Merry Christmas! (or whatever holiday you are currently celebrating or not celebrating).
I liked the design of the MG Sword Impulse Gundam when I first saw it the day it came out, however I was busy with a couple other projects at the time and didn’t pick it up, even though a friend suggested that if I really liked it I should pick it up and add it to the pile so it’s there when I want it. I didn’t listen to his advice and had to wait some time before it became available again. It’s a really popular kit. And I can see why. I still will be playing around with it some more before eventually painting it but for now I want to let others know what I think about it.
Overall Look 10/10
I was pondering how high of a score to give this kit in this category and then realized that there is nothing I would consider changing in the looks department. It looks sleek, menacing, with angles in all the right places. Whether standing or in mid-action it looks dynamite. If I wouldn’t change anything that must mean it’s a 10.
Again this is a case of it being perfect as is, which isn’t to say it will stay this color 😉
I really like the tone of the red and wish that Tamiya had a color to match it. The red and white and off white, combined with the yellow and black highlights is win.
You get a lot of stuff in this box, which explains why the retail price is in the higher range for an MG kit. But just look at the pile of stuff you get! Weapons everywhere, most of them capable of changing form. This guy’s a monster.
This kit is actually quite articulate and almost too much so when you take into consideration that it needs to stand up while sporting that backpack of doom. That said, if you’ve got an action base, the poses you can come up with are almost unlimited. Once again, check out Zhi’s review on this kit to see what I am talking about. I haven’t even tapped into the potential this kit has for action shots, so I’ll let the master show you.
Build Design: 9/10
I don’t really know where to start here. The kit can be put together with or without the Core Splendor folded up inside. Nice! There’s one part of the kit that never stays on and can lead to some searching through the box, on the floor, etc. It’s the red piece that is on the front of the skirt. It is meant to come off so that a landing gear can be installed, but it comes off far too easily for a kit that is going to be spending the majority of its time in its Robot form.
The backpack comes off and combines with the the Silhouette Flyer to make the Sword Silhouette.
Those two long swords are easily held in place on the back but also combine to make one long double bladed cleaver.
Of course, you’ve got the different sections this suit divides into. For more info on that see my previous posts here and here. I actually find this a bit cheesy, but the fact that Bandai can make the kit do what the Suit does in the anime is quite an accomplishment.
The hands seem a little lacking when it comes to being able to hold the various weapons but that’s something I need to explore more.
Fun Factor: 9/10
Lots of fun to be had here. One downside, for me anyways, is how the manual has you build the kit in its different sections before finally assembly in its robot form. I wanted to build the suit and then divide it into its sections afterwards but by following the manual you build the top half, then the weapons, then make the Chest Flyer, then go through its configurations, then build the Leg Flyer, go through its configurations, then the Sword Silhouette before finally assembling the suit as a whole unit. meh.
Because this Gundam has many different (and illogical) pieces that combine to make it one suit there are lots of extras in this kit. You’ve got the landing gears for the Chest and Leg Flyers, a stand for the Silhouette Flyer/Sword Silhouette, attachments so you can use an action base for each section, clear effect parts for the weapons, but wait! There’s more. Little things like having the folding knives fit into the side skirt armor compartment just add to it.
I liked the look of this kit even before I started putting the first pieces together and the process didn’t disappoint and more than lived up to the high expectations I had for it. I just hope I can do justice to the potential this kit has. I’m even inclined to pick up the Force Impulse and build essentially the same kit again. Or is it the same kit…?