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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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 …
Is 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.