|Toy Design||Junya Ishigaki|
Review by The Enthusiast
Gafram is an Unknown Enemy mech from the recent Gundam Age series, here realized in the Robot Spirits line.
Gafram comes in a typical, understated window box. Accessories are mostly dedicated to the alt ‘dragon’ mode.
Gafran has a more pared-down, organic quality than the usual Gundam designs. He’s sleek and sinewy. I like the proportions. The finishes are a little plain for my tastes, though. I’d appreciate more depth in the color scheme. As it is, the figure looks muddled.
Sculpt and articulation are par for Robot Spirits, though the wing and tail attachments limit posing. I like the uniquely symmetrical hands.
Gafran has two beam sabers which plug directly into its palms.
The tail piece can swing over his shoulder as a weapon.
The character’s gimmick is a dragon-like alt-mode. You swap out the feet and head, extend the tail attachment, unfold its wings, and bend back the legs. The transformation is dramatic, and really gives the figure a different flavor. The bio-mechanical styling is refreshing in the sometimes staid Gundam universe.
This mode also lends itself to a crouching, almost dog-like position. The wings and feet in the dragon modes are a pain. The wings are too loose and droop down, and the feet fall off with minor posing.
Altogether a handsome piece, but not a slam dunk. The design is fresh, but still too plain for my tastes.
|Posted 10 March, 2012 - 16:46 by The Enthusiast|