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A Sengoku Master Bushi Led Astray

Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2013 is now on-going (21st – 24th of November) and with it comes the news on various upcoming and future projects on them Gunpla. w 

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While there are many prototypes and announcements being made, my eyes are currently fixed upon the new 2014 lines of Master Grade kits of the latest series Gundam Build Fighters’ gunpla form.^_~ 

It’s no surprise the protag’s main gunpla units, the Build Strike Gundam and Build Gundam Mk II, received an MG kit since their base body MG Strike Gundam and MG Gundam Mk II already have a Version 2.0 mould.

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The Halls of AFA13

Last weekend, I’ve made a trip towards Suntec Convention Centre to pay a visit to the annual Anime Festival Asia 2013!

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It’s only been a year since my last visit to the place, but it seems that the usual route (From the City Hall MRT station to Suntec) has taken a new identity, underwent renovations while I am stuck on my island for the year.

Managed to briefly lost myself in the shopping mall labyrinths, good thing I’ve already researched the route the day before.

Oh well off to AFA we go!

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Mecha Love… Promise

♪ Looking up the endless sky, searching for reasons of life, we find the promised land, surely…

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Lighting up the Darkness

Recently acquired a gadget to play with…

Proceeds to have fun in the darkness… ^o^

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Seven Sword System + G

Continuing from the intro of the base body last time, 007S/G will now show off its awesome array of weaponry…

The main attraction of this kit, the Seven Sword System was first dubbed in the 1st season of the Gundam 00 TV anime series, when Ian explained Exia’s full armament of GN Sword, GN Sword Long, GN Sword Short and a quad of Beam Sabres as the Triple S (Seven Sword System)…

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A Couple ’0′ Drive Ignition

About this time frame last Moon, an impulsive acquisition landed me with a set of Gunpla, something that I’ve ever touched ever since the adoption of me raburi Tama-chwan

Spent the next half-a-Moon after on and off assembling and used up a total of 3 cans of Top Coats just for this thingie… orz

That really brings back my memories of them old Gunpla dayz… :3c

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Code: 007

A couple of days ago, I was struck by a sudden moya moya feeling that made me anxious for the whole fine Sunday…

This anxiety kinda made me uneasy for the whole day, even as I tried to relax by lazing around watching and rewatching new and old anime series…

In the end, instinct threw me into my vehicle and I drove to the nearest mall for a walk, impulsively got myself a certain acquisition I’ve tried very hard not to get so soon ever since the adoption of Tama-chan… >,<

And with a shop name like, guess what I’ve got? >w<

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Fully Busted with Seven Armaments

It feels so long, long time ago since my last Gunpla-ing… ^^;

Perhaps it’s due to the lack of interesting MGs announced lately (Not interested in Gundam W series MGs at all…), coupled with extreme fund allocation on my new Servant…

However, this one particular Gunpla caught my attention…

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Raising the Twin Rings of Lighting!

Ever since the commencement of Unlimited Installment Works, I’ve been on a slight hiatus on Gunpla-ing… >,<

[Tsun tsun mode] It’s… It’s not that I’ve lost interest at Gunpla at all…!

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Of Light and Darkness

Fresh from the 50th All japan Plamodel Hobby Show is a range of announcement of exciting future release Gunpla and various Plamo!

Stealing my attention is the announcement of future installments of Digimon Reboots Plamo…

Eventho the 1st one, Omegamon hasn’t been released (But close enough!) yet, Dukemon makes its début in prototype form, as well as artworks of Angemon and Devimon!


Boosting the Fighting Core

It’s really been a while since my last assembly of any Gunpla kits. I got this MG Core Booster Version KA about a month ago alongside my other loots, but only spent a small portion of my free times weekly to work on it sparingly…

Finally finished it last week, but once again postponing its documentation up until now, as today is a national holiday on my island thus I got the time off work… XDc


Core Booster is an add-on pack of various weaponry for Victory Gundam released some time ago…

There’s also a bundled package combining both victory and Core Booster together in one called Victory Dash Version KA, but I don’t need another Victory do I? XDc


Sleek and full of armament, Core Booster is perhaps the most down-to-earth aircraft design ever in any Gundam series, sporting a standard triangular shaped jet fighter-esque of modern real life design…

