REVIEW: HG Kshatriya

HG Kshatriya

The HG Kshatriya from Gundam Unicorn using Gundam Action Base for stand.

The Gundam Unicorn OVA is one of my top Gundam animated series featuring some of my favorite mobile suit designs. I was quickly a fan of the Unicorn and the Sinanju and was quick to snatch both versions of the MG models. I was aware of the High Grade version of the Kshatriya when it came out, but I really didn’t pay much attention to it since at the time I was focused on Master Grades.

Well the HG Kshatriya might as well be a Master Grade in regards to the size. It’s huge! One of my top concerns when I started seeing pictures and reviews online was the weight and the stability of the model.

But I’m happy to say the four wings attached to the model aren’t that heavy and you can stand the Kshatriya upright without any type of stand.

As for the design of the model, it’s one of my favorites because it’s such a monster of a mobile suit!

The wings on the Kshatriya are massive but not too heavy to the point that it will drag the model down.

The wings on the Kshatriya are massive but not too heavy to the point that it will drag the model down.

The wings positioned upright. Pretty good flexibility with the wings.

The wings positioned upright. Pretty good flexibility with the wings.

Did I mention how big this thing is? The wings make it look more formidable than it already is.

Did I mention how big this thing is? The wings make it look more formidable than it already is.

The model is massively big for a High Grade and that’s one of the factors that pulled me into buying the Kshatriya. I like the color design, with a military/light green for the main body parts and a slightly darker green for the chest, torso and skirt armor. I went ahead and painted the exhaust ports found on the chest and and the side of the wings a copper color since the yellow didn’t really look right with the slight variation spray paint colors I used for the body.

One thing that I did not like, and knew that I was going to have to come across, was painting the insignias on the chest and wrists. I’m not a very good at hand painting, and it’s apparent when you look closely at the kit. I wish there was some way that Bandai could color separate the insignias. I did attempt to use the sticker insignias that came with the model, but the creases throughout the edges of the stickers was just too apparent.

Speaking of stickers, I went ahead and purchased third-party decals to compliment the Kshatriya. I know that Bandai produced decals for the HG Sinanju, and I hope in the future they will produce more decals for their HG line.

Kshatriya armed with double beam sabers

Kshatriya armed with double beam sabers

More action with the beam sabers.

More action with the beam sabers.

Kshatriya ready to attack.

Kshatriya ready to attack.

Of course with a model this big, the obvious issue would be the limited poseability. And it is a definite issue with the Kshatriya. The legs and arms have a good amount of movement, but it’s nowhere near the same as an average HG Model, where its movements are not hindered by its size. The most peculiar design, which is also a factor in the arms’ movements, would have to be the arms and shoulders, where you can’t really move one without the other, since both are connected solidly together with a peg.

There is an elbow joint that does provide a range of movement for the lower half of the arm and the hands utilize a ball joint. You only get a pair of fists that could hold beam sabers, and I wish they had included some open hands which would look really good with the kit.

The waist also uses a ball joint, but you can’t really turn the model a lot due to the side skirt armor.

The wings have a surprisingly good amount of poseability where you can move them forward and back, up and down. Bandai did a great job in designing the mechanism for the wings. The four wings also house 6 funnels each that are removable. There are no stands for the funnels included in the kit, but I purchased an action figure stand that can hold the funnels.

Also in the wings are mechanical arms that can be stretched out. It’s a pretty cool feature and one that I had forgotten about. Two beam sabers also come with the model.

Rear of the model kit with some third-party decals.

Rear of the model kit with some third-party decals.

The funnels that came with the kit on an action figure stand.

The funnels that came with the kit on an action figure stand.

A good look at the inside of the wings along with the mechanical arms stretched out.

A good look at the inside of the wings along with the mechanical arms stretched out.

The HG Kshatriya was pretty fun to put together and paint. I used about three cans of light military green Testors spray paint to paint the main body parts, very similar to the amount of paint that I would used for a Master Grade. I think an MG version, god knows when that will come out, will be similar to putting a Perfect Grade together just due to the size and the features of the Mobile Suit design.

But the HG will suffice for now.

I love the features of the Kshatriya such as the wings, funnels, green beam sabers and the mechanical arms housed in the wings. The design is incredible, it’s literally a monster of a mecha.

I’m pretty much now addicted into getting oversized Universal Century High Grade Mobile Suits, which should give you a hint of what I’m planning to get next.

HG Kshatriya

HG Kshatriya

HG Kshatriya

HG Kshatriya

HG Kshatriya

HG Kshatriya

 

 

 

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