Category Archives: Gundam

Z’GOK COMMANDER

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This is the Z’Gok Commander.  As I say in almost every Gundam figure review, I don’t know anything about this character. In the late 90s/early 2000s Gundam figures were kind of popular and I started collecting them.  They looked cool and that’s the extent of my knowledge.  If you’d like to know more, this is what it say about Z’Gok on his Gundam wiki page:

The MSM-07S Z’Gok Commander Type is a variant of the MSM-07 Z’Gok created by the Principality of Zeon during the One Year War.  Each of the Z’Gok’s hands featured built-in mega particle cannons for easier and more precise aiming. Each hand also had three-claws which could be used to thrust into the Earth Federation’s mobile suits (as Char Aznable demonstrated), or they could be used to smash things as well. The Z’Gok also had six 240mm missile launchers built into the head with five rounds.  Following the production of the MSM-07 Z’Gok, a few of these units were outfitted with more powerful reactors and slightly better armor/construction materials. This made the S-Types lighter and increased their overall performance. The Zeon war ace Char Aznable, better known as the “Red Comet” to his foes, piloted a Commander Type Z’Gok in his traditional red and black color scheme during the assault on the Earth Federation’s Jaburo General HQ on November 30, U.C. 0079.Gund-zgok red art

Does that mean anything to you?  Me neither.  I normally wouldn’t be so lazy as to copy and paste like that but it’s Friday and I’ve had a long week and I’ve got a couple of drinks in me so I’m cutting a few corners.  I actually got a bunch of cool new toys in this week and I planned on reviewing at least one tonight but then I got into the booze and got lazy.  So instead I decided to review some toy that I already had pictures of ready to go on my computer and that I had very little to say about.  That way I can still feel like I accomplished something by posting this but I don’t have to waste a bunch of time taking pictures and relaying childhood memories like I usually do.Gund-Zgok red back

This toy is actually really cool and I wish I had more to say about it but I don’t.  It’s red.  It’s Japanese. It has a cycloptic eye. It has big feet. And it has interchangeable claws so you can display it with open claws or closed claws or, if you’re feeling wild, one of each.Gund-Zgok red claws

Anyway, I’m gonna go watch a movie, or maybe a concert on DVD which is one of my favorite things to do when I’m lazing around having a drink.  I have this same figure in blue so I’ll make sure to write a better review when I get around to reviewing that one.  Stay tuned for reviews of more 50th anniversary Joes, MOTU figures and my latest Marvel legends acquisition over the next few days.  Have a good weekend. 7 out of 10.Gund-Zgok red pair

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TALLGEESE

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I know I sound like a broken record every time I review one of these Gundam toys but I’ll say it again, I don’t have a whole lot to say about them. Gundam is a property that has been around for decades in Japan but has never really caught on in North America. I’ve never seen an episode of the show. I did buy a DVD copy of the Gundam movie “Endless Waltz” about 15 years ago, around the same time I started buying these toys, but I found it boring and traded it in to Blockbuster. Unlike most of the things I collect (G.I. Joe, He-Man, Transformers, Star Wars) which are from my childhood, I have no connection to the Gundam mythology. Gund-Tallgeese face

Mind you, one of my all-time favorite toy lines is Battle Beasts and I knew nothing about their backstory either. The difference being I collected Battle Beasts as a kid and I developed my own stories by playing with them all the time. Gundam figures didn’t come out in the North American mass market until I was in my late teens /early twenties so I never played with them. They were only ever display pieces to me.Gund Tallgeese side

Having said that, the Gundam figures by Bandai make for awesome display pieces. I was also buying a lot of McFarlane figures back in those days which were also great display pieces. The big difference between the two is that the Gundams were also amazing toys. McFarlane figures were practically statues and were marketed towards old guys who had no interest in playing with them  where as Gundam was aimed at kids. The show had begun airing here in the afternoons but I don’t think it ever really caught with kids in a big way.  I find that strange because I would have LOVED Gundam figures when I was a kid. They’e brightly colored, super articulated, have great weapons, and look awesome. Gund-Tallgeese art

