Zeta is probably my favorite UC series that I’ve seen (admittedly I haven’t watched ZZ, CCA, X, F91 or seen anything involving the Crossbone Vanguard…), so when I saw that there was a limited edition of the Zeta 2.0 kit in the Karaba Assault colors, I was intrigued to say the least. You know how it is when anything with the words ‘special edition’ make something a must buy, right?
I did a little more digging and found that the Karaba Assault version was the one from Gundam Evolve 9, piloted by none other than one Amuro Ray. The kit went from ‘hm, maybe I’ll try to find it’ to ‘Yeah, I need this’. The Zeta Gundam design didn’t make a huge impact on me right away but by now it’s grown to be one of my favorite Gundams with it’s sharp looks.
There are a lot of parts for Zeta, most of them turning or twisting in some way to assist with the transformation to waverider mode. Happily, aside from the color of the parts this is identical to the Version 2.0 release of the Zeta Gundam which means that the parts are solid and hold position very well, so you don’t have to worry about it wobbling around or parts sagging. The most awkward is the knee joint which has the flex it does for the waverider mode.
All of this Gundam’s characteristic pink markings (don’t laugh- you know it looks good) are applied with stickers. This might be a turn off for some but the quality of the stickers included for this are of awesome and after you topcoat the model it’s hard to tell that they even are stickers.
This is a kind of tough kit to build because of all the small, hinged and sliding parts. Build this kit somewhere where you’ve got a lot of space so you can keep track of all the parts while you’re building. Be aware that the construction can be a little strange, a lot of the parts aren’t built in the traditional way.
None of the parts really get in the way of the movement, except for the legs. The way the lower leg armor is made prevents the feet from turning on the side which means you can pretty much forget about standing Zeta up. It’s possible, but that feet combined with the booster/wings on the back being on the heavy side mean it probably won’t look very natural. Luckily, Zeta comes with a stand to display it on which also works for the waverider mode. It’s a bit on the big side, but if you lack a standard action base then this serves as a nice substitute so you can get it in some good action poses. The waist can be a little too free moving as well (the weapons have had a tendency to pull the waist out of position of posed too far forward)
Zeta’s weapons are as nice as the rest of the model, the hyper mega launcher being of the biggest MG weapons I’ve seen yet. It’s kind of hard to do much posing with it it, but you can stick it under the arm or mount it to the shield and still have it look good. The beam rifle also mounts to the arm, though if you opt to have the grenade parts on the wrists then those will take up the plug’s space.
Transforming it to waverider is kind of goofy, but the manual is pretty clear about what needs to be done for each step of the way. You might have to be a bit forceful with some parts but nothing that would put the model parts in danger. It doesn’t really do much while in waverider mode…but at least it looks good while it just sits there.
Zeta 2.0 is definitely a solid kit, and I’m glad I managed to find this particular version of it. For any fans of the series or this gundam in particular, this kit deserves a spot on your shelves.
07/12/10 Update: Have some more pictures!