The Hyakushiki is one of the more famous Mobile Suits in Gundamdom so it’s a little surprising that it’s been fourteen years between the release of the MG MSN-00100 Hyaku-Shiki and an updated MSN-00100 Type 100 Hyakushiki Ver.2.0. Yes, a version with a Ballute System came out in 2005 but still that’s 10 years without an upgrade on this gold beauty. I’m sure many builders have wanted a 2.0 for some time so 2015 is your year!
Overall Look: 10/10
A fan favourite for sure the crisp lines on the Hyakushiki are nice on the eyes and this theme would be repeated quite frequently in other Mobile Suits such as the Delta Plus. Actually, I think the sequence goes Delta Gundam, Hyakushiki, Zeta Gundam, RGZ-91, then Delta Plus.
I really love the look of the legs with the pistons in the front visible, which reminds you that you’re looking at a machine and not just a gold statue. The proportions of this kit are great and I love the head, which comes with a feature allowing you to change the look but I’ll talk more about that later on in this review.
Let’s face it, the 2.0 Hyakushiki for most people came down to how Bandai did the gold. It would have been easy for Bandai to just repeat what they usually do and mekki-plate the kit but they went a different route and the result is a much more subdued gold. I love it. I’ve built mekki-plated kits before such as the HG Delta Gundam and the MG Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex and while they look fantastic that highly reflective finish can actually make it difficult to look at and see details. I’d say the gold on the Hyakushiki 2.0 is almost perfect. The dark blue looks great and doesn’t take your eyes away from the gold and the red is done well, too, and can be found in quite a few places as small amounts of trim.
Very small areas on the wing are done with black stickers which I don’t have a problem with on this kit.
My favourite area of the kit to look at, when it comes to color and design would have to be the legs.
The Hyakushiki doesn’t come with anything overpowering when it comes to weapons but what Bandai gives you works well enough. The Beam Rifle looks great and has that added touch of yellow that you won’t find anywhere else on the kit, and has a handle that folds up and out of the way if you want it mounted on the backpack.
The Clay Bazooka has a detachable ammo canister and also can be hung quite easily on the back of the Hyakushiki. It too has a handle that can be folded out of the way.
You’re given two beam sabers as well with handles that can be stored on the back skirt.
(Can’t undergate a cylinder it seems.)
The weapons all feature the tab that can flip out and fit into the palm of the Hyakushiki’s hands for secure grips. I’ll talk more about that too in a bit.
In promoting a new Hyakushiki Bandai stated articulation would be great on this kit and they didn’t lie. It’s quite impressive, actually.
The lower leg isn’t just a ball placed into a poly-cap but instead features a pivoting assembly as part of the lower leg frame. This allows for some movement and expands the piston.
The torso frame is quite simple but does allow for the kit to bend in the middle of the torso rather than just at the waist.
The upper body can even rotate 360 degrees.
The shoulder joints are designed very similarly to those found on the Nu Gundam Ver Ka (the feet and ankles as well) so the shoulder can move out and forwards quite a bit.
This all combines to allow you to put him in some crazy poses such as the ‘hunchover’
Catch your breath, Hyakushiki. That was a long battle.
You may not want to lift the arms past shoulder height as that gold flap on the underside of the shoulder will rub against the arm which could damage the finish.
He passes the one-legged test as well.
Perhaps most interesting was the design of the skirt which is done in a way that has each leg having the ability to swivel/move out from the center. Hard to explain so here are some pics.
This allows you to do crazy things like this.
I am not sure why you would want to do that but if you’re the kind of person who likes to pose your Gundams in positions that look painful you can do it with the Hyakushiki 2.0!
My only concern when it comes to the articulation in the lower leg is that you may have contact between the foot armor and those pointy armour parts that are found in the lower leg resulting in scratches to that beautiful gold.
Now that I’ve gushed enough about the articulation of the body I can finally talk about the backpack which even has movement in those little thrusters.
The wings feature two fins that move, that’s nothing new.
But it’s the connection between the wing and backpack that gets interesting. It’s a ball joint which allows a lot of movement. I’m not sure you’d need all that movement for the wings but it’s there if you want it.
The wings are just as awesome as the rest of the suit! Except for…
Build Design 9/10
There is one thing that got to me when it comes to the 2.0 but I will get to that. With a kit as well designed as this there is lots to write about.
