Archive for November, 2010

Okay, after more than a week break, I’m back with another post here. This time round, it would be on the Raphael Gundam, Tieria’s final and most bad-ass MS.

I really like the design of the Raphael. The sleek and slender Raphael with the giant rock on its back just appeals to me for some reasons. And like any other Tieria’s units, the Raphael, no.. the backpack of the Raphael has a secondary form, and that’s the Seravee Gundam II. I’m sure many of you are already aware of this and yes, it’s a modified version of the original Seravee and I’m pretty sure we would be getting a model of it soon. 😀

The Raphael is basically the combination of the Innovators’ Gaddessa data and Seravee’s data. And well, you can really see the features of the Gaddessa on the Raphael, but at the same time, there are also some parts on the unit which is very “Gundam-ish”. Overall, I think the design is really nice, and well, the colour scheme is just awesome! 😀

Weapons wise, the Raphael wields a really plain beam rifle similar to the Nadleeh’s and that’s it, no vulcans and cutters on the arms etc. But still, I think the beam rifle looks really nice despite its simple and plain design, and well, this is actually where I got my idea to do my Seravee Gundam II, the rifle inspired me to do so. ^^;

However, once the enormous rock is attached onto the Rapahel, the whole suit kinda lost its sleek and slender look. Raphael now carries a giant rock on its head, loaded with giant cannons and a Gundam “invinsible” to anyone. But frankly speaking, I aleready notice something suspicious about this mysterious rock the first time I saw the design of the Raphael and speculated that it is a MS, mainly because the giant front skirts gave it away.

The backpack features big claws on the sides, and no kidding, those things are called GN Big Cannons/Claws. These cannons looks really really great when they are used for beam spamming as shown above. Awesome stuff, epic poses. 🙂

Other then just beam spamming, these things can also detach from the rock and go flying around, crushing things and shoot stuff around them. The model comes with a clear stand to attack these claws so that you can rexreate some pretty awesome scenes there. Really good!! 😀

Despite all the awesomeness the model has, there are still some flaws that I would like to mention. ^^;

Firstly, once the rock is attached onto the Raphael,  it kinda limits Raphael’s articulation, mainly the head and the shoulders. But that can be fixed by kinda fiddling the backpack out of the way, which is quite a hassle to do so.

Next, the Raphael has the same type of polycap ball-joints for the hips like the Gaddessa’s and Ario’s. I don’t think these ball joints can hold the weight as it is really really top heavy and this polycaps and the small peg is just too weak. A stand could solve the problem, but it would be better if they used normal plastic ball joints like Exia’s etc. ^^;

Lastly, this concerns the weapons the are designed for the Raphael. I think that the Raphael lacks some melee weapons for CQC situations. The Raphael doesn’t need huge swords like Arche’s or the 7 Swords’s, but there should at least have the generic beam sabers for this guy, I’m sure that would be a lot cooler. But well, I doubt anyone can get close to the Raphael as trying to bypass all those beam spammage is quite impossible so the designers might think that the sabers would be a little extra. ^^;

Some comparisions with his seniors. You can really see how the overall design and the giant rock make the Raphael Gundam stands out from other suits. 🙂

So yeap, that pretty much wraps up this post on the Raphael. Overall, it’s a really great model. Great features, great articulation, great design. And well, I think the $42.95 price tag is quite a good deal even though I got it at a discount. ^^;

So now I’m left with the Harute, and it’s still in the box, lying around with some other boxes. But before I work on the Harute, I’m working on another model and I’m pretty sure it would be done soon. ^^;

Till the next post! 😀

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Gundam in Scales and Grades!

Alright, after reviews and reviews of several Gundam kits, I thought I should try something different. That is, to talk about Gunpla in its different scales and grades, my thoughts on them, what’s the grade that you guys would go for and stuff like that. And well, on the way, there would also be some random pictures that I took throughout the months but just didn’t make it to the screen. 😀

First off, lets talk about High Grade (HG) kits. I gotta say that this would be the grade for me. They are not as expensive as compared to MG kits and there is a wide variety of them like HGUC, HG SEED, HG00 etc. The line would also follow the current trend of the ongoing series. For example, more than 70 kits were release throughout the years when SEED/ Destiny was still the ongoing series. But even after that, several OVAs like the Astrays, have thier own models being released too. And now, there are also 70+ kits released for the 00 line. I certainly hope this line would go further on as there would always be suprises coming out from Bandai. And well, these models have already surpass many older MGs in terms of quality, articulation, construction etc. And as I said before, they are about half the price of regular MGs and with so many of them, they are endless possibilties of mods and stuff.

