Robot Damashii G-Self by Bandai (Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com)
Following the unboxing, here is the review for the new Robot Damashii G-Self as seen in Gundam Reconguista in G. Like with most modern toys in this range, it’s a remarkable piece considering its affordable price point, and is also a testament to Akira Yasuda’s original design.
As Robot Damashii toys go this is definitely one of the most modern ones. The recent toys have all had some pristine detailing and sculpting, almost to garage kit levels at times, and the G-Self is no different. Considering this is also the first toy made of the design, Bandai has taken great care to get the more complex curvature correct and as such it’s quite an impressive little figure.
Firstly, this is a very stable and sturdy toy. The design and size of the legs gives the toy a lower center of gravity, which makes it very good at holding poses (even with the backpack attached). The feet and ankles also have very good joints and as such this is a surprisingly sturdy figure. On the whole the articulation is also very good and can produce some very athletic looking poses.
Secondly, the detailing and sculpt are great. All the various photon batteries, shown by clear blue plastic, are handled nicely. The G-Self’s horns are also properly pointy, as they are in the anime, though this was oddly omitted in the kits. The chest “vents” are also covered like in the anime. Considering the size and cost of the toy, it’s very high end in terms of production finesse.
The backpack is done well, as the wings can fold back and then the housing swings down. The beam sabres are all one piece, based on the somewhat magical ways they pop out of the housings on the shoulders.
In addition to the various hands, a beam rifle and shield are included (the stand is sold separately though).
Overall, then, this is a really nice figure of the G-Self, not only in terms of production quality but also articulation. It can be played with without fear of breaking and poses well, too. If you are a fan of the designs used in Reconguista in G then this has done them justice, as well as Akira Yasuda’s mecha design expertise to boot.