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[REVOLTECH MUV-LUV ALTERNATIVE] EF-2000 Eurofighter Typhoon “Cerberus”

November 13, 2011

“I beg you! Let me go, Helga! If there are still people fighting… then I’ll never give up!”

Ilfriede von Feulner, Muv-Luv Alternative: The Euro Front

Yes, well, I had itchy fingers and couldn’t resist getting the Revoltech EF-2000 Typhoon any longer. I’ve heard plenty of aesthetical complains about it, but after thinking through about it, it seemed highly unlikely I would get a model kit of an EF-2000 anyways.

Especially if it’s made by Kotobukiya. The EF-2000 is bladed weapon incarnate, and even in the Revoltech version my fingers can already attest to the anti-BETA potential of this toy.

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Welcome to the Euro Fightas Direct Order Hotline, we also provide replacement parts and upgrades for your Typhoons so they’ll suck less than their real-world counterparts.

Some of you might be wondering why the fuck I would be buying more action figures rather than model kits, but seriously, I don’t have time to fix model kits. Or well, I could, but you all should know by now that I’m a lazy ass and can’t be arsed to wait weeks to build up a kit one at a time. Excuses, excuses.

Armaments:

– GWS-9 Assault Gun x2 (package only has one) OR

– BWS-8 Flugelberte x2 (package only has one)

– Mk. 57 Squad Support Gun x1 OR

– BWS-3 Great Sword x1 (not included in package)

– Multipurpose Armor (Spike Shield Type) x1 (not included in package)

-DS-3 Schurzen Multipurpose Armor x1 (not included in package)

– Hardened Body Frame Surfaces

– Arm/Leg Blades

Summary:

The mainline machine of the Muv-Luv Alternative: The Euro Front side-stories, the EF-2000 is the Tactical Surface Fighter equivalent of our real-world EF-2000 EuroFighter Typhoon, with a few key differences. Developed by the multi-national company consortium Euro Fightas as a third-generation anti-BETA TSF instead of the more anti-TS-oriented F-22A Raptor, the Typhoon is the culmination product of thirty years of combat against the encroaching BETA across the entire continent of Europe. Boasting spectacular maneuverability and flexibility, the Typhoon’s body is outfitted with hardened and sharpened blades and surfaces, guaranteeing a quick dismembering to smaller BETA that get too close or into the flight path of a Typhoon. Against larger opponents, the Typhoon has the BWS-8 Flugelberte as its primary melee weapon, a European-developed close-combat weapon modeled after a one-handed axe. Other melee weapons, like the larger BWS-3 Great Sword, exist for use on larger opponents.

This does not mean that the Typhoon is shortchanged in the ranged department, however. On the contrary, the Typhoon not only has its own Assault Gun system developed for it exclusively, but also the Mk. 57 Support Gun, a powerful armament that allows the user to equip different barrel types to fire different ammunition types to fulfill various combat roles, whether be it support fire, cannon bombardment, or area suppression.

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ILFRIEDE SHORYUKEN!

Revoltech is famous for using their ball-joint system on most of their products, and the Typhoon is not much different. This is a bit of a point of contention amongst people who want to own a TSF. For some the ball joints are just too far a cry from the Typhoon’s original joint design (especially around the upper body half) and it detracts from the original design too much; myself, I don’t care for much in this case since I like the Typhoon well enough.

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Defending London without support fire is suffering.

As per a Revoltech, the Typhoon is ridiculously flexible and allows for a great variety of dynamic poses that make it all too clear that the lack of BETA figurines available out of Japan is a severe loss. It comes with an effect part to simulate a hard step on the ground as well. Out of the box, the joints are tight (maybe a little too tight, but that’s okay) and you won’t find any trouble with the Typhoon staying still unless you’re planning to mount the Support Gun on it.

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Double Blade Star Super Speed Attack! …something like that or whatever.

Since the Typhoon’s original design is blades and more blades, you can do plenty of free-hand poses with it if you don’t like the weapons; about the only flaw with this is that the shoulder block armor and the arm are in one piece, which does take away some of the fun in posing it.  As for bling, you can’t put the effect part on the hand, but the Typhoon isn’t a magical robot and doesn’t need that anyways.

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Gentlemen, I give you… a boot to the head.

Kicks are a bit harder to do because of the nature of the leg joints. Those Revoltech joints aren’t exactly a ball-socket joint (which would be just swell on the Typhoon because you would be able to do all sorts of poses on it, but the joint would also wear out just from maintaining the position) but closer to a hinge joint, which does reduce the number of possibilities on how you can pose the legs even after time spent fiddling. Too bad about that, because those leg blades are just waiting to be exploited.

