1/100 MG Force Impulse Gundam Review

Well, I’m finally done with the photoshoot. A whopping 130-ish photos to upload so it’s gonna take awhile for the whole page to load =D

Construction on Force Impulse was quite interesting. His body was hollow, he had different combining elements that make up the gundam itself and his excalibur was just awesome. Impulse debuted on the first episode of Gundam Seed Destiny, piloted by infamously hated Shinn Asuka. If you wanna know more about him, just wikipedia or watch the anime. You’ll know why he’s so hated after watching several episodes of GSD.

So why did I buy Force Impulse? Z’s review. And also cause I didn’t know what other gundams to buy when I went to Singapore that time. He’s a pretty cool looking gundam and I heard the no grade/high grades version of Impulse is phat and blocky. And since I don’t usually go for anything below master grades, yeah they spoiled me >=[ , I’m quite satisfied with the model itself. Thanks for sharing your opinion Z! You rock! Anyway, enough babbling, Let’s get down to the review and pictures~

Front view of Impulse

Front view of Impulse

Back view

Back view

As you can see, his shoulder pads are kinda small and funny looking. His arms are short and his legs are long. Deformed gundam? Nah, probably his design. Kinda looks weird though. His feet are VERY thin and slender looking. They look more like heels than shoes, along with his very thin body, some might think this is a female gundam. But fear not, his face makes up for his manliness. They just scream “ass kicking mother fker”. Well..from an angle they do. From a direct front view, he doesn’t look intimidating at all gaahhaha πŸ˜„

Articulation:

Arm bends and is double jointed as usual of a Master Grade.

Arm bends and is double jointed as usual of a Master Grade.

Arm and shoulder pads goes upwards that high. Pretty impressive!

Arm and shoulder pads goes upwards that high. Pretty impressive!

The arms connected by that little piece right there and this allows it to bend a certain way for his chest flyer mode thingo~

The arm's connected by that little piece right there and this allows it to bend a certain way for his chest flyer mode thingo~

When you pull him up a bit(or flip up a red hatch on the back I think..) his upper body can turn a full 360 for more action poses

When you pull him up a bit(or flip up a red hatch on the back I think..) his upper body can turn a full 360 for more action poses

Front skirts goes all the way 180 degres upwards

Front skirts goes all the way 180 degrees upwards

Back skirts are obstructed by the core splendor so they cant really go full 180 upwards

Back skirts are obstructed by the core splendor so they can't really go full 180 upwards

Legs bend forwards that far

Legs bend forwards that far

And backwards that far

And backwards that far

The leg can bend at the knee for an impressive fully flushed bent leg XD

The leg can bend at the knee for an impressive fully flushed bent leg πŸ˜„ Well not really since there's a thruster blocking the leg from fully achieving a flushed bent leg.

Foot bends downwards like Wing Ver Ka for its leg flyer mode

Foot bends downwards like Wing Ver Ka for its leg flyer mode

When the foot bends down abit too much or too far, these pistons unnecessarily pops out which is damn annoying! -.-

When the foot bends down abit too much or too far, these pistons unnecessarily pops out which is damn annoying! -.-"

Weapons and accessories:

Here are his weapons and accessories

Here are his weapons and accessories

His shield which can open/slide to reveal more..err..panels?

His shield which can open/slide to reveal more..err..panels?

Standard issue beam rifle

Standard issue beam rifle

2 beam sabers

2 beam sabers

Excalibur!!

Excalibur!!

An extra pair of hands for holding the excalibur

An extra pair of hands for holding the excalibur

The force silhouette pack

The force silhouette pack

And this unusual device so that different types of backpack attachments can be ..well..attached to Impulse. Quite interesting..

And this unusual device so that different types of backpack attachments can be ..well..attached to Impulse. Quite interesting..

Normal weapons and a few unique accessories. His beam saber handles are unusually long o.O and that backpack attachment thingy is a unique addition for Impulse. Now let’s go for some posing!

Hand to hand:

One-two punch!

One-two punch!

HeyaH!

HeyaH!

You wanna piece of me huh!?

You wanna piece of me huh!?

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. This is such a feminine looking pose which I just realised o.O LOL

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. This is such a feminine looking pose which I just realised o.O LOL

The 1/100 scale unpainted figures of Left: Shinn Asuka, Right: Lunamaria Hawke

The 1/100 scale unpainted figures of Left: Shinn Asuka, Right: Lunamaria Hawke

Impulse, holding its owner/pilot

Impulse, holding it's owner/pilot

Damn emo son of a cow! LOL

Damn emo son of a cow! LOL

Ready for more close combat?!

Ready for more close combat?!

Side skirts open up revealing..?

Side skirts open up revealing..?

Armor Shneiders!

Armor Shneiders!

I painted the blades, gloss alluminium =D

I painted the blades, gloss alluminium =D

Flying high kick knife slash attack type 1! Apakan AHAHAH XD

Flying high kick knife slash attack type 1! Apakan AHAHAH πŸ˜„

I suck at trying to find good poses with the knives -.-

I suck at trying to find good poses with the knives -.-"

Ranged combat!

