I guess this model kit doesn’t need any introduction. It’s the famous Red Comet’s zaku version 2.0! How did Char get his nickname the red comet? Well he used this Zaku to obliterate 5 magellan-class battleships LOL and if I’m not mistaken within a short time span too? xD
Why did I buy this model kit? Well it was because I bought the RX78-2 and everyone knows if you buy that, you need to get Char’s Zaku, in any shape or form! LOL
Construction on this guy wasn’t that difficult. The difficulty for me mostly came from those energy cables/tubes. They’re such a pain to build even though they have improved on it since the old kits(I can’t imagine how hard building the energy cables/tubes on those older kits were)
Ok so, let’s move onto the review shall we?
As you can see, I added some weathering on him using drybrush method. Didn’t use any stickers or decals. I didn’t topcoat him either and this made the weathering start to fade off abit and the silver from his foot kind of rubbed onto my new black background @_@
All master grade mono-eyed mobile suits have this gimmick where their eye will slowly turn following the head. It’s quite an interesting gimmick that makes them kinda scary as they start staring at you~ WoOoOo~ LOL
The head/helmet is connected to this piece that connects to the body on a ball joint. So the head has quite a few wiggle/rotate articulation.
What I don’t really like about the joints for the arm is that the shoulders are connected to the body by a ball joint, while the shoulders themselves use polycap. Although this does give alot of articulation, with a lot of usage, the joints become loose and then they won’t be able to hold the poses in the future =[
All the skirts are connected by ball joints in some form or another.
Well, the legs are pretty awesome. They connect to the waist via a peg on each leg and this is better than the ball joint/polycap arms xD
Overall, articulation is great! Almost all the parts can either do the full 360/180/90 that they’re supposed to do which is good! With great articulation comes great playability ahem I mean poseability hahahah but like what Exia has taught us, too much articulation leads to loose joints. So far so good on the Zaku though. Let’s move on to the weapons
3 weapons altogether. His heat hawk is kinda tiny though, I mean shouldn’t Char get a bigger heat hawk or something xD Overdid the weathering on the bazooka and the heat hawk. I think the machine gun was quite successful though, including the clear red painted scope 😀
Hand to hand combat:
-Not that expensive
-It’s Char’s Zaku
-It’s pinkish red
-Can pull off many ground and aerial poses with ease
-Nub marks are pretty well hidden
-Cool mono-eye gimmick
-Comes with a small lift vehicle for Char to get on his Zaku (was too lazy to build)
-Has a gimmick that allows the cockpit to switch between left or right(forgot to show this, sorry)
-Arm is connected to the body by a ball joint
-Some parts will get loose/sag
-The annoying nub mark on his helmet that you can see on most of the close up shots
– Scope parts are not painted(minor setback only)
-Energy cables are a pain to assemble for a first-timer building a Zaku xD
Well what can I say? He’s an awesome model kit! If you’re a true gunota, you should get this! Your collection would not be complete without this kit and RX78-2. Most of the cons that I have stated are just minor gripes. The lift vehicle is a cool little extra that they added. I was too lazy to build though. I also forgot to show the gimmick where the cockpit can switch sides. Heck I forgot to show how the cockpit hatch slides up to show Char @_@ if you guys would like to see that, then please leave a comment and I’ll try my best to update this review with that gimmick added in.
To buy or not to buy? Like I’ve always said, depends. You shouldn’t really judge your purchase on one review, so it’s better to do your research before purchasing anything. I recommend this kit though. If you never liked the first gundam series then I guess don’t buy this kit or RX78-2, if they’re too retro for you. I’m quite satisfied with this kit and I don’t think anyone would have a problem with it at all 🙂
Here’s a short little random story, sorry if the effects seem overdone. I’m still a noob at adding effects and I was on a effect-click-spree a few hours ago LOL
Char: Hmm? What’s this pressure?? It feels like Amuro’s pressure but..something’s different about it..
Char: Hey wachu doin?!
Unicorn: Get up you moron!
Char: Let me go!! Or fear the wrath of my..
LOL Domon kicked Char’s ass so badly o.o
Hope you guys enjoyed this review 😀 I think there’s too many photos though. Comments are always appreciated. Criticism will be always be accepted and Tips will be gladly welcomed. It’s 3 AM now and I’m gonna freaking sleep till I wake up in the next century!!