Origin HG kits are one of a group that I actually go out of my way to build which can’t be said for a lot of other HG series. So far they have been pretty great but they’ve also been predominantly Zeon suits. Now I get an EFF one. The HG Gundam The Origin MSD Local Type. What can we expect with this one?
Overall Look: 7/10
Yes, I should have posed the head a little better but that wouldn’t have been enough to give this kit a higher score. On the one hand I can understand that this MS is supposed to look rather simple being from the Origin timeline but even so it does look a little too plain for my liking. That’s not to say there are areas I don’t like. I do like the simplistic backpack.
And there are decent panel lines, for example, on the legs.
Maybe I’be been spoiled in the looks department with all those fantastic looking Zeon kits.
I actually like this shade of blue and feel it goes great with the white while being different enough from the standard Gundam blue to set this kit apart. After the blue though, aside from a spattering of yellow, all that’s left is white. Thank goodness for all those marking stickers.
The addition of a clear red piece for the visor does add a nice effect to the eyes when viewed from a certain angle.
A machine gun and a shield (along with two beam sabres) make up this simple guy’s simple arsenal. Both of which aren’t entirely simple but have some surprises. The machine gun has the flippable stock which is more for looks than function I’m thinking.
But the shield.
Oh my. It can.. um.. stand up. Part of the frame on the underside flips over allowing it to stand up.
I really like how the beam sabres can mount on the arm of the Gundam.
It’s quite unique and I’m not sure I’ve seen it before. However, I don’t really like how they have to come off in order to get the shield on.
Taking the handles off of the pegs frees up the pegs to hold the shield while the saber handles are then placed on the underside of the shield.
But how does this work in reality? (Yes, I am aware I used the term reality when writing a blog about sci-fi.) Thinking about it as if I were the Gundam…
(If I were a Gundam, I’d definitely be a Local Type. I don’t dream big.)
… I would need to reach across with my right arm and grab both handles in my right hand leaving my left hand to try to mount the shield onto my left arm? Or, I would reach across with my right arms and grab the handles and place them on the underside of the shield, probably with the shield lying face down on the ground, then once the handles were on pick it up and mount it on my left arm. This is workable but too slow. Is this how it’s done? Why am I still thinking about this?
You’re looking at its max range here. The legs can’t spread too far apart because the side skirts inhibit that movement. The ankles, despite not having a separate ankle armour assembly, have a pretty good amount of movement all things considered.
The arm motion upwards is blocked by the shoulders.
It does however, feature a design that allows some motion forward and back, side-to-side in the torso.
There is articulation to be found here, but not much.
Build Design: 8/10
This kit assemblies more like the Revive RX-78-2 than the Origin Zeon kits but perhaps that is down to limitations on what you can do for this style of MS. The design is solid but not as interesting as the preceding Origin HGs.
Well, I’ve mentioned the shield. That is pretty cool. I can mention the thrusters move as well.
I’m not really complaining about the lack of ankle armour assembly (this is the second time I’ve mentioned it, though) but I do find it looks unsightly.
Maybe I’m nit-picking here.
Fun Factor: 7/10
For me, the most enjoyable part of the build was putting on the stickers. I guess that is because the build didn’t feel new or fresh. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy any part of the build process but I also wasn’t riveted throughout. I wanted to build it mostly because it was an Origin kit not so much that it was a design that appealed to me.
That large sheet of markings is the big extra with this kit. Had it not contained those the build time would have halved and it would look a lot less interesting in my opinion. You’re given one extra hand which is the trigger finger hand but not even another open palm hand for the other side. I doubt in the anime that this kit had a lot of features that never made it into the kit but some more extras would have perhaps justified the higher price point this kit has over the Zeon kits.
It is a perfectly fine HG kit but not a good Origin HG kit, if that makes sense. As such it’s tough to see just exactly this kit is.