Sunday, 16 July 2017

CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon - Robot Damashii Villkiss

Box front view with window to see actual figure and first release limited edition sticker

Plenty of accessories on plastic insert

Rifle mounted on rear

Painted gold on hydraulic 

First release that comes a bonus - Ange clear blue figure

I decided to hand paint Ange's figure to the pilot suit.

The anime has received many critics like emulating 'Mobile Suit Gundam Seed' with even circulation of screen shots tracing back to 'Mobile Suit Gundam Seed'.

Gundam weapons appearing in the anime CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon

Haro bowling balls appearing in CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon

Zaku mat appearing in CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon

I have quite a lot to say about 'CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon' right from the anime to the mecha figure 'Robot Damashii Villkiss'. The anime has received many critics like emulating 'Mobile Suit Gundam Seed' with even circulation of screen shots tracing back to 'Mobile Suit Gundam Seed'. I would think that the storyline of both anime are vastly different I see a lot of Gundam in CROSS ANGE and it's nature since the production is from Sunrise and we might even see Villkiss, the leading mecha in this anime be inducted to 'Super Robot Wars' in a not so distance future. 

The anime concept is pretty refreshing with sexy thrashed princess riding mecha craft that transforms to robot, slaying dragon in knight fantasy way. Some injections of betrayal, deaths and lesbian sexual contents in the anime and so I won't suggest to younger audiences. I was thrilled when Bandai announced that protagonist mecha aka Paramail of the popular CROSS ANGEL anime series, Villkiss would first make its appearance as an action figure in ROBOT SPIRITS! ROBOT DAMASHII! 

It's exciting cos Villkiss is well designed and comes in cool majestic looking appearance. Goes without saying,  deserves the Damashii treatment. This is the toy that I didn't procrastinate, but felt a bit panicky when AmiAmi closed its preorder just hours after the announcement. Fortunately, I managed to place my preorder with 'Latendo' soon after. My apologies for taking so long to blog about this toy as there are a lot of other toys in my collection, that I also like to show you guys too. 

I got mine the first release that comes a bonus - Ange clear blue figure. I wanted the whole photo taking experience to be more realistic as such I decided to hand paint Ange's figure to the pilot suit. 
Robot Damashii Villkiss is an action figure that you need to treat it like a woman as its extremely fragile with many sharp pointed ends so careful not to prick yourself or especially breaking any parts. 

The first release also has its goddess statue on helmet in gorgeous shiny silver chrome plating style! Not to mention those pearl white surface, gold painted on hydraulic, grey gun metal parts. Nice action figure but one that isn't easy to handle and pose. Those "Freedom Gundam" fin like blue flight sheaths can be quite troublesome to mount on. The transformation between the robot and flight mode isn't perfect hence the armour and limbs have to be detached from the robot mode and mounted to the flight mode core modular.


LEon said...

Wah you got the first release somemore. Good for you bro!!

chrismandesign said...

Well, there you have it, another great mecha with a clear resemblance to Freedom Gundam (the color scheme doesn’t help too much to create a more consistent difference between these mechas Para-Mail and Freedom), but the overall design has some singular elements that make it stand on its own... This one got the whole package, literally, with tons of accessories, which is the least you expect from a limited edition item in pre-order and pal, my respects, to hand-paint that tiny figure is anything but easy !!!... =OOOOO

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

>> Leon
Yeah bro, I was really keen to have it when I first saw the anime. It was an instant like. Kind of took me a while to do a review of it.

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

>> Chrismandesign
Despite the resemblances with Freedom Gundam in the anime for a start, I feel that the anime quickly move away from an plot similar to Gundam and in fact its pretty much targeted to more matured audiences. The mecha and toy stand out on its own too with transformable dragon hunting para-mail. A blend of mecha and medieval is mainly what I like. Definitely the female protagonist too! Thank you for the kind comment on the painted pilot figure.

deSMOnd said...

First impression to me, this figure has lots of sharp sharp corners...Haha!!

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

>> Desmond
Indeed, I'm fearful of getting prick or breaking the pointy parts during the photo shoot.

Yami said...

Though i find the Action Figure to be rather pricey, i don't mind getting Tusk if Bandai ever release one since i am a big fan of Justice Gundam after all

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

>> Yami
It's true that the pricing of this figure is almost equivalent to Tamashii Exclusive. It seems that Bandai would unlike continue this line after the craze died down.

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