Got this to complete my MG Master Grade 1/35 scale model kit. In fact, this is just a variant of J-9 Griffon Aqua Type. The difference is only on the backpack. Griffon is a prototype secretly produced by Shinohara Industry opposing company, Shaft Enterprise to outperform the existing Ingram. Needless to say, Griffon is far more devilish charismatic and technologically superior during the confrontation. One thing I like about the kit is the gross coated surface which means very little is needed to be done after straight build. I have put more effort into this kit by painting the hydraulic. This model is a Master Grade version of the Griffon Flight type featuring an extremely high gloss coated plastic to replicate the Griffon's spectacular appearance.
This model features an internal mechanical skeleton for armor parts to mount onto. Multiple hands allow for expressive poses. Wingspan of its flight pack measures almost 20" (50cm) at full extension. The huge and heavy flight backpack unit does comes with setback too, the center of gravity caused the knees to bend backwards. There is no armed weapon for Griffon, needless to say, it's sharp claws and speed are Griffon's deadliest weapons.
Like the MG Patlabor series, the joints are very stiff. Griffin uses rubber tubing to fabric the cloth effect. IMHO, it's good application just that the rubber kind of hinder the movement. The kit comes with unpainted figures of Griffin's project in charge 'Richard Wong' in standing pose and Griffin pilot 'Bud Renard Harchand' in sitting pose. I have used CMS trading figure of 'Bud' as a prop to go with my MG Griffin. As the name suggested 'Bud Renard Harchand' can be a pain in the "bud" in the anime. Talented in piloting for a 12-year-old but lousy and hack care attitude treating the project as though playing game.
The design of this robot is unique..Sharp sharp everywhere...HAHA!!
Indeed the sharp edges proofed to be fierce in design as well as towards its handler. Lolz ...
my first candidate until i got the Aqua type instead due to scarcity. Wished Bandai could remake the Patlabor Kit especially for Griffon's articulation issue.
Without watching the anime (not yet) I can assure this Griffon is an opponent you don’t want to face in combat with a regular labor, because it must be as deadly as it looks... And man, it does look badassss !!!... Its glossy finishing reminds me very much the Astray Gold Frame... =OOOOO
Seems like Bandai will focus on Patlabor Robot Tamashii for the moment. Having a version 2.0 of Patlabor kits would be nice and hopefully relooked this anime and produced other Mecha from the series.
The anime is calling you : ) indeed this Mecha to overpowering for even Ingram. You won’t want to mess around with it. With the gloss, no top coat is even needed..
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