First off, I'd like to point out that this kit is 1/100 yet it's
not much taller than my 1/144 HGUC GM, making it a pretty small
This head is very fragile. The actual head bit goes together with
the standard fare of visor + faceplate + polycap + 2 halves, but
then on the outside of the head there is a pair of "rabbit
ears" which are very flimsy, tend to fall off and could break
very easily if you're not careful. The polycap gives the head
a decent range of motion that allows it to turn and look up and
down fairly well.
This part of the kit is pretty simple as well: just two segments
for the abdomen that are then attached to the chest and the skirt.
My first complaint is the front skirt armor; the polycaps are
too big for the ball joint that goes into them and so the front
skirt has a tendency to fall out and generally not be poseable
at all. The other problem is that the upper body is on a peg which
allows it to rotate independently from the lower body, but again
the polycap is too loose and you will find that the kit likes
to fall apart at the midsection.
These arms are fine, no complaints here. The shoulder armor stays
in place and the arms are pretty sturdy, allowing you to pose
it with the shield and beam rifle pretty much any way you like.
The hands are simple with a fixed thumb and a poseable index finger
which hold the one weapon fairly well.
legs are where I have the most problems. First off the feet have
no sideways motion, so there is no way to get this guy to stand
up when the legs are more than a few centimeters apart because
it can't stand flat footed. The knees on this model are actually
quite nice for a no grade kit; they're double-jointed allowing
for a nice range of knee movement. The legs also have a nice touch
in the form of individually poseable thrusters on both legs. The
hips are evil though; the polycap in the legs will not stay on
the ball joints and they flop all over the place and the legs
often fall off, making this model a bitch to pose.
shoulder cannon on this guy is pretty cool; it can be pointed
in any direction without hindering the stability of the model.
It's also a complete tube up to where it connects to the body
so no horrible flat ended cannon here. The beam rifle leaves something
to be desired; it's a simple two piece job with a little clip
on the side but there are no points on the model where it can
attach, which gives the impression that the makers forgot something.
The shield comes molded in all white, meaning it's time to break
out the paint or a permanent marker to get it the way it should
Overall this model is a very poorly made kit with flaws that can
be easily solved by better manufacturing tolerances for the parts.
I love it anyway though because it's the Hardygun, but this kit
really doesn't do it justice. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone
but hardcore lovers of the design.