Plamo Review

Review: HGUC Acguy

HGUC Acguy-001

The amphibious mobile suits from the original Mobile Suit Gundam series tend to be very hit-and-miss with modern audiences. Their round shapes, retro-looking limbs and melee claw weapons tend to alienate some and while appealing to others. Though I can’t honestly say that I’ve asked for a Gogg or Zock from my parents when I was little, I have warmed up to these rather oddball designs since.

Don’t underestimate the Acguy just because it looks funny – it can really mess you up.

The Acguy, along with Char’s Z’gok, are by far the most iconic of the amphibious mobile suit designs. Today, the Acguy holds a meme status amongst Gundam fans as the “moe” mech. This is due to its stubby limbs, its large hamburger-like head, and its signature fetal rest position. Dubbed as “love” by fans, the HGUC model has a good amount of expectations behind it. Does it live up to these expectations? For the most part, yes.



If you asked my opinions on blogs in general one year prior, I probably would have made a reply somewhere along the lines of “frivolous barf-buckets of unwanted opinions and irrelevant rants”. Fortunately, personal experiences have intervened since then, and as I signed up on Blogger today, I possess a markedly different opinion. I now see the pleasure in sharing work one is passionate and proud of. I now see the benefit in regular exercises in writing. And I now see the potential and need of clear, informative reviews in English about certain items within my own interests.

Although this is still very much in the tentative stage, I intend to accomplish two things with this blog:
  1. To introduce my hobbies to the audience and offer helpful and concise information on the Japanese plamos, toys and figures within my possession via weekly reviews.
  2. To post news and links of other reviews that may be of interest to my intended audience on a daily basis. I plan to do this after producing around 4-5 reviews.
Whether or not I can actually follow my conviction, I am uncertain. But I end this post with positive conviction. Expect the first review to be posted this weekend.
Update (1/9/2010): Laughing at myself right now — daily updates? What was I thinking?