Robot Spirits: Ahead “Smultron”

Hello, my name’s GNX-704T/SP Ahead Quantum Brainwave Type “Smultron”, but my friends call me Jerry.

Hi Jerry.

You’re not my friend!


Yea or Nay?
Somewhat similar to the GNX-609T GN-XIII A-Raws Type. This guy looks just as good, if not a little better. He’s just slightly less articulated with slightly less impressive accessories, but is also a more solid looking figure overall. They’re about even, but the Ahead’s a little ahead in my book (ha-ha, you see what I did there?). Mildly Recommended.

Origins
The GNX-704T/SP Ahead Quantum Brainwave Type “Smultron” is a custom unit derived from the cannon fodder Ahead. And just like the GNX-609T GN-XIII A-Raws Type (I love pointlessly long names), it follows the Law of Conservative Ninja. However, while the Ahead “Smultron” is based on the Ahead, the “Smultron” itself is a unique mech. So in compliance with the Law of Conservative Ninja, it has a significantly reduced chance of being blown up if a Gundam looks at it funny.



Review: Form
The Ahead Smultron is what I call, a generically attractive figure. In other words, it looks good, regardless of your taste. For instance, if you’re a fan of Transformers, you might or might not like the ass ugly robot designs from the Michael Bay movies. Obviously, I don’t. But some people do. Which means that those designs would only appeal to you if you happen to like their aesthetics. But the Ahead Smultron is one of those designs that you can enjoy, regardless of whether you’re into “Real Robots” or “Super Robots”.

So we’ve established this guy looks good, but does he look awesome? Well, no. He’s kinda plain. He’s got a samurai sort of feel to him, not the fully armored type samurai, but more along the lines of those guys from Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”. Samurai-ish, but nothing fancy. Unfortunately, that’s it. He’s attractive and vaguely has a theme to his design, but is otherwise bland. Only his backpack thingy and his “hair knot” breaks up the generic feel of the figure.

But as I said, he is generically attractive. In other words, the fact that he looks plain is in no way, a true negative against him. When you get down to it, this is a figure who would be excellent in any robotic display, and he’s got just enough going for him that he can still play a “main role” on the stage of your imagination.



Review: Function
The Ahead “Smultron” is a well articulated figure with no tolerance issues. The back thingy attached to its back is articulated, able to turn a full 360, thus adding quite a lot of display or even play option to the guy.

There’s nothing much to say here, this figure is able to take on most poses, and due to the large feet, balance is not much of an issue.

Again, like the GNX-609T GN-XIII A-Raws Type, it’s ankles aren’t super crazy articulated like the Gundam OO‘s. But they’ll get most jobs done. My biggest complaint would be that those thick side flaps on either end of its hips do get in the way of full hip posability. As a result, the GNX-704T/SP Ahead Quantum Brainwave Type “Smultron”‘s posability is actually on the lower end of the Spectrum compared to other Robot Spirits figures.

Nonetheless, his hips aren’t detrimentally restrictive, so I’m not going to say it’s a deal breaker or anything. Would have been nice if they put some inner hinges to those side flaps though.

Review: Extras
The Ahead Smultron comes with a decent, if not especially awe inspiring set of accessories. There’s two extra pair of hands, one set for holding stuff, the other is a pair of fists for your fisticuffing needs. The obligatory light saber, a forearm shield that sort of looks like a small riot shield, and finally, a scoped automatic gun… thingy.

It also comes with a back attachment, but as with the GNX-609T GN-XIII A-Raws Type, it comes packaged separately more so to fit in the package than anything else.

All in all, it’s an adequate set of extras this figure has. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad. And the base figure itself is solid enough that it isn’t a huge issue if it isn’t totally loaded with stuff.




OVERALL
The GNX-704T/SP Ahead Quantum Brainwave Type “Smultron” is a good figure overall. It looks good and has adequate articulation and accessories. It isn’t an essential purchase by any stretch of the imagination, but if you have the disposable income and you find it for a good price, you could do worse than getting this guy.

Pros: Looks good, is decently articulated and accessorized.
Cons: Hip articulation hindered somewhat.

Grade: B-



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3 Responses to Robot Spirits: Ahead “Smultron”

  1. Nightslash3535 says:

    The face bears a striking resemblance to the RGM-89 Jegan from MS Gundam: Char’s Counterattack The Movie, I wish they kept the original Jegan design for the Gundam Unicorn OVA, but sadly they don’t.

  2. Nightslash3535 says:

    About the Jegan redesign thing, I was wrong, it was a variant known as the RGM-89D Jegan Type-D during the three year timescape between CCA and Unicorn, but their intentions to sell model kits and toys are pretty obvious due to endless demands, the Jegan Type-D Robot Spirits was sold as a Tamashii Web Exclusive, while the Stark Jegan (a heavy weapons variant) was sold regularly.

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