Friday, August 17, 2018

Review: HG Gundam RX 78-XX Pixy

What do you think of when you hear the name Pixy? Some fairie wings, maybe a tutu and a wand? I get the feeling that the only wish the Pixy will grant is a quick and messy end.

The RX 78-XX is another in a long line of upgrades to the standard RX 78-2 Gundam. Several of these units were constructed during the One Year War, and they saw action in major and minor conflicts. Built without the core block system and with enhanced apogee motors, the Pixy Gundam was both lighter and faster than the RX 78-2. This mobile suit excels at close range combat using a paired of beam daggers and paired 90mm machine guns.

On to the review!

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The Pixy Gundam includes 10 runners. Many of these runners are smaller due to the plethora of colors the kit is molded in. The Gundam Pixy kit is based on the same overall design as the recent Ground GM or Blue Destiny Gundams. Mercifully the sticker sheet for this kit is tiny. The kit also includes the signature heart & arrow shoulder marking.

Overall the Pixy has a slim and athletic silhouette.

The head of the mobile suit is very striking. The Pixy features a set of very prominent face guards/vents. On my kit, I noticed that the 'mohawk' and the red center 'gem' are a bit loose. Once the kit has been fully painted I will glue these parts into place. There is a seam line present that bisects the head. It isn't as bad as it sounds and only needs to be fused in two small areas to be hidden completely. The head connects to the neck with a ball joint, and the neck connects to the torso on a hinge, the kit has a pretty good range of motion as a result.

The torso has a unique design but follows the same general construction as the Ground GM. The kit can bend at the waist and the arms can swing forward slightly on polycaps.

The arms have a good degree of color separation. The forearms mount a spare magazine and a navy blue guard on the back of the arm. The double bend at the elbow provides a good range of articulation.

The legs and features some interesting design elements. The feet are designed so that the grey frame is a separate piece, and the leg has a similar grey/purple insert by the knee. On earlier models this would require tedious masking, I'm glad to see that Bandai didn't skimp here.

The legs and feet have a good range of articulation with a swivel and wobble at the hips, double jointed knees and ball joints at the ankles. It's easy to pull off a 'run and gun' style pose as a result.

The Pixy's weapons are probably the coolest element of this build despite being fairly basic.

Mounted on either side skirt is a short beam dagger. Unlike the standard round 'toothpick' beam saber, the beam effect parts for this kit are flat like the Exia's beam sabers. This kit also has a set of 'in motion' effect parts.

The paired' 90mm machine guns are mounted to the back skirt when not in use.

When equipped the body of the gun is completely removed from the handle and magazine. The body is then attached to this hybrid hand/handle. A magazine or one of the beam daggers can be inserted into the bottom of the hand.

This creates one of my all-time favorite weapons... the 'knife gun'.

The simplicity of the model and excellent articulation lends itself to easy posing both on and off of the ground.

John Woo flying and shooting poses are no problem (doves not included)

I really like the design of this mobile suit. The colors were a bit weird at first, but they've really grown on me. I would happily recommend this kit, its simple, cool and features some interesting design elements.

If you would like to purchase this, or any other kits, you can use coupon code "GOODGUNPLA" at JoJoHobbyNStuff to receive 10% off of your order!

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