The Mk III came out near the end of January and while I built it immediately (literally within 2 hours of getting my hands on it) I haven’t yet written about the finished product here on Gaijin Gunpla. While much of that is due to my life being absolutely crazy the last couple of months (maybe I’ll explain in a future post), some of it has to do with, well, the fact that there’s (for me) not much to say about this kit.
When they announced the RE/100 concept what was most interesting to me was the fact that they were starting with that monstrosity that everyone coveted in plamo for, the Nightingale. Following on the heels of a kit that large the Mk III seems pretty inconsequential. And when you compare it to other kits in its size or price range the same holds true.
When you have the Mk III built, which doesn’t take long at all, it looks pretty decent. There are some good panel lines to found here.
And you’re also given a lot of markings stickers to pimp it up and break up all that blue.
But you also have to use some stickers to add details where plastic would have been a better option.
You might think that the simple construction, which does resemble an HG kit in many ways, would make for some good articulation. Well, that’s not entirely the case particularly in the ankles.
Those flaps on the sides, and front, can flip up a little.
Though, due to the ankle design, there isn’t a lot of movement to be had there. You can’t even seem to get the toes lined up with the front flap sometimes.
Movement of the arms upwards is tolerable, but you can move them forwards somewhat well which leaves you having to pose him like this.
The legs bend decently as well, though you’ll be watching him carefully because he’s, as expected, quite back heavy.
The backpack is pretty cool and those wings can move.
And as heavy as it is you don’t have to worry about it coming off thanks to a more than adequate peg connection.
And speaking of connections the design of the thrusters and how they fit into the backpack is great. They won’t ever fall off like we experience with other kits.
For weapons you get the rifle, shield, and beam sabres.
The handles of which fit nicely into the shield.
All in all the proportions of the kit are really good and from some angles he looks badass.
If you’re a fan of the Mk III then you’ll probably like this kit, however if your enjoyment from 1/100 scale kits comes from experiencing the fantastic designs and engineering we are now used to in Master Grade kits you may find this RE/100 lacking, something that I don’t think anyone would say about the Nightingale.
I mean, looking at it from a scale and price viewpoint, would you rather have the Mk III or kits from the same price point such as:
MG Gundam AGE-1 Normal
MG XXXG-01W Wing Gundam EW Ver.
MG Crossbone Gundam X-1 Ver. Ka
MG Gundam Mk-II Ver. 2.0 Titans (yes, please!)
Your choice of Zaku II 2.0
It will be interesting to watch the RE/100 line and how it continues to develop. We know what the next few kits are but I have a feeling that if they don’t hint at another big kit the excitement for this line might wane. Though if they do announce a Kshatriya everyone, including myself, is right back in there.