For a couple of years I was collecting them all. Every time they changed up a character even slightly I would go out and buy the latest incarnation. I had so many favorites that it’s tough to choose my absolute favorite, though I was always drawn to Heavy Arms. It’s much easier however to pick my least favorite, and that was this guy, Tallgeese. First off, his name is pretty weak. How can he hope to win kids over with a name like Tallgeese when he’s on a peg next to a toy named Deathscythe Hell. One name conjures up images of the grim reaper and the pits of hades and the other one conjures up images of a lanky water fowl. Gund-Tallgeese back

Name aside, the figure’s not that bad, he just had the misfortune of being surrounded by so many cooler figures. Most of the other Gundams looked pretty similar to one another so I give Tallgeese points for at least looking original. There are no other Gundams that look like him, other than later versions of Tallgeese himself. But unfortunately it’s not a great look for a giant robot. He’s kind of like Gypsy Danger from Pacific Rim in that regard: bad name, effeminate design.

Let me stop right there for a moment. I wrote the first half of this review at work based on my memories of the figure.  It is true that he was always my least favorite Gundam toy.  However, I dug out my Gunadam figures to take pictures for this review and I gained a whole new appreciation for Tallgeese.  I’m not sure why I wasn’t keen on him for all those years. I actually think he’s pretty awesome now.  Sure he has the plumed-helmet-style head but it looks much better than I remembered it.  And I recalled his legs being really thin, hence my effeminate comment, but I don’t see that now. Maybe it was his dual pink light sabers, oops, I mean beam sabers that had me remembering him as a tad girly.Gund-Tallgeese arty

This guy is stocked up well with a shield, 2 beam sabers, a huge shoulder mounted rifle, and booster rockets on his back.  I actually think he might’ve come with even more accessories but I can’t recall for certain.  This figure looks great, is molded in soft durable plastic, has plenty of articulation, and is able to hold most, if not all, of his gear at once.  I was all set to give Tallgeese a 5 but he has won me over, 8 out of 10.

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Tallgeese I and II

SKULL GUNDAM

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It’s time for another Gundam review.  I always preface these things by saying that I know very little about Gundams.  This was a toy line that started showing up in the late 90s when my toy collecting hunger was ramping back up but there wasn’t much for me to collect other than Star Wars figures.  Gundams had been popular in Japan for years but were just then catching on in North America.  Only I don’t believe that they ever really did “catch on”.  The cartoons aired here for a while on YTV and the toys were plentiful but I don’t think they left a lasting impression.  They’ve completely disappeared from toy stores now but can still be found at comic shops around town.  I bought up quite a few of the figures those first couple of years but they started getting repetitive fast.  The same figures kept getting re-released with a few new added guns or bigger swords and they’d up the ante on the name to entice me to buy.  For example “Deathscythe”  (which is a pretty badass name on its own) got a bigger blade and some wings and became “Deathscythe Hell” (badassier).  The heavily armed and aptly named Heavy Arms got even more guns and became Heavy Arms Custom.  It might seem hypocritical of me to be complaining about repaints in the Gundam line when I own dozens of variations of Snake Eyes but at least with Joes I have a childhood connection to the property.  Gundams were just cool looking robots with no backstory as far as I was concerned so buying the same guy over and over again didn’t hold the same appeal.Gund-skull art

So I walked away from collecting Gundams for a while, but only a short while.  I was roped back in when the line began focusing on the international themed robots from the series Mobile Fighter G Gundam, a spin-off of the original series.   These international figures were fun, flashy, and riddled with stereotypes.  How could you not love these things.  In this particular Gundam series each country had a human pilot enter their Mobile suit (yes, they’re technically just suits, not robots) in a fighting competition to claim control over the nation they were opposing.  I have previously reviewed France, Canada, and England’s Gundams.  Those ones, at least to me, were fairly obvious and you could have probably guessed which countries they represented by looking at them.   I don’t know about you but I would not have been able to guess which country Skull Gundam represents.  Maybe it’s because I know next to nothing about Malaysia, but I was unable to connect this giant robot skull to their culture. Gund-skull art back

