Saturday, 14 January 2017
Universal Unit Volume 2
1A / 1B : MSZ-006 Z Gundam
Although we have seen a number of "new" mobile suits featured in Universal Unit, the poster boy for volume two is the perennial Z Gundam. I wasn't particularly thrilled about yet another 1/220 representation of this figure. The Zeta seems to have enough lasting appeal to make it to most figure lines, almost like the evergreen RX-78 himself.
2A / 2B : MSZ-006A1 Zeta Plus A1 / MSZ-006C1 Zeta Plus C1
Next up is the evolution of the Z Gundam; the Zeta Plus. Intended as a cost-effective mass production variant, this figure actually lends itself well to multiple display, so I assembled both figures whereas I only built a single Z Gundam keeping the remainder of the second figure as spare parts.
3A / 3B : GX-9900 Gundam X
The third figure in this wave is a real rarity. Not counting the inevitable hard to find resin garage kit or the atrocities that were the Universal Unit GX Bit figures, I don't believe we have ever seen any 1/220 representation from the After War Gundam X timeline. Looking at the Universal Unit track record thus far, Bandai seem eager to jump into as many Gundam timelines as they possibly can. Will we ever see a companion or better yet, an antagonist for this Gundam X?
4A / 4B : MSM-03C Hy-Gogg
The last figure in the wave was probably the one I was most eager to see. With the coinciding release of the Z'Gok Experimental as a special Universal Unit figure, the chance to get a full Cyclops Team line-up was not lost on me.
The fact that we don't get any stickers with the Hy-Gogg is also really underwhelming. Leaving out such a well known emblem as the Cyclops Team logo is bordering on abuse. Who knows, with any luck the Z'Gok Experimental premium figure might include such a sticker (and if so, why not a couple extra ones for the Hy-Goggs too). I am not holding my breath though...
I honestly wasn't expecting a whole lot from this set, but I must say I feel really entertained by all the figures in it. Each of the mobile suits is interesting and I find it is hard trying to pick a favourite.