When Bandai first announced there would be an HGUC Sinanju I will admit I was more than a little pleased. I loved the Master Grade Ver. Ka version and to this day it might be the kit I like the most, so I couldn’t resist picking up the 1/144 scale Red Comet the day it came out. I also couldn’t resist putting it together that night. What I thought would take a couple hours took me closer to four.
Overall Look : 10/10
In my opinion this is the best looking Mobile Suit in existence, but I will admit to not having seen as many as some other people. Love the curves and angles. The Gold Foil Bandai supplied for trim looks awesome. That enormous backpack! The proportions just seem perfect to me.
Colors : 9/10
Love the red. It looks great even out of the box. My only complaint would be the yellow trim parts, but because there are so few it doesn’t become an eye sore. The white for the tanks on the back is a nice touch as well.
Weapons : 10/10
What more could you ask for? You get that monstrous shield which I love most of all, by the way. The Rifle, two beam sabers, four beam axes, extra hands, and even the grenade launcher that can attach to the rifle or the shield. Sure this kit is more expensive than other HG’s (Kshatriya aside) but look at the stuff you get!
Articulation : 6/10
Bandai does a good job making almost all the movable parts on the MG also movable on the HG. While the articulation is very good and mostly limited by the huge pieces of armor this thing has, due to its size, and more specifically that enormous backpack it does have difficulty being posed when standing. Putting it on a stand will get more out of it.
Build Design : 8/10
It’s a pretty time consuming build and there are some tricky sections but what you will probably spend the most time working on is putting those gold foil stickers in place.
Most specifically, the part for the knee. Each side consists of six stickers! Which means to do both knees you will need to put on, let’s see six time four, carry the one… 24 stickers! Of course, because I am a perfectionist it meant I had to get each of the twenty-four on perfectly. And I enjoyed it…
Fun Factor : 8/10
Admittedly, I haven’t built many HG kits compared to MG kits but this kit is by far the most enjoyable HG I’ve built and surpasses some of the MG even. There are plenty of large and an equal number (or more) small pieces used in the design and poly-caps galore!
Extras : 8/10
The extra hands and extra Beam Axe handles and blades are really welcome because I don’t have to do a terrible amount of part swapping if I don’t want to. The extra hand specifically molded to grip the rifle is awesome too. It’s like Bandai provided you with a small set of B-Club hands for free! You could even make a case that the gold foils are an ‘extra’ for an HG kit.
This kit surprised even me, and I’ve built a Sinanju before! Plenty of parts, many of them laid out on the runner in a way meant to make gate marks minimal, those excellent gold foil seals, and probably the most important thing; It’s the Sinanju! It’s the best!