A fantastic suit let down by a giant growth on her back
I grew up on SEED. I first read the manga in the library when I was twelve, and since then my dreams have been filled with giant robots and emotionally charged teenagers screaming at each other. And the Strike was just a cool mobile suit. I remember thinking back then how cool the handles on the shoulders were, how I loved all the exposed bits of steel. When I started building, I got one of the original HG SEED kits and just played around with it, not even caring that it was kind of shit.
When I went to the local shop and found my childhood hero sitting there, I was amazed. Only $15? Amazing! Strike was an impulse buy, and I built it same day.
The Strike unit itself is great. She's a lean, mean fighting machine, here to kick ass and take names. The way the armor vents are put together made me giggle the first time I did it. Really, the only problems were the quality of the blue plastic and red piece on the forehead being difficult to stay on; I had to resort to plastic cement.
And then there's the Aile unit.
Firstly, the damn thing is an ugly eyesore. It looks like the ending of Zeta where Kamille stabs The O with an airplane. it breaks up the silhouette of the Strike unit horribly, adding not much to the overall experience. It also comes with the only color correcting stickers on the whole kit; two giant red stickers over some of the wings that look terrible no matter how careful you are. Worse yet, it's actually quite heavy; it makes the kit unbalanced. I ended up having to make a stand out of a spare runner.
I keep her now in the pose on the box, and it doesn't look too awful. I wasn't able to topcoat the Aile pack because it would have killed the stickers, but it looks fine on a shelf.
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