• November 15, 2015
  • Alvin Soon

By Alvin Soon

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  • November 02, 2015
  • Alvin Soon

By Alvin Soon

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Well, it’s done.

By done I mean it’s had all its stickers applied. I am not done playing with it though. It will be some time before I tire of it. I mean. Just look at all those nice details.



The red sticker doesn’t look so great and if I do go back to this kit in the future to add details (something I’m seriously considering) I’m thinking I’ll need paint or gundam marker on that gadget. Speaking of gadgets, all those levers on the front panel do look complicated. Three of the five are not meant to move but the remaining two are designed to flip forwards and back.

The seat could probably use a spray of Tamiya Rubber to make it look more like a real seat and I guess I should put that small black part back in place though I’ll likely glue it in to avoid having to search for it amongst the greenery on Endor’s moon my carpet.

Stickers are used or the clasps on the satchel.

Some markings are hard to see, particularly the stickers on the black areas.

Again each of these hoses is a separate part so adding detail to each one is no problem at all.

The pedals are usually down but can flip up for when the bike is not in use.

Another marking that is hard to see, and hard to place.

These are difficult to line up though they do fit over raised areas on the surface.

The small levers on the sides of the hand grips also move.

Looks so fast!

The back of the base. I guess if you wanted to you could putty that hollow area to fill it in.

And add greenery to the base as it already has a good, textured look.

It’s a sweet ride.

‘Why, thank you.’

There are quite a few stickers on the Scout Trooper as well. More than I initially expected.





The pistol fits in the holster very well and shouldn’t come out when he’s doing his high-speed ewok chases.

He does have a good amount of articulation as well.


He needs it to get crouched on that bike.


The kit comes with hands that assemble around the hand grips much like gundam hands assemble around beam rifle handles. I’ve not used those yet as it’s easy enough to plop the open hands onto the bars.

Rrrrraawwwrrrr

Whooooosh

  • July 27, 2015
  • syd

Hey, let’s ride our bikes!

Well, it’s done. By done I mean it’s had all its stickers applied. I am not done playing with it though. It will be some time before I tire of it. I mean. Just look at all those nice details. The red sticker doesn’t look so great and if I do go back to this kit in the future to...

Last weekend a friend and I hopped on the train to the party center of Tokyo, Roppongi. We didn’t go there to party, though we were tempted to when we hit T.G.I. Fridays and saw the Ultimate alcohol beverage menu. We were there to go to the Mori Tower and see The Art of Gundam Exhibition. It was the opening weekend of the exhibition so, of course, there were lines but it didn’t take too long to get inside. As soon as we got in we sat down in a small theater designed to look like a Fleet ship from the older Gundam anime and we watched a little film with CG Zaku fighting against Amuro in his RX-78-2. Of course, Char made an appearance in his Zaku II. Unfortunately, rules in place prevented me from taking video. Or pictures. In fact, much of the event had warnings not take pictures but I did put some up on facebook. As one would expect with these kind of events there was a gift shop and so I got a hold of this event exclusive kit.

That’s the The Art of Gundam RX-78-2 Ver.G35th which can only be picked up at that event. It even says on the package, Tokyo Kaiba Gentei (Tokyo Event Exclusive). I wasn’t sure at first what the Ver. G35th title meant but opening the box and looking at the manual I soon figured it out. It’s the 1/144 HGUC Revive RX-78-2 Gundam! That kit is supposed to hit store shelves on Saturday, July 25th. I got mine 6 days early! This kit, being an exclusive, has a few extras.

That’s the base.

This sticker was also included.

Later that evening, after returning home and taking a shower to wash the Tokyo sweat off myself, I sat down with nippers in my hand and the instructions in my lap.

The way the runners are laid out and the assembly of this kit really reminds me of the recent Guncannon Revive kit.






For foil stickers you get this very small sheet.

Assembly of the RX-78-2 starts off just like the Guncannon as well.