Skull Gundam is one of the weirder looking Gundams in the series though I think Mermaid Gundam retains top honors as the weirdest.  When I look at Skull Gundam I just have to wonder, why would you design a robot (sorry, Mobile Suit) to look this way.  He’s got scrawny bone-like arms and legs, a big round torso that resembles a skull, and weirdest of all, bare feet.  The skull isn’t even a scary skull.  It’s accented with bright yellow and red, which maybe are the colors of their flag or something, but I think black would have looked better.  (I just googled their flag, it looks surprisingly similar to the U.S.A. flag actually) And a skull motif could have been worked into the design of a leaner, meaner looking suit.  Why they opted for this bloated looking thing is beyond me.  And the bare feet thing is just strange.  I’ve said on this site before , probably on past Gundam reviews, that I like toys with big exaggerated feet.  Gundams are usually great examples of this but not in this case, Skull Gundam looks like he has monkey feet with a schticky for a heel.   Gund-skull back

Having said all that, I still like this figure.  I bought it for its uniqueness and you have to admit that its unique.  It’s bright, durable and posable as any good action figure should be.  If you wanted one Gundam to display on your shelf it shouldn’t be this guy, but if you’re building a small army then I think that this guy should be in it.  6 out of 10.Gund-skull head

PHARAOH GUNDAM / MUMMY GUNDAM

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Here’s another awesome Gundam figure which I know nothing about.  I was buying a lot of Gundam figures back in the late 90s and early 2000s.  The properties of my childhood like G.I. Joe and He-Man hadn’t yet made their comebacks and I was looking for some cool toys to collect.  YTV had just began importing Gundam cartoons at this time and Bandai released these corresponding figures.  It was the first time that Gundams had been mass marketed to North Americans even though the property had been big in Japan for decades.  I immediately fell in love with the look of them.  They reminded me of Robotech, the only Japanese cartoon to which I have any real attachment because it aired after school when I was a kid.  Other than Robotech I was never able to get into anime.  And Gundam was no different.  I tried to watch the show on YTV and I even bought an animated movie on DVD but I found it all pretty unbearable.  So I kept on buying the toys but had no idea what the background of the characters were.  The figures got repetitive pretty quickly with Bandai releasing the same mechs (or mobile suits) over and over again with only slight modifications so I stopped buying them after about 2 years.

I did notice however that as soon as I decided to quit buying them, the figures I started seeing at stores were much more interesting looking.  These new figures were based a the “Mobile Fighter G Gundam” cartoon as opposed to the “Mobile Suit Gundam” cartoon which the figures I had previously been collecting were based on.  I was tempted to get back into collecting them but resisted; by this time G.I. Joe and He-Man and returned to store shelves and thats where my money was going.

Every now and again though I get nostalgic for Gundams and I’ll order a couple on ebay.  Almost every Gundam that I’ve bought in recent years have been from the Mobile Fighter G Gundam series.  The reason those mobile suits are  so fun to collect is because the figures are intended to represent different countries and some of them are full on racist.  Actually racist may be too strong a word but they’re definitely based on some stereotypes that boarder on the offensive.  I’ve previously reviewed the English, French and Canadian Gundams from the series.  None of those ones are offensive necessarily but you can see the cliched stereotypes integrated into their designs.  I love it.  

I’m not actually sure what this guy’s name is.  I’ve seen him called both Pharaoh Gundam and Mummy Gundam.  Either way, he’s obviously the Mobile Suit that represents Egypt.  His headdress is clearly inspired by the those worn by pharaohs of ancient Egypt and it looks great.  The rest of his body is completely covered in bandages.  I’m not sure why anyone would mummify a robot but what do I know.  Gundam figures are usually loaded with articulation but this figure has almost none.  He only has joints at the neck and shoulders and they provide only the most basic of movements.  The stiffness adds to his mummified authenticity I suppose.  When I googled this guy to try and find out some information on him I couldn’t find a single mention of or a single picture of him all bandaged up.  I’m not sure if he ever actually appeared this way on the animated series but I don’t care.  I think he’s super cool and he definitely stands out from the pack.  I did find a picture of this figure carded which I had never seen before.  I bought mine as is , loose on ebay.  Apparently he was included with another figure, a fully articulated battle damaged bandage-free version of the character.  So it would appear as though this Mummy version was included almost as an accessory to the articulated figure.  Regardless, I like this one better.  6 out of 10.

