Having already assembled the Barbatos and Gusion/Rebake in Bandai’s new 1/100 line I feel I have a good idea what to expect with the 1/100 Kimaris (with Booster!) The question is, will it be more similar to the Barbatos or the Gusion?
Well, I see the frame is designated as IBO Gundam Frame 1. This is the frame used in the Barbatos and not the sturdier one found in the Gusion/Rebake. Will it be strong enough to hold the Kimaris rather large armour parts? Time will tell.
Considering that we are using the same frame runner it’s not surprise that construction starts off the same way.
This new frame runner is moulded in purple for the Kimaris but someone forgot to tell the guy in charge of poly-caps for this kit. The poly-cap that goes on the back of the neck is the normal gray colour.
This is a new runner, though.
There are, in fact, two of these.
Just for the Kimaris.
Having said that, the only piece I need from the new Kimaris runner right now is the small lever type piece at the top.
Where the Barbatos has gold stickers the Kimaris has silver.
Here are the head frame parts. Very distinctive.
Most of the purple armour pieces come on the F runners but you only need one small piece, the mouthguard, for now.
Not long afterwards…
These IBO frames are even goofier looking than normal Gundam frames.
When you assemble the skirt both the front and rear parts (shown here in the middle) are new.
Guess I won’t be needing these, then.
Except for the little heel pieces the frame parts are from the IBO Frame 1 runner.
And even though you get monstrous feet parts ala the Barbatos, you use these new parts from the B runners instead.
More silver stickers.
Nice articulation in the legs though much of that may go away once the armour is on. I find with those stubby toes these legs would tip forward when bent fully.
Here’s my naked Kimaris.
Let’s see if that work, naked, gets me some more hits…