|The Earth Alliance's "All-Purpose Multi-Mode" Prototype MS.|
But enough trivia that most Gundam fans are probably familiar with. It's time to take a look at another Entry Grade Gunpla, the EG Strike Gundam! So, head on past the break to check out the full details.
|The Entry Grade and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED logos.|
|The bottom part of the Front Cover shows the Model No. and Mobile Suit's Code Name.|
|The Left Side Cover lists all the kits available 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
Just take note that the kits pictured here are already painted. They're not going to look like this after it's assembled "OOB".
|Right Side Cover|
|OOB pictures and Gundam Information.|
|Gundam series information.|
|A few warning notes.|
Ok, looks like all the sides are "covered". Get it? Yeah, I know, it's not funny... Alright, let's look at the contents.
|Runner A4: 6 Parts ("Separator" Included)|
|Runner B4: 3 Parts|
|Runner C4-1: 14 Parts|
|Runner C4-2: 5 Parts|
|Some advertising stuff about the different series kits.|
|Some questionnaires at the back.|
That's it for the contents. Shall we go ahead and assemble the Gundam Model Kit?
Oh, "Where's the Construction Manual?" you might ask?
Now, time to separate the parts from their runners.
|The parts are now separated from the runners.|
|Actual Picture of the "Separator".|
Alright! Time to assemble the Gundam, then the actual Gunpla Review.
Don't expect anything extraordinary about this kit. In fact, if there's anything to expect is that it is very limited. Before going into details, let's take a look at some profile pictures.
|Kira wants to have an "Emo-off" with Setsuna.|
|"Generic Gundam Pose!"|
Next, let's check how the kit looks up-close. I'll post a few pictures below and include some captions. Again, don't expect anything extraordinary about this kit or you'll be extremely disappointed.
|No articulation on the arms, only the shoulders. The inside part of the arm is hollow, too.|
|Peg holes are available on both arms for Strike Gundam's Shield accessory.|
|The arms can stretch out this far out from the shoulder.|
|The thighs are hollow, too. No articulation also, but you can move the legs slightly from the hips.|
|Not as much panel line options when compared to the first Entry Grade Gunpla that I've reviewed, the RX-78-2 Gundam.|
|The Legs can spread this far out from the hips. It can also rotate slightly from left to right. The legs can spread further out but the Side Skirt Armor is preventing it from doing so.|
|The legs can go this much forwards and backwards. It can go further, but the Back Skirt Armor is preventing the legs to further back and the Front Skirt Armor is preventing the legs to further forward.|
|The feet are connected to a ball joint so that they can wiggle a bit. Although that foot guard is, again, limiting their movement.|
|The back looks great. You can see from here that the Side Skirt Armor is hollow. There's a peg hole at Strike Gundam's back. I don't know what it's for. I tried attaching the Shield, but its peg is not long enough to reach the peg hole.|
And now, my final thoughts..
As expected, the articulation of the kit is very limited. You can almost say that it doesn't have any articulation at all. Surprisingly, details are not that bad. Compared to the EG RX-78-2 Gundam, the kit doesn't have as much panel lining opportunities, but I think that's because Strike Gundam is a somewhat "modern" Gundam, that's why it's more detailed compared to RX-78. I think they placed a lot of panel lining opportunities on RX-78 to compensate for its lack of detail.
Assembly is very quick and easy. It took me less than an hour to assemble it. The hardest part of the assemble is taking the parts off the runners. Well, it's not really hard, it's just that it's the most time consuming (I took my time to remove the nub marks). Another factor why it took me almost an hour to assemble is because I was taking pictures of it. This is perfect for people who wants to get started at Gunpla Building because of its price and ease of assembly. But for people who are looking for a little bit more detail, I suggest purchasing a High Grade [HG] kit or at least a No Grade kit. They're a little bit more expensive, but it's worth it. (And they're still relatively cheap.)
|"Next Mission: Retrieve (or destroy) the 4 stolen prototype Mobile Suits."|
My third Entry Grade Gunpla Review is complete! I'll be posting the final kit in the Entry Grade line next. Thanks for reading and I'll see you in the next post!