When I saw this at last year’s Gunpla Expo the theme there was the future and they had exhibits showing very futuristic model technology, much of it so far out that it seemed Bandai was just playing around. However, one area featured a kit that looked both futuristic and yet something we could have very soon. What was called the Hi-Resolution Gundam Barbatos drew a big crowd and many people walked away somewhat awed by what they saw. If you didn’t see it at the time it looked like Bandai had crossed the Master Grade line with the Metal Build line of figures they have. What you have, similar to Kotobukiya’s FrameArms concept, was a fully working inner frame provided to you onto which you could, if you choose, place the armour. It looked gorgeous. The hype started. And then they released the price. 16,000 yen. That’s a lot of money. But if it is indeed a MG-Metal Build Hybrid then the price is understandable. Of course, no one can really judge that for themselves until they get the finished product in their hands. Well, now it’s here.
Introducing the 1/100 High-Resolution Model Gundam Barbatos by Bandai
Even the box looks Hi-Res!
Some things Bandai does right and I think packaging is one of them. The Real Grade packaging design was excellent and I love what I call the PG Package. How they design the boxes for Perfect Grade kits along with the construction manuals and such really makes you feel you are entering into special territory. The box for the Hi-Res Barbatos also gives me that feeling.
The box is highly reflective with a beautiful image of the kit. The gold text is even embossed.
The sides of the box:
After that nice presentation it’s time to open the box.
I’m guessing that little box on the right houses the frame of this bad boy.
You slide him out from the bottom or top.
Let’s check out some of these frame details.
You can see there are a lot of pistons/hydraulics in the upper body alone.
Looks like certain areas like the shoulder, knees, and feet have die-cast parts set in.
First runner out of the box is the biggest. It’s the H Runner. Looks like it has most of the weapon parts and extra hands.
I see a sticker.
In a Hi-Resolution kit?!
These have a pearl finish to them.
I also notice that where you use stickers on the HG and 1/100 versions of the Barbatos these parts have those areas cut away.
Same with the shoulders.
Grey and black armour parts.
The black parts are actually a gun-metal type of colour.
The grey parts look flat in comparison with the other armour parts.
Here are the smaller runners.
The B runner is a pink pearl type of finish. These look like the parts that will be used in place of the stickers I mentioned earlier.
This runner is silver on the underside so the pink effect is a clear sprayed on last.
Mekki runners, all listed as variations of the A runner.
Most parts are under-gated.
This applies to most the white pearl armour parts as well.
The G runners look to be for gimmicks perhaps for the backpack and weapon.
The manual is small at what looks to be B5 size.
Looks like one page per section. Here you can see Body and Head.
One page for each arm.
Likewise for the legs.
Waist and backpack.
Last page is the order form but, Holy Cow! Look at what it will cost to replace a frame section!
Back of manual hypes the model one last time.
This should be an interesting experience.