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Aka no Bushiroad

Busy schedule hindered my progress of Red Frame Kai, but alas I’ve finally completed it… Thanks to that tho, Sisterly Love 4koma will have to postpone again… >,<

A thousand apologies to those waiting and anticipating the 4koma… I’ll resume the FigNendo madness at later time… ^_~


Red Frame Kai’s Tactical Arms II L is basically an exact copy of Blue Frame 2nd Revise’s Tactical Arms II, albeit with a few differences here and there…

Flight Form ala Blue Frame 2nd Revise… ^_^


A comparison of Tactical Arms II L with Tactical Arms II…

As former uses the very same runners as the latter, excess parts allow you to recreate the former into the image of the latter… ^^;


Ara~!? Red Frame Kai uses Tactical Arms II…?


However, Tactical Arms II L is still much more badass with the new parts… ^_^

The new parts sorta look like those super bike buffed-up engines and hydraulics… XD


Stated in the manual, Red Frame Kai can use its Tactical Arms II L in different forms depending on the situation…

In Work Form, the handle of the Tactical Arms II L becomes a Beam Torch while the rest becomes a giant manipulator… Being a Junker that deals with repairs and salvage all the time, Lowe could really use this form for all his operations… XD


Delta Form, a direct port from Stargazer x Delta Astray… >,<

According to the manual, in this form Red Frame will be able to use Voiture Lumiere, a solar powered propulsion system, for interplanetary travelling… 0_0


The default V Form…

Conversion/Transformation to other forms are easier to achieve in this form, at least that’s what the manual suggests… ^^;


Bow Form, a variation of Arrow Form… Sez me… XD

Holding a bow horizontally looks much cooler don’t you agree?


The official Arrow Form…

Archery utilised on Mobile Suits… That’s a rarity… :Dc


The default Flight Form…

Closely resembles on how Infinity Justice handles its Flight Pack…


Glide Form… :P My idea of how a Flight Pack should work…

Tactical Arms II L looks like a soaring bird… 0_0 Bird Mode anyone? XD


Wave Rider Form…

Because Blue Frame 2nd Revise have already did the sword surfing thingie… XD


Bushi Form…  Returning to the roots of its base design, the Samurai warrior… XD

The use of Sword Arms as shoulder fins kinda resembles the likes of Evangelion units… :D


Sword Arms… Because Gerbera Straight and Tiger Pierce are not enough… XD

No beam effect parts included tho, but you can use the ones from Blue Frame 2nd Revise… ^_~


Shinkuu~~ Shoryuuke—n!!!

Inspired by Ken Masters of Street Fighter fame… Incidentally he wears red as well! XD


Claw Form… XD You wouldn’t want to be embraced by the end of each of the sharpen tips… *_*

Idea totally copied from Nod’s Engineer design in the recently released Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight…


There are more absurd ways you can imagine on how to utilise the Tactical Arms II L but I’ll stop right here… Try create some of your own like a Crossbow Launcher Form or something! XDc

Anyways, applying the clear parts included to see how they turn out visually… ^_^


The clear parts only cover the pelvic area along with the thighs, hands and abdomen…

Looks surprisingly eye-pleasing to me… ^_^ I think I’ll keep the clear parts on Red Frame Kai from now on… :3c

Still, it’ll be rather nice if only Bandai would include clear parts for one whole arm and leg at least… ^^;


And the review draws to a close…

Before parting ways, here’s an omake: Mobile Sentai, Astranger!!! :<


As with Blue Frame 2nd Revise, all the perks and flaws can be found on Red Frame Kai as well…

Loose parts here and there detected on the V Fin and the Saya holder on both thighs as well as no golden coated parts for the Gerbera Straight x Tiger Pierce had me in despair… >,< No original Beam Sabre Backpack included and a weakly detailed feet design further dragging down the score on this kit… ^^;

Yet, this kit is my fave rite now because it’s ASTRAY RED FRAME! :3c


Mecha Love… Gunpurarara!!