Let’s talk about the cool head design specifically when it comes to the eyes. You’ll notice that in all the pictures so far my kit has no eyes. Well, it does have eyes I’ve just chosen to hide them behind a black mask.
If I pop off the top of the head and take away that mask the eyes are right there.
If I want to go with those two red eyes I’ll just pop in a clear part before putting the top of the head back on.
But perhaps I want to go with option #3 which looks like this.
You’re given three choices and you can freely switch between them at any time. That’s pretty cool.
I’ve mentioned the hands already but I want to point them out again. They’re not the same hands we saw on the MG RX-78-2 3.0, Nu Gundam Ver Ka, or MG Sazabi Ver Ka. They are more like the ones we have seen on 2.0 kits with the addition of the little tab however there is more to it than that. The hands we have experience with so far feature that flat palm piece which we plug the fingers and thumb into before closing it up with an armour part. This design has the thumb in line with the fingers so when you place a weapon in the hand the thumb doesn’t wrap around the grip but instead kind of points outwards a bit. The Hyakushiki 2.0 hand is shaped so that the thumb is not in line with the fingers but instead offset enough that it can grip the weapon handle and look natural.
It’s only a little design change and Bandai could have gotten away with not doing it but I can appreciate that they did and appear to always look to better things.
The torso has a gimmick where you can spread the gold doors apart and open the hatch.
To be honest this was a bit of a pain as they only move slightly and it’s hard to grip them in order to move them. I don’t think I’ll ever bother opening the hatch anyway.
Flaps on the back of the legs can move. Not much but it’s a nice touch.
The best thing about the design of the 2.0, which also just so happens to be, for me, the biggest disappointment? The undergates.
With only a couple of exceptions every gold part on this kit is undergated which allows you to build OOB and not worry about damaging that fantastic finish. There are a few parts that have the gates in questionable positions such as the upper thigh armour for the front.
Unless you’re posing your 2.0 in extreme poses likely this gate will be hidden behind the front skirt so I’m not too worried about it.
And I’m not concerned much at all about the large gates found on the red parts for the foot as I can paint the red easily enough.
Something I can’t do with the gold.
So where is the problem? The upper wings. In many kits that feature two of the same section on opposite sides Bandai will give you two runners that mirror each other. Not so with the Hyakushiki 2.0’s wings. The upper wings consist of three parts and they are found on the G runner. The only difference in the wings comes with assembly and where you will place a smaller gold part which fills in a hole.
What am I trying to say here with my long-winded explanation? It is this. Undergates are meant to be on the underside of a part that will not be seen. When it comes the wings on this kit, one wing will have that gate on the inside and not easily visible, but that other wing? That undergate becomes on overgate.
So keep this in mind when you’re building the wings. Don’t think that you’re safe because the kit is undergated and just snip away without due care. On the wings at least, you’re going to need to be very careful.
Bandai could have avoided this issue by either placing the gates as normal ones on the thin edge of the parts or molded just two parts mirroring the parts on the G runner and called it G2.
It was very frustrating to get to the end of the kit and seeing that large gate mark.
Fun Factor: 9/10
The fantastic frame design followed by the beautiful gold armour is just a pleasure to watch come together in your hands. There might be some frustration with a couple of areas on the kit but for me that likely came because I was working quite quickly in order to be done by a certain date (which also may have contributed to my ugly gatemarks on the wings). When you’re finished the Hyakushiki 2.0 it feels like you have earned a nice shiny prize.
Bandai gives you the parts you’ll need to add the Ballute System that comes on their Premium shop, which in a way is just marketing on their part and many people will never get to use it but Bandai still took the time and resources to get them included.
You’re given extra pilots and some ammo, though these too might not see any use.
And you’re given plenty of markings and dry transfers.
It feels like it’s been something a long time coming and while the timing of a new 2.0 might seem strange after seeing a 3.0 of a Master Grade kit a couple of years ago I’m glad to see Bandai did eventually give us an updated version. This kit feels much more than a 2.0 in that way. Fans of the Hyakushiki owe it to themselves to try it and any Gunplar who is intrigued by the gold should give it a go as well. Enjoy the end result once you’re finished. It’s beautiful.