Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa GundamThe 'middle' option from the Victory toyline was a 1/72 figure of the Hexa Gundam - presumably the slightly modified Hexa was chosen ahead of the Victory itself so it wouldn't be made completely redundant by the massive 1/48 figure.

The figure does actually appear - at around 8.6 inches - to be scaled correctly for the fifty-foot Hexa Gundam (indeed, it only shows up how wrong the scaling for the MSiP figures is - this should be twice the size of its' smaller counterpart, but it's between three and three-and-a-half time bigger).


Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa GundamThe only real difference between the Hexa and the Victory in the anime is the head design - the Hexa is missing the trademark Gundam 'V', instead having pointed 'ears' mounted on the sides. It's a bit like looking at someone with no eyebrows, you twig something's different but until it's pointed out it's actually quite difficult to work out what it is.

The toy is generally nicely rendered, though in places the white becomes very barren. The Hexa is nearly all plastic, the only significant metal being a multitude of exposed screw heads. However, the larger size is generally more complementary to the design - here the flip-around shield 'generators' can be moved into the correct position, though they're not too well hidden when not in use. There are some other smooth touches, like the opening hands, or the moving boosters on the backpack however.

Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa GundamThe articulation is pretty good on the whole - only the head (which can only turn a little in each direction) lets it down. There's even a bit more space under the skirt for the legs to move. The Hexa also has electronics installed - two buttons on the waist (it would have been nice if they were on the back...) cause the head-mounted Vulcan cannon to light up - one with a machine gun sound effect, and the other with what sounds like a missile launch.

As with the MSiP figures, some minor assembly is required for the Hexa - most of the accessories, as well as the backpack, come on trees and have to be snapped together. When all of this is done, the Hexa is kitted out with a Beam Rifle (which has to be twisted in the middle in order to fit into the hand easily), a Beam Saber, a Beam Shield, a pair of gun pods that can be mounted on the hips, and a larger hand-cannon of some description. These larger work pretty well - there are hardpoints on the hips and knees where the rifle, cannon or pods can be mounted, while the cannon can unfold from a stored configuration to a firing one. The articulation is worked so the Hexa can actually wield most of the weapons convincingly, and it makes for a decent display or play piece.

Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa Gundam
Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa Gundam
Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa Gundam
Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa Gundam
Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa Gundam
Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa Gundam
Victory Gundam 1/72 Hexa Gundam

The Hexa makes no attempt at the complicated separation seen onscreen, focusing entirely on being a dynamic, well-equipped action figure. In these terms its' a success, though the size perhaps exposes the slightly unimaginative basic design of the Victory/Hexa Gundam - when not kitted out with one of the weaponry configurations, there's not much to look at. However, it's a decent enough figure, and can be found quite cheaply for a Gundam toy of this size.