Ahh the sweet metallic giant roboty taste of Freedom.
It’s about time, isn’t it? So here’s the big boss of the August… Septembery haul, whatever month you count it as. I took some of these pics right when I opened it and was messing with it, but I felt I needed to do a few more, and so I waited a bit.
After how much I hyped myself up on the Banshee and how let down I was when I got it, I was a bit worried for the Freedom. However, being that this was released a full YEAR later, there surely would be improvements on it.
And there are. I like the Freedom Gundam a lot more than I do the Banshee, a lot of the flaws that I have with the Banshee aren’t present here, largely though I think it is due to design rather than actual articulation improvements, because largely I think they are the same. Two of the most glaring flaws with the Banshee Metal Composite were the knees being severely hindered by a piece of plastic that didn’t let them fully articulate, and the claw and giant rail gun on the arms.
While the Freedom Gundam does have a huge ass set of wings on its back, they work very well and spread out to look super bad ass. The guns that are in its wings swing out really nicely, and even though the head gives me a minor heart attack with the rigid plastic V-fins, the guns in the wings settle pretty nicely between. Articulation in other areas is really nice as well, with the only negative being the ankles not having a fully functional rocker (which is only if you choose not to use the stand, which is about a billion times better than the Banshee’s). The shoulder armor is a bit strange, but it works, and the range in the shoulders is absolutely amazing.
All the weapons are a treat, it holds beam sabers, rifle, shield and the rail cannons at its hips very nicely with all the included hands. With all the articulation it is easy to get a lot of really dynamic poses out of the Freedom, and as I briefly mentioned, the stand for this guy is absolutely awesome. It has two points of contact with the base to distribute weight better, and it moves in and locks in three places, along with having two attachments and two ports on the Freedom itself to plug into the stand. The stand truly shines, and helps accentuate this higher class, premium release.
The detail and paint on this guy are fantastic, from the weapons to the shield, to the stand, there are a lot of nice little things like the springboard/runway appearance of the stand, to the little 101 on the right ankle piece that just make this figure fantastic.
I think one of the saddest parts is that the Freedom is so much cheaper than the Banshee, and such a better figure. At least with the upcoming Unicorn Awakening ver., one of my main sticking points is gone.