Do you have at least one or two of those back-heavy Gunpla or Gundam figures that have to be next to a wall to keep from slumping?  Does its wings/equipment serve as a support to keep from falling over?  Wanting to display your Gunpla and figures in more dynamic ways?  Needing something to help for expressing a Gunpla’s articulation as you take photos for a Gunpla review umpteenth in the world of Gunpla blogs?

Well, Bandai has an answer for all of that…

 

(Obviously the obligatory front/back views for the review.)

This is a review of Bandai’s “Action Base 1” display stand; one of three in their answers for the potential plight of Gunpla hobbyists, coming in one of many colors.  I got mine in gray, since it was on sale at a specific store during the time I got it.  Otherwise, I would’ve sought the clear version.

Bandai’s second answer–the  “Action Base 2”–is a smaller version available for smaller-scaled models/figures such as the ones seen in these photos.  I could’ve gotten one for them instead of this, but I do have 1/100-scaled Gunpla in my backlog.

 

Cover / Manual

 

Runners

Yes, the display stand is a model to be built.  In my current “green” status of being a Gunpla hobbyist, I didn’t expect this.  I expected some assembly, ala a typical stand used for figures like the ones in the Robot Damashii series.  Fortunately, I didn’t screw up deleting the photos like I did for a certain other Gunpla review, so here it is:

 

“Front”/”Back” & detailed views

The completed look of AB1, with minor details added by me.  I don’t know why I did add the details; is it because of a crave of some kind?  But I did stop after the minor parts seen in the middle, here.  It’s not a Gunpla I wanted to build, yet I have a craving to at least do a little pizazz in detailing the stand as if it was a true model.  It may feel like similar plastic is used for it, but I still wouldn’t call it a model when the function of it is to support models.

Also, why is it detailed?  There’s a review of it (amongst other display stands) by Z of the “Gunpla Inochi” blog and he brought up the excess details of this display stand as a negative, and I agree.  It’s a bit busy, and distracts from what it supposed to serve as.  But if you care to dress up the generic details (even if they’re small vents or huge basic pipes), then this is a bonus.

 

Accessories

Outside of the octagonal base and the support struts, you get:

  1. An additional square base attachable to any side of the octagonal base.
  2. Five attachable holders; three standard prongs, one small “wrench”-shaped holder (for hinges/sides of legs in Gunpla?), one paddle-shaped holder.
  3. Two screws (one for the top of the strut for strength , one for the “paddle” holder).
  4. A small “tab”; likely for displaying a name.
  5. A small square-shaped paper for use on the name “tab”.

Some notes:

  • This is actually my first use of screws in my Gunpla hobby.  I may not consider it a true plamo given it’s purpose, but it still has the feel of one for me to recognize it.  I recently discovered just how useful that screw is.  When applying it during building, use a smaller Phillips head screwdriver.
  • The smallest of the standard prongs (at least for my stand) tends to easily swivel around.  Maybe when I use it in the future, I should see if my past usage of tape would work here… (It didn’t when I tried it on the wings of my EMSiA Wing Gundam Zero ver. EW/Custom; I used superglue for it.)
  • I have no plans on further decorating and customizing the stand for a specific Gunpla or figure, so I don’t bother with adding a name to the name tab.  I probably shouldn’t bother with the tab itself.

 

Articulation

At least in Gunpla hobby, most stands have articulation of some kind, at least to fit the Gunpla into whatever prongs or arms (or what not) being used to hold it, let alone without collapsing or toppling over from any heaviness.  At most, it’s to give the displayed Gunpla a little more of a dynamic (aerial) pose or something similar.

The red arrows in the following image display articulation, with clear ones indicating it can go in the opposite direction, and blue arrows displaying a couple of important notes.

The red arrows basically indicate what each piece can do; the couple of clear ones indicating that the struts can go in the other direction.  What the image fails to note in any arrows, though, is that the support struts (and tab) can be disconnected from any hole and put into another.  Best put into certain ones where the struts can easily connect together to provide effective support.

The blue arrows and highlights indicate the following:

  • Obviously where the end of the smaller support strut should connect with the larger one.
  • The fact that you need to pull the tab (from the larger strut) outward in order to extend the strut.  To lock in place, push back in the tab, putting the bump of the tab in-between the ridges.
  • The smaller strut’s way of extension involves twisting, pulling out, and locking into place by sticking the sore thumb back in.

 

Action Base…….. In ACTION!

“Oh, god, the Mustached One has a devil bird spawn… But it’s big-ass mass MS-destroying rifle is no match for my FLAT’s Hyper Vibration attack!  …Is it?”

“Ugh… I can’t believe my Twin Buster Rifle’s screwed.  Can it at least wipe out massive amounts of grunt MSs right now?”

“I’ve gotta find the person who piloted this in GvGNP and gut his MS for screwing this up and creating lame dialogue captions.  Ah, hell with it…”

“…I guess I’ll settle FOR YOU!”

 

My Final Two Cents:
I think this stand typically goes for around $6-7, sans tax/shipping.  I got it for a dollar (or so) less when it was on sale, and it was either getting it or search hard for some other Gunpla of similar price for the hell of it, so I got the stand, after having used a small plastic container rack of a CD/DVD stand… (Yes, the one seen in one of the above photos.)

I don’t like the detail of the base, but it isn’t something that truly bothers me.  The potential swiveling of one or two prongs is more of a bother, but it hasn’t become much of a nuisance to the point of being a serious negative.

I understand there are more expensive stands (whether they’re generic figure stands or Tamashii Stages for figures like ones from the RD series), and they also serve their purpose for Gunpla and figures. (If they didn’t, you’d expect they would’ve been discontinued years ago.) Whether they work more effectively, I personally don’t know as I have yet to get a second display stand.

This stand basically does what it’s served to do any of what’s listed in my intro.  And if any of that applies to you, I’d get it.  I think the fact that it’s cheaper in price (generally) would be a factor leaning in favor of it.  It would be for me…

 

For a different viewpoint, Z of the “Gunpla Inochi” blog has a review page on display stands, of which includes the AB1.

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