The Hi-Nu (Or Hi-V, take your pick) is the finished version of the RX-93 Nu Gundam that appeared in the OVA Char’s Counterattack. While the Nu gundam grew on me over time, the Hi-Nu was an instant hit. The blue on white colors and the stylized fin funnel system all struck a majorly positive note with me and once I saw there was a master grade release of it I knew I would have to build it sooner or later.
This MG catches a lot of flak from others because it’s not exactly true to the official lineart (The original Hi-Nu was bulkier and resembled a mobile armor more than a suit), I hear a lot of talk about how the proportions are off and things like that. I…just don’t see it. Maybe it’s because I’m more used to seeing this iteration of the Hi-Nu, but the suit looks amazing to me.
This was built fairly early on, some time in January. It was my third master grade kit but aside from the lack of topcoat (something I’ll be fixing soon!) I really think this kit looks stunning. 16 part runners (20 if we count the beam sabers and stand runners) come together beautifully and seamlessly. It’s from 2007, which means the kit has plenty of current master-grade details like an awesome inner frame and excellent articulation. None of the joints or parts get in the way of each other and everything has an excellent range of motion. One minor complaint is that due to the way the chest was done, the cockpit hatch doesn’t shut quuuuite all the way but it’s something one could remedy very easily, or could ignore (I didn’t even notice it until someone pointed it out to me).
The weapons are standard UC stuff, though the shield and bazooka are fairly interesting I find the beam rifle leaves a lot to be desired. The shield is made up of multiple pieces and clips to a protrusion on the Hi-Nu’s left arm and is fairly secure though you have to turn his arm around to have it facing forward. The bazooka’s handle swings back and forth, making it much easier for Hi-Nu to shoulder and aim it.
It comes with it’s own stand, and unlike the one for the Zeta gundam/Gundam MkII is of a reasonable size and serves it’s purpose nicely. The funnel racks are probably my favorite part, being the Hi-Nu’s standout weapon. The racks themselves are somewhat limited in movement, only being able to twist in the holder or move side to side (the upcoming HGUC release will be able to move them up and down as well) but the funnels themselves can also move up and down. They’ll sometimes cause balance issues but it’s not such a severe issue that it can’t stand up by itself.
Other weapons include this single-bladed beam saber (in matching blue! Amuro knows how to accessorize), store in the left wrist of the gundam. Hi-Nu sports the tabbed hands of the version 2.0 kits so his grip is rock solid.
Stored in the funnel racks are two double-bladed sabers. Yeah, Hi-Nu knows how to rock that Darth Maul style like it’s his job. They’re fairly neat, or at least more interesting than your normal beam sabers.
There are a few little extras for this kit, namely the already shown stand and some special effect bits for the fin funnels. On the underside of the A part of the stand there are 3 little bits that can flip out, which the clear tubes included for the funnels can attach to. While time consuming to set up everything (two effect parts for the funnel, attach and bend the tube correctly x6) the potential for some awesome shots is definitely there. It’s worth mentioning that the funnels are a tad bit heavy for the tubes and will sag/droop once you put it on the end..there are ways around that though, you just have to compensate for it. As you can see I’ve bent and warped mine to hell for the sake of a few shots.
All in all an excellent MG release with only a few minor gripes (a tiny bit backheavy, funnel stands) and a definitely must-buy for fans of the gundam. It’s a bit on the expensive side, usually going for 80+ dollars depending on where you go but worth every penny. It should also be noted that this could easily be one of the largest mobile suits made in to an MG! While I’m not sure how it stacks up to the not-nearly-as-impressive-Sazabi but I do know that only the Unicorn in NT-D mode and Sinanju are taller than it is!
In closing, a couple more action shots.