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Super Robot Chogokin Gunbuster Official Images and info

The intrepid Gun Buster joins the ranks of the Super Robot Chogokin cutting-edge diecast robot action figure series as the second title to employ the newly developed cross-over joint evolution. In addition to superior articulation, figure accurately depicts Gun Buster in faithful proportion and meticulous attention to detail, and features an extensive array of accessory parts. Included in set are accessories for recreation of “Buster Koreda!” (both arm and leg areas), core parts, leg parts for “Super Inazuma Kick” (4parts), “Buster Home Run” bat accessory (2parts), joint parts for “Giga Drill”, six sets of interchangeable hand parts and special joint part for use with Tamashii STAGE action figure stands.

Available Feb 2013 for MSRP $73.99

*the giant drill is included with the Drill Set of Manliness bonus set.

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Posted 1 October, 2012 - 21:34 by JoshB

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Wha...?

No 'Bustah beamu!' effect part? Lame.

Not that that tiny ommision reduces my desire for a sanely priced itteration of this classic robot from my favorite toyline outside of Transformers. :P

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Posted by Felixman on 2 October, 2012 - 08:20
I was wondering why the SOC

I was wondering why the SOC version was never reissued. I guess they decided this was better for the current market.

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Posted by VZMK2 on 2 October, 2012 - 08:36
Man I hope those limbs stay tight.

I guess swappable limbs are a good way to get around the complications of the design at that size, but that makes me a little nervous.

This is a must buy for me, but the lack of a removal chest piece is a bummer. Also, I never really got why the Buster Home Run Bat is always required for a Gunbuster figure.

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Posted by SpaceRunaway on 2 October, 2012 - 11:08
Well, near as I can figure...

The Gunbuster anime was a sort of loving mockery of sports anime from the decades past. That, and the massive coolness of seeing the weapon work in SRW games is the only reason I can grasp for why they insist on including the bat when the Buster Tomahawks or his badass cape-sheild would be more dynamic.

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Posted by Felixman on 2 October, 2012 - 11:56
I think you may have nailed it.

You might be onto something with the SRW connection, or this might just be be a coincidence: SRW F, the first SRW game to feature Gunbuster, came out in 1997 or 1998, depending on the console version, while the sequel F Final came out in 1999. Two Gunbuster figures came out that year, the Banpresto Hotblooded Gokin release, which was actually SRW merchandise, and Kaiyodo's entry in the poorly named Victory Action Figure line. Both came with the bat. As far as I can tell those were also the first Gunbuster figures made, excluding the possible existence of garage kits, which are not easy to find on Google Japan.

Actually, according to the Japanese Wiki page, the bat and the tomahawk were never actually used in any media before the SRW debut. So it might not be a coincidence at all.

(And this is how I spent my morning on Google.)

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Posted by SpaceRunaway on 2 October, 2012 - 17:30
it's a beautiful piece.

This piece is beautiful, but I wish Bandai can release the SOC Gunbuster again. Bandai, Please please please.

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Posted by wtai on 3 October, 2012 - 00:37
You can wait if you wanna...

But the rapid spread of the SRC brand hints that it is makeing a steady profit for Bandai, while the once-a-year or so SOC releases are clearly aimed at the smaller pool of wealthier buyers. I'm not saying the SOC Gunbuster will never be re-released... if Gainax ever re-visits the property for another anniversary work and thus, calls attention to it again, re-releasing an existing mould costs less than makeing a new one, but as the economy stands, it could be years before there is enough people with enough disposable income to afford more than one or two $150+ figures.

This relatively cheaper SRC release may be the best most people can manage and the most Bandai thinks they can realistically charge for it. Give the increased price, and limited mobility seen in the pictures, I wouldn't be shocked if it had a bit more metal OR was a head or so taller than the current 'big' SRC designs, like Zeorymer or GaoGaiGar who have a head on most of their kin.

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Posted by Felixman on 3 October, 2012 - 13:01
 
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