First of all, I hope no one's getting bored by my personal fascination
with powered suits again.
There's something about these grungy, retro-styled miniatures that
calls out to the mecha fanatic within, I mean, all it took was ONE
look at the box
art on display at a local toy shop and all thoughts of getting
a shiny SOC Venus A disappeared into thin air. Who needs more missile
boobies? These guys are serious, man!
I stood at the glass case, my attention
equally split between the gorgeous
box (eat your heart out 1/48 Valkyrie!), and the nifty set of
five armored suits. Without any hestation I pulled out my wallet
and paid the man... only to find out later I had overpaid by 20%,
compared to if I had ordered
from HLJ. But hey, this just shows how cool these guys were
to sucker me like that!
If I could read Kanji, I'm sure the
box flap would reveal the fascinating history of the great battle
these guys fought in. What I could make out is that they are part
of the 113th Special Recon Battalion, "C" Platoon, Squad
1. And I really like the way the makers have given the members believeable
No matter how much one likes the design,
of the same would be pretty boring, right? It's a good thing
each suit also bears personalized markings, such as the Ace,
Deuce and Trey of Clubs. The standouts are of course, the commander
and sergeant. This Lt. has a whimsical
snowman's face painted on his suit, and even has a carrot nose
too! The sarge, on the other hand, has a slew of 5 tank-victory
markings... and best of all, you
get to see his head under the opened hatch. Oh yeah, all of
them come with one optional weapon arm, and Mr Ace of Clubs gets
to hold what looks suspiciously like a big thermos flask... or is
it an updated version of the humble Bangalor Torpedo?
All in all, for just ¥2500, it's
some righteous sMa.K. for the serious mecha head.