Bandai only ever released the MG Build Strike Gundam once, in its Full Package configuration. But given that its mid-season upgrade – the Star Build Strike – is pretty much 90% the same, Bandai decided to spare their poor, blindly loyal fanbase and release all the necessary components for the Star Build Strike as a separate stand-alone package. This would come in the form of the MG Universe Booster.
A long-surviving part of my original childhood Armada collection, I remember buying this figure from Wal-Mart as a wee lad during Armada’s waning days on the air. By then, most of the original molds and colors had been replaced on the shelves by the Unicron Battles recolors and retools, so I couldn’t get my hands on Red Alert in his original palette as I wanted.
This kit isn’t actually mine; a female Guntoka friend bought this Dark Hound as one of her first kits probably a year or two ago. She had evidently never finished it and gave up on the kit halfway, so I asked if I could borrow it for a makeover.
I never really cared for or liked Grimlock’s character much (fanboys jump me now). The Dinobots in general just never really appealed to me; I’ve always preferred the vehicular Autobot cast. That being said, I never really had any intention of picking up a Masterpiece Grimlock, even if I was going for a mold-completion collection. However, by some crazy stroke of luck, he actually came packaged in a bundle deal with another Masterpiece I was eagerly hunting down – MP-10 Optimus Prime.
The bundle I snagged on eBay included out-of-box versions of MP-10 Optimus (U.S. Version), iGear Hench, ToyWorld Bii, Generations Warpath, and this big guy here. While I sold off the three non-Masterpieces in the bundle after taking ‘shoots for them each, I decided to hold onto Grimlock since it was one of those why-not-I-have-it-anyway things.
Another Spartan Warrior, from my same pal who lent me the Blue one. My knowledge of Halo hasn’t exactly increased since the last time I took a look at a figure like this, so I’ll still be talking about it in the context of any regular action figure.