Super Robot Chogokin Anti-Gurren Lagann
Anti-Gurren Lagann made it’s first official appearance on the 5th of April 2012 in “Super Robot Wars ZII” as a part of the 20th anniversary of the “Super Robot Wars” series.
Anti-Gurren Lagann is piloted by Simon, and it represents Simon at his most depressed and hopeless state which is reflected by the dark colour scheme.
Name: Anti-Gurren Lagann
Series: Gurren Lagann
Line: Super Robot Chogokin
Material: ABS, PVC, Zndc
Release: June 2013
Original Price: ¥6,090JPY
Height: 155mm / 6.10inches
I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “sexy” to describe any sort of toy packaging but in this case I can’t think of a better word. The black and red graphic on the front of the box is dynamic and emotive, perfectly capturing the essence of the Anti-Gurren Lagann! Inside it’s a pretty standard setup with the figure and contents safely encased in plastic trays.
Anti-Gurren Lagann comes with 3 extra pairs of hands, 3 optional face plates, purple Anti-spiral drills x 4, drill set A (26 drills), drill set B (6 drills) and a Tamashii Stage adaptor.
The SRC Gurren Lagann design may not be suited to everyone’s taste as the lower body is quite stylized. I’m not sure why Bandai decided to do this as the rest of the SRC line toys seem to be very anime / show accurate. The weird thing is the upper body design looks fairly conventional, it’s only the wide hips and huge knee caps that goes a bit too far for some people. Having said that, the toy is beautifully made and feels very solid in the hands. I personally love it!
This guy is loaded with joints, too many to count so I’ll do a quick run down from head to toe. Head is double ball jointed, beck has a swivel joint, shoulders are ball and swivel jointed, elbows are double jointed with one being ratcheted, wrists are swivel and ball jointed, waist rocks side to side and back and forwards and rotates, hips swivel up and down and are also ball jointed, knees are double jointed with a ratchet, ankles are ball and swivel jointed and can also extend. Not to mention all the joints that hold the armour parts.
The colour scheme for the Anti-Gurren Lagann may be simple but it looks insanely good and it is beautifully applied. The red contrasts so well against the black without overpowering it which adds to the sinister look of the Anti-Gurren Lagann.
The forearm can be detached and swapped with Gurren Lagann and a number of other releases from the SRC toy line. Anti-Gurren Lagann can also make use of SRC Gurren Lagann’s Gurren Wing as it shares the same mould on the back of the body.
Looking at a front on comparison against the SRC Gurren Lagann, obviously they share most of the same mould but as far as I can tell Anti-Gurren Lagann has new face plate, new torso “face” and new shoulder armour. Good to see it isn’t just a straight repaint.
I’ve always loved Gurren Lagann ever since the first time I watched the anime and even though that was quite a few years ago now I am super glad to see there are still new toys coming out from this franchise. I will always be a fan and will probably buy any mecha toy related to the series but I can genuinely say I love the SRC Anti-Gurren Lagann, even more so than the standard version. As the old saying goes, once you go black you can never go back!
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