Part 1: Box, Box Open, Runners, Manual Scans & Building
Part 1.5: Clear Stickers & Decals
Part 2: Articulation, Gimmicks, Action and Conclusion
Time for yet another finisher to something I think many of you are curious about! Is this bootleg MG good or bad?! Read on to find out the conclusion!
A total of 98 shots with no edits what-so-ever (Sorry, no story this time, as 1/100s are harder to do.)!
Part 1: Articulation & Gimmicks
I also have to warn you that the legs will tend to pop off the ball sockets if you move em' a little bit (but its not as awful as it sounds). I suggest using the superglue trick for the ball joints and try to tightly insert the legs into the waist. Other than that, if you have some spare polycaps from an original MG, you can try that instead.
Note that the rear skirt armor can move a bit also but please don't stress that part too much or else it'll break.
Warning - the lower elbow joint is quite loose. It can lock a bit at a certain point but it won't easily carry any heavy weapons such as the combined shield from the I.W.S.P.. It has no problems handling lighter, normal weapons, such as its own weapon.
Part 2: Action!
Note that the "sword hands" doesn't seem to close completely.
Part 3: Comparison with "Big Bro" (Strike)
Before you say, "Why does your Strike somewhat different?!", my Strike lost its forehead crystal and broke one side of its rear skirt armor. Because I can't live with a forehead-crystal-less Strike, I had to custom one... though it is bigger. =X
Note: Strike here is an original Bandai product. Got it as my first MG. ^^
Besides the obvious external differences, there are some changes internally as well.
Part 4: Striker Pack Swappin'
Note: Strike and Impulse are both original Bandai products. ^^
Part 4.1: Strike E
Part 4.2: "Strike Noir"
Part 4.3: Impulse Noir
You saw those promo shots of the MG Sword Impulse and now... I can do it too!
Part 4.4: Sword Strike E
Part 4.5: Launcher Strike E
Part 4.6: Strike E + I.W.S.P.
Part 5: Conclusion
As for the variation itself...
- More detailed than the original Strike at some parts
- Fixed some problems that the original Strike had which are the cockpit, ankle guards and holding capability (hands)
- Made in 2007 BUT doesn't use the newer, much better, MG hands
- Ball joints for the legs...
- NO STAND!!! (and it costs 4500 Yen?!) (and it is a bit back heavy)
- Matt plastic (not shiny like the original)
- Stickers work.
- WATER SLIDE DECALS!
- Some loose parts such as the arms and legs (the arms are not much of a problem unlike the legs)
- Some armor parts tend to fall off but you can superglue them if you want
- The sword holders in the Wings are loose
- Tight packaging can cause some parts to fall off from the runners, so be wary
Be careful when you put the pistols on the side skirts as well as they may fall off. But they don't really fall off unless you actually touch them accidentally. This is mostly problematic for the right side but the left side has a more solid connection... so I guess it is fixable. I did sorta fix it with a bit of carving. >.>
The face also likes to drop down once in a while You can just superglue that in. I just didn't since I didn't expect it at first. The rear thrusters are very loose. You can superglue those too if you want.
It is a bit back heavy so you better ready off a stand or action base.
Overall, this MG, being a first by TT Hongli, is pretty decent but not amazing. A bit of work is still needed (like most bootlegs since they can't be perfect) to make it more workable. The legs can be quite annoying though but as you can see from my shots, it won't just drop off just like that.
In the end, I can say that I am pretty happy with this guy. Water slide decals... the best thing TT did for it. ^_^
It is not perfect, but for RM4X, I can't complain much. Just make sure you can hold your patience if you want to get this guy or any bootleg kits from TT. I heard one of the best is the MG Unicorn...
Okay, that all for this review. Stay tune for maybe another review soon or maybe something a little bit different if I can get myself to get this thing more...
Note: I don't have anymore TT Hongli PGs or MGs to review for the time being, sorry guys. Hafta wait until I get another chance to get em' from Chow Kit once again... ^^;
PS: If there are some parts that are not clear enough to you, please ask via comments. I'll try to answer you the best I can.