Am I one of the few who isn’t head over heels for the 00 Gundam designs? The Exia didn’t speak to me, and the Raphael, Harute and such I haven’t paid much attention to. The Qan[T] was cool so how do I feel about the 00 Raiser? I’m not sure. By writing this review I hope to come to some kind of conclusion.
Overall Look: Suit = 8/10 O Raiser = 10/10 Average = 9/10
This kit shares a lot of styling with the Qan[T] and the parts I liked on the Qan[T], such as the torso and legs, I like on the 00.
And I like the head with its details.
I also really like it with the GN drives attached. Without the GN Drives it would look too plain. I kind of like it with the Side Binders on, though. I think it looks like an eagle perched on a limb with its wings opening in preparation for flight.
But with the 0 Raiser on its back… Not feeling it.
Building the 00 has made me realize something about particular Mobile Suits. The 00 suits tend to have very sharp lines and lots of angles and I think my style leans away from that a little. I prefer the suits found in SEED over the 00 suits.
The 0 Raiser looks sleek and sexy and almost overshadows the suit. I am a big fan of the 0 Raiser when it’s not strapped onto the back of a giant mech.
Colors: Suit = 8/10 O Raiser = 9/10 Average 8.5/10
I gave the 00 the same score I gave the Qan[T] and think that this design uses the old blue, red, white, and yellow very well. Perhaps it is because a lot of the frame is showing and breaks up the color. 0 Raiser is perfect in these colors and the orange contrasts nicely.
This kit comes loaded. Two GN Sword IIs, GN Sword III, two beam sabers! All providing good enjoyment while building. Two shields that can combine or fit onto the Side Binders of the 0 Raiser. No problems here. (kinda)
Articulation: 9/10 -> real score 5/10
How much is too much? When does too much of a good thing become a bad thing? Of course, the design allows for an amazing amount of movement, particularly in the waist and legs, but that comes at a price. The joints are just far too loose to last long and with the kit only a few days old it is starting to droop in places. With that big 0 Raiser designed to hang off its back you would think that tightening up some of the joints, even at the expense of some articulation, would be a good thing. I give it high marks for being articulate, but low marks for being functional.
Build Design: Suit = 6/10 O Raiser = 9/10 Average = 7.5/10
Let’s start with the good stuff. The 0 Raiser design is awesome. It makes sense, and holds together well even though it’s meant to come apart often.
The Side Binders look and function great.
And the 00 has some good points, or more importantly, parts that were improved from the Qan[T].
The side skirt armor doesn’t just fall off at any old time. This was a huge sense of frustration with the Qan[T]. However, the 00 has frustrations of its own. For example, the hands.
These things suck. First of all, the fit isn’t good on the hands with the movable fingers so it is difficult to assemble and falls apart. Then, with the spare hands they fall apart as well, and the hands that hold the GN Sword II don’t actually hold it. It’s only the groove in the palm of the hand that holds the GN Sword II and it doesn’t do a good job of it. On top of that, with the unique design of the wrist joint, there’s no ball being pushed into a socket, so there’s not a lot of resistance to hold the wrist in place. Because it’s just a rod inserted into a hole, it will just slide out on its own.
The shield has a gimmick which allows you to move the blue piece between two positions, but the fit is loose so often the shield will come apart. Sigh.
However I will say this for Bandai. They did an amazing job of designing this kit to hold 5 LEDs.
Fun Factor: Suit = 8/10 O Raiser = 9/10 Average = 8.5/10
The suit was an enjoyable build (moreso if you have not yet built the Qan[T] , particularly when it got to the backpack and the GN Drives and the playing around with the LEDs.
The 0 Raiser was a joy. I don’t know why I enjoyed it as much as I did, but I’m here to tell you its a great experience.
Loaded. This guy is loaded.
Parts for landing gears on the 0 Raiser.
Parts to hold the GN Sword II to the back of the kit or the side skirts and also a part to attach them together.
Effect parts for the weapons.
And an LED! To be honest, with this kit, if Bandai hadn’t thrown in an LED, it would have been a crime.
If the 00 had come out as a Master Grade kit on its own, it’s likely that I would not have picked it up. The look, design, and flaws are close enough to the Qan[T] (or perhaps even also the Exia), that if you’ve built one of them you maybe don’t need to build the 00.
However, with the addition of the 0 Raiser, and all those extras, this kit is well worth the price. Fans of Master Grade kits and 00 Gundam will love it. Now if only Bandai could work out some of those issues.