The Closest to Anime-Accurate You'll Get For Probably A Long Time
The colour correcting stickers are disappointing. The eye sticker is standard, the front camera sticker doesn't look great and doesn't have a great surface to apply to because of a hole, and the back camera sticker fits very well and looks the best of the three. The blue chest stickers are absolutely terrible because they have to be applied over a bent surface, and their absence stands out quite a bit if not applied. They also make it difficult to pick up the model by the chest, since it's the most logical place to grab it from. The yellow chest stickers fit very well, despite going over curved surfaces. The lower leg stickers don't seem to fit as well, and stand out a bit. There are black rectangular stickers for the side skirts, which I did not use. Those sections can easily be painted.
The hinges for the door/panels are very large compared to the mode. They make it quite inaccurate to the anime line art.
The leg vents, chest camera, and cannons on its shoulders aren't colour accurate.
These things can all be fixed with paint, of course.
They also missed what seems like an easy opportunity to put a beam saber in the left arm.
The hands seem a bit weak, but it doesn't have to hold anything besides the beam gattling's handle, which isn't necessary by any means. Minor negative, it's not in the anime as far as I know, but it's easy to remove without a huge hole, and it's in the anime's original line art, so I feel that was a cool addition.
It doesn't have any accessories that aren't already attached to the model (beam gattling, knife, missile pods, cannons), besides an attachment to put the beam gattling on its back. But that's how the heavyarms is supposed to be.
Upon further inspection, the white sections of the arms look a bit inaccurate to the line art. I don't think they're supposed to be so rectangular. There should also be a seam line on the red part of the torso, as well as some markings.
It looks very accurate besides the negatives mentioned. It´s hard to tell if they slimmed it down like they did with the other HGAC models. It has all the opening panels, and their interiors are quite detailed.
I think it has better articulation than other kits, but I'm not sure.
It comes with a lot of extra hands, including open, the Sandrock's finger-forward holding, normal holding, and I think one more. The dynamic open hands are a great addition because the Heavyarms doesn't have to hold anything. The beam gattling replaced the left hand, which is accurate (unlike the EW versions), so don't bother making that hand if you plan to keep the gattling on permanently.
There are some good opportunities for panel lining.
It could've easily had more pieces to get full colour accuracy, but that's why it's HG. I suspect they reserve that level of detail for higher grades.
Regardless, it's so close to the anime that if you want a non-EW heavyarms, this is definitely the one you want. It's solid, accurate enough, and has no issues that can't be fixed.
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