I have been waiting for this kit ever since I started collecting
gunpla because it is one of my favorite designs. Let us launch
into the review without further ado.
model's head is made around a skull like most other MGs. The mono-eye
is attached to the skull via a polycap as opposed to the gear
mechanism of the MG Zaku II and is adjusted by removing the front
portion of the head and moving the eye that way. The jaw plates
vents that should be yellow but are molded in the same colors
as the rest of the outer armor, and considering I had to attach
them separately it would have been nice if they were molded in
the correct color.
torso of this kit is pretty average and is fine to build, but
for me it felt a little hollow. The nylon tubing for the conductive
cables is pretty annoying as it will not stay in the sockets for
them on the backpack. The backpack also sports two polycap holes
that accommodate brackets to hold onto the bazookas allowing you
to pose them individually. The lower torso of the model is completely
devoid of skirt armor like the lineart. On the back the lower
torso also has a polycap to hold the shotgun on a bracket.
arms are nice with screws inside the shoulder and elbow to help
stability, and it works very nicely. The shoulder armor is attached
to the arm by a polycap and a ball joint that is allowed to move
left and right. The actual shoulder armor left something to be
desired though as they felt a little flimsy. The hands on this
guy are pretty basic like those with the MG Zaku II with a poseable
thumb and an individually poseable index/trigger finger.
legs have two thrusters attached to the thigh of each, one of
which can move in and out of the socket. The knees are double
jointed as with almost all MGs and in the left and right sides
of each respective leg there is a polycap to fit a bracket that
holds the sturm fausts. The feet are deceptive in most pictures
as they appear to be two part feet when in fact they are one solid
foot. The foot mobility is not that good on this kit either as
the leg armor above the foot restricts sideways motion meaning
that the kit cannot stand flat footed.
kit is loaded with weapons, all of which add to the cool factor
of the Kampfer. When mounted directly on the kit, the shotguns
are nicely made, and both come with a stock. The bazookas have
caps that go on either end to make it look like there is a hollow
barrel but they're too short, which means you can see inside and
tell that it's not hollow. The sturm fausts are simple construction
with two half pieces and a stick. The beam sabers come in 3 parts:
the top and bottom parts of the handle and the blade, which is
molded in yellow transparent plastic. The top part of the
handle is separate so that it can be taken apart and put inside
legs for storage (which is a bit stupid if you ask me). The crowning
glory of this kit is the chain mine, which is really long (it
around the kit 2 or 3 times) and it looks impressive when the
is posed with it in a full swing action pose.
Overall, this kit is merely average and the coloring of the armor
means quite a bit of painting for the purists among you as it's
a horrible teal blue as opposed to the brilliant blue of the actual
suit from the show. The thrusters are also molded in an orangey
yellow. The weapons make the kit a little more bearable as they
take attention away from the poor coloring.