The HGUC Messala is a fun kit to build and pose. It’s design is so different than the mobile suits that I have. It’s an unusual, but interesting design that you would expect to come from a show like Zeta Gundam which is basically a show with a plethora of unique looking robots.
The transformable PMX-000 Messala comes from the aforementioned show and is piloted by the Titan, Paptimus Scirocco. The HGUC model of the Messala is fairly large for it’s size grade with the kit’s two large backpack thrusters making it even bigger.
I’ve seen a few reviews of the kit online unpainted, and to tell you the truth it still looks good without paint. Having said that, I did paint mine and used a few stickers the kit came with and purchased some third party decals as well.
Design wise, I’m all over this kit. I’ve been spending a lot of time posing it in different stances, but they’ve all been done either using an MG stand or the stand the kit came with. The way the feet are designed, where you basically have one large toe in front and two toes in the back, it’s really a chore to get the Messala standing up.
Don’t get me wrong it’s possible to get it upright, but I’ve found more often than not, it falls over due to the size of the kit and the 2 giant thrusters in the back.
The poseability is fairly adequate given the size of the kit. Given the fact that there is no type of swivel on the torso and the straight peg connections of the joints, the Messala has a good range of movement in the arms and legs.
The stand it comes with does a great job in holding the kit.The stand holds everything! The 2 extra hands, the 2 claws , the 2 beam sabers and the connector pieces for the transormation; the stand has you covered. It’s one of the best stands I’ve come across for Gunpla, and it comes with the kit!
My only gripe is I wish the extension was a bit longer to prop the kit a bit higher, especially when you have it in Mobile Suit mode.
The accessories for the Messala include a pair of open hands and a pair of closed hands which can hold the 2 beam sabers. It was a nice change of pace to spray paint white joints and hands after have been painting those pieces gunmetal gray for the last models I’ve done. The open hands look nice on the kit, but they are a bit fragile. They’re made up of two pieces and they’re fairly thin. They come apart pretty easily.
The claws that are attachable to the wrists are a nice addition for the model. What I really like are the 2 giant beam sabers you get with the kit. If I’m not mistaken they look very similar in color and style to the two beam sabers that come with Scirocco’s other mobile suit the Master Grade The-O. I’m fairly certain they’re exactly the same which would solve the problem of The-O’s 2 missing beam sabers (The-O kit comes with 4 beam holsters but only 2 beam sabers). Since I’m working on the kit as we speak, I’ll be sure to check it out and report what I find.
The Messala also has a cool gimmick where you can open the shoulders to reveal missiles. Another gimmick the kit has is it can transform into a Mobile Armor form.
One of the things I was expecting from the kit was some loose joints after experiencing that problem with transformable kits, namely the MG Gundam Unicorn. I’m happy to say that I didn’t experience that problem with this kit. The joints are tight in both forms.
The Mobile Armor form looks great especially with the two giant boosters prominently shown on either side of the kit. The transformation isn’t at all complex, it just basically consists of maneuvering a few pieces on the torso and legs, then some part swapping with the arms.
I think if you’re a Zeta Gundam fan, you’re definitely going to want to take a look at getting this kit. It’s Paptimus’ iconic Mobile Suit (at least from the first half of the series), and its got such a unique and interesting design.
With this kit’s video I decided to experiment with Final Cut Pro Motion a software that I started playing around with ages ago but have always wanted to learn more about.
HGUC PMX-000 Messala
+ Fantastic and unique design. Much different than the standard humanoid Mobile Suit.
+ Good amount of poseability given the size and amount of joints in the kit.
+ Great accessories including giant sabers and a stand that will hold everything the kit came with.
– A few loose parts on the kit including the open hands which tend to fall apart fairly easily.
– Standing the kit can be a problem since the feet are constructed unusually, but designed the way they are seen in the anime series.