Arming a Celestial Being
Aside from the main Mobile Suit itself, Exia comes with a number of weaponry and accessories, including a huge display stand similar to that of Unicorn Gundam’s but fully clad in a much more complex design of various mechanical details.
This display stand is probably the most important accessory for Exia, as it houses the L.E.D. unit and wiring needed to fully realise the light-up gimmick.
The stand itself features a couple of locking points: one on the hook that connects onto Exia’s back; one on the extendable sliding mechanism to extend the over all height of the display stand itself.
Incorporated into the back of the display stand is a jointed arm equipped with the wiring for the light-up gimmick, allowing the installation of the GN Drive separate from Exia’s main body.
Omitted previously from the last post, here’s a closer look at the GN Drive, the power source and the heart of Celestial Being’s Mobile Suits.
The Drive itself acts as a switch for Exia’s Aurora Luminescence gimmick. Without it, the Mobile Suit’s light-up gimmick won’t work.
Attached onto the display stand by itself, the GN Drive’s spinning light gimmick works independently.
The GN Drive too have the open hatch panels gimmick, creating a sort of blooming flower like structure upon deployment.
By removing the grey plug-in from the back slot, you can install the GN Drive effortlessly onto the Mobile Suit, thus enabling Exia’s full Aurora Luminescence gimmick (Once you plug-in the cables of course).
As mentioned previously, the connection between the GN Drive and its intended slot is somewhat tight, discouraging constant moving between the Mobile Suit or the arm on the display stand…
The battery compartment for the L.E.D. unit is housed within the mid section of the display stand itself, again identical to Unicorn Gundam’s.
Interestingly, upon flipping over to the underside of the stand, you can find various ports to hold basically all the weaponry Exia holds, with the exception of the beam effect parts for the Beam Daggers and Beam Sabers.
Here’s Exia fully armed with all its weaponry, which is the reason its code name is Gundam Seven Swords.
Exia’s primary weapon, which features a beam rifle equipped with a gigantic blade underneath, along with an attached miniature shield.
The GN Sword can be easily converted from rifle mode to sword mode and back at moment’s notice.
While not part of the Seven Swords’s namesake, the GN Shield is Exia’s primary defense against enemy attacks. It features extendable gimmick that reveals its built-in reflective clear green parts.
Located behind both shoulder pads, the GN Beam Sabers are a staple Gundam armament. The sabers took up two slots out of the Seven Swords System…
The hilts are exactly the same as the other two, the GN Beam Daggers, located behind Exia’s rear skirt.
Usually perched at both sides of the hips, the GN Short Blade and GN Long Blade are identical to one another, with the only difference being the length of the blades themselves.
Both GN Blades also feature the same extendable gimmick that reveal the reflective clear green parts, just like the GN Shield.
The Blades took up two slots out of the Seven Swords System.
As mentioned a few paragraphs before, the GN Beam Daggers are essentially the same as GN Beam Sabers, with the only difference being the length of the beam effect part.
They took up the last two spots of the Seven Swords System.
Mounted onto the display stand, here’s a view of Exia with its light-up gimmick activated under an illuminated environment.
We will take a look at the pretty lights under a darker environment in my next and final posting on the Perfect Grade. ^_^