ROBOT SPIRITS (BANDAI)
“Designed for combat at range, Guardian Bravo wields the Elec-16 Arc Whip: a proto-metallic successor to the chainsword, and brings a new sophistication to the chainsword’s whiplash move.”
When a problem comes along, you must whip it. Before the cream sits out too long, you must whip it. When something’s going wrong, you must whip it. Now whip it! Into shape! Shape it up! Get straight! Go forward! Move ahead! Try to detect it, it’s not too late, to whip it. Whip it well. Yeah, I know it’s “good” in the song, but grammar is important.
Sorry, I didn’t know how to start another Uprising review, so I went all pop-culture on it. Anyway, in the spirit of whipping it good, let’s have a look at the whip-wielding Jaeger, Guardian Bravo!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Guardian Bravo is figure 233 in the Robot Spirits line, the third, and final, chronological figure in the second series of Pacific Rim: Uprising-themed Jaegers. The figure stands a little over 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. Guardian Bravo’s design calls back the most to the first film’s Coyote Tango, though perhaps not so much in color scheme. He’s also got a lot in common with your average NFL football player, which I suppose is fitting for a Jaeger with a name as American as “Guardian Bravo.” Guardian has the same basic construction as the other Jaegers in this line. Obviously, he’s not quite as mobile as Saber Athena, but compared to the first series Jaegers, he’s actually a fair bit more posable. That’s more a design thing than anything, though. Guardian is a lot blockier and less advanced than his two series-mates, which helps offset him a bit. If anything, he almost looks more at home with Bracer and Titan (that’s certainly not a bad thing). The sculpt on this figure does a solid job of recreating the on-screen appearance in plastic form. Guardian’s paintwork is some of the more complex of the Jaegers in this line, which on one hand is nice, but on the other hand, it’s actually not quite enough. Guardian’s got some of the most complex detailing in the film, and the figure tries to handle some of that, but ultimately, a lot of details end up lost. There are sections of red that should go on the white, and vice versa. At least he gets all the identifiers and insgnias, though. I can understand Bandai’s dilemma, of course, since Guardian done correctly really would require a lot more paint than any other Jaegers in the set. It’s difficult to make that cost out. As is, he looks reasonable on his own, provided you’re not making direct comparisons. The figure makes out pretty well on accessories, with both gripping and open palm hands, as well as two Arc Whips to hold. The clear plastic on the whips is particularly cool, and a very effective way of handling the energy effects.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I grabbed Guardian Bravo at the same time as Saber Athena. Of the two, Athena was the one I was most looking forward to. I liked Guardian, but I largely got him to fill out the set. He’s got some paint issues, which are a little annoying, but the thing that surprised me most about this guy is just how much I like him. Out of the three Series 2 figures, I think he may well be my favorite. I didn’t see that coming. As it stands right now, Guardian is the final figure in this sub-set. I’m still hoping for a third series with November Ajax, Valor Omega, and perhaps one of the drones, but I may have to turn to DST for those.