Series: Kahen Senshi
Title: MSZ-010 ZZ Gundam
Release Date: 11/2003
Suggested Price: ¥ 6500
No. of Parts: 20+
Plastic colors: red, blue, yellow, red, dirty
Gimmicks: fully transformable in different modes,
firm joints, locking tabs, great poseability
Contributor: Winn Sevilla
Date: January 24, 2004
Universal Century 0088 - The Titans are finally defeated, but
conflict is far from over as Neo Zeon's leader Haman Karn begins
her move of conquest. The AEUG tries to fights back, but is outgunned
by the Neo Zeon's new and powerful mobile suits. NewType pilot
Judau Ashta finds this task hard in the already "outdated"
MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam, but finds new hope in the form of the MSZ-010
Zeta project, the "Double Zeta" features a different
concept from its MSZ-006 brother. Composed of three independent
components: Core Fighter, Core Top & Core Base that can
merge into two forms: the "G-Fortress" for bombing
and assault runs and MS mode. While the Zeta is a agile MS,
the Double Zeta is absolute firepower in the form of a mobile
suit - with a weapons arsenal of Double Beam Cannon, Missile
Launchers, Mega Beam Sabers and a Mega Particle Cannon make
it a very formidably powerful ally and a notoriously feared
Kahen-Senshi MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam came out, owners released anguish
and disappointment all over it - a sign for me to stay away
from it. When news of a Kahen-Senshi ZZ came out, I was expecting
the same failure and wasn't really planning to get one. However,
following a seller's comment "its got die-cast content
on the right places", I brought one to find out for myself
and in my opinion it's not a failure, its a redemption.
Same size of the Kahen Senshi Zeta Gundam box, the ZZ's got
lots of pics showing its various features.
Colors- Following the colors from the MG, this one's got it
There's a lot of disappointment of all parts - the head follows
the original design and not the MG, there's VERY LIMITED articulation
in all directions, while the head antennas are made of very flexible
thin plastic unlike the MG design (the longer antennas can be
moved for transformation). Overall, the head looks it was made
Follows the MG design and hides the Core Fighter well. However,
this Kahen-Senshi has something the MG doesn't have - a waist!
The upper portion of the crotch area that houses the "cradle"
for the core fighter has sideways articulation that allows waist
movement! Front & Side skirt plates are well articulated as
The backpack is connected through a U-bar just like the MG design
concept - overall it feels very stable and stiff thanks to metal
screws. Missile bays can be opened up to reveal them. The wing
binders are movable verniers are not articulated which is disappointing.
The mega beam sabers are stored on the backpack on their respective
This is where it gets better. The shoulder armor is composed of
die-cast metal and the joint can swivel forward & backwards.
Construction of the lower arms is great too - follows the MG format!
Overall, the design looks wider and massive. The hands come in
2 pairs: Closed fist, Open fist for the beam sabers & a right
hand for the double beam rifle.
lot of die-cast content in the right places, the legs feels very
solid, stable and well articulated. Knee articulation is double
jointed thanks to die-cast content. The only disappointment is
I find is the foot design - they're somewhat too flat-footed and
beam cannon- The barrels can be rotated and folded just like the
MG and the handle can be folded down. Design and details-wise,
I find the scale to be somewhat smaller yet I find it justified
- because it can be posed under the arm as no ZZ kit has ever
Mega beam sabers- Unlike the MG, they don't
have any support tabs for a more secured grasp. The beam saber
blades are made of clear pink plastic which are thick and connects
to the hilts nicely.
Core Fighter- The nose area has a sleeker design compared to other
designs. The verniers are fairly detailed and wing binders (vertical
& horizontal) when folded for MS mode act as locking tabs
for a secure fit!
Transformation is easy for the arms and since they're die-cast
metal, you can be sure it wont sag. The torso however is fitted
too secure when transforming so as a warning, you have to APPLY
DOWNWARD PRESSURE on the collar while APPLYING UPWARD PRESSURE
on the main chest plate in which I finally learned after a few
grunts & scared thoughts. The double beam rifle when placed
is well fitted thanks to two locking tabs.
Transformation follows the MG schematics but with a surprise:
the backpack has locking tabs that secures the legs to it! This
brilliant design gives you a wobble-free Core Base! The Core
Fighter is well secured thanks to the cradle.
You simply have to convert the Core Fighter to folded mode,
re-attach and connect all three together. A well crafted, wobble
free G-Fortress! Truly a great form to play around with!
the gloom, anguish and disappointment fans felt upon acquisition
of the Kahen Senshi Zeta, Bandai released a well-crafted chogokin
that you will definitely not be disappointed about - its redemption!
Aside from the distasteful design of the head and feet, everything
else is sheer excellence. So to those who are afraid to test
the waters, jump right in and enjoy!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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