Psycho Gundam Mk-II (Neo Zeon Ver.)
Review by JoshB
We already reviewed the GFF Metal Composite Psycho Gundam Mk-II back in 2009 but Bandi has re-released it in 2013 with slightly different markings, thus giving it a new number (1010 instead of 1003).
Bluefin Tamashii sent over this one to "update our records". How nice of them. If you want one, you can buy one here.
In this version the forces of Neo Zeon have recovered the wrecked Psycho Gundam MK-II and repaired it. It's the same mecha, but it now sports Neo Zeon markings.
Aside from the additional markings, it's the EXACT SAME toy. So we're not going to go into the intricate details - for that see The Enthusiasts's original review.
The box. It is big. It's got different art and proportions than the original.
The Psycho Gundam is also big. Being a FIX release it has a wonderful matte finish with sturdy diecast inner components. All the metal is hidden, but it has a good sense of heft.
The additional Neo Zeon markings are nicely done, with incredibly fine tampo printing.
These engine compartments on the back slide out to reveal removable Funnels.
They also include opened funnels, but no stand to attach them to.
Gundam moves. Click. Click. Click. He's not going to be doing any splits though.
This is about as extreme as the poses get.
To attach the shield to the right arm you have to remove a peg. Don't lose it!
The toy comes with two sets of head antennae. One set is rubber, the other hard ABS plastic. Both move to aid in the transformation. The head is also removable and acts as an escape craft.
The hands are removable and you can add a long wire with connectors to give the appearance of a "practical" rocket punch. I mean, where do those punches go without a tether to bring them back? Psycho Gundam has it all figured out.
I mentioned Psycho Gundam was big. But in case you didn't believe me, here's some comparison.
Here's Psycho Gundam Mk-Ii with Mk-1 and some regular 1/100 metal Gundams (new material, FIX, Metal Build)
Here he is with the mandatory Wraith Pheyden.
A toy this big needs an equally impressive stand. This is a different stand from the original release.
This stand features the same movable arm that came with the Metal Build Exia Repair. In this case a clear connector attaches to the end of the stand that clips in between the legs. The stand is adjustable by either moving the levers on the stand or choosing one of two base holes.
This picture just goes here because it looks awesome.
Psycho Gundam transforms into a sort of flying fortress. First you do this:
And then you get this.
I'm not quite sure what this supposed to be, but it's fun to transform. That's the point, isn't it?
If you missed the original release then by all means, run right out and get one of these. But if you have the first one there's not enough difference here to justify the purchase (unless you are a Gundam Completist.)
Either way, it's a massive, cool, hulking beast of a toy.
|Posted 7 December, 2013 - 10:55 by JoshB|