ROBOT SPIRITS (BANDAI)
“Gipsy Avenger honors the heroic legacy of her namesake as the flagship leader of the Mark VI Fleet. More than just a jaeger, she is a symbol of hope to millions.”
One of my very favorite movies of the last decade is Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro’s majestic throwback to the Kaiju flicks of the ‘60s and ‘70s. After five years, it’s finally getting a sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, which is officially hitting theaters today. By the time you guys read this, I’ll have already seen it (I got tickets for Thursday night, of course), but for now I’m writing this review with some blissful anticipation of the awesome that is to come. The first film was a little slower with the rollout of the toys, since no one knew what kind of business it would be doing, but for the sequel several companies have already jumped on the gravy train. Over the next three days, I’ll be looking at Bandai Japan’s offerings, starting with the main Jaeger Gipsy Avenger.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Gipsy Avenger is part of Bandai’s Robot Spirits toyline, numbered as figure 228, chronologically the first of the Uprising Jaegers. The figure stands 6 3/4 inches tall and has 31 points of articulation. Obviously, this figure’s not designed to scale correctly with the NECA figures from the first movie (the DST figures coming later this month will be better matched), but she’s actually a fair bit taller than I was expecting. She’ll certainly look fine with Bandai’s various Ultramen, if you’re like me and just want a super awesome epic Kaiju killing force. But hey, that might just be me. If you’re used to the NECA offerings, this figure’s sculpt is going to be a bit different, since it uses the Bandai approach of assembling the figure from lots and lots of tiny little parts, similar to how the actual Jaeger might be built. The end result is a figure that has a whole lot of depth to its sculpt. The lines are sharp, and it’s a pretty solid translation of the design, at least based on what we’ve seen of it so far. The multi-piece construction of the outer armor and such also allows for this figure to have maximized movement, so you can get Gipsy into some pretty epic poses, though if you go too extreme, some times parts are prone to pop out of place. Gipsy is actually a little lighter on paint than you might expect. The majority of the color work is rendered via molded plastic. For the most part, it works pretty well, especially for the slightly metallic blue that makes up most of the figure. I’m also quite a fan of the multi-piece, multi-colored way they handled the visor on the head. The only downside to the molded colors is the silver; molded silver is rarely convincing, since you always get all of those little swirly elements, and it’s a bit dull. But, that’s rather minor. There are a few painted details, mostly for Gipsy’s identifying numbers and insignias. They’re nice and sharply detailed, and add a nice bit of polish to the figure. Gipsy is packed with a pretty decent assortment of extras. There are spare open grip hands, as well as a plasma cannon to swap out for the right forearm, and a sword-bearing left forearm. It pretty much gives you all of the essential Gipsy elements in one convenient package.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been waiting for these guys to hit ever since they were first announced, and I knew for certain Gipsy was at the top of my list. Imagine my surprise when I walked into Toys R Us and found an entire rack of this figure. That won’t be happening ever again. Gipsy is an awesome figure, well worth the $20 price tag. Here’s hoping the figure’s an indication of the movie’s quality!