UPDATE: Poll added.
So the MG ReZEL Commander Ver. is finally out and unfortunately, my worst fear of it not having the regular beam rifle included has come true. Even though it is not surprising, it is still a bit of a downer to see Bandai would go that far to deliberately remove the weapon. It’s not so much I want the beam rifle but it’s more like without it, the ReZEL seems very lacking in the armament department. I supposed this is expected from the ~200 yen price difference. Now I’m torn on which design I want at the end…
Hm… not much of a photo opportunity if all I have to work with is the usual beam saber, this large beam launcher, and the shield cannon. I like the looks of the wings but other than that, it looks more/less the same as the regular ReZEL. For some reason, I thought the Commander version has an extra fin/antenna on its head… guess not.
I like those red orbs more than the green on the Commander Ver. More importantly, I like the Zeta-esque design of the beam rifle more than the launcher.
a proper looking wave rider…
Runner F from the regular ReZEL. Note the beam rifle part in the upper right corner.
Runner F from the Commander Ver. Note that Bandai even went as far as removing that part from the runner completely! Usually for stuff like this, they would just mark an X on the manual and leave the part in but I guess they REALLY don’t want the commander to have a beam rifle! xD
If this runner contains all the parts for the beam launcher then I think the best compromise I can come up with is to buy the regular ReZEL and order just this runner separately. This seems more practical than getting the Command Ver. and buying two runners just for the beam rifle. I’ll entertain myself with this idea for awhile before I make up my mind… either way, I’ll have a ReZEL in my hand before the end of the year ^^;.
What are your thoughts?