The 1/100 MG AMS-119 Geara Doga is its own animal. Sure it has a lot in common with the Zaku and but its nearest relative would probably be the Marasai, a kit that was released just over a year ago. It would make sense to expect the Geara Doga to be very similar to the MG Marasai but there are enough differences to set the two apart and give the edge to the Geara Doga which is likely a result of Bandai having a year to change some things and incorporate new ideas.
Overall Look: 9/10
This is one big kit and all the proportions speak to that as well. He just looks towering. The shoulder armor is full of win though from some angles I am reminded of the Zaku F2000 (which isn’t a compliment).
The new flexible tubing found on this kit works splendidly and brings out those areas.
There are some really nice panel line details to be found on the Doga notably on the torso.
But what about the head? Sure you can put the spike on there but I left it as is.
It reminds me of something. I’m not sure what…
(Am considering painting some orange.)
Zaku green, of course, but the darker green there constrasts nicely without seeming like too much. Add to that the yellow from the tubing and the orange from the thrusters and this guy isn’t just a big green giant.
For a big brute like this I would expect the beam axe and a rifle but Geara Doga has two rifles to go along with three effect parts for different types of beam weapons. He’s also got that awesome shield.
And more goodies are found underneath that.
There is almost too much here!
The range of movement in the Doga is actually better than I thought it would be and the legs feature as much articulation as almost any other good-posing MG out there, though you will get to the point where the front of the foot starts coming off the floor.
That has more to do with the armor blocking the ankle than a lack of flexibility in the hips and knees.
The arms move well but will experience some droopage if you’ve got the big shield attached.
But it does maintain its position well even with that massive backpack on.
Don’t expect any movement in the neck, though. That large collar combined with the tubing means Doga’s head isn’t going anywhere.
Build Design: 10/10
The Doga has a lot of good things going for it beginning something it shares with the Marasai, the ability to take an LED.
It might be tricky to get the head off the Doga when the time comes to turn the LED on or off but if you’re careful you don’t need to worry about anything coming apart.
You can even see the pilot in his chair with the head removed. For some reason I think that’s cool.
The other ‘big’ thing on the Doga is the tubing that I’ve already mentioned about 100 times by now.
This stuff is awesome! I love the Zaku II 2.0 kits, and the other kits in the same vein such as the Gouf 2.0 and also last year’s Marasai but the most tedious part of all of those builds was the armor collars. With the Doga you don’t have to deal with tiny circular pieces that roll all over the place. Instead you just take the flexible tubing and put it onto the frame. Finishing the assembly secures it in place and you’re free to move onto the next step in your Gear Doga. Maybe it could be considered a small design change but it makes a big difference in the enjoyment of a build.
Other cool design elements are the side skirts ability to take the extra ammo cartridges.
While this isn’t anything new or awe-inspiring the mold of the frame part has little plastic tabs sticking up that allow you to insert either ammo cartridge into the compartment and have them not go anywhere even though they are differents shapes/sizes.
Putting beam sabers and whatnot into side compartments is a cool gimmick but many times it just sits in there and falls out as soon as you open the hatch or worse, pick up the kit and move it around.
The shield attaches to the back of the arm not by some of the crazier connections we’ve seen on big MG kits but just by plugging it in, but it is a strong connection and allows you to pose your kit without having to account for a loose shield.
The hands for the Geara Doga are the same to the Marasai’s but not quite identical.
Here you can see two lengths of plastic that match grooves found in the rifle handle. Once those hand is placed in those grooves that rifle isn’t going anywhere. It works really well. I did have one issue, however, when it came to hand-swapping.
When trying to pull just the hand off of the arm in order to put another on, the cuff part on the lower arm would come off along with the frame part and poly-cap. While this isn’t such a big deal and it’s easy to fix the frame cuff does seem kind of loose or just not secured in place and will move around on you when you’re playing around with the kit and its weapons.
One other little design element worth mentioning is that this kit is undergated. Okay, that’s not really true. There is one undergate. Found on the shoulder armor.
It’s nice to see Bandai putting an undergate on a surface that shouldn’t be cut flat.
Fun Factor: 10/10
This guy is great fun to build and I took great enjoyment from watching those massive arms come together and also the legs (oh how I love my legs) with those large rounded pieces.
The addition of the tubing in place of individual armor collar parts means you’re not spending the bulk of your building time working on something that requires a lot of repeition which keeps your mind on the build and the kit in front of you. Plus, it looks bad-ass each step of the way.
Extra hands (which work this time) as well as ammo cartridges and even a substitute head so you can change the look of your Geara are included as well as those big effect parts which you’ll find yourself putting to good use.
One thing that simply can’t be understated is that this kit is a big boy. You get a lot of plamo for your money. How big you ask?
“You compared me to the Marasai?”
“Get outta here.”
The Geara Doga is a fantastic kit and one that shouldn’t be missed though I fear he may not get the attention he deserves coming just before the RG GP01s and less than a month before the RX-78-2 3.0 I do hope anybody who was curious about it gives it a try. It’s well worth it.