Woah, be careful when you open the box when you buy this kit,
you might be blinded by the reflected light.
This head suffers from a couple of problems; most notably the
fact that it has very obvious seam lines down the top of the head,
which are made even worse by the contrast with the gold finish
of the kit. The faceplate, and the part that goes around it are
all molded separately so as to hide the marks where it has been
cut and it does this fairly well, but there is no effort at all
to hide the two cut marks that you get inevitably across the back
of the mohawk sensor. Also this kit doesn't come with a sticker
for the front camera, which I would say is essential considering
the huge seam line across it which makes the head look terrible.
Overall it has an average range of motion.
This is very nice indeed, the torso has great mobility and is
jointed at the abdomen so it can twist independently of the lower
torso. The skirt armor is very poseable at the front but on the
sides it can't move more than about 10 degrees, which restricts
the poses you can do with it. The backpack is beautiful with separate
red parts for the power transfer cables and fully poseable binders.
One problem with the binders though is that they get in the way
of the shoulders and stops them from moving as freely as they
could were the binders not there, which means you have to remove
them to twist the arm to the correct position if you want it to
pose with arms about the head.
Very nice poseability but again there's the problem with seam
lines and the cutting marks. Though the makers have done well
to hide the joints in the arm so you can't see the polycaps. The
hands aren't the regular ball joint configuration but instead
have pegs and a polycap that only rotates about one axis, this
means it reduces the number of ways you can hold the weapons but
increases their stability. The hands themselves aren't the standard
HGUC ones made out of a polycap-like material but plastic ones
with a removable back plate on them to put weapons in. The problem
is Bandai only included 3 sets of hands; two regular gripped ones
for sabers, and only one right-handed trigger hand for the beam
rifle, which kinda sucks.
are great compared to the rest of they kit, most of the seam lines
are beautifully hidden as are cutting marks which shows the great
foresight that the rest of the kit lacks. The knee on this kit
is double-jointed, allowing for some great poses and, if it wasn't
for the awkward side skirts on the skirt armor, it could knee
quite easily. The feet don't show the seam lines as much as other
parts, which is surprising, and the cutting marks are all hidden
away out of sight.
little gimmicks here, first we have the clay bazooka, which is
a simple two part mold but it fits snugly and doesn't show it's
seam lines that easily. The beam rifle is also molded in two parts
and the top power cables need some painting to look like they
should. The two beam sabers are nicely molded in clear plastic
for a realistic look, but it's all clear plastic, including the
handle, which means breaking out more paint. For the saber handles
and the beam rifle I'd recommend using a gold Gundam marker unless
you can easily get hold of some gold paint, in which case you
don't need my recommendations :p
While the engineering that went into this kit was a little lackluster,
the gold finish just drowns out any problems with the kit and
hardly see any of the problems I mentioned without looking at
closely. I'd say it's well worth the buy for the gold finish,
and from what I'm told it's a better value than its MG counterpart.