VF-27β Grace O'Connor/Normal Type
|Character Design||Shoji Kawamori|
Review by VF5SS
Being green is the easy part.
For every leader in his customized machine, sporting its own sweet colors there's always a dozen or so guys milling about in standard-issue green. Whenever one sees a green mecha, the mind immediately conjures up images of the military and hard(er) science fiction. When Char Aznable headed off in his custom pink Zaku while flanked by a team of green Zakus, a lot of people identified more with the guys in green. The regular fellas who don't have the machismo for custom colors, but still get to pilot a freakin' Zaku! Valkyries from Macross are no different with their pretense of being airplanes first and robots second. As such, even the Devil would come with an army of mass-produced minions: the VF-27B.
Sadly, those ubiquitous grunts always had a difficulty finding love from buyers. Unless you were a totally cool and unique badguy like a Zaku or Stormtrooper, kids were hesitant to buy the cannon fodder. Which is why Bandai has decided to take all the guesswork out of figuring out who is going to buy a specific repaint by making sure you really want it.
Disclaimer:Please excuse the multitude of greens visible in the photos. Under normal lighting conditions the colors are quite even. However, this toy was carefully constructed out of just the right shades of plastic that will completely screw over a digital camera.
The VF-27 in fighter mode is a fantastic piece. Unlike the Brera Sterne type, which is an overtly anime-esque burgundy bird, the standard VF-27 sports a gorgeous green body. The colors add a real legitimacy to the design as this VF-27 can stand proud alongside its mass-produced brethren such as the Zaku and the Scopedog.
The green VF-27 looks appropriately sleek and menacing in this form and is utterly solid in its construction. The plastic parts feel just right and the diecast pieces used for major joints are near seamlessly integrated into the overall frame.
From below, the VF-27 shows its ancestry as an enemy Valkyrie. It's whole design conjures up images of its famous forebears such as the Sv-51, YF-21, and Fz-109. The massive beam gunpod latches firmly on a retractable plastic catch.
One of the figure's most notable uses of diecast is the highly detailed engine blocks. These parts form the Battroid mode's feet and feature some faux-nozzles and extra detailing around the ankles and soles.
As a web exclusive, this toy also comes with an accessory from another web exclusive. This pink fold booster was originally sold in the Galia 4 Fold set, and was included with this toy. The previous version of the VF-27 came with only a mounting bracket. Here, Bandai was kind enough to include the booster and the two mounting brackets for the VF-25 toys as well. The whole affair simply clips into two small holes towards the rear of the plane.
And the darn thing still doesn't do anything.
Another unique aspect of this release is the inclusion of a pilot figure in a green flight suit. Also included is a Brera Sterne figure for some odd reason. You can't actually fit either figure into the rear seat of the cockpit, so you're left with your VF-27 as a one-man show.
The VF-27 executes a great GERWALK mode. Both knees have swivel joints for the proper A-stance and feature telescoping portions to allow the legs to bend forward ninety degrees. One drawback to this toy is that there are four pairs of hands, with at least two required for even the basic transformation. It's a minor quibble for me, but some collectors are more amiable towards articulated hands.
The joints in GERWALK mode are stiff enough to make the figure fairly stable in spite the very basic mechanisms involved. Even with the large outboard engines, the back of the GERWALK doesn't feel terribly droopy.
In Battroid mode, the green VF-27 is just as imposing as its commander as it brandishes the huge beam gunpod.
The gunpod can be opened for beam grenade mode.
As your average cyborg pilot in a variable fighter, the VF-27 toy has true class.
There's just something about the green that adds the overall attitude of this figure. It's just a regular soldier that is still leagues above the competition.
One of my favorite features of this toy is the retractable blade in the arm shield. The variant hands combined with the toy's impressive range of motion allows for many expressive poses.
The legs especially posses a wide range of motion and strong joints.
Even if these new troops are looking a little green to you, I can attest to the VF-27 being a proven toy release. It combines both the more pragmatic intricacies of the design with some smart engineering and solid materials. Sadly, this particular variant is still a web-exclusive and it's that extra barrier to entry that will keep most collectors away. Even so, for whatever it's worth to you, these VF-27 toys by Bandai are top notch.
|Posted 7 July, 2010 - 09:32 by VF5SS|