Gaijin Gunpla

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.

Colors: 9/10

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.

Weapons: 8/10

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.

Articulation: 5/10

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.

Extras: 7/10

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.

14 Responses so far.

  1. asian1skill says:

    awesome cant wait to start building mine now. Indeed its kinda disappointing when they give you a beam saber handle with no beam for it which is like most old hg kits thought they would do better.

  2. Busterbeam says:

    thats a pretty good score but i was hoping for a bit more. i dont think its really worth it for me to get this especially if i already have the blue 1/100 endless waltz custom version.

    • Butagami says:

      Are you going to get the “Kai” version then, if/when (as if there’s any doubt) they make a MG of it?
      BTW, Somehow this H-arms looks way bulkier than the one in Endless Waltz, even though canonically it should be almost exactly the same….

      • Nachowan says:

        A Kai version would be very hard to make. Bandai could’t possible include four of these gattlings, so what could you do to give it a custom flavor without getting out of the original mecha design? Dual gattling would be lame IMO.

  3. Ryan says:

    The Kai Custom version is identical to this one apart from a different paint job, and it has much smaller dual gattlings that wont be difficult at all to make, so i dont understand how you believe it would be impossible, if they didnt make them it would just be pure lazyness.

  4. Mike says:

    As Ryan said, the Heavy arms custom from the EW Anime is mainly a different color and smaller gattlings. It has existed for quite some time now and this version was actualy based on it ( kit wise ).

    http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/XXXG-01HC_Gundam_Heavyarms_Custom

    I do understand what you mean, four gattlings of this size would make the arms of this kit actualy heavy lol.

  5. sonar says:

    Nice review.looks solid.

  6. fury-s12 says:

    I like it im not sure why as the heavyarms is far from my favourite gundam but i just like it lol (could be the mass of weapons that has me drooling of the FA unicorn)

    im sure your still burnt out from the PGSF but its been a while since a GG custom has made an appearance, plus you mentioned on gunplaTV you wanted to paint this guy, i put in a big vote for doing just that, id love to see a custom paint work up on this and im sure im not alone, motivation for ya if needed 😛

  7. Mike says:

    Now I can’t wait for the MG Duel. Looks like this is going to be another great gunpla year !

  8. ClayCannonII says:

    I just finished the test build of my MG Heavy Arms, I love it. I’m going to customize the color and all……96 missles FTW

  9. Ben says:

    Okay so I just started building mine and I can easily say that it is the most interesting of the “normal” EW Wing kits, if anyone isn’t too sure about getting this kit after the “failure” of Deathscythe or due to the redundancy of the design of those 4 kits (shenlong, deathscythe(s), Sandrock and heavyarms) rest assured that this one has its own perks, those missiles are a pleasure to paint and put together, I’m very happy with this kit the most I’ve been of the 5 EW I own ( don’t have wing or epyon).

  10. Tony says:

    Just thought of a possible “reason” to not include the beam of the beam saber – in the anime, while Heero, Zechs and Trowa are in Antarctica, Heero has to use the Heavyarms for…. some reason… and so they basically borrow the beam saber from the Wing Gundam for the fight. So it was never Heavyarms’ beam saber to begin with, and he should give that handle back to Heero. 😛 lol

  11. Louis says:

    Hi Gaijin,

    While posing, one of the chest pieces broke off when I was opening to reveal the inner cannons, any idea how I can fix it?

    Cheers,
    Louis

    • syd says:

      That is going to be tough to fix because that hinge is really small. I can’t see cement holding up. You’ll have to find or make a replacement for that part.

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