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Good but could be better. Sturdy tail. As always, the Full Mechanics helps a beginner like me practice and gives it more 'meat ...
Fun build 2nd full mechanic build and it turned out really good
Meh Not quite as satisfying as building a mg. The build order having you complete the inner frame first ...
A Great Kit with a few Issues. The full mechanics skeleton is awesome! Completely articulated, allowing for an incredible range of motion and poses. The joints are fairly rigid and the frame itself is surprisingly well balanced, in spite of its ridiculous proportions. I love the unique look that the IBO Mobile Suits have and this skeleton provides that with the unique chest and torso. While the chest gets covered up by armor, the torso stay exposed, contributing to the more aggressive looks of Barbatos. The armor is full of sharp angles and steep curves, showing the gundam's bestial nature.
Now on to the negatives. The biggest issue with the kit has to be the Mace, its gigantic! None of the joints are strong enough to hold the behemoth; wrist, elbow, shoulder, all give way to the things sheer gravity. I assume that reinforcing the joint would aid (or fix depending on what you do) the issue but I lack the know-how to see for myself. If you have a roofed diorama set up, you can suspend the mace with a bit of fishing line. These next three issues are more just nit-picks for me personally: First, the yellow toes displayed are a plastic cover that you put over the grey toes, The hands do not get the same treatment. They are just gray pieces. This allows you to customize them however, so grab a color and paint your gunpla's nails! Second: is the cod piece. It is held onto the skeleton by a single narrow inlet that you slide onto a small rectangular extrusion. This results in it popping off every time you pose Barbatos in anything more than a light jog. A little cement fixed that issue for me. Third is that the main part of the feet are held onto by a single connection that is also kind of lose, thus they also tend to pop off if you move them to much, cement them.
Aside from some minor problems, you get a solid kit that will easily consume a few hours. A playable frame allows for a whole host of actions. Brutalize the battlefield with Barbatos and his ridiculous limbs!
Meh Not quite as satisfying as building a mg. The build order having you complete the inner frame first on its own was pretty fun. Didn't find it that fun to pose compared to most mgs and it's awkward to pose with the mace. Does look really nice when panel lined. Not sure the cheaper price justifies the short comings compared to just buying a mg
Good but could be better. Sturdy tail. As always, the Full Mechanics helps a beginner like me practice and gives it more 'meat.'
Irritated that they didn't come with gold fingers and that it flops over with the giant mace.
A Lot Of Work Awaits You But... First of all a little over 30 dollars for a 1/100 scale kit is pretty okay so it makes sense that this thing would have some issues.
Be warned the amount of work that awaits you to make this thing solid build and able to hold poses is not to be taken lightly.
I'm talking clear nail polish on almost every joint and connection, and go ahead and superglue every piece that doesn't need to move.
But if you put in the work to fix this kit's inerrant problems, paint and panel line this bad boy, and clear coat the whole thing what you'll be left with is one of the baddest lookin kits you can possibly put on your shelf.
To say this roaring beast has shelf presence would be an understatement.
Love it! After having not done this in 17 years, it was a great "first" build. The design is amazing and it was really fun to watch the frame and armor come together in the end. Plus, the overall level of detail is just awesome!
Finishing: Top Coat/Super Clear
You don’t need cement.
You don’t need paint.
Recommended for 15 years & up
Sturdy tail. As always, the Full Mechanics helps a beginner like me practice and gives it more 'meat.' Irritated that they didn't come with gold fingers and that it flops over with the giant mace. ...
2nd full mechanic build and it turned out really good ...