Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising - SABER ATHENA!

Pacific Rim Uprising Select - Saber Athena - Diamond Select Toys 2018

This review is an interesting one. The Jaeger mechs in Pacific Rim are really non-sentient vehicles for the soldiers fighting the Kaiju. By definition, these Jaegers are genderless machines, but between the feminine sleek form and the name of "Sabre Athena", it's pretty much assumed that this is a female mech. I haven't seen the film yet so I don't know anything beyond what I've seen in the previews and what I've read on this packaging, but I'm excited to see this second film to see what she can do. Another thing I really like about this figure is the color. It seems silly but having a giant robot be an orangey-red color is a very weird and appealing to me. Considering the designs of the Pacific Rim Kaijus so far, I highly doubt we'll ever see humanoid female monster, but if there ever was I would buy that in a heartbeat. But until then, I'm glad to have some representation of this franchise in my collection with this Jaeger. Let's check out Saber Athena below!

Saber Athena's articulation is interesting. She has a lot of movable pieces. But her armor is so detailed that it hinders a lot of posing. Her knees and elbows are unable to be completely straight and the fins that rise out of her shoulder blades move independently from her shoulders and arms (which is actually pretty awesome) but it's difficult to make them look symmetrical.

Saber Athena comes with an alternate set of sword-gripping hands as well as two short blades and one long sword.

On a side note, if you're into Kaiju stories and you like when they battle human-piloted mechs, I highly suggest reading Mech Cadet Yu from Boom Comics. The mechs are sentient in the story and they come to earth to bond with young pilots and fight giant alien invaders. It's a terrific blend of Iron Giant, Pacific Rim, and Ender's Game. It doesn't hurt that one of my favorite artists, Takeshi Miyazawa, is drawing it.

I'm also a sucker for connecting variant covers. These two panoramas are from issues 1-4 and 5-8.

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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