That said, the Typhoon still has very flexible legs, so don’t let me deter you from trying out nut kicks or back horse kicks or other silly kicks.

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One-hit Sure Kill Alien Asploding Punch!

If you even desire it, you can try for a headbutt pose and tell me how it goes. Yes, the EF-2000’s head fin is not only a sensor mast, it’s also hardened and protected, and its entire head is, to quote anonymous, “sharp enough to cut a Destroyer”. Find a Robot Spirits/Revoltech figure that you think would go well and give it a spin!

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They tell new pilots not to hover because it burns fuel like a machine-gun mows down Tank-class BETA.

Leaving the Support Gun aside for one moment, the Typhoon also comes with a stand. This means that combined with the leg effect part, you can put the Typhoon into as many dynamic poses as you can think of. The stand even comes with an extension part, but the one failing of that is that since the Typhoon is a very back-heavy heavy figurine (thanks to the position of its weapons mount and its two thruster units that are the standard equipment of all TSFs), the stand is very bottom-light by comparison and unless you find something to weigh it down, it’s not going to support your axe-swinging warrior for long.

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Muv-Luv Alternative is alot like Warhammer 40 000 in the sense that skilled warriors either learn how to be ambidextrous, or they learn how to sleep in the grave for all time.

As just mentioned, the Typhoon’s little flaw is that most of its equipment is mounted on its back. Adding to that, Revoltech joints are not particularly easy to pose into a standard standing position (at least, on THIS Typhoon) and making an EF-2000 stand straight is harder than dealing with a horde of BETA. Dynamic poses without the stand are easier, but the best way to keep your Typhoon upright is using the basic stand with no extension.

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With a giant robot, being picked for heavy gunner is a squad is no longer suffering. In fact, it’s ENJOYABLE.

Perhaps the greatest aspect of the Typhoon can be demonstrated once you equip the Support Gun on it. Even the box tells you that the Typhoon can lie down on the ground in prone position to use the Mk. 57, and once you get the hang of fiddling with it it shouldn’t be too hard to put your Typhoon down for some gunner action as well. The Mk. 57 even comes with a support stand!

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It’s every American man’s manly dream to run and gun down scum with a support weapon, but for the Typhoon, it’s all just a day’s work.

We up the ante with a kneeling pose. This one shows that the Typhoon has no trouble kneeling down without listing off-course too much. If the prone position was for bombardment, then this would be when the Support Gun is used as a sweeping weapon. As previously mentioned the barrel can be swapped with parts to allow the gun to use different kinds of ammunition; if there’s a cosmetic difference, then the canon information for the Euro Front probably hasn’t mentioned it yet. For now, I’ll stick to dynamic poses to tell me what my Typhoon’s supposed to be doing.

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Mk. 57 Support Gun; easy to use, simple to clean, light to carry! Call 1800-EURO-FIGHTAS to get yours today!

Mk. 57 in standing pose. Just imagine that effect part is a splash of water or something.

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EUROPE STRONG! (Actually one of the two is some kind of magical random magic gothic construct from another world or whatever.)

Truth be told, I wanted to get a Fate Testarossa Figma, but then the Eurofighter was also on my get list, and at a lower price. Oh well. Next Anime Fair Asia, or if I find one while out roving on a weekend then!

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Light artillery, on the go!

The stand that comes with the Typhoon is a miracle of the universe.

Some more images here.

Verdict:

The Revoltech Typhoon (This particular one in the colors of the Cerberus unit), with the exception of the ball joints, is a great figure to have overall. It’s pose-able, it’s flexible, and it’s got great playability with its decent range of weapons and parts. Some of the parts might be sharp, but then again this is in the inherent Typhoon design, not a figure kit problem. The stand is a little light at the bottom, but it’s nothing particularly damning and  the Typhoon isn’t that heavy a figure to cause problems with balancing.

Overall, it’s a great buy if you aren’t pedantic about the whole balljoints-not-following-original-design thing or some design deviations from the Typhoon lineart, and a good addition to a Muv-Luv fan’s collection of RAEG-inducing Muv-Luv merchandise alongside the undoubtedly soon-to-increase-in-number of related Kotobukiya kits. I’m still waiting out for the F-22A, but we shall see.

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One comment

  1. It looks even more sexy out of the box. AND DAT GUN.



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