ROBOT SPIRITS (BANDAI)
“Built for brute force and armed with a seismic morningstar, Titan Redeemer is the walking wrecking ball of the new fleet.”
Before Pacific Rim: Uprising hit theaters, there was a little bit of confusion about specifically which Jaegers would be making up the four ‘bot team seen in the big city shot from the trailers. The source of the confusion? Titan Redeemer’s seismic morning star weapon, which was prominently featured. The catch was, it wasn’t actually Titan using the weapon, but rather yesterday’s Bracer Phoenix. Titan’s role in the film is decidedly more minor, but it’s unique design does make for a stand-out design.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Titan Redeemer is part of Bandai’s Robot Spirits line, and is figure 230, making him the third of the three Jaegers in the first Pacific Rim: Uprising assortment. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and has 30 points of articulation. Size-wise, Redeemer falls between the other two in both height and bulk. At first glance, Titan and Bracer seem a little similar in design, but they’re actually quite divergent in person. Titan’s sculpt is on certainly on par with the other two figures, being a multi-piece sculpt over an underlying skeleton. I think motion-wise, Titan’s the most restricted of the three figures, and it’s mostly due to the way his shoulder armor is designed. Since, unlike Bracer, the shoulders are all one piece, there’s a limit to how far the arms can move in any direction. Honestly, this is less an issue with the figure and more a design thing; I suppose the real Jaeger would have these issues too. On the plus side, the actual sculpt quality is pretty top notch, and the details are the sharpest of the three figures here. Literally in some places, most notably his morning star hand, which looks appropriately lethal. Overall, the sculpt just looks pretty sleek. Also pretty sleek is his color work. Like the other two Jaegers, the actual paintwork is one the scarce side, with most of the color work being done with molded plastic. The dark metallic green in particular is really spiffy looking. It gives him a nice sense of polish, similar in a lot of ways to NECA’s Chero Alpha. Titan Redeemer is somewhat light on the accessories compared to the other two Jaegers. There’s a swappable open palmed hand for his right side, which is the only Titan-specific piece. No extending chain for the morning star or anything, which is a bit of a bummer. To make up for it, Titan is also packed with Scrapper, Amara’s one-man Jaeger. It’s just a little unpainted, unarticulated figurine, but seeing as it’s one of my favorite parts of the movie, I’m glad it wasn’t totally overlooked.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with Bracer, I debated whether or not I should pick up Titan. The announcement early on that Titan would be including Scrapper certainly swayed me, and seeing the figure in the store, I just couldn’t turn it down. I wish there were more accessories, or that Scrapper was at least painted, but I can’t deny Titan is a very solid figure. If I had one complaint, it would be that we’re getting Titan, who is quite minor, before we’ve seen any indication of a November Ajax, who is the first Jaeger we see. But, that’s hardly Titan’s fault, and it really doesn’t actually impact this figure.