PREVIEW: HG FA-78 FULL ARMOR GUNDAM [GUNDAM THUNDBOLT VER.]

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Preview picture of the FA-78 Full Armor Gundam [Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.]

After pretty much impressed with the High Grade Zaku I from Gundam Thunderbolt, I went ahead and bought the FA-78 Full Armor Gundam, and this thing is pretty impressive.

At first I wasn’t really a fan of the design, but it really grew on me the more I saw it. Some quick thoughts: Great and different design for the traditional Gundam with some heavy duty weaponry and lots and lots of stickers.

Full review and pictures are coming soon!

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GUNDAM WORK IN PROGRESS PT1 UNBOXING: PROTOTYPE GOUF [MOBILITY DEMONSTRATOR BLUE COLOR Ver.]

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Continuing my absolute love of the Gundam: The Origin model kits, I’m taking on the YMS-07A-0 Prototype Gouf [Mobility Demonstrator Blue Color Ver.] as my next project.

This is an alternate version of the YMS-07B Prototype Gouf that was widely released. The version I’m working on is a limited version made available through P-Bandai. The main differences being the hands and wrists are the more traditional ones found in the Zaku kits, rather than the interchangeable ones found in the regular release.

Other differences include a pretty nifty machine gun and some stickers, notably those  showing the number “2” and other outline decals to make the kit stand apart from the original release.

But it’s not a substantial difference, case in point the kit comes with the original manual for the YMS-07B, but there is secondary manual which details the different construction of the arms and hands, and the machine gun.

The manual also details the varied sticker applications to the kit.

I like the differences in this model and I’m still  excited to work on this kit.

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CHAR AZNABLE CUSTOM ZAKU II – THE ORIGIN – HG

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High Grade Char Aznable’s Custom Zaku II from Gundam: The Origin.  The kit’s armed with the Zaku Bazooka and a Heat Hawk.

It’s been a very long time and it took me something grand to come back to this blog site and Gundam models.

Although I’m pretty late on the series, I got hooked on the Gundam: The Origin anime series which I think is pretty superb with the animation and the story.

Now to be honest, I never really liked Char’s Zaku, perhaps it was the colors that the original series used or the model’s colors, but this HG version from the new series looked superb and it looks even more impressive in Gunpla form.

This High Grade model is not the HG model I’m used to.

It’s very articulate, a bit more detailed,  more opportunities for panel lines,  and there are stickers included!  I love the stickers, although some are very tiny and hard to put on.

The accessories which are plentiful include a mammoth sized anti-ship rifle, Zaku bazooka, and two heat hawks.

The HG Char Aznable’s Custom Zaku II is a great addition to my collection, and I will be getting more models from The Origin, specifically Zeon!

 

UPCOMING PRODUCT: HGUC MSZ-008 Z II

HGUC Z II (Source: gundamguy.blogspot.com)

HGUC Z II (Source: gundamguy.blogspot.com)

As much as I love the Zeta Gundam anime series and most of the excellent designed mobile suits, one of the designs I can’t stand is the Zeta Gundam itself. I can’t really describe it, but it just looks plain looking compared to the other mobile suits in the series, especially the strange but awesome mecha of the Titan antagonists.

Suffice to say, I’ve never purchased the Zeta Gundam, however one of its alternative forms (not shown in the TV series) is coming out this September. Dubbed the Z II, this variation of the Zeta Gundam mobile suit appeared in “side stories” either through the manga or video game medium.

I’ve seen this design before when Bandai produced it for its Gundam Fix Figuration Figures many years ago, and it looked terrific! I would’ve purchased it, but the GFF series was known to have loose parts and issues with poseability.

But now the Z II is being released soon for the High Grade series, and I am definitely on board. I love the colors of the kit and accentuated armor features and weapons. I am looking forward to getting this kit ASAP!

HGUC Z II (Source: gundamguy.blogspot.com)

HGUC Z II (Source: gundamguy.blogspot.com)

 

 

 

REVIEW: HG Kshatriya

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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