I supposed I can talk about the new Gunpla anime (with the awesome Acguy teddy bear), or the MG The O, or how I feel the MG survey was “wasted” on the likes of the inevitable such as 00 Raiser and V2, or maybe talk about the eye-opening MG Kamen Rider W (do want… but need to watch the series). Instead I’m gonna go over something else that’s been on my mind ever since seeing the lineart for the Gundams that are going to be featured in the new 00 movie this fall…
I was always under the impression that Bandai purposely limits the creativity of their mechanical designers to make the mobile suits more practical/easy to produce in Gunpla form (hot sellers). This is nice sometimes as Gundams usually have really clean lines and style but they also usually pale in comparison to the awesome designs of the Real mechs coming out of the SRW series (which doesn’t really get much mainstream models till now). Saying that… when I saw the new Gundams for the first time, I thought they would be kinda impractical in Gunpla form in respect to poseability… and balance. Just look at Raphael. The thing has two giant boulders on top of it supported only two feet whose function looks questionable at best. Any dynamic pose on the ground looks impossible as all that weight will cause it to tumble… meaning it’ll forever sit on an action base.
Just to make things clear, I am not saying these models will be bad per se. I’m sure its details and articulation will be just as good as the HG models out now but strapping all these boosters and stuff seems hindering on the model’s ability to balance itself. Haruhi Harute looks like it’ll get dragged down by its own boosters too unless you can maybe balance it out with those giant pewpew guns of his.
I supposed Zabanya will be the only one who can possibly pose on the ground… unless its own rifle bits obstructs it from kneeling or bending its knees (seeing how the bits are already on the ground). All those bits reminds me of the issues on Cherudim… *shudders*
Seems like Quant is the only who has the least balancing issues from the looks of it (even though it looks like it is leaning forward in the photo). I’m not really complaining about anything. Just letting out my observations. I’m just basically saying from the looks of it, the new Gundams probably won’t be too great at posing despite their articulations. The Gundams might be fighting in space so they don’t have to worry too much where their mass is located but their gunplas are still held down by gravity.
Time will tell….
Image source: Ngee Khiong