What is being an otaku about? It’s about the cool and the hot. Cool Robots and Hot Girls that is.
Hot. You get it? You see what I did there? Because hot is like to burn, which is moeru 燃える in Japanese, which is a homonym of moeru 萌える, to bud, which is where moe comes from? Yeah… I didn’t think so.
Anyway, here is a blog post featuring some random pictures I took of three different super robot figures that I bought over the past half-a-year that I never got round to posting. Namely, Gunbuster, GaoGaiGar and Aquarion. Enjoy.
Yes. This is a figure photography post with a short write up after each entry. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to take all the modes, features and accessories of these amazing figures… Just know that yes, they are all worth getting if you’re a fan.
Soul of Chogokin GX-34R Gunbuster (Buster Gokin Color Ver.)
FEATURING: CM’s Corporation’s Gutto Kuru Takaya Noriko and Sentinel’s RIO:bone Buster Machine No. 7!
From the excellent 1980s OVA, Gunbuster, and its brilliant 2004 sequel, Diebuster, comes the renewal of the Soul of Chogokin Gunbuster. However, I feel that the term renewal is a bit of a misnomer as the only differences between this one and the original are the packaging and color of the figure.
Whatever the case, for a figure originally released in 2006, it is remarkable in that the quality and engineering still holds up perfectly even till this day. The robot has a ton of metal in it, poses extremely well and has a ton of accessories and options. The only problem that I personally have is the excessive parts-forming, but hey, you can’t recreate anime magic in the real world… yet.
Having purchased Noriko and No.7 a few months back, I’m happy to say that they look perfect next to Gunbuster. Nothing beats a triple-threat of the crossed-arms pose!
Soul of Chogokin GX-68 Gaogaigar
WITH: Soul of Chogokin GX-69 Goldy Marg
Oh dear. What a beast of a robot. From the unnecessarily amazing (yes, it didn’t need to be that action-packed, heart-felt or well-animated) 1990s Brave series anime GaoGaiGar, comes the definitive version of the titular mecha and its main upgrade item (that’s a robot in its own right).
I love the original figure by Takara, but man, after having this in my hands, I kinda want to stuff the Takara one back into my closet. It replicates EVERYTHING from the show to a T. The look, the transformation and the extra features. It even has clips on the base of StealthGao to attach LinerGao. That was used like only once in the entire show. Goldy Marg just takes all of that and bumps it up to an 11. The reactions have been mixed regarding Goldy, but I love him. Yes, he’s nearly physically impossible to pose with, but when you do manage to defy the laws of physics, the resulting sight is one for the ages. Isn’t that what being a Brave is all about?
GD-99 DX Chogokin Aquarion
Last but not least, we have the very controversial Aquarion. Everything about it is controversial. The show, the robot and even the toy. For someone who loves complex engineering and modular transformations, I knew I needed to have this in my collection. For the uninitiated, it’s a tribute to the Getter Robo designed by none other than Macross mechanical designer Kawamori Shoji. The mecha consists of three ships that, when combined in different ways, will yield three different robots with different appearances and abilities.
It looked great in the show (though I’m not that big a fan of 3DCG), but in reality, people complained that the joints were too lose to hold up its weight, limiting its posing and necessitating a display base to even stand. As you can see from my above pictures, this is not technically true. It can stand and pose by itself. Need further proof?
You just need to be a little patient and creative. Still, I can’t deny the fact that the posing is limited due to the nature of the design. For what it is though, it’s a great piece of engineering.
In conclusion, the moral of the story is…
robots are cool.