It’s exciting to get a new exclusive kit from Bandai that’s not just a recolour and it’s even more exciting, for me anyway, when it’s an RG. The Real Grade Astraea Type-F is new in that, until now, we haven’t had such a thing but it is based on the design of the RG Exia, something I may know a thing or two (or three) about.
Lots of parts from the RG Exia are reused, most molded in a different colour for the Astraea release. I’ll give more details about the differences in an upcoming WIP post so for now let’s look at noteworthy stuff I saw among all the bags of runners in the box.
The sticker sheet is completely new for the Astraea and quite abundant as it has stickers for the Astraea and the Type F version. Yes, you can build either one as you assemble it but you can’t do both. Well, you could if you had two of these kits I guess. Hmm.
The plated weapons are the same.
No, wait! They are not! This is new!
New weapons runner. These weapons seem quite large.
I want to take a moment to clarify a misconception about this kit that I have seen online. This kit does not give you all the weapons that are available in the HG Gundam Astraea Type-F but it is compatible with the HG weapons you don’t get in this RG box. I’ll show everything that comes inside this reddish box once construction is complete.
A tiny white runner. I smiled when I saw it.
I’m not surprised that the manual is done in black and white like almost all Premium Bandai kits now.
But I would have liked at least some of it to be in colour. Like this page.
I’m almost finished with this kit now and hope to have a WIP post with gallery up soon. I just have a few more tiny stickers to apply.