GUNDAM AMX-004-2 & 3 QUBELEY Mk-II
By Thomas Wheeler
Although new Gundam action figures may be in terribly short supply in
the United States, the same is not necessarily true for Japan, although
they seem to
be coming through only a slightly larger eyedropper even there, with
the emphasis continuing to be on the oddball "Advanced" Mobile
Suit in Action series based on Gundam SEED.
But a few new faces are turning up overseas, and two of them are new
of the very strange-looking QUBELEY Mobile Suit. The original was featured
Zeta Gundam, and may actually turn up as part of the American collection
if we ever get it at all, that is. But these two are from the sequel
series, GUNDAM ZZ. They are the AMX-004-2 & AMX-004-3 QUBELEY MK
II Mobile Suits.
What sets these apart from the original Qubeley are their colors. the
AMX-004-2 is a dark blue, and the AMX-004-3 is a bright red, whereas
the original Qubeley was a pearlescent white. As to their backgrounds
within the GUNDAM ZZ series, I would like to thank Dave Goellnitz for
passing along this information:
First is the dark blue one, Elpeo Ple's custom. Elpeo was a ten year
old "newtype" girl, who was first assigned by Axis Neo Zeon
this suit to test her newtype skills and which she would eventually
pilot it in battle. The suit itself was much like the first Qubeley,
only being a slightly upgraded model.
The red one is Ple Two's custom. Ple Two was a clone of Elpeo, who was
this suit in order to counter Elpeo after her defection to the AUEG.
Aside from the color, the two suits are pretty much the same, aside
from interntal systems upgrades. Both suits appear in Gundam ZZ.
For those starved
for new Gundam toys, I definitely recommend these two. I don't know
of any online stores presently carrying them, but I was able to find
them on eBay for a reasonable price.