ROBOT SPIRITS (BANDAI)
“A towering mecha so powerful its origins are shrouded in secrecy, meet the deadliest Jaeger to ever walk the Earth. With stealth chrome armor plating chainsaws and a chest-mounted AKM salvo-launcher, Obsidian Fury is ready to defend our world…or destroy it!”
Infinity War may have come along and blown everything else away, but before it came along, I was all about Pacific Rim: Uprising. Though hardly a perfect film, it was certainly a fun movie-going experience, and, most importantly, it gave us a bunch of cool new robot designs! One of the coolest was the dark rogue Jaeger, Obsidian Fury!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Obsidian Fury is figure 231 in Badai’s Robot Spirits line, sequentially the first of the second series of Uprising figures, and fourth overall from the movie. The figure stands the tallest of the new Jaegers at 7 inches and has 31 points of articulation. Obsidian is the most advanced Jaeger we see in the film, so his design is a lot sleeker and made up smoother lines than all of the others. This gives him a slightly more organic feel that goes well with his Kaiju-origins. He’s also got a bit of a modern-BSG Cylon feel to him, which helps keep him appropriately sinister. The figure’s sculpt is handled the same way as the others; there’s an underlying skeleton of sorts, with all of Obsidian’s armored bits placed on top. It’s definitely a solid piece of work, though I do have one complaint, having to do with how the articulation has been worked in. For the most part, the joints of the figure follow the natural points of movement from the movie, but Obsidian’s shoulder pads just sort of break right in the middle to allow them to move. It doesn’t follow the flow of the design at all and can be quite jarring. Like his three predecessors, Obsidian is mostly light on the paint, but the few bits he has work well. I quite like the translucent orange visor; it looks a little off from some angles but when it catches the light just right, it looks pretty sweet. The figure is packed with two sets of hands in both open grasp and fist positions, as well as his laser chainsaw attachments from the film. Interestingly, the blades aren’t attached to a separate forearm like Gipsy, but instead require you to pop the outer plate off of the forearms and click the blade into place. It’s actually a lot easier than swapping the arm every time, so I prefer this method.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up the whole first set from Toys R Us a week before they announced they were going under. I wasn’t expecting to find any of this set there. After the announcement of their closure, and the beginnings of the markdowns, I made my first stop at my usual store. It was something like a wasteland, really, with things just in piles everywhere from people rummaging through (and this was when they were still only at 10% off, mind you). After doing a few loops around the store, I had one or two things I was going to buy. I was standing in line at the register, when Christian texted me about an Amiibo they had that he wanted. On my way back to grab it, I happened to knock over something from a shelf near the front, thus revealing two of this bad boy. I was surprised to say the least. This is a pretty good figure, and a great counterpart to the first assortment’s Gispy Avenger.