In regards to the painted feet, even vintage dougrams (especially the blockhead) have thin paint on the feet. If you have pics of your hi-metal where it has thinned, I'd love to see them.
Don't have pics, but I can describe where they are. Pretty much the top horizontal edge of the front blue diecast 'toes'. Also a couple front toe corners also see some wear, showing a tad bit of silver from the metal underneath. I put the figure on soft surface or carpet when posing, so pretty sure its not my doing (and I barely posed this guy since out of the box). Not a big deal and it almost looks like a weathering effect. But when the whole figure looks brand new with just those, you know its not intentional Most of the figure is bare plastic though, so the paint rub probably just applies to the blue diecast feet.
The metal Damashii Hi-Nu Gundam was selling around $80-90. And that guy has big wings (fin funnels) and a pretty big build for a Gundam. So the Dougram feels like it cost an extra $40-50 when it delivers something very similar, if not smaller. The metal Damashii Ex-S Gundam is around $150, but has boosters and weapons that makes it a much thicker figure. So price-wise, Dougram should fall back to around $90-100 like some of you suggested. But oh well, what can you do, when you want one?
Cool. Its going to be interesting to compare this guy to half priced Destroids.
The Destroids have a few things about them that likely make them cheaper to produce. The upper bodies on the Destroids are much much simpler. With far fewer parts. For the most part they have no elbows and limited shoulder articulation. They are walking artilery pieces. The only exception is the Spartan, which is still by design a very basic robot. Plus add to this that most of the Destroids share the same lower body and legs. This means design and tooling costs on the most complicated part of these particular robots gets shared and amortized over three specific products.
Im waiting on "like New damaged package" Amazon Warehouse deals.... Hope to see them around $100 about a month from now.
It's worth it. My only complaint is I wish it had a touch more metal. But it largely makes up for that with some really good and interesting articulation. For a chunky 80's era "Real Robot" it's got some moves. Not quite to Sentinel levels with all the moving joints and panels, but much much closer to that then I was expecting. The posing reminds me a lot of the SRC J Decker and Might Gaine.
Looks great, and I'm totally getting it, but it's a shop exclusive. What the hell? Did the Dougram not sell out like I thought? What does this mean for our chances for an Ironfoot or Bushman or a Blockhead? Narrrrrg! :(
$120 before shipping at NY!! Not bad... Not bad tat tall.
Disagree about the 'not bad' part on the price. I bite the bullet regardless, but buying these over $100 is quite bad to begin with. Web exclusive? Then its REAL BAD! But Bandai knows we'll sucker into it anyway. Well played Bandai, well played...
I wouldn't count on it. I think I broke my record to have most POs at NY, currently 6, all web exclusives one way or the other, and its only June. Usually I'll have 1 or 2 max waiting in my account. This will be a very expensive year with all these exclusives hitting hard.