Review: LBX Dot-Phasor (Danball Senki Wars)
Retail Release – April, 2013 – ¥1,000
Danball Senki is your typical Japanese children’s show. The cast is primarily pre-teen kids that operate little robotic models called LBX. While they are meant as a hobby, adults take these little robots and use them for things like terrorism, hacking, and attempted murder because someone thought it would be cool to make these robots wield military grade weaponry so they could fight each other. That’s Danball in a nutshell. The newest series, WARS, puts the kids in an academy that uses LBXs as a means of simulating war to gather data on how certain wartime situations would work and what the outcome would probably be. That’s the newest season in a nutshell.
The main character of Wars, Arata, eventually receives the LBX Dot-Phasor from the Academy. Dot-Phasor is a Brawler Frame LBX with a gun, sword, and shield weapons cleverly titled the “Multi Gimmick Sack.” I couldn’t make that up if I tried. Unlike the Hyper Function kits I reviewed earlier, the basic LBX kits build the entire body of the LBX, so it has no Core Skeleton. All the pieces of the LBX can be swapped with others to create some fun combinations. Dot-Phasor, like most LBXs, feature articulation in the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles. The sword and gun can be modified into different formations, and can even be combined to make a larger gun, a club, or combined with some additional pieces to make a huge sword. Dot-Phasor is an interesting design that is very reminicent of the previous main character’s Brawler Frame LBXs. While it is a reminder of course, it has its own feel and design that is really great. I love the color scheme, as something like this isn’t used in LBXs that often. A great original kit and an awesome start to the Danball Senki Wars kits. Definitely worth the ¥1,000 price tag.