Oooo, I get a beam rifle~

Oooo, I get a beam rifle~

Awaiting further instructions~

Awaiting further instructions~

Bang? You die :D

Bang? You die πŸ˜€

Eliminating targets!

Eliminating targets!

Searching for enemies..

Searching for enemies..

Tried the gundam seed/seed destiny typical beam rifle pose. Failed cause had no reference such as pics at the time of the photoshoot

Tried the gundam seed/seed destiny typical beam rifle pose. Failed cause had no reference such as pics at the time of the photoshoot ><"



Protecting Lunamaria from a beam rifle shot!
Protecting Lunamaria from a beam rifle shot!
She seems unharmed XD

She seems unharmed πŸ˜„

The shield did its job good~

The shield did it's job deflecting the beam shot

Shinn angry. Me stop using beam rifle! Garrhh!!

Shinn angry. Me stop using beam rifle! Garrhh!!

Sword Combat time!

Shinn use beam saber to chop noobs! *goes all emo*

Shinn use beam saber to chop noobs! *goes all emo*

En Garde!

En Garde!

*slash*

*slash*

*stares at beam saber for no reason*

*stares at beam saber for no reason*

YOU MAKE ME ANGRY!! FREEDAMMM!!!

YOU MAKE ME ANGRY!! FREEDAMMM!!!

Screw the shield! Its just slowing me down~ Its double saber time WoOoo

Screw the shield! It's just slowing me down~ Its double saber time WoOoo

Who wants to get chopped first?

Who wants to get chopped first?

Im no samurai but Ill still kick your asses good~

I'm no samurai but I'll still kick your asses good~




I shall strike you down!
I shall strike you down!
Yeaarrgghhh!!

Yeaarrgghhh!!


Again, ran out of ideas for cool poses when dual wielding any swords/knives :P
Again, ran out of ideas for cool poses when dual wielding any swords/knives πŸ˜›
You call these beam sabers, swords?! Screw that!

You call these beam sabers, swords?! Screw that!

Now HERES a real sword!

Now HERE'S a real sword!


Too..heavy..need...both..hands~
Too..heavy..need…both..hands~
Yeahh~~ Ass kicking time~

Yeahh~~ Ass kicking time~

Zodiac Alliance of Freedom... Screwed up the Treaty after Freedom so yeah. It shall be called ZAF now X)

"Zodiac Alliance of Freedom..." Screwed up the Treaty after Freedom so yeah. It shall be called ZAF now X)

Force Impulse~ This sword is now trademarked~ Gahahha

Force Impulse~ This sword is now trademarked~ Gahahha

I wont take crap from you people!!

I won't take crap from you people!! The red piece actually has some letterings but it's hard to see on camera 😦

Ready to strike anytime~

Ready to strike anytime~

Do you feel...the burnnnn~

Do you feel...the burnnnn~



Sparring with noone. Such a sad and lonely Impulse~
Sparring with noone. Such a sad and lonely Impulse~
Cant touch this~

Can't touch this~

Bow chika bow wow~

Bow chika bow wow~

Awesome shiny clear blue head camera~~

Awesome shiny clear blue head camera~~

Whoa, vibrating blade!

Whoa, vibrating blade!

I stab you~

I stab you~

*stab* :D

*stab* πŸ˜€

Time for some intergrated weapons~

Core splendor flies out~

Core splendor flies out~

Backpack attachment attacher thingy sticks in XD

Backpack attachment attacher thingy sticks in πŸ˜„

WHOS YOUR DADDAYY!?

WHOS YOUR DADDAYY!?

Bringing out the big guns~

Bringing out the big guns~



Grand Slam What?
Grand Slam what?

And finally, my Freedom can get it’s ass kicked just like in the anime! Woo~ Go Kira for being so awesome and Shinn for kicking such an awesome ass. You both emo lovers deserved to get your asses kicked respectively AHHAHA πŸ˜„

FREEEEEEEDOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

FREEEEEEEDOMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!


Youre going down!
You’re going down!
Violence isnt the way to go...

Violence isn't the way to go...

I dont give a rats ass! Prepare yourself!

I don't give a rat's ass! Prepare yourself!

Sigh..why does it always have to come down to this..

Sigh..why does it always have to come down to this..

Eat this! *pew pew*

Eat this! *pew pew*

*Shield blocks* Dont underestimate me kid..

*Shield blocks* Don't underestimate me kid..

Counter attack! *double laser pew pew*

Counter attack! *double laser pew pew*

*blocks and dodges* Youre the one underestimating me Kira! *goes emo*

*blocks and dodges* You're the one underestimating me Kira! *goes emo*

This isnt getting anywhere! *holsters beam rifle*

This isn't getting anywhere! *holsters beam rifle*

Youre right *holsters beam rifle too*

You're right *holsters beam rifle too*

Are you man enough Kira Yamato!?

