Series: Super Deformed (SD)
Title: GN-0000 00 Gundam
Release Date: 10/2008
Suggested Price: ¥ 600
No. of Parts: 60 plastic +10 polycaps + foil stickers
Plastic colors: white, blue, gray, red, transparent green
Gimmicks: combining GN Sword II (2), GN shield (2) mountable on GN Drives
Contributor: Chris Guanche
Date: September 30, 2009
After nearly a four year hiatus from gunpla building, I was finally drawn back into the fold by a mounting backlog in my closet. I decided to start small (literally) by building the SD 00 Gundam from Gundam 00. Aside from being my first kit in four years, it's also my first SD kit ever. Let's see how it stacks up.
The head is made up of three large pieces, plus the V-fin. It has a pretty good range of movement when mounted on the body. Two clear green circular pieces are included for the orbs on either side of the head, as well as one over the red crest on the V-fin. If you look very closely, you can see that this piece has GUNDAM 00 written on it. Stickers are included for the eyes and V-fin, which is a solid white piece.
The torso is comprised of about four major pieces. The hip armor pieces have mounting slots to store both the GN Sword IIs. The torso allows free movement for the head, arms and legs. The backpack contains a mounting slot for the 0 Raiser, which unfortunately is not available separately. Six months after the release of this kit, Bandai re-released the 00 with the 0 Raiser.
The arms are probably the highlight of the kit. They have pretty good poseability, although this being an SD kit, you're not capable of bending the elbows. The GN Sword II fits snugly in either hand. Each shoulder has a mounting point for a GN Drive. Inside the white cone of each GN Drive is a clear green piece, which certainly adds to the accuracy level. The GN Drives can be rotated in multiple positions - in front of the arms as Setsuna does a few times, behind the arms, or pretty much any way you want. You can make some really nice poses with the GN Drives, and it's nice that they don't get in the way of the GN Swords. The two pieces of the GN shield can be combined and mounted on the left forearm, or they can separately be connected to each GN Drive, creating a wing-like appearance.
This being an SD kit, there's really not much to say about the legs. Each leg is made up of four pieces. The best that can be said about them is that with the 00 Gundam being a bit top heavy, they do a good job of keeping it upright.
Again, with this being an SD kit, there's not much in the way of accessories. Included are two GN Sword IIs, which can be switched from gun to sword mode. They can also be combined into one double-sided sword. As mentioned before, you also get a pair of GN shields that can be connected to the GN Drives or mounted together on the left forearm. That's it for this kit.
As my first SD kit, I'd have to say that overall it was a good experience. Given its small size, the 00 Gundam didn't take too long to build. It has nice poseability for an SD kit, and I like the small touches like the green pieces for the head and GN Drives. The only major downside to this kit is that it requires lots of painting from head to toe if you want it to look like it does in the anime. Unfortunately, since I don't have any paint right now, it'll have to stay as is. Given that this was a Bandai release, I'm not surprised that they followed it up with the 00 Raiser. Everything that's part of this kit is recycled in the 00 Raiser, so with a minor difference in price, if given a choice you're better off opting for the 00 Raiser.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
<<back to Gundam