Contributor: Chris 'KokopelliChindi' Knudtson Date: February 3, 2004
After Shiro's RX-79[G] gets trashed, the remains are used to construct
his new MS, the Gundam Ez8. It is not surprising then, that the
Ez8 shares most of it inner frame with the RX-79[G] MG.
Two halves enclose the faceplate, eyes, and antenna. The reinforced
chin and a larger antenna plug into the front of the face .The
antennas are annoying. Not because of construction, but because
they are flimsy pieces of plastic that stick out and are easy
to snap off and lose. The bottom half of the main antenna has
to be painted to match the off-white color. The head can side-to-side
and down a little bit, but that's about it.
Construction involves sandwiching the interior with the outer
armor and adding the chest plate. All the mechanical parts and
the folding chest plate just slide into the cavities in the front
of the chest. The chest is real bulky and the vulcan drum is a
simple, one-piece affair. The chest plate folds down to reveal
inner mechanics that look excellent painted some metallic color.
The cockpit hatch also opens, revealing an interior with figure.
The backpack rack plugs into the back and has a sliding system
on it that locks into place for the storage backpack. Attaching
the backpack does not make the model overly back heavy. There
is a ball joint on the waist that allows the torso to rotate around.
The back skirt armor is fixed. The side and front skirt armors
do not get in the way of leg movement at all. The side skirt armor
has attachment points for the extra ammo clips.
arms look very simple but have a well-engineered construction.
The shoulder armors have moveable flaps for a parachute to attach
to (not included, nor even made to my knowledge). The arms have
a ball joint that goes through the shoulder armor and connects
tightly into the torso. There is an inner skeleton that the armor
slides onto instead of snapping around it. My first piece of advise
is don't tighten the screws too much or the stress of moving the
joint may cause it to snap. Elbows are double jointed and have
an armor covering that slides in between the upper and lower arm.
Nothing gets in the way of the wide range of arm movement. Three
sets of hands are included, open, fists, and the standard MG gripping
The Ez8 can kneel, even with the storage backpack attached, and
looks perfectly natural doing it. The thighs slide into their
armor covering, leaving some exposed details. There lower legs
store the beam sabers in the calves. The sabers are stored at
an angle so they're easy to remove. All the armor on the lower
leg snaps onto the frame, and is easily removed to show off the
details. The armor around the ankle is hinged to allow the foot
to move. The ankle construction is amazing. There are two joints
in the leg, one that moves the foot up-and-down, the other moves
it from side-to-side. The result is a very wide range of foot
motion. The feet themselves have no articulation and some nice
detailing on the soles.
Like all the 08th MS Team kits, the Ez8 comes fully loaded,
and this is one of the best aspects of the kit. First is the 100
mm machine gun with removable clips, folding stock, and stabilizing
handle. The gun looks great and the clips slide into place easily
and securely. The
beam rifle is a simpler construction with a stabilizing handle
and another handle on top that allows the Ez8 to carry it. The
beam rifle is hard to hold since it has so much of its weight
in front of the grip. The precision shot poses are hard to do
since the bulky chest gets in the way. The hyper bazooka fits
together well and is easy for the Ez8 to hold. It breaks into
5 parts that fit in the backpack. The backpack is made out of
several flat pieces and attaches securely to the storage rack.
The shield has a real basic appearance, but has a rotating part
that allows it to be either held by hand or stored on one of the
arm slots. Its molded in the color of the Ez8's armor and should
be painted gray. Beam
sabers have the plug in blades with a nice tapering shape. The
Shiro figure is molded in flesh color and was easy to paint, especially
since the required colors are used on the Ez8 anyway.
I'm a fan of the Ez8 for its in-the-field-constructed design,
which is well represented in this model. It looks very white and
plain when constructed and since it was a ground-type it deserves
some good weathering and battle damage. The massive amount of
weapons and the storage backpack it has are a definite plus. This
is the best-engineered model I have, easily posed and excellent
inner details. If you like the Ez8, don't hesitate to pick up
one of these.