Warning: The following may drag on too long…



Inspired and following the footsteps of comrade lightningsabre, I’ve finally completed this 4koma (1koma to be exact… ^^;) after a week’s hard work of editing and cutting the photos into shape… ^_~

Originally I intend to put this panel as a custom video accompanying the ED of Durarara!! but unfortunately I don’t have such time and software… ^^;

Thank you comrade lightningsabre for letting me steal a couple of panels from your recent post as my guide… XD


Frame Dyed in Rouge

Red Frame, my most favourite MS design in the Gundam Universe, is the only one of its Gunpla version I don’t mind buying four times over… ^_~ In my armoury, I already possessed a couple of 1/100 Red Frames (Of one already being customised into Pink Frame…), a 1/60 PG Red Frame with Special Clear Set, and finally the recent addition 1/100 MG Red Frame Kai…

A sense of déjà vu pierced thru my very thought during the process of assembling this kit as the majority (Almost all to be exact… ^^;) of its runners are duplicates from Blue Frame 2nd Revise’s released last year…

On the other hand, panel lining the frames are quite tedious as well, which took me well over a week of ons and offs just to get the main body completed… 0_0 As such, I had to postpone once again my Sisterly Love 4koma for the week… ^^;


The extra clear runner that is included together with the kit in conjunction with the Clear Campaign promotion…

Unlike the clear parts of MG Victory that replaces all the blue parts of the Gunpla, the ones given for Red Frame Kai are only a partial of all the white outer armour parts, covering only around its abdomen and pelvic area…

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Jinxed for a Quarter Moon

A week full of unpleasant surprises… >,< But it’s all done now… The pain subsided and I can finally fully floored my foot into walking stance instead of zombie-dragging… 0_0 Do not underestimate the healing power of A Certain Horo’s Nuigurumi… XD

That aside, my latest MG Gunpla, GN-X was completed just before the jinxed event, but wasn’t documented up until yesternite… This report will be short so take heed… ^_^


GN-X, or so called Jinx due to its pronunciation, is one of my fave non conventional MS designs in the 00 series…

As a cannon fodder of the series, its overall feature emits sleekness and intimidation, with a hint of feral-ness on it… :Dc


GN-X is equipped with a GN-Tau Drive, an imitation of the GN Drives utilised by the likes of the Celestial Being…

The drive is installed onto Jinx’s hollow chest via the drive’s quad sets of attached screw-nuts and a single peg underneath the chamber…


A comparison between the two drives, each docked onto their respecting display base…

Note that the base for GN-T can dock with one another to form a huge bunch, if you have more Jinx kits at your disposal… XD


Length-wise, GN-T Drive is longer than the GN Drive… The cone-shaped end of GN-T is also pointier…

Note that the grey parts of both drives are identical to each other, for each can hold a couple of Light Units to imitate the ignition of the drive itself…


Jinx’s drive is supposed to emit red GN Particles, therefore red Light Units (Similar to the ones included with the recently released MG Exia Trans-Am Mode…) are needed for this purpose.

Unfortunately, the kit doesn’t come with the Light Units themselves, instead you’ll have to pre-order a couple from Bandai by yourself… 0_0

The PO will only start on the 28th of this moon, but I’ve managed to secure mine thru HLJ’s Gunpla parts request system… :Dc


Stealing green GN Particles from the genuine drive! XD…

While it shines brightly on one end, the claustrophobic structural design of the other end of GN-T kinda blocks most of the GN Particles from coming out, making the drive glows dimmer than the likes of GN Drive… ^^;


Searchlight thru the chest! See how brightly it shines? :D

I can’t wait for the red Light Units to reach my den… :3c


As always, a look at some of Jinx’s basic articulations…

There’s a certain restriction to the movements of the shoulders as Jinx’s arms are built onto a large ball joint… Elbows and Hand units face no problems…


The chest armour pieces at either side slide according to how the shoulder moves…

Quite restrictive as the armour pieces are pretty huge… >,<


Jinx’s waist can rotate 360 degrees at its pivot, while its body can move at a certain degree forward and backward…

Sideway rotation is slight tho…


The rear skirt armour pieces are adjustable at various points…

Kinda resembles that of an aircraft’s fins and verniers…


The most attractive part of the whole MS is perhaps the Jinx’s head…

It is hunched at the neck, so whenever you tilt its head it would appear as if the Jinx is glare at you…


Sideways motion is blocked by the chest binder fins, tho… ^^;

