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If only it can stand on its own two feet.
Real Grade Zakues are impressive; but then you realize that they are Master Grades in HGUC form. So ...
A mixed bag
A mixed bag of a kit. Like most RG's its got a ton of parts and detail, like an automatically r ...
this kit is worth what a huge pain in the ass it is to build. loose parts and the tiny power cable p ...
Color us VERY surprised that this one isn't a P-Bandai release; Bandai has really outdone themselves to make this completely distinct from the first 2 Zaku II RGs! The distinctive characteristics of the High Mobility MSV Zaku II units have all been preserved, especially those of Johnny Ridden's suit! The bold leg thrusters have been crafted in exquisite detail, and special Johnny Ridden marking stickers are also included. The Giant Bazooka is here in all its glory, and the arm and hand parts have been recast in the correct large size for this larger machine. This is going to be one imposing kit!
Johnny Ridden's Zaku II is the last of the three distinct high-mobility types to get the HGUC treatment! Ridden's Zaku II will feature all the goodness of the MG, including the distinct shoulder spike... (learn more)
The infamous White Wolf from the Universal Century timeline of the Gundam metaseries has joined the HGUC line with his custom Zaku II! It comes with its symbol White Wolf stickers and weapons which ar... (learn more)
Not every kit comes with water slide (water transfer) decals, but Bandai has released ones to go with select model kits separately! This set contains extra markings for both Johnny Ridden and Shin Mat... (learn more)
So you all might be tired of the Zaku releases, but this Ver. 2.0 overhaul of the suit brings new life to the old line of mobile suits! This Shin Matsunaga Custom suit, which was built and colored to ... (learn more)
So you all might be tired of the Zaku releases, but this Ver. 2.0 overhaul of the suit brings new life to the old line of mobile suits! This Johnny Ridden Custom suit, which was built and colored to h... (learn more)
I'm pretty sure that when we first saw the RG Hi-Nu we said "this is the toughest thing Bandai has ever made," and they've already outdone themselves with the very next release in the line! Whether yo... (learn more)
RG Eva? Let's go! New face parts?? Let's rock! Big shield??? AWWWWW YEEEEEEEEAH
A set including Evangelion Unit-03 and the ESV Shield from Evangelion: New Theatrical Edition is here! The iconic hea... (learn more)
The Hi-Nu is TOUGH, and it's never looked tougher than this rendition! The kit is equipped with the "multi-link" gimmick that allows armor panels to slide and separate in conjunction with the movement... (learn more)
For the better part of a decade, we have been screaming at Bandai for as many releases of TV Gundam Wing mobile suits as possible. We're glad that something FINALLY clicked! Next up is the RG Wing Gun... (learn more)
Now this is SERIOUS STUFF. The MG Zeong was one of our sleeper favorite model kits we've ever reviewed, and that thing came out almost 20 years ago! A lot of model technology has changed from 2002-202... (learn more)
A mixed bag
A mixed bag of a kit. Like most RG's its got a ton of parts and detail, like an automatically rotating monoeye, a cockpit, spring cables for the legs, etc. The holding pegs for the guns are even able to be rotated in and out. However, it also has its fair share of problems. The wrists are the worst; there's a "plate" at the end of the forearm which just rattles around loose with no way to connect it. The legs have a very limited bend, the torso joints sag and refuse to hold any pose that puts much weight on them, and the included rifle's stock is so large and awkward that its hard for the suit to hold it. The heat hawk is attached via a peg in the hand, but is behind held oddly high up along the handle and looks odd.
Its not terrible by any means but it comes with a fair number of asterisks about its quality, so be prepared to accept those compromises.
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If only it can stand on its own two feet.
Real Grade Zakues are impressive; but then you realize that they are Master Grades in HGUC form. So you'll get A TON of tiny parts. Like; they'll end up in your carpet and you'll never find them ever again.
John Rid's Zaku IIR is impressive and imposing once you finally manage to build it. And you didn't lose any parts. But its front skirt flaps are super-fragile. And, like I said, it's unable to stand properly. Which is sad because it's a real grade and real grades are impressive kits in general.
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Johnny Ridden's Zaku II joins the RG line up as the first RG from the Mobile Suit Gundam MSV line and the first ever High Mobility Type Zaku as well. Its unique leg thrusters and backpack have been made with newly designed parts based on Kunio Okawara's illustrations including the 4 nozzle type bell vernier. Includes two shades of red on different parts of armor and stickers to recreate the markings on the Johnny Ridden Custom. Weapons include Giant Bazooka, Zaku Machine Gun, Heat Hawk, and regular bazooka along with numerous hand display options. Runner x 14, realistic decal, springs for energy pipes, instruction manual.