Are you man enough Kira Yamato!?

Youre just a kid Shinn..

You're just a kid Shinn..

Mano e mano!

Mano e mano!

Dont strain yourself, I dont want to give you too much of a beating..

Don't strain yourself, I don't want to give you too much of a beating..

En Garde Freedom!!!

En Garde Freedom!!!

Ready yourself Impulse!!!

Ready yourself Impulse!!!

~Clash of the titans~

~Clash of the titans~

Kira: How..were you able to block my attack?!

Kira: How..were you able to block my attack?!


Get away...
Shinn: Get away…
..from Me!!!

..from Me!!!

Kira: Argh!

Kira: Argh!

Kira: My beam saber!!

Kira: My beam saber!!

Prepare yourself Kira Yamato!

Shinn: Prepare yourself Kira Yamato!

Here I go!

Shinn: Here I go!

Kira: Impossible! Theres no way youre defeating me!

Kira: Impossible! There's no way you're defeating me!

Shinn: Try and dodge this! =[

Kira: Phew I barely dodged that
Kira: Phew I barely dodged that
Shinn: Argh screw this!

Shinn: Argh screw this!

Shinn: You killed my family! You all did! So screw you all!! EXCALIBURR!!!

Shinn: You killed my family! You all did! So screw you all!! EXCALIBURR!!!



Shinn: Die Kira Yamato! Die by my hands!!! Uwahauhahhahahahahhahahaha *goes even more emo and insane*
Shinn: Die Kira Yamato! Die by my hands!!! Uwahauhahhahahahahhahahaha *goes even more emo and insane*

Hope you enjoyed the battle πŸ˜„
I know it’s not exactly the same like in the anime but who cares. I can’t really remember the scene anyway.

So here are a few notes about the model kit that you’ll get:
-The beam effect parts are all pinkish and have sparkles in them.
-The Armor Shneider(knives) are grey in colour before I painted them gloss aluminium.
-There are only 3 foil stickers: The eyes and 2 flat blue coloured stickers for the head camera. Try and paint the clear plastic, clear blue if possible. Definitely worth it and much better looking.
-This kit is very stable and can balance easily. No loose joints yet and can be posed easily without any balancing issues.
-Excalibur is heavy and cannot be held straight horizontally or vertically for long before it starts sagging down.
-Impulse is very slender and thin. This might be a pro or a con depending on your taste.
-Fingers are the new type with ball joints for each finger although the usual 3 fingers are connected. These aren’t the Version 2.0 master grade fingers though which are much much more articulated.
-Shoulder pads are tiny. Very unusual when compared with other gundams.
– Pistons on the foot are VERY annoying. They’re loose and can be pulled out easily. The only loose and annoying part out of this whole kit.
-Upper torso might feel wobbly or unstable because it’s connected by only 4 small pegs from the waist but can actually take quite a few abusing.(Don’t go throwing Impulse around though. I do not take any responsibility if anyone’s Impulse becomes damaged from abusive actions :P)
-The decals and stickers are really plain and boring. Nothing interesting since they’re all pretty much just Z.A.F.T or random numbers with the exception of the FAITH symbol. Wished that was a dry transfer decal instead of a sticker though.
-There’s a molding error on the chest area as you can see from the pictures. There are 2 small linings which are NOT symmetrical. I don’t really mind them but I know some people will.
-There’s ALOT of panel lining to do. Unlike Freedom, who barely has any, Impulse has so many linings to ink/panel line that I was kind of put off and delayed myself more.
-Nub marks are pretty well hidden I suppose since most of the nub marks are overlapped by other armour pieces. Well done Bandai.
-Inclusion of the backpack attachment thingy is an excellent addition and if you have variation of striker packs such as strike noir’s wings or the 3 different strike packs, then you’ll have a versatile Impulse.
-Excalibur is awesome!

Gahahahha and there you go. I pretty much enjoyed building Impulse since he was quite unique. Had fun phototaking him as well, especially trying to do the battle scenes. If you were turned off by the chubby no grade/high grade Impulses, then get this one since he is WAYY thinner than any other gundam I know. Maybe Wing’s thinner but that’s a different story since he’s small. Impulse is tall and thin. Very eye pleasing, cept for those small shoulder pads. Other than that, pretty awesome model if you ask me.

My next project will most likely be Destiny Extreme Blast mode or Strike Freedom Full Burst mode. Stay tuned for those! Thanks for reading, whoever you people out there are. Comment please! =D Don’t keep quiet~ I wanna know who reads this blog LOL
Alright, Sayonara~

4 Responses to 1/100 MG Force Impulse Gundam Review

  1. Pingback: Force Impulse has launched! « ~Fadhli’s Gundam Blog~

  2. nagisa says:

    I recently finished too and what can I say, this thing is awesome than ever. I just cant’ get enough staring at him though

  3. Damn emo son of a cow! <= this line's hilarious πŸ˜„

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