Notice that the rear head armour piece moves accordingly with the tilting of Jinxed head…


Unlike the conventional positioning of a pilot’s seat as seen on many MS designs, Jinx’s cockpit is located at the crotch of the MS, similar to Turn A Gundam… ^^;

The huge binder fins at each side of the cockpit is adjustable… Taking the whole thing apart, one can imagine the whole cockpit being an escape craft… ^^;


Beneath the huge thigh armour is a compartment for storing Jinx’s Beam Sabres, one on each thighs…

A pretty unconventional way of stashing away one’s Sabres… XD


Huge armour pieces around the legs prevent healthy articulations all round… ^^;

The cockpit’s binder fins also contribute to the inability of wide hips-leg range of movements… ^^;


Only two accessories are available to Jinx besides its Beam Sabres…

The Beam Long Rifle and the Shield…


The barrel of the Beam Long Rifle can be detached to reveal a much shorter sub-machinegun-esque Beam Rifle…

Between the two modes I prefer the short one… ^_~


The rotary fins on the Shield can be raised into position to form Deflects Rod capable of boosting the defensive capability of a Jinx…

Similar to the ones utilised on Enacts and Union Flags… XD


Some shots of the Jinx in action… ^_^





An omake to celebrate the imminent release of Red Frame Kai in several more days… :D

Blue Frame 2nd Revise pulling a Delta Form! XD


News of upcoming MGs has been released just this noon… MG Musha Mk II coming in May and MG Wing Gundam (Neither the Wing Zero Version KA nor Wing Zero Custom Endless Waltz Version…) TBA… XD


Seeing Double

After much thought and financial calculations, I’ve made up my mind to finally replace my aging Olympus FE-230 Digicam which I’ve been using for figure photoshots for a couple of years now… Thanks to comrade chun and comrade WiseFreeman for their counsel, I’m going to fetch meself a Panasonic Lumix LX3… :D 

My special skill, Otaku Jinx, resurfaced yet again as I tried to obtain LX3 yesternite. After braving through an hour of traffic jam, I arrived at the shop where I’m suppose to collect my prize only to find out they have outta stock! >,< Looks like I’ll have to search for other options now, maybe trying my luck at a camera fair in the mall nearby tomorrow… ‘_’ I’ll be holding off Sisterly Love series until I got my LX3… ^^;

Anyways, my SAG (Suddenly Acquired Gunpla) from AFA09′s Bandai World Gunpla Competition, 1/100 MG RX-78-2 Gundam Version 2.0 Mechanical Smoked Clear Version (Which I christened Smoky, LOL…), was completed earlier this week…

 

It’s time to reveal it to the world… XDc


Smoky is pretty much identical to the 1st Gundam Version 2.0, only with an extra clear runner G… Therefore, I’ll review both Gunpla at once… XD
 

A goofy shot just for laughter before venturing further into the details… :Dc

An overall shot of the twins… From the front…



…From the rear…



…And the side… 

 

Awww those jokers… XD

Now a look at their articulations…
 

Pretty generous range of movement around the neck area…

Extendable inner shoulder frames allow absurd articulations on the shoulders…


Raising the whole shoulder upwards is no problemo for Gundam Version 2.0…


180 degrees elbow bending is now pretty much a standard amongst MGs…

Version 2.0s feature near-PG-styled finger joints, first seen on Zaku II Version 2.0… Bandai should have made them a standard for all MGs from now on… >,<

Like many MGs before and after Gundam Version 2.0, the last 3 fingers of each hand are moulded as a single piece… But I took the liberty to separate the individual fingers on Smoky… I left the original Gundam Version 2.0′s intact…

The fins on the breast exhaust vents are slightly adjustable, so you can close or open the vents at will…


Cockpit hatch can be raised to reveal the Core Block containing the pilot of the MS… ^_^ Note that there’s a sliding window on the hatch as well… 0_0

Splitting the MS into two, the Core Block is revealed!

