Yea or Nay?
The OO Gundam’s a good looking robot with very high poseability. It feels durable and has a nice selection of accessories and options. BUT the price is still on the high side for what you get. Recommended if it’s on sale, otherwise, only MILDLY RECOMMENDED.
Hailing from the Robot Damashii line by Bandai, the OO Gundam was released in 2008 at the suggested retail price of 2500. I’m not a Gundam fan, but I think this guy’s the main mech from the second season of Gundam OO.
I confess, I’m not a Gundam fan. There are several reasons, but one major reason is that I think a lot of the designs in the franchise are derivative. Roughly speaking, out of 10 designs, 7 will be based on the original Gundam (inclusive of the Guncannon etc), 2 will be derived from the Zaku and only 1 will be a legitimately unique design. To put this in perspective, imagine a Transformers line with 7 Optimus Prime variants, 2 Starscreams and only 1 non-regular. Or a Batman line with 8 Batman variants and 2 random heroes or villains.
That’s why I actually like the mech designs in Gundam OO. It seems to have a high ratio of mechs that are not directly derivative of the RX-78. The Exia (season 1’s main Gundam) is of particular note. It’s sleek and highly stylized, while retaining enough visual cues that it could still be recognizable as the “main” mecha.
Now as to the OO Gundam, this guy is actually the upgrade/replacement to the Exia. And while the Exia moved away from the original Gundam look, the OO Gundam embraces the traditional Gundam aesthetics. As a result, it looks like an Exia that’s decided to return to it’s Okawara roots. So unlike the Exia, the OO Gundam has a traditional RX-78 derived torso. Combined with the limbs that were already true to the original silhouette even on the Exia, and what we have here is just another run off the mill generic Gundam design.
That said, I sorta like it anyway. A few things makes this design bearable. First off, as this is the main mech of the series, it has a legitimate reason for imitating the franchise poster boy. Second, while I’m personally overwhelmed with the majority of Gundams looking pretty much the same, it IS an aesthetically good design. It’s just overused, but in and of itself, it’s still a visually appealing model. Thirdly, the OO Gundam has a few things working for it specifically. For one, his Dual GN Drives (shoulder pads) gives the upper body the impression of bulk, and dare I say, highly developed deltoids. Proportionally speaking, the OO also has pretty thick thighs, but thanks to the aforementioned shoulder armor and the generally curvy design of the legs, they look quite sleek and appropriate, as opposed to looking like he stole his thighs from Chun Li. Also, and this is something I really dig, his feet aren’t hand-me-downs from Ronald McDonald. Don’t get me wrong, his feet are plenty large enough to keep him stable, but they aren’t comically huge like with some Gundams. This helps tremendously with the proportions of the figure.
So to sum up the aesthetics, the OO Gundam looks good if you’re not biased against Gundam like I am, but even if you are, objectively, it still looks decent. I don’t know how show accurate is this Robot Spirits toy, but to a layman such as myself, it matches up well enough.
I don’t have much to say about the articulation though, except that it is uber. A lot of that has to do with the ankle and feet design, which lets this guy take on a lot of extreme poses. In my view, the articulation is the best thing going for this guy. I might not be a fan of Gundam, but this guy is just plain fun to mess with. I ain’t taking that away from ‘em.
Accessories are decidedly good. He comes with two lightsab… I mean, beam sabers, a couple swords that can be configured into gunswords via the 4 additional sword handles, a special handle for dual blade action, a couple shields that can be plugged onto the OO’s forearms to become punch daggers or combined to be a big shield or even attached onto the shoulder armor for a more impressive look, and finally, 2 extra pair of hands. Naturally, you can mix and match these accessories for added play value.
But the real sticking point to this figure is the price. At 2500 yen a pop, he costs just a tad more than he’s worth, especially if you’re also paying for shipping and handling. But if you find him on sale for even just a few bucks less and there’s no shipping costs involved, then he’s a good buy. But at normal pricing, you’d have to be a big OO Gundam fan for it to be justified.
This is a great toy regardless of whether or not you like Gundam. It’s a nice design. It’s articulated yet durable. And it’s got a good accessory count and ways to use them. But the price is just too prohibitive unless it’s on sale. As such, unless you’re a big fan of this particular Gundam model or you see this figure on sale, I wouldn’t recommend it. But if you see it on sale, then go ahead and grab ‘em.
Pros: Looks good. Durable. Crazy articulated. Good accessory count. Fun to pose.
Cons. Derivative design. Pretty pricey.