The new version of the Gundam itself was first released in Converge #08 in October 2017 and features a wide-legged pose. It comes equipped with two weapon choices, either of which can fit into the right hand only.
|RX-78-2 Gundam as seen in Converge volume 01 (November 2011), CORE 003 (December 2015), Operation V (March 2018) and Converge #08 (October 2017).|
The Guncannon figure is also one of the oldest appearances in Converge but the resculpted version took its time to appear in the rebooted figure line, being releases more or less in tandem with the Operation V Set.
|Guncannon RX-77-2 as seen in Converge voume 01 (November 2011), Convere #10 (March 2018), Operation V (also March 2018) and CORE 003 (December 2015).|
Next in line for a resculpt is the Guntank. This figure premiered in this Operation V Set and would eventually be released as a standard retail figure in June 2018. The new Guntank sculpt is also a very successful design and a much more accurate representation of its appearance in the show.
|The RX-75 as it appears in Converge volume 01 (November 2011), Converge #11 (June 2018), Operation V (March 2018) and CORE 003 (December 2015).|
FF-X7 Core Fighter
The one thing driving me to seek out and purchase this figure set (and sparing no expense in the process...) is the introduction of the Core Fighter figure. One can only hope that this fine figure will see a retail release somewhere outside of this expensive set but I wasn't prepared to wait for that to happen.
|FF-X7 Core Fighters as seen in Converge Operation V (March 2018), Converge G-Sky (October 2013), Banpresto Micro Collection (2002), FW Ultimate Operation (March 2005), Strategy of Gundam (June 2006) and Gashapon HG Selection (1999).|
So what is the overall conclusion of the Operation V Set? Is it a set of very premier looking Converge figures? Hell yes! Should you go out and spend a truckload of money on it? Ehm... no. Well, as usual I guess it depends. A casual collector will get as much enjoyment out of the retail figures and they can safely ignore it. Completists needn't really fret too much if they are unable to find it either as these figures are pretty much bound for a reissue one way or another in the future.