In Operation V, Core Block doubles up as a Core Fighter… We’ll have a look later on…

Back to the body, you can see mechanism within the Core Block area allowing it to rotate from side to side at the abdomen area, albeit just slightly…


With the help of axis around the hips and pelvic area, the MS can bend forward and back with ease…
 

However, forward bending is obstructed by the cockpit hatch, so you’ll have to move it outta way to give more space for the bending… ^^;

As mentioned earlier, the Core Block can transform into a Core Fighter…


There’s a hatch on the body of the Core Fighter that can be slid out to reveal a rocket launcher thingie…



While docked inside the MS, the cockpit is usually shielded by the canopy of the fighter, which can be opened to reveal the pilot…



The legs are next… Side splitting is AOK…

Unfortunately normal splitting is not possible due to the design of the hips joints… >.<

Regular squat is possible with the flexibility around the knee and ankle joints…


The foot is blessed with a third toe joint, creating a more natural pose when bending around the foot…

Finally, a look at the armaments of the MS…

Beam Sabres, Beam Javelin, Beam Rifle with Napalm Grenade Launcher, Bazooka, Gundam Hammer and Shield…

The Shield comes with a pathfinder window, along with a sliding hatch to cover it when needed…


The handle on the Shield is adjustable depending on situation and poses… 

Notice the pegs near the Shield’s window? You can attach the Beam Rifle and Bazooka onto those hard points!

The same hard points exist on the backpack, butt armour as well as each side of the forearms, of which you can mix and match how you want to dock the armaments onto the MS… XDc


The Beam Sabre holders at each side of the backpack can be slid into the backpack when not in use… ^_^

Using the di:Stage display case, I’ve created a trophy like display to commemorate my winning entry of the competition… ^.^

MG Victory joining the fray in another display case… XD

One on each case! :3c



That’s all for the review… :D As a closure, an epic randomness as omake is presented to you… XD

 


V for Victory!

What a busy week! After all the hiatus and an SAN, I’ve finally return to the construction of Victory…

Alas, assembly is pretty straight forward and little panel lining work is needed, but the application of the decals and stickers really took a bulk of my time… As a result, I’ve spent the whole New Year’s Day in my den fiddling with the MS… ^^;

Before further reading tho, please have a look at a couple of short reviews (In that order…) prior to the finale for more insights and piccies on this Gunpla kit… ^_^

Fighting the Core
Bottomless Top


Bottom Fighter in deployment mode sans Core Fighter…

It doesn’t look like much, but just like its counterpart, the Bottom Rim is designed to be compact for easy storage in the MS Hangar… ^_^


And now to dock with the Core Fighter… ^_^

Some transformation is needed to allow the Core Fighter to actually connect with the Bottom Rim…

An extra connector piece is required to bridge between the two… This particular connector piece also double up as a link to the optional Action Base…


With the Core Fighter aboard, Bottom Fighter now looks more powerful and a lot more intimidating when compare to its original deployment state…


Looks especially delicious when view from a low angle… XD


Onwards to the transformation of the Bottom Fighter! Detaching the Core Fighter and the connector from the Bottom Rim, extend the inner frame at the knee to form the MS’s legs…

Flip the whole Bottom Rim over and rotate the legs at a 90 degrees angle downwards, flatten the feet along the way… :D


Now focus upon the top part of the Bottom Rim… Pull down both legs at the hip joints to form the pelvic frame.

Unhook the side skirts from their locks and rotate them downwards…

Flip the pelvic armour downwards to lock pelvic area in place.

Turn the rear hook upwards, this piece will serve as the connection between the Top and Bottom Rim…


Finally, attach the Top Rim to the Bottom Rim via the hook from the last step…


And there you have it, Victory Gundam in its full glory!

On side note: I’m a little disappointed at the version KA stickers as they’ve started to peel themselves off a few days after application, especially those applied around corners and edges… -_-


For a transformable Gunpla, V is severely limited in its articulations around the legs…

For one, the thigh cannot raise beyond the front skirt. Also worth mentioning is the knee frame is single jointed instead of the standard double joints of the latest MGs…

Another note: The ankle joint is extendable allowing better freedom of movement at that part…

Normal leg splitting is OK for V, but side split is a little… ^^;


There are no articulations from upper chest to the pelvic area! Sacrifice is needed in perfecting the transformation gimmick it seems…

BTW, one of the hooks at the inner part of the shoulder that locks the Core Fighter onto Top Rim broke… I told you so… ^^;

A standard Action Base connector is included, which will be attached between V’s crotch…

The grip isn’t very strong tho, and will drop at any slightest movements… >,<


Mentioned last time, I’ve glued the Energy Expansion Pack onto the Beam Pistol permanently to form a Beam Machine Gun… ^_^

Speaking of glues, I’d to glue a couple of loose pieces as well, namely the armour pieces behind the lower legs… ^^;


Running with Beam Rifle…


Gun-toting ala Matrix!


