Hi-Metal R Macross Destroid Spartan
I can’t believe we’re finally getting the Destroid Spartan in toy form. Previously all we’ve had to go on were the old model kits.
In the Anime, these guys were mostly background characters which served as defensive units for the Macross while the Valkyries were out as the assault forces. I’m really glad Bandai released them in toy form, with diecast too!
Melee weapon (“Metallic Club”)
Mauler RQV-10 anti-aircraft laser guns
Opening up the central hatch reveals a whole mess of artillery.
The Astra TZ-IV gun cluster featuring the following:
-1 x laser gun
-1 x 32 mm machine gun
-1 x 180 mm grenade launcher
-1 x 12.7 mm Machine Gun
-1 x flamethrower
While the shoulder hatches open to reveal 2 x Bifors close-in self-guided rocket launcher with 12 rockets per launcher.
Mechanical details from here:
I had a tough time telling where the diecast was, but it’s definitely there as there’s a good amount of heft to this figure when you hold it. I think it’s mainly in the legs, underneath the plastic “armor” pieces.
A couple of minor downsides though, first, the figure lacks accessories. Only hands and the melee club weapon. But it is what it is, as the Destroid Spartan never really did much in the show other than shoot and occasionally get blown up as cannon fodder for the enemy.
Second, the toy doesn’t have any ratchet joints. This somewhat takes away the “high end toy” feel of this figure, but only by just a bit. I think it would’ve totally blown me away if this guy had some ratchets.
I’m not too crazy about the pegs for the wrist as popping them off can be a bit of a challenge, since the hands are a bit big. But once you get used to it, it’s not too bad. I just wish they were metal.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the original Macross series and have been collecting the Hi-Metal R toys, you won’t be disappointed with this release.