The ReZEL is the newest Master Grade kit from Gundam UC and as such I had to pick it up right away. I wanted to also build it right away but because I’m taking part in the ReZEL Group Build on the Gundam Australia Forum, I put it aside while the other members of the Group Build awaited theirs. And as soon as theirs were said to be on the way, I started on mine. Oh ya!
Overall Look : 9/10
I love how this suit looks. I don’t think there’s a UC suit that I don’t like and the ReZEL might be the best of them all after the Sinanju. To me, it looks how a transforming, fighting robot should look. It looks like a powerful machine built for a specific purpose. That large backpack only adds to the effect, in my opinion, and the legs are Zeta sexy.
Colors : 9/10
I really like the blue that Bandai produced and it goes excellently with the white. The slightly different shade used for the lower torso really brings it out. It’s a shame I’m going to have to paint it. 😉
Weapons : 6/10
The rifle is nice, but could have been cooler. And for the record, I don’t really think the Commander Type’s weapon is that great either. The shield is well done but seems to lack something in my opinion. The handles for the beam sabers are the perfect size to work with the gimmick in the arm (more on that later).
Articulation : 7/10
As this is a transforming suit you can expect good articulation in the shoulders and the hips and while the arms are fine thanks to 360 degrees rotational movement above the elbow, the legs don’t have a lot of motion in the hips mostly because of how the joint is designed for the transformation. The side armor moves quite easily and doesn’t hinder movement which is great but also seems to pop off too easily.
Build Design : 9/10
Love it! Of course, this kit transforms into flight mode without the swapping of any pieces so the inner frame had to be designed to enable the transformation and the outer armor designed to accomodate it.
The entire time I was building this kit I was enjoying each and every step and excited to see how the section I was building would be used in the transformation.
When you finally complete it and try to transform it the first time you’ll be amazed at how each and every part lines up and works with different parts you assembled. In a word, it’s awesome, if not a little cumbersome to transform. It’s almost too intricate which is why I docked it a point.
Fun Factor : 8/10
A lot of fun to build and almost, but not quite, as much fun to play with, but I will admit to getting really frustrated trying to transform it. At one point I gave up trying to follow the manual and just did it my own way. I even had to take the suit apart into three sections, transform them and then put it back together because it seemed the sections just got in each others’ way. I even vowed to myself never to transform it into flight mode again.
Extras : 5/10
You get a pilot figure plus two other 1/100 scale figures, not that I even use those but it’s nice to get an extra anything. The extra energy packs that fit on the inside of the shield are welcome and the hatch on the arm which opens up to reveal the beam saber handles or guns is designed really well. You actually use the shield as a key of sorts to open it up.
I admit to going into this build a little hesitant because I consider transforming kits to be a bother more often than not and actually prefer parts swapping as you would an HG but the ReZEL is so impressive it may have changed my mind. Can’t recommend this kit enough!