This is the first Gundam from Gundam 00 to get an MG, so it’s kind of a big deal as far as new MG kits go as it’s not another Zaku II or Gundam reiteration. It’s an alright MG, though not something amazing. There were two versions of this MG kit released, the ignition mode and regular, the ignition mode coming with the parts for Exia Repair, chromed blades and LEDs for the GN drive for an extra 10-15 bucks. Not a bad deal, moreso since they cut you some slack and gave the initial run a premium price of 5,000 yen instead of 6,000-something, since it it was that much I would have gotten to normal version for sure.
Nothing much to say here, though the drive with the LEDs in it is what causes the model to have a bit of a weight issue. If you’ve got issues with yours staying lit just take the leds out and fiddle with them until they’re lit proper, thankfully I haven’t had many problems with mine in that regard.
Again, nothing noteworthy. Some parts are notably simple, such as the upper arms not having an inner frame. The end result is still a good range of motion though, but damned if those GN stripes aren’t a pain in the ass when you’re putting the model together.
Hollow center to accommodate the GN drive, otherwise nothing neat except for the torso having some extra side-to-side movement, which is nice.
Once again easy building, like the upper arms it’s nothing to complex here. The legs are actually really light and simple, which ends up being a bit of a downside since the torso is heavy thanks to the GN drive.
Overall, the inner frame is nice but not nearly complete as the Zaku II or Gundam 2.0 frames and is a little more flimsy than I would have liked.
Now then, lets get to painting (as Wing ver. Ka looks on in jealousy)!
POW! My penchant for dark colors strikes again…though this time the end result was a bit rushed. I did the painting for this in a hurry and it really does show in some spots. While it doesn’t look terrible, I can see every little thing that’s wrong with it and it’s rather frustrating…but that’s what I get. The regular version of the kit might work as a bit of a do-over, someday..
So, the kit itself isn’t that bad at all especially if you got it at a cheaper price. The only really big downsides to me is that the kit is a bit topheavy and doesn’t really look that good in ground poses. I hear a lot of people talk down the ankle joints as well and while I didn’t have any problems with mine (thanks, paint!) I can certainly see them becoming loose and not holding up the model’s top half in extreme poses. Another annoying thing is the hip connections for the GN katars, which suck on a huge level. it’s not that secure and to boot I did manage to break the pegs off of the white end-cap on one side while fighting with it..bad luck for me. Happily enough though, the leg does an excellent job keeping the part in place. Overall if you’re interested in the Exia, I’d say go for it but you might be better off with the regular version as to avoid the weight issues caused by 4 batteries in the chest, though I can’t say for sure if that will make it better.