REVIEW MG PMX-003 THE-O

The Master Grade (MG) PMX-003 The-O

The Master Grade (MG) PMX-003 The-O

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.

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

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.

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

MG PMX-003 The-O

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.

MG PMX-003 The-O with rifle

MG PMX-003 The-O with rifle

MG PMX-003 The-O with beam saber

MG PMX-003 The-O with rifle with beam saber

MG PMX-003 The-O with extra hands underneath its skirt armor

MG PMX-003 The-O with extra hands underneath its skirt armor

MG PMX-003 The-O fully armed

MG PMX-003 The-O fully armed

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

MG PMX-003 The-O

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.

 

 

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Preview of the MG PMX-003 The-O Review…after nearly a year

This guy has been sitting ready for a review for nearly a year. MG PMX-003 The-O.

This guy has been sitting ready for a review for nearly a year. MG PMX-003 The-O.

It’s almost been nearly a year since I put this blog into hiatus (without any warning. Sorry, that’s life!) and have been waiting for some extra time to do a proper review on the Master Grade PMX-003 The-O.

It’s coming…this time sooner rather than later!

Some brief impressions: Massive and strange body, the articulation is not all that, limited posing but a pleasure to add to your collection. The HGUC Messala which I reviewed here is still my favorite mobile suit of all time, but The-O’s design is a very close second with it’s gigantic armor plates and odd but awesome head sculpt.

Without a doubt at this point, my favorite Gundam models are from the Zeta Gundam series. Speaking of which, my next project is the HG Gabthley, another strange, but cool looking mobile suit.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 7: Construction complete & Cleanup

PMX-003 The-O construction complete

PMX-003 The-O construction complete

Construction on the PMX-003 The-O is complete, and it took me very, very little time to put it together compared to other Gundam/Gunpla models.  I would say about 3 hours. It was very easy to put together, the inner frame, as I said in an earlier post, isn’t that complex, but it does give some adequate movement throughout the body.

Full review and proper pics of the model will be coming soon. As you can see from some of the pics below, there’s still some clean up paint work that I have to do, but it won’t take too much time.

This guy is massive and the poseability is adequate given the size of this monster. More on my thoughts coming up soon.

MG The-O completed feet, like everything else on the model, these are massive!

MG The-O completed feet, like everything else on the model, these are massive!

The PMX-003 The-O chest & upper body.

The PMX-003 The-O chest & upper body.

Hand and the arm of the PMX-003 The-O

Hand and the arm of the PMX-003 The-O

 

Backpack of the MG The-O

Backpack of the MG The-O

The head of the PMX-003 The-O. More photos and full review soon.

The head of the PMX-003 The-O. More photos and full review soon.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 6: Construction

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 6: Construction

After a ton of painting and top coating, I’m finally at construction! First impressions, construction is pretty quick. Nothing too complex going on with the inner frame so far,, but still a decent amount of poseability going on with the parts constructed, namely the top half of the kit.

Look for the completion of the kit by this weekend and a review soon.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 5: Top Coat & Clean Up

MG PMX-003 The-O back skirt armor with decals and Semi Gloss Top Coat from Tamiya Spray Paint.

MG PMX-003 The-O back skirt armor with decals and Semi Gloss Top Coat from Tamiya Spray Paint.

The first group of yellow armor parts for the MG PMX-003 The-O is finally done! As you can see from the pic above I’ve painted, decaled and top coated the first group of yellow armor plates (I decided early on that I would divide all the yellow and enormous parts into 2 groups to make it much easier to work on). I used Tamiya’s Semi Gloss Spray Paint and it looks fantastic on the parts.

Also finished are the inner parts and hands which you can see below in the pic. Now the only thing left, aside from construction, is work on the second group of yellow armor plates which aren’t as large as the first group that consisted of the leg armor and front and back skirts.

The second group of plates have already been primed and about a 1/3 of which have been painted. Hopefully by mid-week I’ll have those parts painted, decaled and top coated then a little bit of some clean up paint and sanding work and finally construction!!

Giant hands for The-O. I used Testors Dull Cote for the finish.

Giant hands for The-O. I used Testors Dull Cote for the finish.

First group of yellow armor plates painted, decaled and top coated! Next on to the 2nd group.

First group of yellow armor plates painted, decaled and top coated! Next on to the 2nd group.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted, decaled and top coated.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted, decaled and top coated.

Shoulder armor plate painted from the 2nd group of armor plates.

Shoulder armor plate painted from the 2nd group of armor plates.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 4: Leg Armor Decals & Mono Eye Painting

One of The-O's giant front leg armors with decals. Some minor fixing needed.

One of The-O’s giant front leg armors with decals. Some minor fixing needed.

I’m still working with the first set of yellow armor plates as I await more Tamiya Chrome Yellow spray paint to finish the 2nd round of yellow armor plates. I’ve put the majority of water decals and dry transfers to the first group of yellow armor plates.

It’s been a while since I’ve used dry transfer decals, but I don’t remember them being so easy to use. Maybe, I’ve just forgotten, but it was very simple to place on The-O. I did have some errors, as you can see above, but I’ll fix that pretty quickly tomorrow.

The inner frame is completely painted, with just some top coating left on half of those parts left to do. Hopefully by the end week I’ll have the kit fully painted and decaled.

I also worked on painting the mono eye of the kit, since it didn’t come with a sticker. I used Tamiya’s clear red to paint on the clear plastic. I’m enjoying the process of building the kit and can’t wait see how big this monster is given the size of all its armor plates that I’ve been working on for the past few days.

The-O's clear mono eye painted with Tamiya's Clear Red.

The-O’s clear mono eye painted with Tamiya’s Clear Red.

Majority of the first group of yellow armor plates that have been painted and decaled. Next is top coating with Tamiya's semi gloss

Majority of the first group of yellow armor plates that have been painted and decaled. Next is top coating with Tamiya’s semi gloss clear coat.

Nice giant "The-O" dry transfer decal for the side of the leg armor.

Nice giant “The-O” dry transfer decal for the side of the leg armor.

MG PMX-003 The-O Part 3: Painting & Paptimus Scirocco

Tiny Paptimus Scirocco figure included with the MG PMX-000 THE-O.

Tiny Paptimus Scirocco figure included with the MG PMX-000 THE-O.

As I continue to paint (and buy more & more paint) the MG PMX-000 The-O, I’m beginning to notice all the detail on the armor and the inner frame as well as the extras included such as the two tiny figures of Paptimus Scirocco.

The figures, which are one of Scirocco seated and another of him standing, are pretty detailed. I usually just chuck the figures that come with model kits in the garbage, but this figure looks pretty good. I may try to paint it in the future, but I have very little experience hand painting tiny figures. I may do a test run on something else and then tackle Scirocco.

Scirocco’s my favorite villain from Zeta Gundam and one of my all time favorite villains period. He doesn’t have that much screen time in the anime series, compared to other characters, but when he does appear, he’s a very imposing, conniving and deliciously evil lieutenant of the Titans. Women fall over him, well most of them, and he’s a backstabber, but with a specific purpose in mind; total domination of the Titans and the Earth Sphere.

As for my progress on the MG The-O, I’ve used more spray paint cans on this kit than any other model I’ve purchased and I’m not finished yet! The first group of yellow armor plates is done, but I’ve still go another group that I have to paint and I’ve been through about 4 cans of paint already. I’ve got a 1/3 of the inner frame painted and most of the tubing and weapons done.

First group of yellow armor plates, nearly all painted.

First group of yellow armor plates, nearly all painted.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted.

Second group of yellow armor plates that need to be painted.