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HCM Pro 1/200 Asshimar Figure

HCM-Asshimar

Another great figure from the HCM Pro series!

HCM-Asshimar3As usual, the figure has great details, panel lining, and tempo printing in small tiny size.

Same as other HCM Pro figures, the Asshimar has good articulation but not the strongest comparing to other Bandai figures now-a-days.

What’s great about this figure is the perfect transformation!! Easy to transform and managed to hide all the parts perfectly. It can also do a sort of Macross Valkyrie’s Gerwalk mode transformation as shown above!

HCM-Asshimar7One of the great feature that most of the HCM Pro figures does not have is it included a display stand.

This is definitely my favorite HCM Pro figure that I collected.

 

Robot Spirits Gundam Wing Zero vs. HCM Pro Hambrabi

I had basically handled 3 Gundam figure lines (other than model kits) before, they are the HCM, HCM Pro, and now the Robot Spirits.

I would like to compare these 3 similar toy lines together. However, all my HCM figures are gone for years, so I do not have anything in hand for comparison. But as per my previous HCM Pro  Gelgoog posting, HCM Pro is pretty much a progressive version of HCM line in all aspects.

Damashii-Wing0 But how do these newer Gundam toy lines – Robot Spirits – compare to the older line – HCM Pro?

I am going to make the comparison with Robot Spirits Wing Zero and HCM Pro Hambrabi. Although they are totally different characters, the comparison will only based on the general features.

1. Size

Robot Spirits is in 1/144 scale (left), while HCM Pro is only 1/200 scale (Right). Depending on your preference, some collection prefer the philosophy of larger is better! For me, size is not the most important criteria in my collection.

2. Details

Despite the smaller size, HCM Pro has the tampo printing with partial inner frame detailing, little bit of panel lining, and with clear parts. But Robot Spirits has basic coloring, no inner details at all, no panel lining, and no clear parts. HCM Pro is an obvious winner of this department!!

3. Articulation

Robot Spirits is famous of its body frame design, which has great articulation with great posability. HCM Pro was still using the single joints system, parts are usually loose and easy to pop off due to the tiny frame. Robot Spirits’ joints are more solid and stable on the other hand. Robot Spirits is a pure winner in articulation!

4. Accessories

Both Robot Spirits and HCM Pro provided enough weaponry and interchangeable hands for their figures. HCM Pro usually has the weaponry on a plastic plate that require cutting and assembling (sometimes), which is a little bit inconvenient. Robot Spirits has a slight advantage on the accessories department.

 5. Transformation

This is the most disappointed category in the Robot Spirits line of all. Despite the size, HCM Pro managed to do perfect transformation for their figures, while the Robot Spirits are taking the easy way out with parts-formation only. Even the Wing Zero with such a simple transformation concept, it is still only a parts-forming.

This is very disappointing to me because Bandai can make a perfect transformation on a 3.5″ / 4″ tall figure, you know that they are more than capable to do the same in a larger size figure.  But they just won’t do it. Wing Zero is the one that rarely be able to transform already, the other figures (that suppose to be able to transform) just do not have these feature at all.

6. QC Issue

To be particular, it is mainly paint issue, which mostly happened in Bandai’s newer figure lines. I had experienced these issue on Robot Spirits, SH Figuarts, and Super Robot Chogokin. There are always bit of missing spot, tiny black dot, or spot that has obvious thinner paint etc found on the figures. I never experience these with the older line such as HCM Pro, Soul of Chogokin, or SIC etc. Not sure, if those lines are using different manufacturer or what …

HCM-Hambrabi4Is the Robot Spirits a progressive line of HCM Pro? In conclusion, it is only 50 / 50. But for sure, if Bandai wants to, they can easily make this line better in all aspects. It’s just a matter of if they want to put up the effort in it or not.

HCM PRO MS-14S Gelgoog

When I first got into collecting, the ’80s HCM series was the beginning of my collecting journey.

My old high school friend was the one who introduced me into nostalgia toys. One day he brought a HCM Zeta Gundam for me, and I had been collecting since then.

I choose to collect the HCM series, not only because of my friend. I felt that most of the collectors in those days were collecting the ’70s diecast toys and the jumbo vinyl toys etc, so I wanted to choose something that not everybody collect. (Sort of childish now thinking back) Also the HCM release were from the anime that I loved, such as Gundam, L. Gaim, and Macross etc.  I was also amazed with how flexible and posable those HCM figures were back in those days. Therefore I continue on my collection on the HCM.

Unfortunately, I cannot show any of the HCM figures or other toys that I had in my earliest collecting years. Cause those are all gone and sold to somebody else. As I had been through some tough time in real life and also made some common collector mistakes in my early collecting years. After I sold all my collection, I actually quit for a few years.

When I was back to the collecting business again in the 2nd time, one of my first series to go for again is the HCM. But this time with a “Pro” go after it. A brand new successor of the ’80s HCM series.

The original HCM series is a 1/144 scale line, and the HCM Pro series is in an even smaller scale of 1/200. Although the figures are tiny, the amount of details in those figures are crazy. The posabilities are a day and night difference from HCM. The tampo printing is a trademark of the series.

Here are the HCM Pro Gelgoog just to shown how good Bandai’s craftsmanship can be on this tiny 4″ figure: