I feel a little foolish because I’ve done this once before. Way back in 2012 I wrote about how I thought the at-that-time-just-announced MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka had the chance to be the best kit ever.
And then Bandai released it with poly-caps for joints. And a Fin Funnel flex problem.
Yes, maybe I felt like I cried wolf or, more correctly, cried greatest-gundam-evar a bit there. I’m not ready to declare the 1/100 MG High Mobility Type Psycho Zaku Ver.Ka (GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT ver.) the greatest MG ever, maybe because I’m not ready to recite that entire name off the top of my head, but I do think it is worth talking about considering how much the FA Gundam Ver. Ka Thunderbolt kit wowed me and how much I love the Zaku 2.0 kits.
The first thing that most people are talking about when this kit is mentioned is just the sheer size of it.
The HG version of this kit is one of those big box HG kits which means its box is roughly the size of a small MG kit but the MG version of the box is going to be bigger than the MG Sazabi Ver Ka‘s box! The length and width is actually the same but the depth is an extra 1.5 centimetres. I am sure a lot of that space is taken up by that giant tank on the back.
That is huge. Some would say too huge. I would be one of those people except that I see Bandai will give us the stand(s), yes plural!, to support it.
This looks pretty amazing without the Zaku and I am waiting to see how many Gunplars are going to mount that onto other Mobile Suits. Due to the weight there will also be a little stand to hold up the rear similar to the MG Full Armour Unicorn.
The FA Gundam Thunderbolt MG came with quite a few gimmicks and some are appearing here as well such as the claws on the feet and the arms on the backpack.
It will be interesting to see how these arms are stored in the backpack. They look bigger than those on the FA.
And like the FA we are going to get the Frame Covers which will be found on the elbow and knees, and likely ankles, abut as you can see in the release images they are also used for the Zaku piping on the head, torso, and sides of the legs.
Bandai also points out that the hatches and doors in the torso will all open.
This looks like a step up from the 2.0 frame so it will be interesting to see how they design it.
[Edit: The next paragraph I meant to include yet forgot when I published the post. I’m adding it now as I feel I really wanted to discuss it.]
Just like the FA and the other recent Ver Ka MGs going back over the last couple of years the Psycho Zaku will come with waterslide decals. And you know what… I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Sacrilege! Hear me out. Most Master Grades going back near the beginning and up to the past few years all came with stickers. Bandai would occasionally also release a Gundam Decal set for particular MGs for those who didn’t want to use the stickers. In the beginning the sticker quality was so poor that Water-slides were the way to go. However, after the release of the RG line the stickers became much better to use and gave a better appearance. One of the reasons I love the RG line is how it looks with the markings on. There may be builders out there who do not wish to use water-slides do to lack of confidence, time, etc. For those people stickers probably worked fine. Now, by eliminating the stickers and only including water-slides, Bandai runs the risk of alienating a small group of people who always built MG kits but now hesitate to do so with the new Ver. Ka kits. The MG Hi Nu Gundam Ver. Ka comes to mind. Those decals aren’t exactly easy to put on. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t finished that particular kit. I haven’t found myself with the kind of time I need to get it done. For big release kits such as the recent Ver. Ka Master Grades, why not give us both stickers and water-slides and let everyone join in the fun.
I’m sure there will be more going on with the kit than we know currently and I’m excited to see just how this all goes together. But there is one question I keep asking myself; the 1/100 MG High Mobility Type Psycho Zaku Ver.Ka (GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT ver.). Is it too much?
What does everyone think?