The older HG kits featured poly-caps in the torso onto which to connect the arms. These were usually designed to sit in there and pivot forwards. On the RX-78-2 they sit so they pivot upwards. Instead of the arms moving inwards towards the front of the RX-78, they instead move upwards.


The way the torso in engineered he can bend forward a bit.


I decided to panel line this guy during assembly.

When you start assembly on the head you are confronted with a choice. You can place two small silver foil stickers onto a red part and then place the clear eye visor piece on over top of that, or you can ignore the silver stickers and put the eye sticker on the visor piece.

I opted for a mix.

I put the silver stickers on and then coloured the visor piece around the eyes with a panel marker.

Arms go just like the Guncannon’s. Can I expect the same with the upcoming Freedom?





About that new articulation…

Feet and legs.





Skirt.





I cut this here like always.


It looks the same. But different.

It reminds me of the MG RX-78-2 Ver. 2.0. Prior to that kit we had seen kits with bulkier, meaner proportions and more panel lines such as the Ver. Ka and the OYW version, but the 2.0 seemed a bit of throwback to the original anime just with much better articulation thanks to the new design. The same can be said for the newest HG version of the Granddaddy Gundam.

I’ll need this.

Speaking of the original anime.

Almost finished!


I’ll spend some time playing around with this guy then give some of my thoughts.

  • July 23, 2015
  • syd

The Art of Gundam RX-78-2 Ver.G35th

Last weekend a friend and I hopped on the train to the party center of Tokyo, Roppongi. We didn’t go there to party, though we were tempted to when we hit T.G.I. Fridays and saw the Ultimate alcohol beverage menu. We were there to go to the Mori Tower and see The Art of Gundam Exhibition. It was the opening...

The Wing Gundam is one of the most famous Mobile Suits around and there has been so many versions in so many scales and grades that adding another one to the pile might seem like overkill and yet the hype about this MS and the upcoming model kit was as high as any recently. Now that it has been released and I’ve had a chance to put it together after a bit of a delay due to travel, I’m ready to give my thoughts on Bandai’s newest MG.

Overall Look: 8/10



Each new MS based on the wing has something about it to differentiate it from its predecessors. With the Fenice Rinascita those differences are quite noticeable in the head

which features sharp lines that catch the eye and make it look quite fierce. As well as in the legs.


These feature a gimmick that opens revealing a thruster as well as feature in the transformation (which I’ll talk about later).

This guy also has claws!

These don’t really serve a purpose when in robot form but do when transformed.

And the best ass of the wings?

From what I can tell this kit is based on the Wing TV version MG which I am rather fond of. Even so, I have to confess that maybe there is a little too much going on with this kit for my liking. Where the TV Wing was simple the Fenice Rinascita isn’t. But if you like thrusters, there are several on the newest Wing.

Colors: 10/10

So refreshing! Prominent green. No blue? This kit definitely stands out and I have no complaints. It does look really good. We need more green Gundams!

Weapons: 10/10

Again, no complaints here. You’re getting the giant Beam Rifle, a couple smaller weapons, beam sabers and that giant shield. That is one big shield.

Sections underneath can move.

The two smaller weapons can even combine into a larger one.

And after that they can even combine with the larger Beam Rifle.


One of the beam blades can fit on the end as well.

Articulation: 4/10

I had a feeling, even before typing this, that this section is where I will draw a lot of ire for my evaluation. It’s not that the Fenice Rinascita is stiff and can’t move. It can move quite well. However, that ability to move doesn’t mean much when the kit has a hard time standing up. Trying to test its range of motion and get pictures for this review was a trial. The best I could do was something like this.

Oh, but wait.

It is supported by that long wing.

Perhaps the problems spring from the fact that its difficult to get the feet to sit flat. I’m assuming it should stand like this.

But this way is very unstable. Usually I find it is standing like this.

Sometimes you can do half and half.

