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Gundam Deathscythe: Gundam Universe

The Gundam Universe line of newly released figures is here!

Wave one brought us the RX-78-2 Gundam, Wing Gundam and the Unicorn Gundam, but now we have wave two which brings the Gundam Deathscythe, Gundam Barabatos and the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam to a shelf near you. Leading with the RX-78-2 Gundam, Wing Gundam, and the Unicorn was a clever move on Bandai’s part, getting three of their most recognizable suits onto the market first. The Wing Gundam and RX-78-2 Gundam where generally fantastic figures with good articulation for being as hard wearing and cheap as they are whereas the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam was mostly considered to be merely okay. So how will wave two measure up?

Given as how this isn’t Gunpla, we’re going to be doing things a little bit differently, but the format will remain largely unchanged. So tag along as we have a look at the XXXG-01D Gundam Deathscythe in its Gundam Universe debut.

Starting with the appearance of the suit, what we have here is a slightly adjusted version of the XXXG-01D Gundam Deathscythe. The Deathscythe itself, as the name implies, was supposed to have a dark and evil appearance that earned it a reputation as being pretty edgy in later post-release audiences, but when Gundam Wing first reached the west, it was a popular suit that may have given the Wing Gundam a run for its money thanks to the charismatic pilot, Duo. Well now we can say that the edge-factor has been cranked up a bit. Gone is the dark blue and light yellow of the TV version, because this figure is all about the XXXG-01D2 Gundam Deathscythe Hell armor colors, most importantly is that dark navy/almost-black armor plating and the warmer yellow tones.

Multiple shades of grey serve as muted accents, separating the major armor plates and serving as the coloration for thrusters, hyper jammer and armor skirts. The eyes, when caught in the light, are a striking shade of green and other components are picked out in a bright scarlet red.

There are two particular pieces in this figure set that have both striking coloration and a movement gimmick. This will come as no surprise to the fans, but they are the Beam Scythe and the Buster Shield, which we’ll look at a little bit more in depth in a moment. The Beam Scythe has a blazing neon green blade, which attaches to a jointed tip, which allows you to angle the blade in a cruel arc or a long slashing blade. This will actually give you more articulation in the scythe than what can be found in even the Master Grade Gundam Deathscythe EW Version.

The next moving gimmick comes in the Buster Shield which has been given some excellent color separation and an optional arm mounting peg. You don’t need to have the Buster Shield on the figure if you don’t want it there, and I like that. The silver stabbing tips however, that’s where the trick is hidden on this piece.

Moving one piece aside will lever open the opposite piece, leaving a gap in the middle which can be filled in with an optional effect part to capture the look and feel of the Buster Shield being fired at range.

Generally speaking, the articulation seems to be the same as that found in the Wing Gundam with a full bicep curl being attainable despite some minor interference from the armor plating. A joint in the waste means we get a decent abdominal crunch the head has a full range of motion as per normal. Just like last time, there is little to no real articulation in the wrist as the hands are simple hard rubber pieces with opened and closed fist options available. Given as how Deathscyte was predominantly right handed, I suggest an open and on the right and a closed fist on the left.

When it comes to the legs and ankles, you’ll get an alright backswing (by the standards of action figures, not Gunpla) and a similarly alright forward kick too with a decent enough bend at the knee, enough to get a pose out for sure. But Deathscythe seems to be best at striking attack poses with the Beam Scythe and Buster Shield, and that’s where the strengths of this figure are focused. Standing upright with the colors on display with the scythe at extension and the Buster Shield firing. Truthfully, when comparing this to the RX-78-2 and the Wing Gundam, it’s hard to decide which is best, and I’m tempted to give them all a joint first place, but I think the Wing Gundam has more of a striking appearance thanks to those flared wings and the buster cannon. So out of the two Gundam Wing figures currently out there, this one takes second place, but that’s not a bad thing. This is still an excellent figure for fans of the series and it would come highly recommended from me.