The Real Grade line takes another step in a different direction. After making an RG kit of the Sinanju Bandai turned their attention to Build Fighters and we now have our very own RG GAT-X105B / FP Build Strike Gundam Full Package. While I may not be as much a fan of BF as I am of Unicorn I’m a RG fan above all so let’s see what this new kit has for me and others like me (and others).
Overall Look: 8/10
I left off the Build Booster for these pictures because I wanted to show the back of the Build Strike.
And an interesting aspect which is the connection back there. It’s the same as in the Aile Strike RG kit.
That looks pretty cool.
I do prefer the look of the Aile Striker Pack over that of the Build Booster but they are completely different machines with different functions.
Here’s the Build Booster when it’s not attached to the back of the Build Strike Gundam.
I also prefer the look of the Build Strike without that the Build Booster attached.
It allows you to focus on certain areas like the shoulders.
Small foil stickers are used in here but you need to look closely from certain angles to see them well.
In terms of looks as it pertains to overall proportions the Build Strike Gundam fits with the other kits in the Real Grade line
I like the added red to the shoulders and side skirts and the inclusion of transparent parts, most noticeably on the knees, provides a much different look to the Aile Strike RG kit even though colour separation in the white tones is almost identical.
With the Build Booster attached, however, it is dominated by blue which I’m not necessarily a fan of.
If we had seen colour separation in the blue of the Build Strike I think it would have a much better effect.
You’re given several weapons here but they seem to revolve around the Beam Gun, that small pistol like looking weapon. Into that you can slide the separate barrel making a longer weapon.
That looks pretty sleek but I want to see that other Beam weapon and for that I need the handle from this one.
That large barrel will slide over the much smaller handle. Interestingly when you slide these attachments onto the handle a slide inside pushes backwards extending out the back.
This gun is so big it requires use of a second handle. When it comes time to grip it you slide it forward and out.
Beam Saber handles mount on the side skirts when not in use.
And you’ve got that very colourful Chobham Shield.
While completely new it uses the RG Frame connection like the early RG kits.
Lock and load!
I’ll be showing what he can do when the Build Booster is not on his back as he is terribly back heavy when that thing is in place. You do have some decent articulation but we already know that having experience with the Aile Strike RG.
Those shoulders may be much larger than the Aile’s but the movement in the joint handles that quite well.
The knee also bends well with the armour separating in section as the knee bends.
The ankle armour doesn’t get in the way at all thanks to the extender frame part inside.
Yes, that extender does make this guy taller than his Aile brother.
Even the frame parts on the underside of the side skirt which caused them to splay out to the side don’t seem to hinder movement in that area.
Strike a pose!
Having said all that if you put the Booster on you won’t be able to do much of what I’ve just described. You’ll need a base.
Build Design: 9/10
This kit is based on the Aile Strike which is a fairly solid kit for being one of the earlier Real Grades but of course there is a lot new here and it’s the new stuff that we put turn our attention to and where we notice some possible problems.
I’ll start with the Build Booster and show the transformation you’ll need to do to put it on the back of your Build Strike.
A cool aspect of this is the landing gear provided so it can be displayed in this form without the need for a stand.
This isn’t an add-on piece but instead is part of the construction of the Build Booster. You’ll need to tuck that in to start the transformation.
Swing those long weapons forward.
It’s here an issue arises. The connection between the long blue and frame parts is quite shallow and the joint is a ball joint which can twist in directions other than forward and back. If it tilts one way it appears to start separating the blue and frame parts leading to the potential of it falling apart.
This consistently happened as I was playing with the Build Booster.
Continuing on, slide the whole wing section forward on its frame piece.
This exposes a foil you put in there during assembly.
Swing the wing sections so they are vertical.
YOu can then reposition the wings so the smaller inside wing is fully visible.
Tilt the nose down and expose the connection to the back of the Build Strike.
That’s a lot of blue.
Another issue I encountered when posing this kit is the foot coming off the extender frame piece.
I pushed it back in and had it come off once more since then.
I had one more issue which I can’t determine is a fault of the kit or something I did wrong but I’m having trouble with the rifle. Bandai supplies moulded hands for gripping the rifle. I place the tab on the handle of the rifle into the hand and then.
Are you seeing what I’m seeing? The handle covers part of the hollow that will take the tab on the other part of the gripping hand. That means I can’t close this hand around the handle.
I guess I’ll have to use one of the old school hands.
That looks fine but has trouble due to the weight at the end of the gun.
There will be sag.
You can swing the weapons on the Build Booster forward (but be mindful of the part separation) and pop out the handles and go all Strike Freedom.
I like SF’s version better.
Fun Factor: 7/10
Having built the RG Aile Strike (twice) and the Strike Rouge I feared that this would be more of the same. And a lot of it is. However, there is enough new stuff here to keep your interest and if you’ve never built the Aile Strike then this kit may kickstart your curiosity and have you looking in that direction. It’s up to you to determine which is more enjoyable.
Any time there is a pilot figure in your 1/144 RG kit you can’t help but marvel at just how tiny it is and the Build Strike’s figure, being a young lad, is even smaller.
You can see you’re given the stand adaptor and an extra hand. Actually, you’re given two extra hands as Bandai has provided a closed-fist hand for each arm.
Yup, that’s right. You don’t need to use those molded hands that come on the arm frame on the RG B runner.
Even the Sinanju made you use those! And they were the wrong size! (Rrrr)
But you’re only provided with the grip hand for the right side so even if you wanted to wield that weapon in the left hand you couldn’t do it. But you’re given the armour piece anyway.
As always you’re given a huge set of markings.
And you’ve got an assortment of parts that belong to the Aile that didn’t find their way onto the Build Strike.
I shall enjoy using these in assorted projects.
The Build Strike Gundam Full Package is a nice addition to the Real Grade line but not one I was blown away by. I’ve still got all those markings, and likely panel lines, to do but there are other kits I’ll be working on before that time comes. He belongs to the Real Grade Complete Project now.