Because of those large, but sexy, shoulders the arms don’t move much either.

The neck does move quite a bit.

The wings can splay out but don’t bend the knees when doing so.


The MG Fenice Rinascita seems to be a victim of itself. It’s a new MG meaning the joints move well, it is meant to transform so some of the movement can make it weak, and it’s molded out of the newer plastic Bandai uses which is lighter and gives more. If this kit were molded out of the old plastic would it stand better? It’s an interesting theory. If I part swapped with my TV wing I could test that theory.

This is one kit that desperately needs a stand to reach its full potential. Luckily for fans and others who end up getting this kit, Bandai gives you one!

Build Design: 8/10

Despite my grumblings about how it moves the Fenice serves its purpose and Bandai’s design and engineering are huge part of that.

Of course, a lot of this kit comes from older kits.




The new runners are easy to spot.

You can mount those included transparent pink parts underneath both the shoulders.

The consist of three long parts attached to a base so they can spread out as well.


The snap into place and stay there so you needn’t worry about them suddenly falling off.

And yes, as I’ve mentioned already, it transforms.

The transformation is the same as the Wing TV but they’ve designed those large side skirts to clip into the side of the legs.

And by moving the large armor plates on the back of the forearms you can give it those cool claws.



One other aspect of the design I like on the Fenice, is the wrists don’t use a poly-cap. This definitely serves to offer a stronger connection for the hands when it holds its large rifle.

A great design change that Bandai incorporated comes on those yellow circles on the shoulders. Whereas on the TV Wing they were on solid piece that required a lot of panel lining, on the Fenice the center is hollow and the frame sticks through.

No panel lining necessary.

The best part, for me, about the MG Fenice Rinascita kit? That new stand!

Sure it’s just an action base but where the old base had one locking mechanism this one has three. One on the extendable arm.


A second one on the support arm that holds this thing up.


And a third on the part, which pivots, that takes the adaptor.

This gives the stand a huge amount of strength for the many positions it is usually put in. Is this the new Action Base? Can I start getting excited now?

Fun Factor: 7/10

I’m sure most people who pick up this kit will enjoy it, a lot, but for a guy like me who is not a huge fan of the MS and has experienced much of this kit already I wasn’t able to get too excited about it. The stand, on the other hand!

Extras: 10/10

Plenty of markings.

Extra hands.

You’ve got the extra parts from the older kits if you choose to use them, and those really nicely designed pink transparent shrouds, but the thing that takes this kit up and over is that stand. I love that stand!

It’s worth buying this kit just for the stand1

  • July 21, 2015
  • syd

MG Fenice Rinascita Review – 81.4%

The Wing Gundam is one of the most famous Mobile Suits around and there has been so many versions in so many scales and grades that adding another one to the pile might seem like overkill and yet the hype about this MS and the upcoming model kit was as high as any recently. Now that it has been released...

As a Star Wars loving child I eagerly awaited September. Why September? Because that’s when the Sears Christmas Catalogue arrived in the mail. As soon as it arrived I would wrest it from my sister (my brother was too young at the time to put up much of a fight) and I would open it up at the back to to the pages showing all the Hasbro 3 3/4 inch Star Wars stuff. Sears would sell them in sets. Usually there were three sets and at first they were comprised of five different figures each. Then the next year for some reason there were four figures per set. Then it changed to two figures. Yes, it was a little disappointing. What wasn’t disappointing one year was the release of the Star Wars Speeder Bike. You could mount the Scout Trooper (sold separately, of course) and pretend to fly along through the giant trees on the moon of Endor, or at least between the chair legs around the table. When you pushed on the pack on the back of the bike the thing would fly apart thanks to some nicely placed springs.

I loved that thing!

Of course, parts went missing. It didn’t look how it did at the start. And I grew up.

