Having built the recent Master Grade Endless Waltz kits Wing Gundam, Deathscythe, and Shenlong and for the most part enjoying them, I decided that I really had no excuse to skip the Epyon. Judging from the buzz around the net this kit had the potential to be the best of them all so I thought I had better not miss out.
Overall Look: 10/10
Is it the wings? Is it the fins protruding from different areas? Is it that awesome chain like weapon/shield? This kit looks awesome and even more menacing than the Deathscythe. It’s got the feel that I felt the Deathscythe lacked. There is a lot of cool stuff going on with this kit.
I will probably not live down the fact that I stated I did not like the color scheme when I saw the first shots that were released. Well, all that has changed. I love the maroon and the small amount of what I would call lavendar is used perfectly. It’s definitely quite different from the standard Gundam colors and that’s just another reason it is so nice to look at.
The shield looks sexy even without that large chain weapon attached.
Bandai did a great job on that chain and it is designed so that it can stay straight and stiff or, by pulling out each link slightly, become flexible.
The beam sword blade is huge but that isn’t really a problem.
The only issue with the weapons is the piping they give you to attach the sword to the hip. I found that due to its stiffness it interfered when it came time to pose the kit.
It goes without saying that the wings make this kit back heavy so even with a good amount of articulation you can’t do all you want with it. And the skirt armor issue raises its ugly head once again on the Epyon. I can understand the need to have the rear skirt armor comprised of a ball and socket connection as you need to swing it around during transformation, but that connection on the front skirts just means they will pop off if you move the legs too much. Like all Gundam kits, once it is on a stand things get better in the posing department.
Build Design: 9/10
The wings! They look great and function well and will stay in place (more or less). It takes a bit of force to open them so you need to be careful.
One issue I found with them is that when you slide the entire wing up at the connection to the backpack the joint you assembled can come apart.
Bandai added a design that allows the head to tilt backwards so that it looks more natural when it is flying.
The hand claws fit perfectly against the forearm and don’t require any force to open or close.
I noticed an issue with the ankle armor, specifically with the small fin piece. It just falls off. Easily. Mostly when I was transforming the kit.
This actually brings me to another point with the design of the ankle. The ankle armor is molded so that you can put the fin in on the outside of the ankle, but Bandai has not designated a right or left ankle section which means both ankles have two areas to which you can attach the fin. In the end, it leaves the ankle with a hole on the inside of the leg and Bandai didn’t include any parts to fill that area. Why?
And speaking of things falling off, when I transform this kit I almost always lose a thruster. They come off far too easily. A better design here would be most welcome.
The shield and beam sword combine which is cool and the sword can hang from the waist as well with or without that long cord.
But the best part of this design is how it’s engineered to transform.
It takes only a few minutes and it looks great. The gimmicks on the feet are great, too, and aren’t loose at all. In fact, I had to use a hobby knife to get in there to open them at first.
Fun Factor: 9/10
I think everyone will agree that building a kit designed to transform is much more involved than the regular fare and because of this most people will enjoy this kit and its slight differences from the other MG Wing kits. But even without that gimmick, this kit would have been a lot of fun. Mostly because of that sexy armor.
Well, Bandai does give you the extra hands, but because of their design I don’t consider that a good thing. Like the Deathscythe, the fingers will just come off as you try to pose the kit with its weapon. The inclusion of the fingers molded in the form of a fist is a good idea as the other type of hands can’t close entirely, but if I had to choose between swappable fingers or just one hand such as those on the MG Sinanju or Zaku II 2.0 I would go with the latter.
Bandai includes a part to attach the flying from to a stand which is cool but that piece is part of the design for the tail so it’s not really an extra as much as a necessity.
You do get a lot of markings!
And there’s a little easter egg of an extra. The ability to swap backpacks with the other MG EW kits!
This is the most enjoyment I have had with a test build since the Sword Impulse and I can see myself getting back to this kit in the near future because it’s that good.
The skies the limit with the Epyon. Reach for it!