Unless Bandai surprised us with an MG Tallgeese or something similar the MG Heavy Arms EW may be the last Master Grade Wing EW kit I build for some time. Knowing this I really had hoped that this kit would be great. Has it lived up to my expectations?
Overall Look: 9/10
I really like bulking looking suits. For me they really embody the idea of a giant machine built for war. The Heavy Arms stands out among the MG Wing EW suits and other Gundam in general with its big bulky proportions. I do think the torso seems a little too small alongside those enormous shoulders. When it is all opened up unleashing hell it looks especially wicked, if not a tad overkill.
I also like the look of the head in particular because it looks plain, if I can use that word, and very worker-like.
Thank you for not being mostly blue, red, white, with some yellow, but rather red, orange, some yellow and a small amount of blue. Sure the colors are pretty much the same but how they are used are different and make this kit stand out.
That big Gatling Gun and Ammo Canister are much different than the other weapons on the MG Wing Kits and while just one Gatling Gun, a shield, and a foldable knife might seem like not much, when you look at what Heavy Arms carries around on his body you understand why he didn’t need anything else. Bandai did supply a beam saber handle for the saber-hiding arm assembly but the lack of saber blade is a little disappointing.
The Heavy Arms has decent articulation in the shoulders and legs but due to the size of him you won’t find yourself using the articulation to its limits. In fact, trying to stand him up sometimes while carrying that big Gatling Gun can lead to this:
It’s a careful balancing act with this kit so I found myself being more ‘safe’ than ‘sorry’ which means some less than dramatic poses, though it doesn’t hurt the kit’s appeal.
Build Design: 8/10
Heavy Arms comes packing a load of damage dealing utensils and Bandai’s done a good job of letting those things be shown. Simple yet effective use of pivots and hinges work great and make opening up the Heavy Arms no problem at all.
The shoulders flip open on the front and swing out from the back so you get all the missiles pointing right at you and the hinges on the chest and leg launchers work easily thanks to a simple design.
And the best part of this kit is how they have separated the missiles and the frame on the launchers. You first place the missile parts onto the frame and then a piece is used to cover up everything but the missiles, meaning it is extremely easy to paint and detail the missiles and no masking of any kind will be needed. Thumbs up!
My only real gripe with this build is the cable used on the Gatling Gun.
It is not secured firmly at all and is too stiff so if you try to position the Gatling often the cable will come right out. Removing some of the plastic links on the cable can give you bit of room to work with but this seems like a less than acceptable solution. Trying to get it to hold the Gatling with the Wing type hands is also something that will have you sighing exasperatingly at times. If they had given us different hands rather than the same as those in the rest of the Wing kits it would have gone a long way.
Fun Factor: 8/10
There is a lot of enjoyment to be had with this kit, though it can get a bit repetitive when it comes to the missiles. There’s nothing revolutionary on this kit but it doesn’t need it to be a fun build. When playing with the kit there’s a certain satisfaction you get from posing it with everything opened up, however due to that stiff Gatling Gun problem I mentioned before a lot of frustration will find its way into the process as well.
Plenty of marking stickers, extra hands parts (welcomed in some situations), are great but the addition of the hidden beam saber arm is quite the bonus. Unfortunately it wasn’t incorporated into the build a bit better. You’ll need to disassemble your assembled arm to make use of it.
For Wing Gundam fans and Plamo fans in general this is a kit worth looking at despite, as mentioned above, some small imperfections. However, those issues aren’t enough to dissuade me from recommending it. As a smaller box MG kit there’s a lot of bang (read as missiles) for your buck.