Series: New Material Model (NMM)
Gundam ("Turn A Gundam")
Release Date: 1999
Suggested Price: ¥ 7800
No. of Parts: 1 Turn A Gundam figure + 22 parts Plastic colors: white, red, blue, orange, black,
gray, green, clear yellow, clear pink Gimmicks: beam rifle, shield, Gundam hammer,
opening missile bays, missiles (6), beam sabers w/removable blades
(2), Core Fighter
Contributor: Chris 'KokopelliChindi' Knudtson Date: February 3, 2004
This is the title mobile suit from Turn A Gundam. This
figure is 1/100 and made from plastic, die-cast metal, and titanium.
In a word, excellent. Made out of plastic. Construction is nice
and detailed. All the colors are dead on. The moustache seems
to be a little wide and is made out very flexible plastic so it
doesn't break. It can look up and down slightly, and has full
This is made out of plastic and metal and is mostly hollow. The
missile bays are separate and slide into the cavities. The doors
to the bays are held in by little tabs that stay securely in place.
The back also opens so the missiles can be loaded in the back
or the front. Brackets plug into the back to hold the beam rifle
and shield. The torso is fixed in an upright pose and can only
move left and right. The top of the torso is painted light orange
instead of the correct yellow. The core fighter attaches very
firmly to the hips and required a bit of force to get it all the
way on. For some reason, one of the side skirt armors on my figure
is securely attached while the other snapped off the moment I
touched it. No matter, I glued it into place and doesn't get in
the way of leg movement.
The massive shoulders are the things I like least about this figure.
They are also attached to the arm by a very small piece of plastic
that I'm very afraid of breaking. There's a little hinged flap
on the side that allows for more arm movement. The back flaps
have the rotating brackets for the beam sabers. One of the best
and worst things about this figure is that the joints are extremely
tight. The saber brackets, shoulders, elbows, as well as the leg
joints require force to move and always hold their pose. While
this may seem to be a good thing it also means its very easy to
push too much and damage the figure. Arms have an excellent range
of movement and very detailed panel lines. The elbow is a spherical
structure that rotates as well as bends. Hands have a socket that
attach to the ball joint on the arms. There are two sets of open
and gripping hands that are slightly bendable so it can hold weapons.
I suggest widening the holes in the hands a little cause it takes
too much force to push them onto the arms.
legs are mostly made out of metal. The hips again are very tight.
There is also limited movement because of this. The Turn A is
restricted to stiff standing or running poses. Due to its weight,
stability can be issue if both feet aren't flat on the ground.
The panel lines and sharp detailing really stand out on the legs.
The knees are only single-jointed, which adds to the stiff appearance
of the figure. The louvers are made out of well-crafted titanium!
They pop out when pressure is applied to the legs and be pushed
back inside. The feet have the same impressive coloring and construction
as the rest of the figure and their shape supports its weight
One of the reasons I bought it was for
the gundam hammer with a metal chain. It looks excellent and the
figure looks awesome holding it. The beam rifle is made out of
very light plastic. The handle can fold down and the back slides
out just like in the animation. That part of the rifle is molded
in white instead of the proper gray. It is held tightly in the
brackets on the Turn A's back. The shield attaches to the arm
and has a bunch of stabilizing brackets on the inside. There is
a very noticeable screw on the inside that you only see when the
shield is attached to the back. The beam sabers are beautifully
sculpted and painted and the blades are nice and thin. They slide
into the holding brackets easily and don't fall out. The missile
silo has nice details on the inside, but is better left closed
with the missiles inside it or else you'll lose the little things.
The doors are also hard to open since they fit so tightly together.
There is also the strange cannon in the lower chest that pops
open through the use of a camouflaged button in the back. Finally,
the core fighter transforms by popping off the crotch, rotating
the cockpit and wings, and pushing the wings forward. There is
no figure inside the cockpit, which doesn't have room for one
The weight alone is impressive due to all the metal it's made
out of. The only big problem I have is the limited movement of
the legs, but with the Turn A's size it always looks impressive
standing up. The painting is superb with every panel line inked
and every color bright. The manual also deserves mentioning since
it has concept sketches and some of the history of the Turn A,
all in Japanese. This figure is not for playing due to the small
parts, tight joints, and some fragile parts. Defiantly a well-constructed,
well-painted figure and an excellent display piece.