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13 августа 2018, 10:11

GEEK PICK: Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits Pacific Rim: Uprising Gipsy Avenger


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Wow, that’s a lot of proper nouns and two colons for one headline, isn’t it? Welcome to the world of Bandai’s action figures, where you need to chew about ten syllables before you can even name the character you’re playing with. It’s worth it, though, because Bandai’s Tamashii Nations brand has some quality figures across tons of different licenses. Today we’re going to check out Gipsy Avenger from Pacific Rim: Uprising, a robot action figure in Bandai’s Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits sub-line (which is where they put most robot characters).

Tamashii Nations figures vary wildly in price, based on the rarity, detail, and how readily available a specific figure is in North America. Gipsy Avenger is on the dirt-cheap end of the spectrum, and you can pick it up for around $20. For other figures, like the Meishou Movie Realization figures that re-imagine Star Wars and Marvel characters as feudal Japanese soldiers, you can shell out over $100.

As disappointing as Pacific Rim: Uprising was for its story and pacing, it had some really cool designs. Gipsy Avenger, the updated version of Gipsy Danger and the “main” Jaeger in the movie, looks great. Navy blue with translucent orange for the chest reactor, lots of articulation, a strong handful of accessories, and plenty of fine details in the paint and sculpt.

Like any good Japanese action figure, Gipsy Danger comes with lots of extras. He has alternate open hands as well as his fists, snap-on wing/jetpack pieces for his back, and the chain sword and gravity sling weapons as replacement forearm pieces. No stand is included, which is normal for Tamashii Nations figures, but a small plate on his ass can be removed to reveal a mounting point for the Bandai Act 5 figure stand.

He doesn’t really need the stand, though. A nice thing about robot characters is that they tend to have big, wide, stompy feet that provide good support for standing poses. Gipsy Avenger’s feet have little spike-like flares on the sides to add extra stability, and combined with firmly articulated knee, ankle, and hip joints means he can get into plenty of different stances that smaller-footed human action figures can’t easily get into.

This is a fun robot with a great design, and even if the movie itself wasn’t very good, all of the goofy-named Jaegers in it look cool, and Bandai has Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits figures of several of them. Check them out.

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Source: https://www.geek.com/news/geek-pick-tamashii-nations-robot-spirits-pacific-rim-uprising-gipsy-avenger-1748697/?source=news