Gurren Lagann グレンラガン WF Limited Edition
Gurren lagann is simply awesome, there isn’t much more I can say about him so let’s move onto the review.
Gurren Lagann is a giant mecha from the anime series “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann” (天元突破グレンラガン), a Japanes shonen mecha anime series produced by Gainax that first appear in April of 2007. The name of the anime literally means “pierce the heaven Gurren Lagann”. The story is set in a time when humans have been forced to live in small underground villages by “beastmen” and their “Gunmen”, but they eventually fight back and invade the beastmen’s home base in order to regain their freedom.
Gurren Lagann is a combined mecha, formed by a Gunmen (named Gurren) captured by Kamina (one of the central characters) and a small gunmen type mecha (named Lagann) found by Simon, Kamina’s brother. Together they form Gurren Lagann and fight back against the beastmen and their gunmens.
Name: Gurren Lagann グレンラガン
Line: Revoltech Yamaguchi Series
Sculptor: Yamaguchi Katsuhisa
Material: PVC, ABS
Release: 2008 Summer Wonder Festival
Original Price: ¥1,995 (approx. $27AUD / $20USD)
Secondary Market Price: $99USD – $199USD
Height: 130mm / 5.2inches
Not surprisingly the Limited Edition Gurren Lagann comes in the exact same packaging as the regular retail version, it even has the photos of the regular version on the back. I guess that’s a good thing, as they wouldn’t need to spend money on new packaging and can concentrate on the actual limited edition figures instead. Like all revoltech packaging, it has a good sized window to show the figure, and the figure sits nicely inside between two layers of plastic liners to ensure no rattling or movements during transportation.
The only thing that I didn’t expect with the limited version was the addition of the Gurren wing attachment, the regular version doesn’t include this, so was not shown on the box.
Speaking of the Gurren wing, it is only one of the many accessories that come with this figure. The figure also comes with Simon’s Core Drill key, the giant Gurren sunglasses, a replacement chest with Gurren sunglasses attached, extra angry head, pointing finger right hand, opened hand left hand and a pair of weapon holding hands for each side. Not to mention the usual revoltech figure display stand, now that’s a lot of accessories for one figure, you also get a nice Dai-Gurren Brigade pouch with the limited edition version!
All the accessories are a good addition to the figure and adds value, the Core Drill for example, can be mounted onto the revolver joint on the wrists to be used as a weapon, or simply worn as a necklace as Simon does, if you’re into cosplay. The Gurren wing was a nice addition also, as the regular version doesn’t include this, it adds tremendous value and a whole new dimension to the figure. The only gripe I had with the accessories was the extra chest piece, changing this around was sometimes difficult and risked snapping the Gurren sunglasses, they have included a warning notice regarding this but its all in Japanese so be careful!
The sculpt of this figure is spot on 100% anime accurate, right down to the little details such as the facial expression, on both the head and the stomache. Proportions are nice, gives the figure a very dynamic look in all poses.
Gurren Lagann can be placed in most of the poses seen in the anime, with the help of 15 points of articulation on the body, all using revolver joints. The waist aprons also have revolver joints, as with the Gurren wing. All in all, there are a total of 24 revolver joints in this action figure, impressive. The only let down was the wing can sometimes get in the way when you try for very dynamic poses, but that’s a minor issue.
This limited edition is all about paint, to be precise, metallic paint, it is thick, rich and well applied. Most of the paint on this figure has been given the metallic treatment, quality control was good, there were no oversprays or any other problems with the paint and the details have been well executed. The metallic red is slightly darker than the regular version red, it is similar to candy apple red, and looks stunning.
If you like the revoltech toy line, this is a must have. Whether it be the limited edition WF metallic edition, or the regular version this figure is well sculpted and true to the anime. On the secondary market, the WF limited edition Gurren Lagann figures can fetch upwards of $200USD, they are very rare and hard to find so if you do see one around, it may be a good investment. I personally got mine for about half that price, but worth is in the eye of the beholder.
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