Its been a long time since I’ve done a figure review so today I bring you a figure I’ve been eyeing for a year, the Space Battleship Nadesico from my favourite anime, Martian Successor Nadesico. For those who haven’t heard of the anime before, it’s a popular sci-fi/romance/comedy from the mid-90’s. In the midst of a losing war between Earthlings and Jovians, Nergal Heavy Industries develops the ND-001 “Nadesico”, the first Nadesico-class battleship, in order to fight the Jovians and recover company assets from Mars. The Nadesico carries a team of Aestivalis (giant robot mechs) and is equipped with a gravity blast cannon.
Nearly 20 years after Martian Successor Nadesico first aired, Artspirits added the Nadesico battleship to its B.M.F (Battleship Mech Fun) line of figures. The figure was released in February 2015 at a MSRP of 12,800 yen. Unlike most gunpla, this is a pre-painted and pre-assembled figure. Although it is non-scale, at 23cm long, I estimate it’s about 1/1300.
What I like most about this figure is that it stayed faithful to the original design. Just take a look at the reference picture above and the shots I took of the figure.
Artspirits really did do a good job replicating the Nadesico in plastic. Not everything is perfect though, as there are some minor things here and there that could be improved.
One such improvement would be the paint job. As you can see from the close-ups above, the paint has been spray-painted on and doesn’t follow the lines exactly as it should. They’re generally not noticeable though, so it’s not a problem.
What is a problem though, is that there are some minor dings and scratches on my figure as well as just general rough surfaces. You can see some of that in this picture of the engine pod.
Another issue I had was that it was impossible to get the two antennae into the slots on top of the Nadesico. The pegs on my antennae are too big for the holes so I just left them out.
I admit I have a bias for anything related to Martian Successor Nadesico, but I’m pretty happy with this figure. The main complaint I have is that for 12,800 yen I expected better quality control, but I’m willing to look past that. Now I have my fingers crossed that Artspirits will also make a figure of the Nergal Corvette Eucharis.