#3016: ROBOT DAMASHII <Side FFN> | FAFNER MARK ELF
Fafner in the Asure was one of the better series that came out in the early 2000s due to its deep plot and intricate character development. What makes the series more special are the Fafner units themselves. With aesthetics comprised of hard angles and organic surfaces, translating them to figure form would elicit curiosity. Six years after the series ended, Bandai decided to do this and released the Fafner Mark Elf as part of the ROBOT Damashii line. From the get go, one question comes to mind: Where are the joints? Within those angled cuts at the arm and leg units are multiple swivel joints that give the figure its poseability. That said, these don’t work exactly like normal joints. Being angled meant that rotating them won’t produce a straight bend, which also meant rotating additional swivel joints to produce basic stances. Poseability aside, there is one issue that detracts from the overall play pattern of this figure — the wrist joints. These are small ball joints that rotate and have hinges for side-to-side movement. While in itself isn’t a problem, the forearm assembly has armor that covers halfway above the wrist that results in thee tedious process of replacing manipulators. This proves to be quite unfortunate as Fafner Mark Elf includes a number of accessories, including the Main Blade, Railgun, Gegner and the Ruga Lance. Both ranged weapons can be attached via various shoulder ports while the Ruga Lance can be split in half to simulate its energy attack, though no effect parts are included.