|Time for the Gundam Meisters to make their appearance!|
Now, it's time to review the EG Gundam Exia from the "Mobile Suit Gundam 00" series. (That's pronounced "Double O", by the way, if you're not familiar with the series.)
Alright! Head on past the break for the full unboxing and review details.
|The "Entry Grade" logo.|
This is my second Entry Grade Model Kit review. Similar to No Grade Kits in terms of detail, articulation, and its affordable price tag, this kit is perfect for beginners like me. Plus, it's super easy to assemble since it only has a few parts. For beginners who'd like to buy something with more detail and decent articulation, you'll be better off buying a High Grade [HG] Kit, which is a little more expensive, but not really. (Huh. Hope that made sense.)
|₱230. Very Cheap.|
Price tag here. I can't remove the damn thing... I don't want to remove it by force either, I don't want to ruin the box. Priced at ₱230 here in our country. When converted to US currency, that's around $3-5. (And ¥400-500 in Japan. Or probably cheaper.) Very cheap. Which is a good thing, I guess..
|Kits from the Entry Grade line.|
From left to right, we have:
1. GN-0000 00 Gundam
2. GN-001 Gundam Exia
3. RX-78-2 Gundam
4. GAT-X105 Strike Gundam
Also, take note that the kits pictured on this side of the box are painted kits. The Model Kit won't look like this when assembled out of the box. You have to paint it first.
|Right Side Cover|
|OOB pictures and Gundam informations.|
|Gundam series information.|
|Go check the official website.|
So, finally, let's take a look inside.
|Runner A2: 4 Parts ("Separator" Included)|
|Runner B2: 7 Parts|
|Runner C2-1: 10 Parts|
|Runner C2-2: 5 Parts|
|Some advertising stuff about the different line of kits.|
|Some survey questions at the back.|
Ok, it's time to assemble Gundam Exia!
But, wait a minute... Where the hell is the Construction Manual?! Well...
Time to cut the parts off the runners!
|Parts removed from runners with side cutter.|
|Picture of actual Separator.|
And then we put together the parts.
Then, we move forward to the Gunpla review!
As expected, the kit is VERY limited when it comes to articulation and detail. First off, let's see some front, rear and side view pictures.
|Setsuna's getting emotional again. Huh.|
|Exia's gonna slice you up.|
Now, let's go in-depth with the features of the Model Kit itself. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I'll just post some pictures here then add my comments in captions.
|The inside part of the arm is hollow and the elbow has no articulation.|
|For some reason, the arms have peg holes. So when I first saw the runners, I thought they've included a shield... What are these for, anyway?|
|Arms can go up sideways this much. Exia has better shoulder pads than EG RX-78-2 Gundam.|
|Inner part of the thighs are hollow as well.|
|Legs can spread out this much and, again, better than EG RX-78-2 Gundam. Although that maybe because Exia doesn't have much Skirt Armor on it.|
|Legs can go forward and backward this much. Hips can tilt a little since Exia's Skirt Armor is small but is still restricting the movement.|
|Ball joint for connecting the leg parts to the feet.|
|Due to the nature of Exia's frame, there is a lot more articulation when tilting its neck when compared to EG RX-78-2 Gundam.|
|Again, since the mold only comes in 3 colors, painting is a necessity to make the kit look at least decent. The GN drive here is supposed to be white, along with the Beam Sabers attached to its shoulders.|
Now, for some final thoughts on the assembled kit..
I assembled this kit in less than an hour, which is a huge difference from the 2 hour assembly last time with EG RX-78-2 Gundam, but that's because I didn't put as much effort in polishing the Gundam this time. You can probably see some nub marks here and there in the pictures. Usually, the assembly of these kits will take around 15-30 minutes. The reason that it takes me so long is because I take pictures of the kit as I go. (Also, the reason why I wasn't able to minimize the nub marks this time is because of my hobby knife. It's got rust all over it. Annoying...)
Aside from the color discrepancies, which is understandable due to it's price (Have I said that too much already? Huh.), this kit is alright. Although the sticker for the GN Drive on the chest is supposed to be green instead of black, but never mind. No Grade kits knock Entry Grade Kits out in terms of articulation, except for detail. Both Grades are recommended for beginners like myself. But if you like better detail and articulation but the price is still affordable, like I said, you're better off buying High Grade [HG] Kits.
|Looks like the first phase of the mission is complete.|
Thank you for reading this Gunpla Review! More Gunpla and other reviews coming soon, so check my blog from time to time. ...and I'll see you on the next post!