GOD GUNDAM

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I gotta tell ya, Halifax is a pretty great town for being a nerd.   For a city as small as it is we have not 1, not 2, but 3 excellent comic shops.  Just up the street from my work is Strange Adventures.  I’ve been a loyal shopper there since high school, about half my lifetime now.  It’s a great store with great staff and great selection.  It actually appeared in an issue of Superman years ago when a fan (my pal Sean a.k.a. Wordburglar) won a contest by writing a brief essay as to why Strange Adventures was the absolute best comic shop.  Sean beat out all other entries in North America (maybe beyond, not sure) and so Sean, Strange’s owner Cal and his dog, and the shop itself all appeared in the Superman book.  And not some bulls**t promotional book either but an actual in continuity issue.  They have unbelievable sales on a regular basis, provide Christmas gifts to regular customers and have done me a number of personal favours in the past.  Strange Adventures is the place to beat.  A sizable part of my toy collection has been purchased there.  http://www.strangeadventures.com/

Secondly there’s The Monster Comic Lounge.  When I was a little kid my Dad would drive Doug and I into the city every now and then to make a visit to Wilkie’s Wonderful World of Comics.  It was a good size shop and they carried items that our local suburban shop, The Cardboard Jungle, didn’t have.  It was a treat to go in there but the place was a disorganized mess.  More than once we asked the clerk if he had a particular issue and he would say, “it’s in there somewhere” as he pointed towards the stacks of long boxes in seemingly random order.  Frustrating.  More than a decade ago now a friend of a friend of mine purchased Wilkie’s.  In the years since the purchase he has since moved locations and changed the name.  It’s the biggest shop in town and the staff is super cool.  They’ve made great strides in getting organized when you consider the mess they inherited but they still have work to do.  (That’s right Mike, I’m calling you out.  Find that box of Masters of the Universe figures already) I’ve made a fair amount of toy purchases there as well.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Monster-Comic-Lounge/137635836248178

The newest kid on the block is Giant Robot Comics.  Now technically they’re located in Dartmouth across the bridge but it’s still considered part of the Halifax Regional Municipality so whatever.  I first heard of this shop from my brother Doug who works in Dartmouth.  He would pop over there on his lunch breaks occasionally and he’d give me a heads up when he saw something that he thought might interest me.  It was a Comic-Con exclusive Sgt. Slaughter figure that he spotted one day that forced me to make my first expedition over to what we in Halifax refer to as the dark-side.  The shop is relatively small but very organized and easy to browse.  Giant Robot quickly won me over with their large selection of loose figures available for sale and displayed in large glass cabinets.  For months now I’ve been filling holes in various collections and picking up oddities thanks to Giant Robot.  Plus the owner gave me a good deal on the Sgt. Slaughter when I was a total stranger so kudos on the customer service. http://www.giantrobotcomics.com/

I should mention that there is actually a fourth shop in downtown Halifax called Quantum Frontier but their focus is more on role-playing games than anything else.  Check them out if that’s what your into. 

Today’s toy was one of those loose figures I purchased at Giant Robot Comics.  By loose I simply mean used and out of the package for those of you not in the know.  I realize most people reading a toy blog know this stuff but my Mom does read this occasionally and has no idea what I’m talking about most of the time.  By the way, I apologize to you if you googled “Burning Gundam” and ended up reading this entire post about Halifax Comic shops that you’ll never visit but I do appreciate you making it this far.  The reason I chose this post to ramble is because as I’ve said in past Gundam posts I have very little to say about these toys, I just think they look cool.  I didn’t even know this guy’s name when I bought him.  I just googled Gundam with orange hand and  was informed that he is known as either God Gundam or Burning Gundam and is piloted by a Japanese pilot in the series Mobile Fighter G Gundam.  I believe this figure is actually a kit that the original owner would have had to assemble themselves as opposed to a straight up action figure.  These days the model kits seem more readily available than the action figures but this is the first one that I’ve added to my collection.  Once assembled you wouldn’t really know the difference anyway, if anything this guy is better than the other figures I have.  He’s a little taller and has all kinds of articulation.  I love the crisp white plastic used on this guy, most of my other “white” Gundams look closer to grey than white when placed next to this guy.  I really like the design and color palette of this Gundam and it wasn’t until I started to fiddle with him before writing this review that I discovered he has more moving parts than I originally thought.  His chest opens up and his calves split open and god knows what else.  A great looking toy with tons of posability.  8 out of 10.