Standard in flight hover mode…


Attacking from cover!


Beam Sabre, Harisen Mode~! Now lookin’ for a Manzai partner to hit with… XD


Roaring with dual Beam sabres…



Beam shield bash!


Ending V’s review with a size comparison with its forefather – Crossbone…

V does look significantly smaller and slender…


This is a summary of my verdict on the MG kit…

Pros

• Versatile transformation
• Extra crystal clear parts
• An extra Core Fighter
• That’s all about… it? 0_0

Cons

• Too plain unless spammed with decals and/or stickers
• Too many loose parts like Beam Shield Packs, Action Base connector and optional fingers of hand units to name a few
• Self-peeling stickers… Should have upgrade to the ones included in MG BF2R / Macross Frontier Messiah Valkyrie series
• Crisp and fragile parts
• Part swapping system on hand units
• Lack of articulations all round – Chest, waist, legs…

From the looks of it, MG V Dash and perhaps MG V2 may come along?


An omake in a review!?

Well yeah… This is something I cooked up while documenting the last review… 0_0 It’s a side story of Sisterly… Love series called Mecha Love… Enjoy the randomness…! XD


Gunpla Boot Camp

This 4koma idea has been playing in my head for quite a while now… Finally I’ve got the time to create it… XD Enjoy!



Meet the Rookies!

A little too exhausted from today’s schedule… Was going to fetch some di:stage but looks like they’re all outta stock… >,<


Had to postpone my upcoming panels…

Sorry to disappoint but no Lily Panels this time… ^^;

 

In the meanwhile, enjoy yet another teaser… :D

Exia, Exterminating Targets~!

Woke up quite early this morning… After some refreshment, I returned to my last spurt on the assembly of my MG kit… Just barely reaching noon, I’ve managed to put final touches on my latest Gunpla entry… :3


When compare to its earlier multiple 1/100 incarnations, this version of Exia is much better proportioned and slimmer, albeit many of the parts and overall design are pretty much similar between the two… ^_~

As a Master Grade however, Exia is no doubt the pinnacle of the Gunpla technology, incorporating the best of the previous advancements introduced on various predecessors as well as adding new elements, making this kit one step closer towards being a smaller, cheaper Perfect Grade. :P Tricky poses like the above can now be done with Exia, which is not quite possible on other MG kits…


Below are piccies of various angles on the melee use Mobile Suit with its Triple S (Seven Sword System) attached… ^_^




With all the Dry Transfer Decals and Clear Stickers applied on the final product, Exia Ignition Mode looks incredibly cool with the markings and all, adding depths to its overall physique…


The new clear stickers also able to withstand much of my brute force during posing, staying intact unlike the ancient clear stickers as seen on the older MG kits that tends to rip off easily and stands out too much after application…



I especially adore those blue stripes markings on the stark white outer armour pieces as well as the weaponry… :3 Kinda reminds me of the decal whore that is Version KA kits… X3


Now let’s have a look at some of the features on the weaponry and the lower body of the Mobile Suit… For a look at upper body instead please step in here… ^3^

GN Shield has a minor side extending gimmick, which doesn’t quite makes sense to me as it doesn’t get any broader than that… o.0 Unless it spits out Beam Shield after the extension, then it’s another story… *_*


There is a mechanism on the GN Sword which allows its rifle gun to be holstered near the shield part when not in use. However, whilst nice to the eyes, this makes the whole weapon a little unsteady on Exia’s arm as the GN Sword is connected onto the arm with only a small connector…


Instead of parts swapping as seen on the 1/100 version, MG Exia has a built in sliding dock at each side of its hips, allowing GN Long Blade and GN Short Blade to be safely attached at the hips…

However once docked the blades kinda in the way of the legs during posing…


Incorporated on most of the latest of the MG Gunpla kits, Exia too possess the adjustable pelvic joints, allowing you to move the calves up and down individually at a certain range on both sides of the legs, helping you to do the otherwise impossible poses… ^_^


