I am (or was, until I happened to one day find myself with a full-fledged family) a Playstation fanboy. I picked up the original PS in order to play EA’s series of NHL games and ran that system into the ground. When the PS2 was announced it goes without saying I was a happy boy and my best friend and I even lined up hours early outside the local game store so we could be the first to pick up the Playstation 2 at 12:01 AM. We even found ourselves on the local news because of that. I played a lot of PS2 but when I seriously restarted my martial arts endeavors I found myself playing the games less and less. I was in Japan when the PS3 launched and actually bought one, but it was to send to an acquaintance in Australia though I did play it a bit to make sure it worked before sending it. I never really gave the PS3 much thought after that other than to drool at the images being released to hype up GT5. Well, as long-time (is a year a long time?) readers of this site know I was given a Playstation 3 about 13 months ago and it corresponded nicely to the release of Gran Turismo 5 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. My life has not been the same since. (I could probably do a whole post on my thoughts on MW3 but then I’m getting well away from Gunpla. heh)
But enough of the tangents! What I wanted to say was that I picked up the Zone of Enders video game on the day of release and fell in love with it as spectacle because it really showed what the Playstation 2 was capable of at the time. Created by the genius behind the Metal Gear Solid series, Hideo Kojima, Z.O.E. featured the same style of character design and giant fighting machines! The Jehuty is a fan favorite and even had a release as a Revoltech figure earlier this year which sold out almost immediately. When I saw it released as a plastic model kit from Kotobukiya, I jumped on it.
The manual even features some of the great illustrations used for the game. That takes me back.
The first thing you assemble when starting the Jehuty are the hip joints, which is a difference from Gundam kits where you usually build those last.
The hip joints actually have two articulations points, the first being the connector to the skirt and the other being at the top of the legs.
Next you move on to the legs using this interesting set up.
Close this up and then sandwich it into some more frame.
Then the first of the gray parts is used and it’s probably the largest part in the whole build; the upper leg.
You can see how the joint hooks in there.
Add a couple more pieces and..
Wait a minute…
They have to be assembled in this order?
I found assembling them according to the manual to be a bit cumbersome because the piece is so small and it’s difficult to get a firm grip on the section while you attempt to jam it in there.
See. That is small.
Now we get to hack away at the transparent blue effect runner.
The small pieces on this runner slip onto the piece used for the top of the lower leg.
Then get covered by more armor.
The back of the legs feature this sliding mechanism.
With that finished you move to the final step of the leg, which is putting the three sections together.
Slide the joint into the groove on the back of the lower leg.
Then secure it in place with the section for the rear of the leg.
But we’re not done.
There’s a couple of these that need to be assembled. Note the ball PC part.
That then goes on the leg and the hip joint also put in place.
Now for the skirt/waist
It looks like the legs will attach to the waist by these PC ball parts. I cringe at the thought while using a little tool I crafted from the PC runner to ensure the hollows of the balls are pointing in the right direction.
The rear part for the skirt has a small part inserted into it which is used to attach to the stand.
This was quite difficult to get into the proper position and makes me wonder why Kotobukiya went this route.
Gotta make this.
This is actually very small and uses seven pieces so that it can expand and contract.
Now some armor.
Then some more armor for the rear and that part that extends from the skirt front.
The side and rear of the waist is then adorned with these assemblies.
Now for the fun part. Yikes. The manual indicates you do this.
That looks easy enough. Just push the rod part of the hip joint on the leg into the hollow of the PC ball in the skirt.
It’s difficult to get a good grip on the leg in order to apply enough force to get the shaft in there. (giggity) If you grip too tightly you risk having the leg fall apart in your hands. On top of that, the ball just moves around when you start applying pressure until finally the whole skirt assembly just exploded in my hands. (giggity?)
So I opted to do it a bit differently.
I put the PC balls onto the hip pieces, slid them into place in the front skirt part (you can see the piece in the center that snapped off when it exploded), then pushed the rear skirt part into place.
And it worked.
Lower half of Jehuty complete.