NOBEL GUNDAM

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Avengers week is officially over and I’m moving on with my life.  I’m going back to reviewing a wide array of action figures from various toy lines representing different properties.  My first instinct was to grab a G.I. Joe as that is my most bountiful collection but then I figured maybe I’d do a Gundam figure instead as it’s been a while since I reviewed one.  Truth be told the decision was also driven by laziness.  I don’t feel like writing too much right now and  Joes tend to spark lots of talking points.  When it comes to Gundams I have very little to say.  They look cool, that’s about all I know.  There are hundreds of Gundam figures and model kits available in various sizes and a lot of them look pretty much the same to me.  I tend to only buy them when I see one with a unique flare to it.  Luckily there are many strange and unique figures peppered throughout the line.

This here is Nobel Gundam, though Chick Gundam would probably better sum her up.  I believe there may be a few female Gundam pilots but I think this is the only actual female mobile suit.  I tried to google some pics of her to add to this post and I found a fair share of provocatively posed shots.  I’m not saying that Japanese people are perverts necessarily but they sure do like to sexualize cartoons.  I’m not an anime fan myself, I enjoy Robotech and the odd film now and again but some of those films can get pretty raunchy.  This Gundam here for example I would say must be modeled off of Sailor Moon, with her school girl-esque build and long blonde hair.  From what I hear we got a pretty tame version of Sailor Moon over here in North America compared to what they were watching over in Japan. There’s plenty of disturbing animated images to be found online…or so Andrew tells me.  I shudder to think of sweet little Min-Mei from Robotech running into one of those tentacle situations that anime girls tend to wind up in though I’m sure it’s been done by some animator somewhere with too much free time.

This figure is pretty cool, her small feminine build sets her apart from my other Gundam figures.  The long flowing blonde locks and bows on the front and back of her body also make her stand out from the crowd.  I wish I could tell you she’s my only Gundam with red high heels on but that actually seems to be a popular fashion trend even amongst the male robots.  She’s got a weird bendy warped light saber which I believe is supposed to be a laser ribbon or something.  The figure’s super posable as most of these figures tend to be and she’s brightly colored and looks great on display.  A great toy for wholesome children and pervy Japanese robo-kinksters alike.  7 out of 10.

HEAVY ARMS

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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.

ROYAL GUNDAM

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As I’ve said before, I buy these things because they look cool but I have no idea what the story is.  As I write these up I try to find out a few little facts that I can talk about.  For example: this guy is known as John Bull Gundam in the original Japanese cartoon and only called Royal Gundam in America.  That’s one of the reasons I initially had a hard time finding a picture of him on the internet to steal for this post.  It also probably didn’t help that I was googling “Russian Gundam”.  I just assumed this guy was supposed to represent a Russian robot, I was sure Russian dudes wore big black furry hats like this when they’re doing that weird squat dance.  As it turns out this guy is actually an English robot which makes a ton of sense once I realized it, he’s supposed to resemble the palace guards with their big hats and statue-esque  demeanor.  I remember seeing this figure on the shelves at Walmart or somewhere back in the late 90s when it would’ve first been released and I passed on him.  I remember thinking he was cool but I decided a while ago that I was done buying Gundams.  I was simply getting too many of them and to many of them looked to similar.  When I saw this guy I thought “well maybe I could get this guy, he looks different enough”.  But this was one of those rare occurrences when my inner grown up voice won the argument and said, “No, you stopped collecting these things, forget about it.  it’s a waste of money.”

Well about 12 years later guess who I’m buying on the internet for twice what I would’ve paid for him back then.  I’ve learned to never listen to my inner adult as he sucks and doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  This figure is straight-up cool.  I actually like him more now than I did 15 minutes ago now that I realize he’s an English guard. Although it’s kind of silly I actually think the hat is really awesome and his body armor gives the impression of a heavy coat with long tails in the back.  You can never go wrong with red and black as a color scheme but the few yellow highlights really make this figure pop.  I like that his gun as an old school rifle vibe mixed with the modern laser.   Pretty sweet.  9 out of 10.

