Review: [Bandai] Gundam 00 Robot Mascot Haro

Review: [Bandai] Gundam 00 Robot Mascot Haro

I’m not a big Gundam fan per se, but somehow this particular item kinda intrigued me. I remember that only Gundam G caught my attention from the entire MS Universe. After seeing Gundam 00, I became very fond of the orange haro that Lockon is always dragging along and using when he’s sniping targets on his Gundam. So after the pre-orders came from our local shops, I immediately placed an order for one and decided to check it out.

Packaging:
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The packaging is the standard box type with various pics of the figure on the back and the sides that features the different stuff Haro can do.

Overall Likeness-●●●●●
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I’d say it’s pretty much spot-on. Looks very much like the haro from the series, except it’s a bit smaller(1/4) in scale.

Paint and Material Used-●●●●●
The pvc used for Haro is very durable(like most materials for toys meant to be played with). There are no paint applications since the pvc itself is colored. It also sports an LED for the eyes for it’s light-up gimmick. Overall the materials and colors are superb.

Gimmicks/Accessories-●●●●●
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Haro has small arms on each side, under its ear flap, that you can retract. It also has a pair of legs you can attach to its torso to simulate its humanoid form. It comes with a translucent orange base that has a rounded bottom. The reason for that is because of its motion-activated lights and sound gimmick. You can turn it’s ear outward for that funny Mickey Mouse look.

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One interesting and very functional gimmick of this is the time and alarm function. You can set the time and alarm via the control panel on its back. The voice instructions for telling the time and setting the alarm is all in Japanese though, so a little bit of knowledge in counting Jap would be a very big help. To set the time, press the “C” button first. It will then say “Jikan wa?” which means it’s asking for the time (am/pm). Press “A” if it’s am and “B” for pm. Then press “C” again and it will say “Jikan wa?” again (for the hour). Press “A” repeatedly to get to the right hour(it counts from ichi to ju-ni/1-12). Press “C” again to confirm and it will say “Fun wa?” which means it’s asking for the minutes. Press “A” for the first digit and “B” for the second digit. Pressing “C” again finalizes the time and haro finishes the step by saying the time. Pressing “A” first instead of “C” sets the alarm and follows the same step as setting the time. After that, you can gradually check the time by pressing the square button on top of its head.

Another fun feature of this toy is its motion and sound activated gimmicks. Depending on how you move it and what you say to it, it either flaps its ears, rocks to and fro, lights up its eyes, or a crazy combination of any of these. You can even roll it on the floor while in ball mode and it will raise its ears and stand on it’s own and utter a phrase or two. Here’s a video sample of what Haro does when it listens to the Buster Machine March(it seems that it likes this song very much since it reacts a lot when it plays on my pc):

Some of the things Haro said are:
Kureru! [Give it to me!]
Eii?!
Lockon! Lockon! [referring to Lockon Stratus, Gundam 00 Pilot and the orange haro’s owner]
Haro! Haro! [Hello! Hello!]
Haro! Kyuuto! Kyuuto! [Haro cute!]
Haro! Mawaru! Mawaru! [Hello! Turn round and round!]
Tsurutsuru! [Slippery~]
Ikitteru! [I’m alive!]
Asobou?! [Let’s play?!]

Haro apparently has 4 modes(thanks to Aenid for the info):
-Normal (is when it keeps on saying its name)
-Gundam ( is when it says the names of the Meisters’ names, the GN Particle and the ‘beam rifles’.)
-Girl(is when it starts saying cute all of a sudden)
-Taisa ( is when it acts like a Colonel (hence the Taisa name) and says, “Wakasa, ayamachi!” which roughly means ‘Youthfulness is a mistake!’ and “Bouya dakara sa!” ‘Because he is a child!’)

Overall-●●●●●
I highly recommend this toy, especially if you’re bored as hell and want an annoying, albeit entertaining, desktop companion. At first I never really thought I’d appreciate it much, but when you work alone, and at the wee hours of the morning, a good talkative companion is always welcome to have!

Series: Gundam 00
Manufacturer: Bandai
Scale: 1/4
Suggested Retail Price: Php 2200-2300 | ¥ 4,571
Release Date: March 2008
Where to Buy Locally:
Wasabi Toys
Great Toys Online

Where to Buy Internationally:
HLJ

Author: Akutenshi 13

AKA Layk-da-Shadows, Master-Vision. Akutenshi was a trained ninja from birth. Tired of running over water and catching arrows with eyes closed, he left his ninja clan in pursuit of another purpose. Stumbling upon some ancient portal, he was transported to modern day Metro Manila. Using his ninja skills for survival, he found out that his deft hands were also good in art. After spending a few years in some doobie-laden fine arts college, he struck out in the world as a graphic artist. He has since become a Photoshop and Flash animation sensei. He also works as a part-time kamen rider saving lives and collecting action/sexy figures and gachapons for world peace.

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10 Comments

  1. I saw this at Toycon and was dead set at buying it..but 2200?? T_T I guess I’ll have to save more. I didn’t think it would be that expensive.

    opted for Virtue first grade instead…ehehe ^^

    PS: I’m a girl…skipping the confusion later on..(>__<)

  2. It’s ok, I know a lot of girls who collects Haro. ^_^ I have to say it’s worth every penny in my opinion. Just don’t forget to invest in rechargeable AAAs. 😀

  3. I actually just got mine in the mail today, and I must say that your review has been the absolute most helpful thing I’ve found thus far. Since I can’t read Japanese, I was completely lost with what to do other than getting the batteries in, and after fooling around with it for half an hour, it’s a big relief to have at least the time set. But even then, my Haro just sort of went back to sleep after I set the time. Now it’s not saying anything or moving at all. Is there still something I have to do to get it to work like yours? Thanks so much! ;3

  4. @DieRuhe

    Haro has a sleep mode. It sleeps at 9pm and wakes up at 7am. If you wanna play with it in the middle of the night, you can just set the time differently and place the correct time afterwards. I would also recommend buying rechargeable AAAs. I bought one in CDR King and the battery is still working after 2+weeks (unlike the energizer which lasted for only a day LOL). Enjoy~

  5. Hey guys, where did you get those Haro? Are they selling them internationally? Could some kind person gimme a link? Thanks 8D

  6. Btw, the links that you’ve provided, all of them are either out of stock or discontinued… Do you have other new links? 8D

  7. just got mine and I am still learning how to work it, how to I put it in the mode for it to start saying the miesters names?

  8. @Zammy
    Mine just got here, and I’m trying to figure out the same.XD

  9. I think the modes activate randomly. We got our Haro yesterday and he was fluxuating between GIrl and Meister mode.
    Dx It all depends I think.

  10. Both WasabiToys and GreatToys are out of stock. Anyone knows where could I find one? Thanks

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