 So yeap, this is defintiely the line for me and the line for those who wants really great models but with little effort and a relatively low budget. But of course, with some paint and detailing, you can make a simple HG kit to an awesome model. I’ve already more than a 100 of these and I won’t mind going on as long as there are still kits that appeal to me and in fact, there is. The just released, Gouf Custom, Braves, Sinanju, etc. are already on my wanted list, but I guess those gotta wait until the Christmas sales come. 😀

Alright, next up, I would be looking at SD kits! They are cute, highly detailed and very very light on the wallet. Apart from HG models, this is the next line that I would look into. For me, I would always get the Gundams from actual series like the Strike Freedom, Exia, RX-78-2 and stuff like that.

Frankly speaking, this is one of the first few series that I got into before my Gunpla “career” started. And well, apart from the usual mecha from their respective series, there is also the widely-advertised Sangokuden and Brave Battle Warriors series. The Sangokuden line got me into painting kits and that was a huge step-up for me. The Sangokuden features the story and characters from the original Chinese epic novel, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and I gotta say that they really did a great job for this series. The characters are awesome and are all based on original mecha units and there are some changes to the plot to make everything even more berserk and interesting.

Both the Sangokuden and the Brave Battle Warriors (BBW) Series are actually basically the same just that the BBW line is actually a TV series while the Sangokuden one remains as a manga and the two have some differences in the story and stuff. But well, even though these series are aim for kids, I see many teenagers and adults purchasing their models too and that includes me as well. I find these Sangokuden models being very detailed and they also challenges your painting skills. And with that, you can have them to look amazingly awesome in your display cupboard. What’s more, it’s price is like half of a third cheaper than HG kits. This line would definitely be a ideal one for those who are starting Gunpla-ing! ^^;

 The MG line is one of Bandai’s most advertised and most successful line but I just never get to that line. this post might not have described the MG line well, or perhaps, not doing it any justice but I only have 2 MG kits at home and I don’t think I can say much. But well, I gotta say this line is one fantastic series or models. The models all have really unbelievable amounts of details and with that inner frame, detailing is enough to make one go nuts! Bandai is also constantly releasing kits of this line that are really awesome, and frankly speaking, some of them really makes me tempted to get them, like the Turn A, G-3 Gundam and the 00 Qan[T]. I’m not a regular in this line but I do agree that this is one awesome line and I’m sure the regulars understands the meaning of “awesomeness” for MG kits. Lastly, I think any modelers should at least try the Master Grade line once as they are like the “core” for Gunpla. They might be pretty expensive but you get what you pay for. ^^;

Lastly, here comes the most insanely expensive but insanely high quality model line of all time, the Perfect Grade line! The PG line is one of the series which I doubt I would ever try mainly due to its price and lack of interest in it. The PG series is well known for all the gimmicks, inner frame, size and details but also for its killer price. For me, there would usually be other kits that I really want and I would always go for them and not look at the PG kits at all. And well, the price also turns me away too. But well, I’m sure PG fans have another look towards these models. I agree they have some really awesome gimmicks and features that other grades would never have and I’m sure those who have managed to finish building the model would have an awesome overwhelming feeling, and that is what I think attracts the modelers.

So yeap, that’s my view for all these scales, and I’m sure most of you won’t agree with me but that’s pretty much all for this post. What’s your say on these different scales and grades? Which would you prefer? Comment below as always. 🙂

Till the next post! 😀

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I’ve always wanted a HG model of the awesome Avalanche Exia ever since I saw the lineart and the 1/100 scale version. And who knows? After a long wait, Bandai finally released it in HG, together with some skis for the legs to go along with the “Avalanche” name.

