I was just re-arranging the shelf, and brought out two small gems- the HGUC 1/144 Rick Dias, and the Hi-Zack Zaku. They're both from the Zeta Gundam series. (check them out at the World-Wide link) These model kits have essentially the same construction and articulation as the Hyaku-Shiki, and are darn near as poseable. Lots cheaper, too. I keep hoping to get some model building discussion going. Maybe some of the newer folks on the BBS? JWM
Post by zephyranthes on Jan 17, 2004 0:11:29 GMT -5
I just got the Bandai GD-60 ZZ Gundam Kahen Senshi figure via eBay. I had to have it imported from HK. It's got a fair amount of diecast material in the feet and legs. The core fighter is fully transformable. The whole thing has interchangeable parts (sort of) to create the various modes. I have nearly all of the Bandai Kado Senshi line including the Shiki, Zeta, GM, RX-78, and Zaku's. It's too bad that the RX-78 didn't feature a removable core fighter (like the Special Creative Model by Banpresto). I do like my Shiki but the finish could have been better.
Welcome to the BBS, zephyranthes. I was stoked with the 'Shiki, so I ordered the Zeta to go with it. Unfortunately I found the Zeta rather disappointing, so I've held off on the ZZ. How does the ZZ compare as far as articulation and posing? JWM
The ZZ cannot compare to the Shiki in terms of articulation and posability. In fact, it's probably the least posable of the KS line. It is, however, a great toy. It's quite heavy, due to a significant amount of diecast. The transformation is quite smooth, and much easier than that of the Zeta. It also feels...sturdier...than the Zeta.
Post by zephyranthes on Jan 17, 2004 20:25:28 GMT -5
I finally took out the ZZ Gundam today and transformed it into its various modes. It is a nice figure with metal content in the shoulders, legs, feet, and waist. Not as much as in the Strike Gundam chogokins but still a lot more than in the Zeta. The rest is ABS plastic. Transformation can be a bit tricky easily leading to some paint chipping and dented plastic if you're not careful. There are quite a lot of moving parts to allow for the transformation. I agree that the articulation is not as good as with the Shiki. For example, the waist does not rotate (because of the presence of the core fighter in the torso). However, I'm still quite pleased with the figure because of the diecast content and the features--transformation, missile racks, painting--for a 1/144 scale toy.