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I saw Marvin’s dilemma about getting the GFF Metal Composite Psyco Gundam Mk. II. I’ve encountered that dilemma myself but it’s more because I didn’t have the money at the moment to afford buying a Gundam that’s over Php5K. But I think I can list up a couple of reasons why one should get this and why one should not get this.
And at the end of it all, you might be able to apply this to every other purchase you’re having nightmares about with regards to whether you should purchase it or not. So let’s have a look at the Psyco Gundam Mk. II and how it stands beside the Mk. I first.
The Mk. II uses a purple color scheme, still has the barrage of decals, impeccable paint detail and it actually looks like it’s ready for a fist fight. It stands a couple of millimeters taller than the Mk. I and (personally) I find the hand design to be nicer. But then it’s really a matter of preference if you ask me. I would love to own one simply for the novelty of owning both but if the Mk. II came out before the Mk. I did, I might not have given it a second glance. When I showed my partner the Mk. II and I told her I wanted to buy one, she said “ack! It’s purple! Ew!” And that is from the woman who told me outright when I showed her a picture of the Mk. I when I was in Germany: “We must buy that robot”. Needless to say, this is one helluva gorgeous action figure. The articulation is of course limited, same with the Mk. I. All I could do with my Mk. I was wave its arms around. The legs could only bend so far and you couldn’t even make it kneel. It’s like having one of those expensive and large Transformer toys that can do nothing but stand on your shelf and look menacing. But that’s it.
There are a lot of things that I can love about the Mk. II though, The face looks very Zeta’ish and menacing. There so many thrusters which makes it even more amazing because each thruster or hole on this thing is painted in very good detail.The hand and leg designs look fantastic and I’ve quite particular about how the feet and hands look on my Gundams. That’s why I don’t buy a lot of them.
Anyhoo, let’s get to the part where we debate about whether one should get this or not. But before that, I should say that I’m giving this the WMB badge. If I had the money to buy it, I wouldn’t think twice. Still, there are a lot of deciding factors that need to be discussed.
Why buy it?
- It’s a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship. And it’s in die cast metal too, well the inner frame at least. The armor pieces are made from hard ABS plastic.
- If you already own the Mk. I, then owning this would make it nicer because you have both versions.
- You’re a Gundam fanatic. Duh.
- You have a lot of shelf space and you need another robot to fill up the gaps that are collecting dust at home.
- You need something to show off at your office desk and since 80% of your officemates don’t know shit about Gundams, you will buy this and say you built it from scratch (works half the time, actually).
- You’d rather spend your money on robots than PVC figurines of sexy anime characters who cast-off their clothes and show you their animated jiggly-bits.
Why not buy it?
- To be honest, one Psyco Gundam in the house is enough. I’ll just end up wasting saliva explaining to people why a Mk. II exists. If they saw Zeta, they’ll recognize the Mk. I but will not know shit about Mk. II.
- The Mk. II is more expensive than the Mk. I. Mine cost me 5K+ when I bought it last year. I would not be surprised if this one gets past the 6K marker. That’s too big of a hole in my pockets at the moment.
- My partner doesn’t like it because it’s purple and she lurves the Mk. I because it’s black and scares the shit out of people who visit their house (it’s at her house pointing at whoever mistakingly sitting beside it on the sofa as if saying your manbits/jiggly-bits are mine!!!!)
- It would eat up more space. Yes, the base is no bigger than any regular GFFs but it’s still hulkingly huge, action figure-wise in both width and height. This baby stands as tall as a PG (Perfect Grade). If you don’t have space for a PG, you don’t space for this much less two.
- With the money you’d spend on it, you can probably get two or three other smaller Gundam model kits or GFFs. The 00 Region Exia is one nice alternative. *winkwink*
Again, it’s really a matter of preference. If you’re really that much of a hardcore Gundam collector and you have the money and space for this baby, then by all means, by it, no questions asked. Odds are you already have one and you’re playing with it right now while you’re reading this. But if you’re just a mediocre Gundam collector, with other important stuff to spend on and you already own the Mk. I, then perhaps you might want to spend your money somewhere else. Yes, I did say I’d be willing to buy this given that I had the money, but there are other factors that need to be weighed. Yes, I’ve spent bigger money on Gundams than this but that’s because I really wanted to get that particular model kit (PG Strike). That cost me more than 10K if you were to count the paint I bought and the Aile Strike Pack that I had to buy separately. But then, that’s the only PG kit I own so my collection is more of one or two of everything. Getting the Mk. II may seem at some point to be two of the same thing but in a different color scheme. They’re nearly the same size, they transform the same way, it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table unless you really have a thing for wire-guided NT beam hands.
So there. I’ve put up my reasons for getting or not getting a Psyco Gundam Mk. II. Thanks to Marvin for putting up that post. It gave me a topic to talk about in my blog.