I’m a Master Grade junkie. Love the Master Grade line, though some are better than others. I also love the designs of the suits from the Gundam UC line, having built MG versions of the ReZEL, Sinanju, and Unicorn. So when the Master Grade version of the Delta Plus was announced and test shots were shown I was one happy camper. The best UC suit of them all and as a transforming Master Grade kit. Woohoo!
So I grabbed the kit on release day and set upon it within twenty-four hours. And how do I feel about it now? Disappointed. Why disappointed? Well the answer to that question can be summed up in four words,
It cannot stand up.
Overall Look: 10/10
I love the look of the Delta Plus and the Master Grade representation of it is pretty much perfect. I especially love sexy legs (doesn’t everyone?) and the Delta Plus has a pair of those.
It’s just too bad that he can’t stand up on those legs. He spends most of his time like this.
The colors are very subtle on the UC kits, Sinanju aside, and those on the Delta Plus might be the most subtle of them all. It is a bit on the bland side, though. With so much exposed frame a bit more color there would have really gone a long way.
Not much going on here. The beam rifle is pretty standard but the shield is quite cool. It is an involved assembly that, of course, is meant to be part of the transformation.
You also get a pair of beam sabers.
The handles for these are inserted into the shield. I don’t imagine I will ever use the beam sabers though.
Aaargh. This kit is the opposite of what you would expect. Most of the time it has problems even standing up. This is because the frame is designed to transform. One oddity I found is the kit actually stands pretty solidly if you bend the knees to their max and by max I mean bend the knee until the armor at the bottom of the lower leg touches that of the ankle thereby rendering it immovable.
(yay! It stands up!)
If you are going to paint this kit the chances are likely that the lower leg armor will be scraping the paint off the ankle armor. It’s hard to determine just how articulate this kit is because it spends most of its time like this:
Build Design: 4/10
In the anime the Delta Plus transforms, so good job Bandai for making the Master Grade Delta Plus do so too. I actually like the design of the skirt.
It’s quite unique when it comes to skirts and shows lots of potential for allowing movement in the legs, if the legs were able to move past a certain point.(sigh)
I also felt that the way the kit goes together is really well done in relation to how easy it would be to get a cool looking kit by doing some simple painting. Almost any panel line you see is made by two actual parts coming together so painting them different colors would be easy.
However, shame on you Bandai for releasing a kit that spends most of its time like this.
Seriously? This is the best you could do? The culprit seems to be the feet.
Because these have to swing up as part of the transformation there is almost no strength in the joint resulting in this guy either falling backwards due to the weight of those big floppy wings on its back, or collapsing forwards.
Seriously? This is a Master Grade kit I am writing about here.
Fun Factor: 4/10
Building the head is fun, the torso a great time, the arms not bad, the legs very enjoyable, the feet interesting and then you put it all together and watch it flop into a heap. How is that a fulfilling experience?
Again, it’s tough to enjoy this kit when it ends up, more often than not, like this.
It should not take several attempts to get a 4000 yen kit to stand up.
Attach the shield to its arm and watch like a slow motion video as it leans to one side and falls over.
Try attaching the beam rifle to the hand and it will fall over. To add to that, I have had the Delta Plus successfully grip its beam rifle only once. I can’t get it to do it since then and I gave up on trying. Because it ends up like this:
A stand attachment, which you will need because there’s no other way to display it (!), and two extra pilot figures are included. As well as two pieces that are used in the transformation. Part swapping?
I feel I should say something about the tranformation, but I have to be honest here. After trying for 30 minutes to get him to stand up I became so frustrated and discouraged that I gave up on not only posing the kit but also doing anything further with it. Gunpla, a hobby, should not be so antagonizing. I left the kit where it lay on my table, had a snack and a drink, surfed the web a bit, and then thought about attempting to transform it. Looking at it again just made me angry so I opted not to bother.
That’s where I am with this kit now. Because it looks so cool, and has so much potential, the fact that it is so subpar makes the disappointment so much greater.
I wanted to like you, MG Delta Plus. I really did. I will always remember you, but like this:
Here lies Delta Plus where he fell.