GRIZZLY GUNDAM

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So here it is the day after Christmas and I have all kinds of new Christmas toys that I’d like to talk about but those will have to wait.  I started this blog only about a week ago and I put a notification on my facebook wall letting people know about my new toy blog if they wanted to check it out.  I expected a couple of my close friends would read it and a handful more would give it a quick glance and never visit again.  Even though I’m mostly doing this for myself it’s still nice to think that someone is reading it.  Now I come from a very large family and over the holidays we have a number of get togethers, in fact I’m heading out to another one shortly.  I was at one of these gatherings at my Aunt Heather’s place on Christmas Eve and I got talking to my cousin Steve.  Steve’s a cool guy who’s a few years older than me and who as far as I know has little interest in action figures.  So Steve tells me that he noticed my facebook post and decided to check out this blog.  He ended up reading every post and he quite enjoyed it.  That just made my day.Gund-Grizzly toon

I try to write this in general enough terms that anyone can read it and not just toy enthusiasts and he made me feel that I accomplished that.  Thanks Steve.  So anyway, my Uncle Ken who is a big gruff manly man who kills what he eats happened to overhear us talking about the blog.  He asked what we were talking about and I explained to him about how I review toys on a website and I joked to him that he should take a look.  He said maybe if I reviewed power tools and chainsaws he might check it out.  That’s hardly my area of expertise so in compromise I promised him that my next post would at least be about an action figure who wielded such manly tools.  And so I present to you, Grizzly Gundam.  Like the Gundam Rose figure I reviewed earlier represented France, this guy here represents Canada.  And what better way to represent Canada than with a Lumberjack.  As I’ve stated before I know very little about the back story of these toys so I won’t get into it but I do appreciate the toys themselves, and these nationality representing robots from the Mobile Fighter G Gundam series are especially fun because who doesn’t love a good stereotype.Gund-Grizzly art

So Grizzly Gundam, who I’ve also seen referred to as Lumber Gundam is actually pretty goofy looking.  It looks like he’s wearing a metal version of an animal hide which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  If you did away with the skirt like middle section and painted the brown areas blue this guy would actually be pretty sweet but as is it’s just kinda dumb.  In true robotic lumberjack fashion Grizzly Gundam has a massive chainsaw and a pair of axes. As far as accessories go theses are pretty cool.  The axes snap onto his forearms which could be used defensively  or you can place them in his hands as attack weapons.  Plus his chainsaw can be snapped into place on his back when he’s not holding it so you don’t have to worry about loose accessories laying around.   Personally I think Canada could design a better looking robot but what can ya do?  I hope you enjoyed him Uncle Ken.  (There’s no way he’s reading this)             5 out of 10.

GUNDAM ROSE

GUNDAM

Most of the toy lines I collect are based on elaborate mythologies that have been expanded on through comics, television and movies.  There a few odd ones that have no back story at all and are simply cool looking figures and their histories play out purely in my imagination.  Gundam I think is unique in that it has an elaborate back story that spans decades through animated movies,  t.v. shows and comics but I know basically none of it.  And I don’t really care to.  I bought a Gundam movie once as I figured I should know a little something about this ever expanding group of robots on my shelf.  Hated it.  A lot of wishy washy human drama and not nearly enough robot action.  I traded that movie into my local Blockbuster (R.I.P.) and decided never to watch another Gundam movie again.  Though I was not able to get into the show, the figures still called to me like a siren to a weary sailor.

What I do know about the series is that these awesome looking little guys are actually not robots but giant mech suits piloted by humans.  Apparently many of the figures I have span a number of different Gundam series that often have no affiliation with one another.  This particular one, Gundam Rose is from a series called Mobile Fighter G Gundam.  Which as far as I can tell was about several nations owning their own, often offensive stereotype robot to represent their country is some sort of mecha fight club.  Gundam Rose represented France.  You can tell he’s french because of his dainty saber, his fancy shoulder cape and his Napoleon hat shaped head.  You’d think these elements would make for a pretty lame robot but I think he’s flat out awesome.  He looks regal and authoritative standing next to my other Gundams.  The colors work great with the base white accented by red, yellow and blue highlights .  France should be mighty proud to be represented by Gundam Rose.  His name may be kinda gay but you should see what some of the other countries got stuck with.  8 out of 10.