Unfortunately, disappointment assured at the knee area, which is pretty much a direct copy of the 1/100 version… -_- And here I was thinking they might improve the range of bending at the knees when I was assembling the 1/100 Exia Trans Am Extra Finish Version moons ago…


Further down, you’ll notice the double joints ankle as well as the inclusion of the toe joint as seen on RX-78-2 Gundam Version 2.0… :3

Due to the lack of armour pieces hindering the joints, one can actually bend Exia’s foot at an absurd angle! XD However, the toe joint does nothing much as the movement range around the whole foot is kinda restrictive…


Exia kidou shimashita! Action pose galore! ^_^ A sense of déjà vu at some of the posings… XD








On side note, the skirt pieces seem a little loose, especially the rear ones. The same can be said on the grip points that hold the Beam Sabres and Beam Daggers in place…


Omake time! :3 Conversion in progress…


Stripping the parts (Quite a lot of the armour pieces are jettisoned… >_<) and swapping with RE parts, this Ignition Mode package offers the option to switch the normal Exia into its Second Season appearance Exia Repair.

I’m pretty much prefers this version more than the original or the later Repair 2 (RE2) version… A great excuse to showoff the MG’s inner frame as well… XD


A couple of complains tho. Bandai should have make the mantle soft rubber instead of semi hard PVC… Just doesn’t feel right… >,<

On the other hand, parts swapping process are too much of a chore. Why didn’t they include parts for the whole head instead of just a cheek plate?



Anyways, Exia RE’s overall physique reminds me of a character in a classic Jin Yong‘s Wuxia novel The Return of the Condor Heroes… The protagonist Yang Guo also lost one of his arms during the course of the story… :)


Looking at Exia RE’s face, two things came into my thoughts… Terminator (Hence TerminExia… XD) and Two-Face (Harvey Dent, a villain in Batman comic/movie/animated series)… :D


This is a summary of my verdict on the MG kit…

Pros

• GN Drive LED light up gimmick… That a huge plus!
• Bling bling blades; Shiny…
• Over-the-top poseability thanks to the advancement of MG Gunpla technology… :P
• Exia RE conversion ^_^
• adjustable pelvic joints
• Clear stickers (Unlike the old ones that tends to rip off easily)
• Eye candy markings (Love the blue stripes…)

Cons

• Parts swapping to create Exia RE
• No bling bling on Exia RE’s blade of GN Sword
• Range of bending at knee area
• Obstructive design at elbow area
• Loose skirt pieces
• Loose Beam Sabre/Dagger grip points
• Design of holstered rifle on GN Sword
• Unnecessary extending gimmick on GN Shield
• Sharing too many parts from the 1/100 versionLooking forward to an MG Astraea, if there is one… ^_^

Arms Installation is Complete…

Sounds familiar? This is Danny’s infamous quote for all of his give-away contests… ^_^

Another couple of days have passed, utilising the time frame after work, I’ve managed to finish the arms for Exia along with its pelvis…


Did manage to complete the parts for Exia RE too via part swapping… It’s quite a tedious chore as you’ll have to remove the parts needed from the normal Exia and exchanged it with the battle damage Exia RE parts…


And so Exia RE floats lifelessly across the vacuum after exhausting all its power… ~_^


Anyways, let’s have a look at the intact, roll out Exia… ^_^ You may notice all those delicious markings on various parts of Exia’s armour pieces, as I applied the dry transfer decals as well as the clear stickers as I build the kit gradually…

I was rather pleased by the clear stickers given, which look and feel like water slide decals at best… :3 This helps me a lot as I’m a total klutz at water slide decal application…


Yet another déjà vu… Wait a minute~! Did Sunrise stole my design I did years ago!? X3 


Poseability and flexibility of this MG kits is top notch, nothing much to say here… XD

Reaching for Beam Sabre underneath shoulder armour? Check… ^_^ Grabbing Beam Dagger at hips? Check… ^_^


Unfortunately tho, the design of Exia’s forearm armour piece kinda hinders the overall elbow flexibility…

On the other hand, or pelvic area if you please, extended connector for the front skirt greatly increases its range of movements. This will help a lot with Exia’s poses once I finish with the legs tomorrow… :D


Range of movements around the shoulder joints is incredibly flexible as well.


