difficulty of adding the enormous legs present on the Mecha Selection Gashapon figure it certainly could have been spiced up with a pair of optional grabbing arms as present on the Gundam Collection DX 1/400 Gashapon figure. Or why not toss in a Gundam Head and a pair of Death Army grunts in the box and mark it up another thousand yen? It seems unlikely we will ever get to see any of the Death Army in the standard Converge line-up so this would have been a good opportunity to do it.
As it stands I don't think the Converge Devil Gundam will be much of a hot seller. The G Gundam fanbase will probably love it, but the rest of the fandom will most likely pass it up and not really miss out on much.