I remember being less than enthusiastic when Gundam AGE was announced and the first Mobile Suit designs released. Ok, to be honest I gave it a bunch of crap. I thought the designs were uninspired and less than original. The release of the Master Grade AGE-1 Normal impressed me enough to give some thought to the anime and now it looks like I may be going through this process again with the release of G Reconguista. It’s new, but is it new new? The G-Self design may look like a cross between AGE, OO, with some SEED thrown in but what I’m more interested in is what Bandai decides to do with the G Reconguista kits. That starts with the G-Self. I did appreciate the box art when I first saw it. Not being set in space has some appeal.
Overall Look: 7/10
Wait, is wings down the default position?
Looks better with the wings up. Depending on how I’m looking at it, or what I’m looking at, my feelings change for this kit. I do really like the torso and the look of the legs and even the backpack looks sweet with that F91-ish look to it.
But that head. My goodness it’s ugly.
It’s just weird. And covered with stickers. Have you seen the sticker sheet on this guy?
Almost every part of the kit has a sticker on it. Much of that is to apply colour like we’re used to seeing on HG kits but these stickers also glow in ultra violet light so you’ll apply blue stickers to blue parts.
Stickers do most of the work here. Those applied to the legs and feet work quite well.
Of course we expect to put stickers on an HG head so the G Self isn’t surprising.
You’ll find sticker applied under the yellow vents.
And stickers applied to the elbow and knee joints which are shown in the manual as being applied during the build and not after.
There are even stickers for the hands.
These wrap around the edges so can be tricky to line up.
But you also have to put very small blue stickers on… blue sections of the kit.
It even has a small runner of effect parts very similar to what we’ve seen on the Extreme Gundam.
This guy is really lean. A rifle, a shield, and two beam sabres make up his weapons and the shield has quite a subdued look to it.
The beam sabre handles are a unique shape and can stay in G Self’s hands even when upside down.
As a new HG I thought this guy would have some of that great articulation found in other newer kits like the F91 but my thinking was based on seeing the poly-cap runner.
It turns out it isn’t so articulate down below where the skirt armour blocks the movement at the hips.
When trying to splay the feet out you reach about this point.
I thought the ankle design, with it attaching via a ball joint on the inside of the leg, is hindering movement but that isn’t the case. It’s the design of the ankle that limits it to what you see here.
I also expected this kit to be quite articulate given that when you’re assembling the limbs you use quite a bit of frame and it appears it will be double jointed.
You will get to about here, however.
It does pass the balance test, though.
And with that backpack acting as a counter-balance you can get some nice leaning going on.
The torso can bend laterally as well.
Build Design: 7/10
This photo shows my favourite part of the G Self, the backpack. Instead of circular thrusters which seem to be the norm, we get rectangles similar to one of my favourite suits the F91. The wings can fold in making it more compact though I prefer them out.
And the backpack can tilt up and down moving independently of the rest of the Mobile Suit. That is cool. I got some of my favourite photos of this guy putting that backpack at various angles and taking picture from the back.
I guess it’s worth mentioning that the legs armour sandwiches front to back instead of side to side making the seam lines less noticeable.
And we might as well give props for including a glow-in-the-dark gimmick though I don’t know if I’ll ever use it.
Fun Factor: 6/10
I never really got into the build but that’s probably because I have a hard time getting into the look of the suit. I have been here before, though, back with the HG AGE-1. It wasn’t until the release of a MG AGE-1 Normal arrived that I really started to pay attention the MS. Don’t be surprised if we see an MG soon, but also don’t be surprised if that line is cut short similar to the MG AGE line. Whatever happened to our MG AGE-3 and MG AGE-FX? Applying all those stickers can increase build time but outside of that this guy is pretty basic.
The stickers, and that’s about it.
The G Self is what it is and what you thought it was. (That’s a reference to the NFL, btw) For those keen on the new anime I’m sure you’ll find this kit fill your needs. Others, who may be paying more attention to what the kit can bring us in terms of HG engineering, may find it just average.