Thursday, December 3, 2009

MG 1/100 Gundam Astray Blue Frame 2nd Revise Review - Part 1

Price: 4800Yen(!)

Part 1: Box, Box Open, Runners & Building Process
Part 2: Height Comparisons, Articulation, Gimmicks, Action & Conclusion
Part 3: Additional Review - MG VS NG, Backpack Adapter (First Batch Item)

Okay, since I just finished building the Blue Frame yesterday until the big arse sword, I'll post up part 1 now which consists of shots of the runners and building process. I haven't built the action base for the sword yet but I'll put that in this part later on. I also haven't exploited the extra backpack adapters yet but I think I'll dedicate part 3 for that.

I don't really know the Gundam SEED VS Astray side-story so I can't say much about this MS story-wise. At any rate, its one of the many variations(and latest) of the Blue Frame which is piloted by Gai Murakamo of Serpent Tail.

MBF-P03R Gundam Astray Blue Frame Second Revise
Pilot: Gai Murakamo
Guild: Serpent Tail
Height: 18.32m
Weight: 62.70t
Armaments: Tactical Arms II, Armor Schneider(4?)

Part 1: Box
About the same size as any other MG box of this price range. From the box itself, you can see that the Tactical Arms II and the articulation being highlighted.

Part 2: Box Open!

Part 3: Runners!
Is it me or there seems to be quite a number of runners/parts for the Blue Frame? O.o
We also get new polycaps, yay!

Part 4: Building Process
Part 4.1: Torso
Side-to-side movement similar to MG Exia is present as well as pistons! Wow, that's what I call detail.

Sorry for the extra shots, but it doesn't hurt to see the parts pieced together slowly. As you can see, the Astray doesn't have much armor to put on. ^^; Note that the back "plate" can be moved up and down and connected in 2 ways which I'll illustrate in part 2 later on.

Part 4.2: Head
Painted he head sensor with metallic green as usual.

Dos the head sensor looks alright to you all? =O

Part 4.3: Arms
Not much armor on the arms either but quite a lot of parts for the shoulder armors. As for the bending capability of the arm, the small piece of white armor kinda hinders it.

At first I didn't want to but in the end I did it anyways. With a bit of help from blue tack to hold the fingers, I painted them white according to the pictures available. I didn't really paint it to crazy precision but I'm satisfied with the end result. ^^

*I just noticed that I put th elbow armor upside down! Silly me. Luckily I found out while applying the clear stickers. XP Its fixed now but I won't be able to change these photo though.*

You can open the armor flaps and push in the side armor to enable better articulation for the arms.

Part 4.4: Legs
I actually accidentally almost broke the blade in the feet. It only broke partially so it wasn't too great of a problem but I had to get help from the always trusty super glue for it... =P
Nothing much to say for the feet except that Bandai make sure it can bend similar to that of MG Exia or HG 00. It has no movable toes though.

ABS "locks", pistons(at the knee) and chained movement for the knee armor. The ABS "locks" are a nice added feature which I guess will help the Blue Frame to stand firmly especially with that huge arse sword it has.

Separated ankles just like the MG Exia BUT it doesn't seem weak like the MG Exia at all! Nice.

Part 4.5: Waist
The black parts are the cartridges for the Tactical Arms II. The front skirts can flip open to the side(not pictured) to allow the leg to swing up higher later on.

Part 4.6: Tactical Arms II
You can love the sword for its sheer largeness and can also hat it for the same reason. You can feel that the sword is quite heavy after you finish building it. ^^;

Part X: Early Shots
Darn, it looks so awesome! I current left the Tactical Arms II in sword form since I like it more that way that flight form. Somehow those names remind me of Kamen Rider Den-O's "Sword Form". XD

Okay, that' all for now. I'll be adding shots of the action base construction by tomorrow and part 2 after I apply the clear stickers(there are quite a lot of stickers!). =D


fairuzaliayen said...

nice review! and after just quickly browsed the pictures i did not realize that the stickers are not there. wow! where did you get this model in kuching and how much did you get a good price for it?

CD said...

Well, I got it from Momotoys @ The Spring 2nd Floor as usual a while ago. Not so sure if they still have it in stock though otherwise you can get it for a little above RM200(not cheap ^^;).

fairuzaliayen said...

waa i can buy a few hgs with that haha and i thought so because the last time i went momotoysing i saw the frame was on the floor and priced as such. oh my i myself have yet to buy an MG (i am waitng for my pay rise very soon) hahaha anyway happy Gundaming your blue frame bro=)

Anonymous said...

Fwah you are fast!! I think it is equally as detail as the PG counter part :D Hee will be waiting for part 2! Action pics!!

fairuzaliayen said...

went to momotoys just now. did not find blue frame anymore... however i found HGUC 100th release the RX 0 Unicorn gundam destroy mode. i cant resist of not buying it so i bought it.. go there buy it joseph is waiting hahaha

CD said...

@chubbybots: Not really that fast IMO since I only build and panel line(plus white paint on the fingers). >.>

@fairuzaliayen: Oh, the HGUC Unicorn came in already? Nice. Hopefully I can get it when I have time to go there next week. ^^ I think I can only buy Destroy Mode at most currently. >.>;

Anonymous said...

@fairuzaliayen: how much was the unicorn/destroy-nicorn?

fairuzaliayen said...
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fairuzaliayen said...

the price as stated on the box for HGUC
1. unicorn normal mode=RM68
2. unicorn destroy mode=RM81

i bought from Spring @ momotoys. please bargain when you buy because i bargained it and got a lower price for myself hehe

mangyver5223 said...

Do you think that bandai have HG for 2nd frame? I only have HG normal red frame and HG blue frame only man

CD said...

@mangyver5223; Unfortunately, I don't think so. Then again, who knows what Bandai may have in store for the HG SEED line in the future, if they still want to continue it that is.

popoy said...

a noob question...

cuz i cant understand the notes in the instruction

how to put those transparent stickers??

thanks in advance

BTW i bought this one cuz of the sword hehe

CD said...

The clear stickers work like normal stickers do. They are a bit harder to take out since, I think,they are slightly thinner than regular stickers. A sharp knife can help in pulling these stickers out but do be careful. ^^

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