Anyway, I got it during early August and I manage to get around and finish this kit just yesterday. ^^;

For the Avalanche Exia, I used the clear mask that came with the Astraeas instead of the regular face as I thought it would be a watse to leave that piece in the box. And suprisingly, the clear piece managed to fit into Exia’s head, and the Exia looks pretty cool with that mask. 😀

There are 3 modes for the Avlanche Exia. The burst mode allows maximum dispersion of GN particles while the other two modes allow the Exia to go speeding around and exterminate all its target in a short period of time just like how an avalanche works. 8)

The Avalanche Exia still retains the Seven Swords system but unfortunately, there are no clear pink beams for the beam sabers, those beams are all taken from other kits. One thing about the Avalanche is that it has a unique way of storing weapons, unlike the original Exia, the blades are all stored on the back instead on the hips or the back skirts etc. Pretty cool. ^^;

Other than the weapons mentioned above, I went a step further and equipped the Avalanche Exia with Astraea’s beam rifle as I don’t really have any use for it. I also added beams to the GN Claws on the skis, so now the Avalanche has 4 beam sabers. 😀

Alright so after all the gimmicks and accessories, what’s my verdict for this kit?  Personally, I would say it’s a good model but it’s way beneath many others.

There are just too many things that refrain me from giving it a plus. Sad but true… ^^;

 Firstly, the colour seperation is poor. The yellow parts on the avalanche armour needs mass painting and the interior of the armour and thrusters need some grey mass painting too. Not forgetting that the original Exia already needs some painting to make it look good. All this painting makes me go crazy! I’m sure they can have some seperate yellow parts instead of stickers but that would increase the cost.

Alright, so here comes the cost. The model cost a whopping 2000yen, quite expensive for a HG kit. You can say the increase in 800 yen is due to the Avalanche armour, bigger packaging and stuff, but don’t forget that you get tons of useless Exia armour pieces leftover and you can’t do anything much with them. So yeah, those pieces contributes to the whopping price tag too, and I’m quite sure Bandai could just remove all those pieces, if possible.

Next would be the drop in articulation. With those giant skis on the legs, the legs can’t bend much anymore. the huge shoulder amours also prevent the arms form going outwards. The ball joint connection for the hips and the waist is also very loose. There are no polycaps used for that joint and I’m 100% sure that it would get loose as time goes by while supporting those massively heavy legs. In fact, mine already started swaying back and forth, sometimes even pushing the backskirts off. And well, all these poor articulation also prevents the model from doing any epic poses..

Lastly, I’m not really satisfied with the accessories it came with. The added armour on the arms makes it darn difficult to attach the GN Sword on and even when it does, it’s not a stable connection. This model also doesn’t have any clear pink beams and still uses the white plastic beam. This is like the 5th Exia/Astraea variant release from Bandai and there’s still no beams??

Enough of the bashing, the model still have some good points that I should mention as well. 🙂

Firstly, it’s the Exia! What’s more this Exia is packed with so many armour to make it look awesome just by standing there. I’m sure any Exia/ Astraea fan like me would have no consideration of whether to get this kit.

Secondly, Bandai is kind to include a stand for the model. The stand is specially made for the Avalanche Exia as there are two connections to connect the model. There are also places where you can store the GN Claws and the annonying crotch piece. Not bad..

Lastly, you can’t deny that the model looks great when you completed it. There are also some hidden features like the beams from the GN Claws. And well, the leftover useless pieces might be a hassle but for me, I’m already planning another Astraea variant, in fact, there’s two Astraea variants that I’m planning to work on. But that’s gonna wait until I get another HG Astraea and Avlanche Exia kit. 😀

So yeah, this kit might not have met my expectations but it’s still nice to have it, sitting around in my cupboard. I wouldn’t say it’s a must-get, but it’s nice that at least Bandai got around to release it. So yeah, that’s pretty much for this post.

Till the next post!

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Alright, my friends bought me this awesome kit during my birthday (thanks guys!) and now, I’ve finally managed to complete it. The Zabanya has one of the most odd Gundam designs of all time mainly due to the giant fences by the sides but I still think that the giant rock on Raphael’s head would be the oddest of all 00 designs. 8)

Anyway, lets cut the crap and get down to this awesome model!

Zabanya is basically a combination of the Dynames and Cherudim. It has the sniping abilities of Dynames while retaining the Bits Control System from Cherudim and these gave Zabanya an awesome loads of firepower.

Zabanya wields TEN sniper rifles which are actually GN Rifle Bits II.  They can be stored in the GN Holster Bits but for the model, only 2 Holster Bits are actually the “working” ones so you only get two rifle bits and two holster bits to play with.

