It’s been 2 months since I reviewed a Gundam figure. I only started this blog about 2 and a half months ago so it seems like ages. The main reason my mind doesn’t jump to Gundam figures when I’m deciding on what toy to review next is as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t know much about them. Gundam is one of my bigger collections and yet I never owned any of them as a kid, never even heard of them until I was close to 20. I haven’t seen much of the animation so I don’t know any of the backstories and when I read about them online it just doesn’t interest me so I really have nothing to talk about. So why did I buy so many Gundam figures when I had no previous attachment to the brand? Because they look cool as all hell that’s why.
When the first wave of these figures caught my eye in Toyfare magazine it was Heavy Arms that stood out. So many of the Gundams have similar features and this was before the release of the stereo-typed nationality themed figures I reviewed previously. The majority of the figures were mostly white robots with guns, swords and similar designs. Heavy Arms’ bright orange stood out from the pack.
This figure, more than the others looked like it stepped right out of the Robotech cartoon and I think that’s part of the appeal as well. I can totally see Rick Hunter piloting this badboy. Like most of the Gundam figures the design is great and it’s loaded with articulation. They’re to scale with G.I. Joes, Star Wars and Marvel Universe figures which I like as the lines can all be displayed together. The kid in me likes when various toy lines are interchangeable. Heavy Arms gets his name from being one of the most heavily armed of all the Gundams. His hand can be removed and replaced with a double barreled gatling gun which looks cool as hell. His chest and shoulders also open up to reveal hidden guns and missiles. He’s got a sweet little blade attached to his right forearm which can swing around so that it extends past his hand adding a little extra stab to his punches, plus he comes with a big thick shield which can be attached to his left arm. Heavy Arms is all kinds of awesome. 9 out of 10.