Wednesday, October 31, 2018

HG RX-78XX Gundam 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.

The mechanical design for the Pixy was handled by Kunio Okawara. The rounded features and exaggerated proportions of the model highlight the distinctive style of its designer.

Kit Talk:

From what I can tell the Pixy Gundam has a long in common with the design of the HG Ground GM from 2017. It's a solid design and features a lot of parts unique to this P-Bandai release.

It's a simple build, that is light on molded detail and basic in design. In my opinion, this kit does 'simple' right.

I mixed a variety of custom colors for this kit including the grey purple, light grey, and medium blue. I like this moodier variation on the classic bright colors of the Gundam. It looks substantially different from any other color schemes on my shelf right now.

I kept the decal scheme of the build very simple to reflect the simplicity of Okawara's artwork. I only used the iconic 'arrow through the heart' decal off of my old P-Bandai DX-04 decal sheet.

As a P-Bandai release, I can't guarantee that this kit will still be available when you're reading this. But, If you'd like to save 12% off your order at JoJoHobbyNStuff use coupon code 'GoodGunpla'!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: HG AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam


I built the HG Moon Gundam over the course of a few building sessions. The first chunk (about 3 hours) is captured here on my 10/6 live stream. Apologies in advance for the late posting this kit late! Sometimes life happens!

During the live stream, I described the build of the Moon Gundam as 'a snowball rolling downhill'. What I meant was that this kit builds momentum as you work through it. It started pretty 'meh' with a rather bland an boring torso and eventually moved onto more interesting, better, and cooler designs.

The HG Moon Gundam comes with 17 runners including while, light grey, yellow, red, green, clear, blue, psycho frame red and dark grey parts.

Most of the exterior armor of this kit is molded in a light grey color that sets it apart from other many other Gundams. It's a nice color and it complements the bright blue and white very well.

This isn't a perfect kit, but it does some interesting things with the HG formula and sets a nice precedent for future designs.

Things like:
  • Unlike most HG kits, the Moon Gundam doesn't feature any polycaps. Joints are always plastic on plastic.
  • The legs feature a pretty decent inner frame. It's not current MG or even RG quality. But, it's nice to have it included. 
  • The inner frame in the leg actually does stuff! The knees feature a fantastic double separation at the knee.
  • Bandai included interchangeable eye lenses. You can use an opaque green piece, or swap it out for a clear piece and modify it to include a LED. 
  • Upgraded Translucent pieces. I know some people didn't care for the translucent beam effect pieces with the RG Sazabi, but I liked how substantial and detailed they looked. Bandai has brought that back in the form of the psycho material used in the funnels, and they look great in my opinion!  

Let's dive in!