For those who may not have known, and let’s face it if you don’t live in Japan there is a high possibility you wouldn’t have heard about it, there was an exhibition at the Ueno Mori Museum featuring artworks by mecha designer Kunio Okawara. If you want to see more about it, though the event finished last month, you can check out this link. I guess it’s not a surprise to regular readers of this blog that I did in fact go. It was quite impressive. Okawara-san has done some of the illustrations for many of the classic Gundam but has also been involved with a huge amount of non-Gundam themes. I wish I could show them all to you but I can’t. Photography was strictly prohibited. But, I can’t lie, the reason I went was to get my hands on the event exclusive MG Strike Freedom Okawara Version. The event was the only place where this kit would be sold, which makes it one of the more limited kits among Bandai’s large collection of limited kits. I suppose the closest equivalent would be the MG Strike Freedom Gundam Full Burst Mode kit.
There’s his artwork and the kit is molded in those colours and has the included markings so you can make that version.
It also came with these.
These are actually meant to replace replace the Dragoons on the wings.
I wanted to build it immediately but life kind of interfered with that. From mid-September on I could only build in small sessions when someone was asleep.
Eventually I got it done and eventually I got it into the studio for pictures.
Let’s just say, a big amount of the time spent on this kit was spent putting on the exclusive marking stickers.
There are some that are difficult to line up and others that curve around certain corners of the armour.
And some that are hard to notice from some angles.
The longest one goes here.
Interestingly, you may not always be able to see that one. For this kit you can (and really should) remove the dragoons and put in the cool effect parts.
Your given this cool stand as well.
Let’s see if I can recreate the pose from the instructions.