SEED MGs have always been good to me. The Duel was a lot of fun, even with its issues, the Infinite Justice was fantastic, and the Sword Impulse remains the pinnacle of MG mastery. So where does the MG 1/100 Blitz Gundam fit in this world?
Overall Look: 9.5/10
Like all SEED suits it has some sweet lines and great proportions. In a way it lives up to its moniker. I especially like the head design and feel it would look at home on the Deathscythe and probably make the Deathscythe look even meaner. I even like the shapes found in the skirt.
There is, however, one part of the kit that irks me and that is those things on its back.
For some reason it makes me think of a butterfly and I find that contrasts with how I feel about the rest of the kit. If those were changed in some way (muahwahaha) it would be a perfect 10.
I didn’t think too much about the colors when I was building this kit and it wasn’t until after I saw the shield that I knew how I truly felt about them.
Black, white, and red. Why that’s almost the same color combination as the best logo/uniform in all of professional sports.
The late 90’s Buffalo Sabres wore these colors on their way to their Stanley Cup finals appearance. I’ll stop here before I become bitter (No Goal!). If there was just a little silver on this kit it would, once again, command a perfect 10 from me. But I’m a sucker for those colors.
The lack of rifle is somewhat off-putting but it more than makes up for it with the other goodies the Blitz brings to the table. The shield is beautiful, and huge!, and even fits extras like the saber handle and the javelins on the underside.
The Gleipnir is also one of the craziest Gundam weapons around, though there are some issues we’ll discuss later.
The design of the Blitz frame is on par with the Duel/Infinite Justice/Sword Impulse so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it shares the same score. Some great design elements were used in the legs to allow the feet to stay flat when Blitz’s stance gets wider such as thee small vents on both sides of each foot.
These accommodate lateral movement of the ankle very well. Articulation of the arms straight up is hindered by the large shoulder armor but if you rotate that backwards you’ll be able to raise the arms above head level and the same can be said of the side skirt armor. Widen those legs too far and they’ll pop off.
Build Design: 9/10
Again on par with the other SEED Master Grades with only a few small imperfections. The butterfly wings attach by simply popping them into the armor but they are quite secure and even allow for some movement.
A couple of ‘gimmicks’ are provided in the form of the openings on the shoulder armor,
and the little claws that can extend from the back of the feet.
I also noticed quite a large amount of movement in the neck.
And at the same time noticed the cool mold of the armor on the back of the head.
The shield on its own is a great design and I already mentioned how it stores everything and attaches to the side of the arm quite securely.
This means that if you don’t wish to do the hand part swapping on the handle you don’t need to.
The Gleipnir attaches to the other arm by a base that joins the side of the arm the same way the shield does.
However, the gimmick for the Gliepnir, namely that piece of wire, doesn’t live up to expectations. One end of the wire is inserted through a larger plastic piece and then bent just enough to prevent it from coming back out.
This then is inserted into the Gliepnir.
The other end, however, is inserted into a much smaller piece.
Which can then only be inserted into the base at a certain angle. The result of which means you will either have to twist that wire a bit to get the desired angle for when the Gliepnir is extended or you’ll have to unplug it from the Gliepnir and rotate it until you have the angle you want. You do get some cool action shots.
But more often that not you get this.
The wire simply isn’t strong enough to support the weight of that very cool clawed weapon. This sounds like a major problem, and it could be depending on the importance you place on using the Gliepnir. I view this as more a problem with the wire and not the kit itself so that is why I keep the score in this category high. One other problem I encountered, however, does involve the kit, specifically the front armor piece.
This piece falls off far too easily.
Fun Factor: 8.5/10
Fighting with the wire or the falling chest piece may take some of the enjoyment out of this kit but not enough to turn you off of it. The looks combined with the cool weapons offers some kit enjoyment of higher quality. Just playing around with the shield is almost as fun as playing around with some HGs. It’s also worth mentioning that the assembly of the legs is almost identical to that found on the Duel Gundam. Deja vu!
Swappable hands (ugh) and a base adapter. Sure you do get the wire but it really isn’t enough. I would have liked to see some kind of transparent part or even stand which would open up all kinds of possibilities for the Gliepnir. In some ways, that weapon is wasted.
It seems you can’t go wrong with a SEED MG particularly the more recent releases and the Blitz may even have a place near the top of his peers. I can already say it’s one of my new favourites.