Still, I loved the Scout Trooper and when I decided to move to Japan and sold all my Star Wars figures the one figure I kept for myself was the Scout Trooper. It has traveled to Japan with me and currently is tucked away in one of the many boxes in my small closet. Alas, I don’t have the Speeder Bike. Or even parts of it.

When Bandai revealed they would be releasing a 1/12 Star Wars Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike my mind went blank for a short time. Maybe I haven’t recovered yet. Maybe, according to whom you ask, my mind has always been somewhat blank. Whatever the case with my brain may be, I have the Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike again! This time in plastic model form!

The Scout Trooper, it goes without saying, is very much like the Stormtrooper and so here is a lot of white (and some light brown).

There’s that helmet I remember.
There is more black on the Scout Trooper though.

The C runner is quite unique in that it features a lot of hoses. These are molded out of very flexible plastic.

The end of that runner, however, is hard plastic and includes a clear part which is used for the stand.

I guess I should use the word base instead of stand.

Texture.

The Scout Trooper gets a base, too, if you feel you need it.

Poly-caps.

And the rest of the runners that make up the Speeder Bike.


As we’ve come to expect from the Star Wars kits we’ve got your choice of stickers or water-slide decals.

I dove right in (upon my return home from America…)

The torso has a neat little section which involves having the little pouches the Trooper sports being able to move slightly up and down.


This is going to accommodate the movement of the legs when he sits atop the Speeder Bike, I’m guessing.

The Scout Trooper assembly goes by quickly.



More pouches (or things that resemble pouches)!

Note; these require stickers. I suggest you do it now so you don’t have to take these off to do it later.



You get an extra right hand which can hold the pistol.

Or you can place it in the holster on his leg.

Trooper arms!

That feelings inside me…

What is it?

It must be nostalgia.

I set aside the Scout Trooper to watch me as I assembled his ride. You start with that long front end. Do I call them forks like a motorcycle?

Already you’re grabbing parts from the soft plastic runner.



Add those distinct fins. Endor aerodynamics.

More small parts that make bigger parts that make up part of the Speeder Bike.




More fins. Even more downforce.

Now for the chassis. I like that word. Chassis.


Here you are laying in some hose pieces.


Bandai’s really done a good designing this to be made up of many small different parts. Those who will be painting this will be able to bring out a lot of detail quite easily. Hmm…

Another sub-assembly.





Now with more hoses.


Here are the main body parts.


Taking the three main sections I’ve assembled…



Sweet! Now for some small parts.


And more small parts.

These move.

I wonder what he packs in here? A cover in case of rain?


That little black triangle you see is one part that just sits in there which means if you turn this baby upside down, and you need to do that to continue the assembly, it will pop out.

One of these on each side.

First handlebar.

It’s cool how the hose is a different part. Again, for those who want to add detail, Bandai makes it pretty easy.

Add some small parts next.


Slap that on making sure the angle is correct.

Repeat.

Now for the pedals.


More hoses?



Those line up quite well.



When working on the undercarriage you’ll likely have to rest the kit on its handlebars. I turned the small handle parts around so they wouldn’t get bent.

For the rear flaps you have your choice of two that sit vertical for when this thing isn’t moving, or two that sit horizontal for when it’s on the go.


Gotta add the gun.


Be sure to cut off that extra plastic at the bottom.

This thing won’t stand up by itself so you need the base assembled. I would suggest doing it first before starting on the Speeder Bike so it’s there when you need it.


Pop off one part and you can connect.


Aaaaaaawesome!!!!

Just a quick little test.

Now for the stickers! I’ll do those and get some good pictures of this guy. Then I’ll likely play with him for a few years.

  • July 17, 2015
  • syd

1/12 Star Wars Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike

As a Star Wars loving child I eagerly awaited September. Why September? Because that’s when the Sears Christmas Catalogue arrived in the mail. As soon as it arrived I would wrest it from my sister (my brother was too young at the time to put up much of a fight) and I would open it up at the back to...

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