Review by Manuel : Soul of Popinika PX-05 Swordfish II Bandai Cowboy Bebop
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Soul of Popinika PX-05 Swordfish II Bandai Cowboy Bebop

Soul of Popinika PX-05 Swordfish II Bandai Cowboy Bebop

4  Saturday 24 May, 2014
by Manuel  Italy  

Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, written by Keiko Nobumoto, and produced by Sunrise. Its 26 episodes comprise a complete storyline: set in 2071, the series follows the misadventures and tragedies of a group of bounty hunters, or "cowboys", traveling on their spaceship, the Bebop.
The Sword Fish II arrives to you in the standard, aesthetically pleasing SOP box. Inside the box is Sword Fish with all accessories, neatly placed in a vac-u-form plastic trays.The Sword Fish II is made from a nice mixture of quality plastics and die-cast metal. It's wing span is 8 inches and the length is 9 inches from the tip of the plasma cannon to the tail. The die-cast metal content is not much as it only weighs in at about 6 ounces.Lets start off with our hero, Spike Spiegel in the cockpit pod. The pod is very small at just about 1 inch diameter. Being this small, you can just imagine how tiny the Spike figure inside is, now you simply open up a hatch that allows you to place the pod in the ship. Now that we have Spike positioned in his pod aboard the Sword Fish, you will notice the fit is really nice and still allows the pod to be pivoted from side to side.When the Sword Fish isn't airborne, it can be displayed on any hard surface using its landing gear. The front landing gear conveniently fold into the wings, just like a WWII fighter plane. Unfortunately, the rear is only removable. Once removed you are able to affix a cover over the exposed area that the rear landing gear once resided. Storage of the Sword Fish is a snap. Simply pull the wings out from the fuselage and fold up. Just like in the anime! Looking at the underside of the Sword Fish, I wanted to point out what is metal. The bottom of the cockpit area is die-cast as well as the sphere and barrel of the Plasma Cannon. Speaking of the Plasma Cannon...You are able to pull the Plasma cannon down away from the fuselage allowing 360 degrees of movement. the barrel is also able to pull forward from the sphere. Get ready for take off! With the provided stand you can display the Sword Fish in flight. Isn't it a thing of beauty? Truly an exact replica of its anime counterpart. The Swords Fish isn't without a couple more gimmicks to show. Check out the move able fins at the tips of the wings. These fins are completely adjustable. However, I must caution you, the point of rotation is plastic and feels fragile, so be careful! Lastly, we have the air brake feature. The air brake basically folds over the engine nozzle. Thus, redirecting the flow of the engine's nozzle forward, creating a braking effect. Very cool and accurate to the anime.In conclusion, I really like the Sword Fish II because of its anime accuracy and the fact that I love the show. These facts allow me to overlook the few flaws it has. I feel it is a great display piece a a nice addition to my collection. If you are a fan of Cowboy Bebop, you will love the PX-05 Sword Fish.



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