ROBOT SPIRITS (BANDAI)
“A Mark V brute that can still run with the VI’s, Bracer Phoenix shoots from the chest, with a centrifugal vortex cannon that is as spectacular as it is deadly.”
Did you guys all go out and see Pacific Rim: Uprising yesterday? I didn’t, because as I noted in my Gipsy Avenger review, I saw the movie on Thursday night, since there was no way I was waiting any longer than I had to. While it was hardly the in-depth love letter to old Kaiju flicks that the original was, I found it to be an entertaining spin-off of the original, and hope they can get more movies to tell the stories they want with this new set of characters. Anyway, I’m continuing my look at some of the toys from the movie, with Jaeger Bracer Phoenix. Despite what merchandising and promotional materials might lead you to believe by sticking Saber Athena all over the place, Bracer’s undoubtedly the secondary Jaeger in the film.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Bracer Phoenix is from Bandai’s Robot Spirits toyline, numbered 229, thus making it the second of the Jaegers sequentially. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 31 points of articulation. Bracer’s the shortest of the three Jaegers in the first round, but also the one with the most heft. It appears that the scaling relative to the other two is accurate to the film, from what we see of the Jaegers together. As a Mark V, Bracer has a number of similarities to Striker Eureka in terms of design, being shorter and wider than his compatriots. His sculpt is handled very similarly to Gipsy: lots of individual pieces all built on an underlying skeleton. This adds a lot of sharpness to the details, as well as creating a very realistic depth of detail. It’s really great on the head, where the visor is a separate piece from the rest of the helmet, which keeps the whole transition very crisp. As with Gipsy, the paint on Bracer’s actually pretty light, with most of the color work being handled via molded plastic. Bracer’s color scheme isn’t quite as exciting as Gipsy’s, but it’s accurate to the movie and looks decent enough in plastic. For this figure, more of the silver parts are actually painted, which looks a lot better than the molded stuff. The identification numbers and safety markings are nice and sharp, and add a lot to the figure. Bracer is packed with a spare set of hands in open poses, as well as both the front and rear vortex cannons, which can swap out for the corresponding torso plates. The Morning Star hand attachment isn’t included, which is a shame, since Bracer doesn’t actually see any action with it. However, if you have the Titan Redeemer figure (which I’ll be taking a look at tomorrow), you can swap the arms out at the shoulder (something I only actually figured out after seeing the movie), which works pretty well.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t initially sure I would be getting all of the Jaegers from this set, and Bracer was one of the ones I was a bit up in the air on. Upon seeing all of them in person, I had a hard time saying no, so Bracer came home with me. After opening the figure up, I was definitely happy I decided to pick it up, and after seeing the movie, I was even happier.