Unicorn Gundam - Unicorn Mode
Review by SentaiSeiya
This figure was provided by the fine folks at HobbyLink Japan
The Unicorn Gundam is the Mobile Suit that is piloted by the protagonist of the Gundam Unicorn OVA and novel series, Banagher Links. An advanced piece of Mobile Suit engineering, the Unicorn Gundam is also known as the Key to Laplace’s Box, which is said to hold the power to bring down the Earth Federation.
The packaging used for the Unicorn Gundam is the usual Robot Spirits window box with a sash across the bottom that I believe is advertising the Gundam Unicorn OVA series.
The Unicorn Gundam has two modes of operation: Unicorn and Destroy mode. Unicorn mode serves as the base form, with some of the Gundam’s capabilities sealed off from the pilot. It is called Unicorn mode because of the large horn that sticks out of the Gundam’s head. Besides the signature horn, the Mobile Suit looks like a pretty standard Gundam-type looking Mobile Suit.
Most of the Unicorn Gundam is white, but several parts of the figure are actually a light blue-ish white to give the figure the appearance of shading.
The Robot Spirits Unicorn Gundam comes with two crests for the top of the head.
There really is not much of a difference between these two, save for the fact that one has a horn made of soft plastic.
I knew that getting this horn to stay straight would prove to be a nuisance, so I immediately swapped in the crest with the horn made of hard plastic.
The Robot Damashii Unicorn Gundam does a good job at providing the kind of movement you would expent from a Mobile Suit and then some.The legs of the Unicorn Gundam have a great range of lateral motion that are a compliment to the well-balanced figure. The front and rear skirts can move outward a bit to facilitate the movement of the legs.
The core of the Unicorn Gundam is composed of two segments to allow the top and bottom halves of the midsection to move independently. As a result the midesction can be toggled forward and back and side to side a bit.
The Unicorn Gundam is equipped with a beam magnum.
This weapon may look like your average beam rifle, but it is actually quite special. The beam magnum is equipped with an E-CAP magazine, which holds highly-compressed Minovsky particles. The beam magnum is capable of discharging the full E-CAP magazine in a single shot, with a power that rivals that of a mega particle cannon.
The Unicorn Gundam also comes with two long beam sabers.
At first glance these beam sabers appear to be just clear plastic, but there is actually some glitter inside of the plastic to make it look like they are flowing with energy.
The shield for the Unicorn Gundam is unique in that it has four petals that extend out from the shield.
The shield can also be attached to the backpack using a small adapter piece.
The awesome design of the Unicorn Gundam suffers from the fact that Bandai did not color in the panel lines.The end result is that the Robot Spirits Unicorn Gundam ends up looking like a pretty generic white Mobile Suit. That bothered me because I really like the design for Unicorn Gundam.
So, I dug up my old Gunpla gear and finished the job that Bandai started.
Adding the panel lines to the Unicorn Gundam really helps make the figure look more mechanical and accents the jagged design aesthetics of the Mobile Suit.
|Posted 2 July, 2012 - 19:09 by SentaiSeiya