Exia seems to utilise similar body system introduced in RX-78-2 Gundam Version 2.0, as it can easily bend its body at will…


And of course the MG type hand unit… Too bad Exia uses the hand system introduced in Zeta Gundam Version 2.0 instead of the one in RX-78-2 Gundam Version 2.0, which have double joints for each fingers instead of the usual single joint ever since the beginning of the MG kits…

There’s a stub on the palm where you can lock your weapons firmly in place…


Will continue the assembly this weekend… Oh, it’s weekend already… ^^;

Test Drive

I’m totally in trance when I arrived at my den after work yesterday, seeing that my package has arrived… Unfortunately, my expression quickly turned sour when I saw a dent on the package… ^^;

Luckily, when I opened the danbooru, the content is safe as there are layers of sugar papers protecting the prize… Stupid postal service…

You should’ve seen my various expressions during that time… I guess we Otaku are quite expressive in many ways… ^_~


This marks my second attempt to review a GunPla kit, you can read the 1st one on PG Astray Red Frame + Special Custom Set

In just a couple of nights, I’ve managed to finished up Exia’s head and torso, along with the GN Drive of course… While assembling the MG, I’m getting déjà vu as I’d built a 1/100 version of Exia Trans-Am Extra Finish Version before, due to both kits sharing various similar parts…


Let’s have a look at the GN Drive first… This MG kit comes with a couple of LED Light Units, which requires a couple of chibi button batteries LR 41 each for power.

The GN Drive itself features a pretty nice gimmick as an on-off switch, in which you rotates the front and back portion of the Drive to activate the greenish GN Particle emission effect from the drive… :P


BTW, the Ignition Mode kit also comes with this GN Drive holder stand for display purposes, much like PG Astray Red Frame’s sword rack… ^_^ I’m not sure if the vanilla Exia kit have this stand included as part of the bargain… or not, tho… ^^;


As the GN Drive is to be installed onto the chest part of the torso, Exia’s chest compartment is hollow. A red cover piece is given to plug up the space when GN Drive is uninstalled… :D The tri-arms at the back serve as locking mechanism to hold the GN Drive or the cover in place…


Unfortunately tho, Bandai seems to have decided to leave out the double neck joints usually found on MG kits, leaving Exia’s head in limited range of movements… -_-”


Similar to that of the 1/100 version, the shoulders of Exia have a generous range of movements. Notice the gap underneath the right chest? Yes, there’s a limited rotation around the chest as well… ^_^


Being an MG kit, of course Exia have a cockpit hatch gimmick, which is located at the abdomen just beneath the GN Drive compartment…

The chest pieces can also be flipped outwards to reveal the massive GN Drive Emitter on the chest…


With GN Drive installed onto the torso, Exia is alive! :3 Nice glowing words gimmick on the GN Drive Emitter, altho I cannot make out the wordings at all… ^^;


Part of the GN Drive can be extended slightly to create the Particle Burst effect… X3


As borrowed from Danny’s usual quote, arms installation is next! ^_^

The First and the Last

Many, many unseen before piccies of the upcoming GunPla kit for the earliest and the latest main Mobile Suit of respective series – 1/144 HG Gundam 30th Anniversary version and 1/100 MG Exia…  

Doki doki, waku waku indeed…

All piccies are procured from Happinet Online…


 

RX-78-2 Gundam

Zaku to ha Chigau no da yo… Zaku to waaaa~!

Coming this month is the MG Gouf with version 2.0 frame, as well as the re-re-release 1/100 00-Raiser… >,<

While the box art for MG Gouf 2.0 is incredible, the kit’s base colour and overall design failed to impress me… Will probably wait until Gouf Custom 2.0 instead… XD

As for the designer’s colour version of 1/100 00-Raiser… Since I’ve already own the 1st release of 00 Gundam and 0-Raiser, along with the water slide decals, I’ll probably just order those extra parts for GN Sword III, the beam effects and the clear neck joints (For the light-up eyes gimmick, my own mod on the neck seems a little fragile…) from HLJ instead… I like its simplistic box art tho… Nice and elegant…


MS-07B Gouf


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