The barrel of the rifle bits can also be removed to form GN Pistol Bits which is actually a combination of the usual hand-wielded pistols and the Bits Control System. I think the two guns look really great with the Zabanya, better than the snipers which is rather unexpected for me. There is also a clear piece under the pistols that act as blades to slice through stuff which is similar to Cherudim’s GN Pistols II.

The seprated 10 Holster Bits remind me of the weapons pack from Halo 2 where the Pelican would drop weapons down in a capsule thing for the marines. I initially thought it would be a crazy task to paint all these, but I managed to finish them pretty fast. ^^;

Each Holster Bits have pegs that are able to clip each other steadily together. And with that, you can create some rather amazing and some really cheesy combinations with them. Awesome. 😀

The head also retains the sniping features by combining both the Dynames’s and Cherudim’s sniping modes together. The jewel can be lifted and the V-fin can come down to cover the eyes and reveal the sniping camera.

With all the features mentioned above, combined with the missile spamming capabilities, the Zabanya is another overkill suit, spamming missiles and beams randomly at all directions. Crazy but amazing. 🙂

So yeap, that pretty much wraps up my post. The HG Zabanya is a really great model and the price is pretty reasonable I would say. Like the 00 Qan[T], this is another must get kit for 00 fans like me.

So that’s it for now, till the next post! 😀

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Continuing with the SD BBW line, here’s the  Kousousan Ez8! He first appeared in the comic world version as a senior of Ryuubi. After the defeat of  Toutaku, he became some sort of a general and commands the white cavalry with Cho-Un. But still, I think that this guy had quite a bad fate as he was eventually shot to death with dozens of arrows.

Comic world aside, Kousousan made his appearance in the Brave Battle Warriors Animated series too. As of the current episode, I think he’s still alive but I’m quite certain that he’s gonna die later on.

Despite being such an unfortunate character, I really like the design of Kousousan. However, those armour plating things that goes around the whole body are a pain to paint and detail. Geez…

I also did some changes to the colour scheme like the shoulder armours and the arm guards as I don’t have the off-white colour for those parts. Steel looks pretty good though. ^^;

Accessories wise, there is a really simple sword and a commanding stick thing to command the white cavalry. The sword is rather nice but the weak articulation kinda limits the poses you can get out of it. And for the stick….. Get a horse for this guy first! 😀

Overall, I think this is a rather good kit. Like any Sangokuden models, it looks really really good when painted and it will be a great display piece in one’s collection. However, you are not getting much poses from this guy due to the limited articulation. But still, with some imagination, you can get it in a rather nice pose and the cape on the back really makes the poses a lot more dynamic. I’m sure the horsey kit would go along with Kousousan really well. Hmm… I might consider getting it sometime later. ^^;

Apart from Kosousan-San, I also completed one of the 5 baddies from the giant monster boxset. I think I finished this model before the exams, it’s been quite a long time until I can’t remember the actual date. Anyway, this guy is basically a demon which possesses sevral guys like Sonsaku and the Giant Monster Combination. You can’t really do much with this model so I guess I would just leave it alone for now until I completed the 4 other guys from the boxset which I doubt I would. Hah! 😀

Till the next post!

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Random shots of Operation V!

I won’t be doing a review of the operation V set anytime soon, so as the title says, here are some random pictures of the Operation V set, not including the legendary RX-78-2.

Hah, I was just snapping shots of the Guntank and Guncannon, together with the little Core Fighter while the precious RX-78-2 is kept away in the display cupboard. And well, I thought I should share some of the pictures here too.

I intended to do a proper and nice paintjob on the CoreFighter but the White paint I have doesn’t really work that well with me. you can see cracks in the paint here and there and well, it was only after I thought I finished painting and assembled it then I realised that I missed out a part to paint. Geez, that sucks.

I also applied the decals provided onto all the kits except the CoreFighter and then flat coated them. I didn’t really follow the instructions given on the applying of the decals but the end results look really good to me. 😀

So yeap, that pretty much does it for this quick update. I might do a review if I have the time which I don’t think I have any.

Anyways, I’m currently working on the Zabanya which my friends bought for me during my birthday sometime ago, thanks guys! 🙂

Till the next post! 😀

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