I had meant to start working on this post after I had finished Yuno’s post, since both of them were in the same shipment, but I ended up losing a bunch of motivation and confidence. And then Animal Crossing happened. But I finally got these pictures done, quite a few more than Yuno had.
Robot Damashii Banshee Norn, from the Gundam Unicorn OVA series. Ordered from HLJ.
Oh, there’s probably going to be a lot of me saying things like, “this is like it is on the Banshee Destroy/Unicorn Gundam,” because, honestly, it is. Banshee and Unicorn are basically the same Gundam, and Banshee Destroy is just Banshee Norn in a different mode. You can make a drinking game out of it.
“Promo” picture. Nothing special, though since Banshee is mostly nearly-black, I thought this kind of lighting might be interesting. Also, has me thinking that since the original Gundam gets called the “White Devil”, then maybe an evil, opposite-colored Gundam might get called a “Black Angel”.
Since this is the Norn, technically it’s no longer piloted by the pretty cool Marida, but rather the crazy Riddhe that still can’t seem to get over the fact that Minerva didn’t want to sleep with him.
Out of the box. Banshee looks very clean and crisp. Of course, there’s hardly any paint to worry about messing up. Banshee Norn has the same engineering and overall design as Banshee Destroy (here we go) as well as the newer versions of Unicorn and Unicorn Destroy, so if you’re familiar with any of those, you won’t be finding anything particularly different here.
Face detail. Curiously, the visor on the face is actually split in half, a change from the way it was depicted on the old version of the Robot Damashii Unicorn. It’s kind of easily hidden, though. The mouth plate features some spike-shaped embellishments, which gives the Norn a bit of an Orky look.
On to articulation, I guess. There’s a lot of it! Elbows are double-jointed, so they can do this, but there’s some weird stuff going on. Parts of the sculpt on either side of the elbow have a tendency to get in the way of the other side, actually making it a bit tricky to get the arms like this. But this may also be part of another problem for me, parts of each of the elbow joints on my Norn (along with a number of other joints) are really tight and stiff, so posing has been a bit of a hassle. The wrists are also kind of double jointed, with the hands going on a ball jointed peg that itself has a bit of ball jointed movement where it connects to the rest of the arm.
Shoulders are also well-articulated, as is the Robot Damashii norm. There’s…a bit of a ball joint, a ton of hinges, and a bicep swivel. The shoulder pauldrons are on hinges of their own so they can accommodate the arm movement. The hinges at the top of each arm are tight on mine, but none of the joints are loose, at least.
This about the best Norn can do this while keeping the feet flat. The ankles are about as complex as the shoulders, with a multi-hinge system attached to a ball jointed peg. Again, some of the hinges on the ankles are tight, and I’ve popped one of the ankles out at the ball joint a few times trying to angle the foot.
Norn features the same knee solution that Banshee Destroy had, allowing a high level of movement by making the knee a sort of double joint, rather than relying on something goofy like the extending joints the original versions of Unicorn used to get more out of the knees. Bending the lower knee joint also exposes some of the inactive psychoframe that’s built within Banshee.
The Beam Magnum is mostly the same as other Beam Magnums, though Norn’s features the addition of a grenade launcher. Like the newer version of the accessory that Banshee Destroy used, the handle opens to make it easy to stick in Norn’s hands, and there’s a secondary retractable handle on the left side. The Magnum also has two pegs for storing it on the Norn, a retractable one on the top and another on the right side.
Like the other Unicorns and variants, Norn has a few slots for storing things, with the main ones being in the middle of the backpack and on the rear skirt panels. Here’s the Magnum being stored with its top peg.
Norn’s Armed Armor XC, some sort of thruster pack of which we’ve only seen a bit of so far in the OVA’s. It’s made up of two pieces, the flat panel part pegging into the backpack, and then the perpendicular fin pegging into the same slot the Magnum uses for storing.
The shield has a lot going on, itself. Apparently it has a mega cannon and some more thrusters built into it, although I neglected to get a picture of the mega cannon’s barrel at the tip of the shield. Like other Unicorn shields, the underside has some “wings” that can be spread open in an ‘X’ shape, though Norn’s shield is so much more bulky that you can hardly see the X. There’s also a small panel at the tip that can flip up, but I currently don’t know the purpose of it, unless it has something to do with the mega cannon. For some reason, there’s two panels on the sides that can be taken off, although I’m not sure if you’re supposed to.
A retractable peg lets the shield stick onto the backpack, and the shield also has two wings that can be spread while the Norn uses it for extra thrust. When the shields on the back, it makes me think of a surf board for some reason.
Norn also includes a new version of the Armed Armor VN. Apparently, the Banshee Destroy figures were finalized before the OAV episode featuring the Banshee was, resulting in the figures having a significantly different VN than what appeared in the anime. Seems Bandai decided to “fix” that by including new, more accurate versions of the VN in with the Robot Damashii of Norn, as well as with the HG kit of Norn for the people that had the HG kit of Destroy. The new VN is much bigger and more articulate.
As was common with other Unicorns, Norn includes some extra ammunition, one for the Beam Magnum and one for the grenade launcher. Both use the same pegs as the other accessories, easily storing on the rear skirt panels.
The final accessory is an adapter that clamps on underneath the skirt so the Norn can be used with Bandai’s Tamashii Stages. That’s an Act 4 there, only recently finally ordered some of the Act 5’s intended for mecha figures, but I’ll be waiting a bit to get those.
One thing Norn doesn’t have is a second head crest in an alternate material. Most RD Gundams have included two crests that can be swapped with each other, one a hard plastic and the other a softer plastic, presumably to ease concerns of breaking the harder crest. Norn’s horn doesn’t detach at all and there is no alternate, but it also seems much sturdier than previous horns or crests. I don’t really mind the change, as I never bothered swapping crests, anyways.
Norn alongside the old RD Unicorn. They’re supposed to be the same size, since they’re effectively the same mech. While I would like to get the newer version of the RD Unicorn to replace my old one, it’s been packaged as “Full Armor Unicorn” so it’s a bit more than I’d really like.
And now for a bunch of random, poorly posed pictures.
I meant to take a picture like this for the Yuno post, but forgot about it, so it’s here instead.
Also, I’ve been thinking, if anyone would like me to do some kind of post like this for any of the crap I own that I haven’t already done, I’d be open to suggestions. I could always use more practice trying to make not-crappy pictures and posts. My MFC profile has most of my weeaboo collection for easy reference, only missing a few minor things, but it also has basically none of my “western” figures, which you’d just have to happen to see from the comics or other random pictures I might have taken.