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By Cacophanus from Mecha Damashii
One of my favorite mobile suit designs in Gundam is the Hi-Nu Gundam from Beltorchika’s Children. I’ve reviewed both the standard and metal versions of the Robot Damashii release but to date I’ve never covered one of Bandai’s NX Edge Style toy releases. With this new Hi-Nu Gundam release though, I thought it worth checking this toy line out.
Beltorchika’s Children was in fact a novel adaptation to the movie Char’s Counterattack. With different events and mobile suits, it’s now more recently had a manga adaptation. The mecha in question changed from the Nu Gundam and Sazabi to the Hi-Nu Gundam and Nightingale respectively.
The Hi-Nu Gundam then is treated as the final and finished form of the Nu Gundam from the movie. In the time since its inception, the Hi-Nu Gundam has gone on to be a big favorite amongst fans.
This brings me onto the Super Robot Wars games. These are turn based strategy crossover games featuring mecha from close to half a century of anime, games and manga. So it was inevitable then that Beltorchika’s Children was featured along with the Hi-Nu Gundam (shown below).
The main aesthetic shift in these games is that the mecha are portrayed in a super deformed fashion. The smart thing here is that Bandai fired up the NX Edge Style toy line to cater to these cuter versions and they’ve now got around to handling the mighty Hi-Nu Gundam.
This is my first ever review of an NX Edge Style toy and it turned out to be a surprisingly impressive little figure!