Standing by the hill-side gazing over the Cool Culture of Otakuism!

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

 

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