Real Grade kits consistently get the highest scores in the reviews here on Gaijin Gunpla in part due to their great proportions, build complexity, and overall experience but also because this kind of building is my jam. I’ll build anything RG, and like it, even if I’m not fond of the MS that’s in my hand in Real Grade form. The 00 Gundam is a Mobile Suit I like the look of but my interest in the RG GN-0000+GNR-010 OO Raiser has to do with the fact that you’re getting not only the 00 Gundam in this release but also the Raiser. That’s a lot of plastic.
Overall Look: 10/10
Without the Raiser attached, in its bare bones form if you can call it that, the 00 Gundam is certainly unique. Whereas the Exia had one GN drive on its back the 00 has one mounted over each shoulder dominating the space this MS takes up. The 00 actually has a rather subdued backpack back there but then you don’t really need anything more because that space is reserved for the Raiser.
Yes, that does look awesome. The proportions are fantastic and looking at this RG kit gives you the same sense of awe you had when you saw the 00 in the anime. Adding the clear green parts and their accompanying stickers can be tricky due to the small size but once in look fantastic.
It’s mind-bogglingly beautiful.
And if you think the 00 Gundam loaded up looks a little over the top you can enjoy the beauty of the Raiser all by itself.
I would normally consider the standard Gundam colours to be boring after seeing them so often for so long but I can’t complain about it here. One thing that I was surprised to see when I started building is that colour separation on this kit is much less than what we’ve seen in other Real Grades. You do get white and off-white pieces but there is only one blue here, though it’s a good one, however with the amount of plastic squeezed into the box I can understand if Bandai didn’t want to spend more to mold another runner, or part of one, in a different colour.
Weapons: 10/10 (but this one goes up to 11)
Holy crap, there is a lot of stuff here. 00 fans will know what they are looking at. GN Swords everywhere! You also get two shields which can hang off the shoulders, with blades that extend slightly. And you can connect those two shields to make a larger one.
They don’t just connect together as is but the process isn’t complicated. You have to change the position of the blue armour part on the frame part so that connectors are exposed. Then they fit together simply.
You can connect the GN Swords together, too, by using an extra part Bandai provides and if you don’t want to use them at all you can mount them to the side skirt with extra parts that were included.
And that giant green-bladed monster can also attach to the bottom of the Raiser.
There is more stuff you can do with the weapons but let’s save that for later.
The 00 Gundam is just as articulate as the most articulate RG before it but really what people will think when they first see it is how does it stand up with that giant thing on its back. Well, the answer is, not bad actually. Due to those large shoulders, and the ability of the Raiser wings to mount onto the shoulders redistributing the weight this guy stands up pretty well. With no poly-caps used in the build of an RG frame this guy’s joints aren’t likely to weaken any time soon which is a problem encountered with the MG version of this suit.
But don’t sell yourself short. Put this guy on a stand an enjoy the show.
Build Design: 10/10
The 00 design, like the Exia and other RG before it, is solid with no complaints and that statement applies to the Raiser as well. It’s designed well and won’t disappoint you in any way after you’ve got it assembled. It’s the combining of the two that has an issue, but it’s minor so I’ll leave that for now and instead talk about other great things.
For example, it’s small and might not garner much in the way of attention but the chest armour piece slides forward and a tiny hatch flips up.
You don’t really assemble a cockpit on this small scale kit but Bandai still included that opening door.
Those giant shoulders can actually lock into a different position for when you want to pose this guy flying. You pull up on the blue part above the GN drive to create a gap.
Then you can reposition those shoulders and push that gap closed to hold them there.
Those GN Drives can also come out if that’s something you want to do. And you might…
A well designed hatch opens on the back of the backpack exposing the place where you will connect the Raiser.
I did find, though, that sometimes the backpack just came off. You are meant to connect it by pushing the backpack into the back of the 00 and then down but nothing really snaps into place so it can come apart and come off easily depending on where you’re applying pressure when handling the kit.
So let’s talk about the Raiser. It’s easy enough to remove the wings, you just move them backwards slightly and they’ll come off. Once off you pull up on one end of the frame assembly that’s on the underside and move that forwards then push down on it to secure it in place.
A small part then flips forward. This part will be used to connect the wings to the shoulders of the 00.
The body of the Raiser is then transformed by taking both ends and pulling in opposite directions, elongating it.
Then just fold it in half.
And then you can just plug it in and you’re good to go but it’s when it comes to mounting the wings onto the shoulders that things can get sketchy. They are meant just to slide into an opening on the GN drives.
The problem is that you don’t slide them in very far. In fact, it’s quite shallow leaving the wings to hang off the shoulders.
If you tilt the 00 in a direction so the shoulders point downwards in any way it’s more than likely that those wings are coming back off. Rather than deal with falling wings I locked the shoulders up and let gravity hold it there.
And then enjoyed looking at it while handling it carefully.
Like a boss!
[Editor’s Note: After going back and reassembling the Raiser wings and the GN Drives I found an issue that caused this loose connection and fixed it. Without that major flaw, which was my own doing, there isn’t a reason to deduct the point I did, which means this category gets a perfect 10!]
Once you get the wings mounted you can spread the smaller blue fins and also pop out the middle blue part slightly.
Fun Factor: 10/10
It’s an RG so it’s awesome. It comes with a separate RG plane with is also awesome. The two combine together which is so much awesomeness that you may need doctor’s permission to take on this kit. You just don’t want to become overexcited.
It reminds me of the fun I had when building the RG GP01 Full Burnern though that kit was a little more complicated as a Suit. The sense of fun was similar in both cases.
It’s just a blast, really. I feel I’m gushing here.
Extras: 10/10 (this one also goes up to 11.)
Holy Crap! I’ve said that before?
They give you tanks to swap for your GN Drives if you want!
And a clear canopy you can use for the Raiser if that’s how you roll.
Effect parts to cover the GN Swords!
Figures x 2
And landing gears if you don’t have a stand to park your Raiser on.
It’s just loaded with stuff. Now that I have it all assembled I can’t believe all this came from a normal RG size box.
This is probably the best RG to date when it comes to the sheer amount of assembling you will do and what you can do with it afterwards. If you only build one RG in your life you won’t be disappointed if you choose this one.