This review has been a long time coming literally. I finished the Master Grade PMX-003 The-O nearly a year ago and just dropped out of Gunpla since life got in the way of one of my favorite hobbies.
But I’m back again with not just one but two reviews, with the HG Gabthley on the way.
First, I want to take a look at The-O, the mobile suit piloted by Paptimus Scirocco in the 1985 anime series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
Zeta Gundam is one of my favorite anime series of all time. Not only is it one of the best sequel series of Gundam, it also showcases some strange but interesting mecha, and The-O is a perfect example.
You can take a look at my previous posts of the work-in-progress of the kit here, but to be brief , it took an enormous amount of paint to cover the model. It’s the biggest and heaviest kit I have.
The model is a fantastic representation of Scirocco’s Titan mobile suit. The design is odd and one of a kind compared to the other well-known Gundam mobile suits, with the extreme scale of the mecha to the elongated head.
Scirocco’s mobile suits of choice have always leaned to the unusual, but it’s those attributes that clearly set it apart from others. You will enjoy having this kit on display.
The decals that come with the kit also help to accentuate the model’s superb design.
Given the size of the kit, there’s only a decent amount of poseability with the arms being the strongest points and the legs the least. You can get some good poses with the kit since it’s pretty sturdy due to the model’s big feet, but don’t expect the kind of poses you would get from a modern day Master Grade kit.
The kit came out in 2010, but as you can find in other reviews, The-O seems more like a High Grade kit in regards to it’s poseability and its inner frame.
There wasn’t a tremendous amount of parts that went into the inner frame of the kit, with complete construction taking under 3 hours.
I wasn’t expecting a tremendous amount of poses with the kit in the first place, but I would be interested to look at the recently released Master Grade Sazabi Ver. Ka to see how Bandai has evolved the inner frames for their bit kits.
Even though the model comes with only a handful of accessories, they’re just enough to add more to the kit’s already powerful looks. The-O comes with one beam rifle and four beam sabers, but for some reason Bandai only included two saber effects for the sabers.
In addition, two additional arms can be retracted from the kit’s front inner skirt armor. The arms look pretty good with the kit, and as an added bonus the hands can grip the beam sabers.
All in all, the MG PMX-003 The-O is an above average Gundam kit for me because of its size and looks. I had gone in knowing the kit wasn’t going to be the average Master Grade with the poseability shortcomings in mind.
If you’re a fan of Zeta Gundam or strange but awesome designed mecha, The-O would be an excellent addition to your collection.
MG PMX-003 THE-O
+ Unusual and interesting design. Captures the essence of the strange mecha featured in Zeta Gundam with The-O being one of the best representations of the series.
+ Giant and sturdy kit. Big feet allow the kit to stay upright in most positions.
+ Accessories and decals greatly enhance the look of the kit.
– Inner frame is not on par with the Master Grades of its time.
– Poseability is limited due to armor plating.