An Unfit Vessel For The Undefeated of the East
Perhaps my judgement on this kit is a bit too critical for its age, but considering the main point of this mobile suit is to perform super awesome kung fu action poses, it falls short of being able to do the bare minimum.
To start, you do get a fair amount of hand options. Bent hands, spear hands, regular open hands, and of course Darkness Finger hands (even one for Burning Gundam to use!). The unique shape of the hands themselves is actually molded quite well in the flimsy rubber plastic, despite the occasional trimming you'd need to do of excess plastic from the molding process. You also get enough wire for two 100mm lines for a wired arm gimmick, as well as a pretty nicely molded Master Cloth, cast in the same pink clear plastic as the Darkness Fingers. In addition, the build itself is quite a unique experience and the only foil stickers used in the kit are for the eyes, a lens above the eyes, and the yellow stripes on the wings which could easily be hand painted on.
Yet despite all the accessories and the look of the kit, the real downpoint here lies within the articulation. Now on an older kit that was more intended to be a shooter, such as say a GM, I would say that the articulation would pass as acceptable. For this kit in particular though, the one thing you wanna do is bend it's limbs in all different directions in hopes of being able to recreate some of the coolest martial arts stances, which is the one thing this kit cannot do. The legs are connected via a bare bones basic ball and socket joint, barely giving the legs a ninety degree split. The kick forwards is decent, the kick back though being negligible. Worse yet, the ankle joints have barely any range of movement, and are unbelievably wobbly and unstable if you attempt to stand this kit on one leg.
All in all, this kit is in dire need of a 2.0 upgrade. With modern model kit technology, Bandai easily has the potential to make this mobile suit absolutely amazing. With this kit though, you'll be stuck with basic karate poses and using the wings to prop up the upper half.
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