Oh yeah, it's time to review this guy.....
The price of this guy at HLJ was JPY 800. Long time ago when I read the local hobby magazine this guys was priced RM 44.90. Many years later, I saw this guy again at local shop at same price stated at magazine that I read before. Okay, enough blah,blah,blah, and let's go to the review.
FRONT AND REAR VIEW
Since this kit was released at 1998, I would say that the articulation was not satisfy the nowadays HG although this kit was graded with HG.
A beam rifle. Actually I wanna paint the white parts of rifle but suddenly my hand painting was too thick, so I scrape it off >.< .
The shield. it has a mechanism that we never see in nowadys HG. Consisiting the gray parts at the arm and the shield itself. but since the arms don't contains the inner polycap to hold the gray parts, it's always keep loose. So I used superglue trick to tighten it.
The hands actually was not ball-type plug. It use stick plug but it was pretty rare to seen other models to use this type of socket.
.....and just add with this pack. My first impression: "what this backpack used for?", until I've seen Episode 9 of 08th MS team....
Actually this back pack was like a landing gear which consist of two pats: this picture shows the first part that is parachute.
if almost reach the land, the second part which acts like booster will slow down the fall so that MS will not crash landing.
Looks like only 2nd part left from here.
Front view with landing gear attached. The strings actually was flexible plastic.
This guy have cockpit open gimmick and it's chest can be open to reveal the details inside. The details need to be painted.
Fist time I bought this kit, the sign "81" at the chest was a decal, but actually it was a panel line. So, I just line it with re marker instead decalling ;) .
Don't forget that it's pilot, Shiro Amada was included like RG model lineup.
The knee part is movable while the white part on the feet was a really white parts like most nowadays HG's. Impressive.
Provided also with decals.
Sorry for the lack of actions since this guy's articulation wasn't made me to do much actions >.<
PROS AND CONS
-Have cockpit opening and chest details.
-Comes with Shiro Amada's figure.
-Comes with landing back pack.
-good price: JPY 800.
-Old kits, the articulation was lame.
-Seamlines was a KILL . Lotsa cementing jobs needed.
-The shield socket always loose and need to use superglue trick.
If u a fan of 08th MS Team, you should include this in your collection. I buy this kit because the head design was out of typical Gundam's head design instead the other cool factor. See you again until next time ;) .