Let's Talk Toys: Pacific Rim, Jeagers Gipsy Danger and Crimson Typhoon.
Folks, I've loved mecha since I was a kid. Anything with giant robots, I had to check it out, and funny this is part of that got me into anime. Macross, Mobile Suit Gundam, Neo Genesis Evangelion, I've seen quite a few. Which brings me to Pacific Rim, when I first saw the trailer, I thought “This is probably the closest we'll ever get to a live action Evangelion movie.”
Pacific Rim is about the near future, where a portal has opened at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, allowing creatures called Kaiju to enter our world. When conventional weaponry has no effect against this new threat, a radical plan is enacted, building giant robots called Jeagers (German for “Hunter”) to combat the Kaiju. While initially successful, over time even the Jeagers start to lose their effectiveness.
I initially was going to review just the Gipsy Danger, found a decent deal on both it and the Crimson Typhoon, so I decided to get both. The toyline is made by NECA, which only adds to their coolness, as NECA has always done impressive work in my opinion.
In the movie, the Gipsy Danger is an American made Mark 3 series Jeager. The figure itself has a total of 4 ball-joints, mainly the head, shoulders, torso and hips; 3 hinges mainly the elbows, knees and heel and 2 ball-and-socket joint, mainly the wrists and hips.
I love the detailing of the figure, the weathered look of it, showing the age of the machine. It is poseable and right now my favorite one is have it doing a punching action.
(Okay, I cannot pass up this joke. I AM A MECH! *punch*)
The Crimson Typhoon is a Chinese made Mark 4 Jeager, and is set apart thanks to its crew being a three man team, rather than the normal two man crew. The figure has a total of 5 ball-joints, mainly the neck, the three shoulders, left wrists, waist and hips and 4 hinges mainly the three elbows, two right wrists, knees and ankles. Now, I have heard some people have issues with keeping the figure balanced, but I've had no problems myself. I love the details that went into this one too, especially its emblem. And its overall design, the three different arms and the legs set it apart from other designs.
Now in case anyone experiences any joint issues, I have checked and they can be treated with, off all things, Pledge floor cleaner.
I really do hope a next wave includes the Russian Mark 1 Jeager, Cherno Alpha, and maybe the Japanese Mark 1 Jeager Coyote Tango. (I have seen that the Australian Mark 5 Jeager, Striker Eureka, will be released this fall as a part of Series 2.)
As usual, NECA has made amazing figures, with outstanding detailing. If you like mecha in general, a fan of NECA's products, or a fan of this movie, I would recommend purchasing them.