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By Cacophanus from Mecha Damashii
Following the unboxing, here is the review for the Hi-Metal R Destroid Monster from the original Macross. Like the name suggests, this is a monster of a toy and one that Bandai has done an amazing job of recreating. If you’re a fan of Macross in any way, then this toy is very much for you.
Over the years we’ve had some nice kits of the Monster and an old Takatoku toy but this is definitely one of the biggest versions of the design. This is because the Monster is a big destroid and previous releases have reduced the scale to make the resultant toys and kits more manageable.
In this though, Bandai hasn’t shied away from making this Monster to scale with the other Hi-Metal R releases and the result is epic.
Unlike the other mecha in Macross, the Monster is not meant to be a fast or agile destroid. It’s a long-range support mecha and as such it’s heavily armored and has limited mobility.
However, it can move and this toy has some very nice articulation in the legs and arms. Even the barrels can be individually pivoted.
There is also a lot of diecast present and it is used to strengthen the inner frame. Most of the joints are ratcheted and hold their positions very well.
The detailing and sculpt are insanely well done, with all the additional decals and internal detail finished amazingly.
As this is a destroid, it doesn’t transform. However, the Monster has quite a few nice gimmicks — such as retractable cockpit ramp, inner cockpit detail, blast covers at the rear, and the firing support mechanism that folds out.
The most impressive thing about the Monster though is just how big it is. To that end, I placed the Hi-Metal R VF-1S Strike Valkyrie (sold separately) next to the Monster to give you an idea of just how massive this thing is.
If you are a fan of classic Macross and enjoy playing with good, sturdy, and well-made toys, then the Monster is something every fan needs to have in their collection. It truly is an utter beast of a toy.
A Worthy Beast indeed.