Saturday, April 6, 2013

Keropla God Keron Part 32

The unofficial Gundam connection

A quick look at the transformation design of Tamama Submarine's second mode called exploration mode (探査モード) after the previous posting. ^^

The exploration mode as shown in the instruction manual.

Using the hinge component of the hip joint, the legs are expanded outward to their sides first.
This step is just to create some space for the leg to be folded to the front later.

Using the swivel component of the hip joint now, the legs are rotated to the front.

(Left) Using the thigh swivel, the legs are rotated until their knees are facing outward and the soles are facing the opposite direction.
(Right) Some adjustments made to the hip and knee joints to straighten the legs, now the explorer arms of Tamama Submarine. ^^

A little claw in front of the foot is flipped outward.

Both foot claws are expanded.

Done for Tamama Submarine's exploration mode. ^^

More images of the transformed mecha:

Closeups on the claws' details:

Bottom view:

With quite a bit of its body mass distributed to the front now and becoming the explorer arms, the overall look of Tamama Submarine in this exploration arm is definitely better than the cruise mode shown in the previous posting in my opinion. ^^ The arms look like appendages that are added onto the mecha to fulfill its specific function. That separation gives the submarine's main body (the upper body of Tamama Robo Mk-II) a more compact feel, as opposed to having everything squeezed behind the main body as seen on the cruise mode. ^^;

Comparison with Keroro Robo Mk-II's Keroro Jet mode:

For the final God Keron form, the head and the left arm are shown above. ^^

As mentioned in its last posting, Keroro Robo Mk-II has a special unofficial Macross-related transformation feature. For Tamama Robo Mk-II, an unofficial configuration is included as well (if you can call it that XD), not to Macross but to Gundam. ^^

Using the thigh swivel, the lower legs can be rotated until their calves are facing upward. The explorer hands/robot feet are rotated around so that the claws are facing forward.

It's Tamama Ball. ^^
Tamama Robo Mk-II just upgraded from being a marine explorer to now a space explorer. XD

As mentioned in Part 29, the similar look between Tamama Robo Mk-II and Z'Gok from the first Gundam already establishes the connection between the two series for me. With this unofficial Ball mode, I suppose you could say that that funny connection is "reinforced"? ^^ Then again, since the entire Keroro Gunsou series contains tons of parodies of the Gundam universe anyway, the links can actually be considered as "normal" I suppose. ^^

Effectively but unofficially, Tamama Robo Mk-II has five configurable forms: robot, submarine in cruise mode, submarine in explorer mode, left arm for God Keron (yet to be shown) and this unofficial RB-79 Ball form. ^^ That's one form more than Keroro Robo Mk-II. ^^ These fellas are seriously trying to outdo one another with their gimmicks it seems. ^^ The good thing is, all the gimmicks just make the model kit all the more exciting and fun to assemble and play with. ^^

Giroro Robo Mk-II will be up next but not so soon. ^^ Like its owner, the robot will be more down to earth (literally since it transforms into a tank XD) in terms of gimmicks I believe. ^^

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