Looks like everyone guessed right for my preview post. Obvious is too obvious. XP However, there is more than what the eye can see to that certain knee mod. Read on for the first part which encompasses the building process as usual as well as a how to make the GX's legs bend better.
Gundam X AKA GX-9900 AKA GX is a Gundam that was created right before* the After War era and was found 15 years later by Garrod Ran who then became its pilot ("If this works, I believe in God!" ~ Garrod Ran). Unlike what you can already see from the boxart, a Gundam wielding an moon-powered BFG, it also has a bit system. This bit system is unlike the usual flying small stuff that goes around pewpewpew but is actually a whole army of mass produced version of the GX. Of course, you need to have a certain degree of skills and Newtype potential to actually do it.
*Technically, the GX caused the end of war and started the After War era. Watch series for more!
Part 1: Box
The GX was the first non-UC kit to be announced under the HGUC line-up with a HGAW label instead. This was a very welcomed change in Bandai's long time HG line-up which does not follow any currently airing Gundam series. It also incorporates the HG 00 polycaps which is known for its great articulation range for this scale (of course, the RG RX78-2 is stealing that spotlight now) and grade.
Part 2: Box Open!When you open the box, you are welcomed with a good number of runners and nice color separation to cover most of the important details of the kit. If you think this sentence sounded familiar to a certain video review, then I totally got influenced by him. XP
Part 3: Runners
There may be a lot of runners but the runners are not really big nor "full-sized". Thus, you can expect a X Divider soon enough which also looks amazing with that shield that can shoot beams.
There is also an adequate amount of stickers, mainly for the beam rifles and Satellite Cannon, for those who are unable or unwilling to paint. Those shiny reflective foil stickers are really shiny.
Part 4: Building Process
Part 4.1: Torso
I was pleasantly surprised that the clear chest piece was molded in clear green plus a reflective foil sticker for the underside. Makes it look pretty good. The moving connections on the backpack are completely made from ABS parts. I actually thought it was gonna use PC parts before building, looks like I was dead wrong.
Bandai kindly gave black stickers for the vents but I didn't use them and just panel lined it. ^^;
Part 4.2: Head
Part 4.3: Arms
When I was building the arms, they felt really, really small. So be careful when handling them, there could be a risk of... over excessive force applied (from you). It has a HG standard 90 degree bend for the arms. Only one pair of hands, the basic HG hands, which is actually VERY disappointing for me. It so needs open hands for flight!
Part 4.4: Legs
Now, the part you have been waiting for...
Before actually doing anything, I spread out the parts of the legs and start with the left leg first. I actually thought that the thigh leg armor at the rear was the only cause from the photos I've seen, but that wasn't the main cause. You still need to cut it a bit though.
The main culprit was...
The knee connection itself! For some odd reason, Bandai limited the upper leg bend. It doesn't seem all that necessary, not that much anyways.
A visual look at how to cut off the rear thigh armor using just a side-cutter (right leg side shown). After cutting it off, use a knife to smooth-en it out.
If you didn't cut... (I already cut it here actually but I wanted to show how far it can bend without any modding.)
It isn't really necessary to cover that part with armor since the "inner frame" goes all the way into the thighs. Sometimes Bandai's designers can be weird.
Oh yeah, this is what it should be OOB! However, anyone can mod the knee connections, even with just a pair of side-cutters and a knife. Then again...
Part 4.5: Waist
Part X: You Know the GX Kneels a lot in the Series...
Part 4.6: Satellite Cannon!
Part 4.7: Shield Buster Rifle, Shoulder Vulcan
OMG! Two rifles! Actually, it is the same rifle in its two modes, just separate. According to rrobert, it helps to make the rifle less flimsy instead of having the full gimmick in a single rifle. It also helps to bring out more guns into use. >D
Part 5: To Be Continued...
That's all for now and I'll leave you the GX in its signature pose. Darn, we need Virsago and Ashtaron! :P
Continue onto part 2 here!