The newest assortment of figures based on MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM has arrived,
and the results are most impressive and proving to be highly popular.
They are derived from the movie MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: CHAR'S COUNTERATTACK.
This was a movie, made some years after the original MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM
series, that wraps up the conflict between lead characters Amuro Ray
and Char Aznable. According to the package description, it is thirteen
years after the One Year
There are six new Gundam figures individually packaged in this
The first thing one notices about these new figures is their size.
They are distinctly larger than previous Mobile Suit toys. However,
they are nonetheless essentially to scale with their smaller cousins.
Gundam fans more expert than I have reported in the "alt.anime.gundam"
newsgroup, via research from a number of popular Gundam Web Sites, that
the Mobile Suits as they appeared in the Char's Counterattack movie
were in fact decidedly larger than their predecessors. (Of course from
a visual standpoint that may be like trying to prove George Lucas' claim
that the Death Star in Return of the Jedi was twice as large as the
original in Star Wars. Big is big at that scale any
So, how is the Char's Counterattack assortment overall? Extremely impressive.
The most "Gundam-ish" looking of the lot, and oddly the least
popular among fans, is the RX-93 NU GUNDAM. This is a fairly straightforward-looking
Gundam, and I'll admit that his greater height makes him look unusual
Next there are the MSN-03 JAGD DOGAs. Please don't ask me to pronounce
that. There are two models, a green and gold one, and a red and silver.
Both are unique Mobile Suits, not representative of some division of
Mobile Suits. The green one is piloted by Gyunei Guss and the red one
is piloted by Quess
From there we move on to the AMS-119 GEARA DOGAs. Again there are two
models. There's a dark blue one, which is distinctive to Rezun Schneider,
a squadron leader, and as such is a unique suit. The bright green GEARA
Finally we have the MSN-04 SAZABI, which is piloted by Char Aznable.
If this thing existed in real life, it would probably be the height
of a seven story building. Even at a "meager" 6 inches, it's
pretty darn scary-looking. I first saw a picture of the Sazabi some
time ago in a Gundam Model Kit catalog, but I'm not really one for building
the kits, even though I own a number of them. I prefer the figures.
I thought at the time that the Sazabi
All six of these figures come with a wide range of accessories, and
if you're a fan of Gundam, or even just a fan of very cool and very
well-made action figures, then I highly recommend the CHAR'S COUNTERATTACK
assortment of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM. They're a bargain, too, in my opinion.
There's a few more items yet to come out in the assortment. A boxed mobile suit with small vehicle included, the RGZ-91 RE-GZ with Back Weapon System, for starters. Based on the picture, this is another fairly "Gundam-ish" looking Mobile Suit, so the Nu Gundam will have some company.
Then there's the 11" figures. I was amazed that Bandai is putting
this much into one specific aspect of the Gundam saga, but we can look
forward to 11" scale figures of the RX-93 NU GUNDAM and the MSN-04
SAZABI. If that make that one to scale, he's going to be huge! I plan
to start saving money for him
And the movie from which all of these Gundam toys hail, HAR'S