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So what do I do?

I’ve built the biggest MG kit ever. Or, if I’m being dramatic, ‘EVA!!’

The Plan 303E Deep Striker (Gundam Sentinel)

And now I’m going to review it using categories I use for all other kits I review. But this kit is nothing like those other MG kits. How do I honestly rank it?

Here is how.

Overall Look: ?/10




I still don’t know what I’m looking at. Is it a fighting robot or a mobile weapon platform? I’m leaning towards the latter. It sure looks crazy, though.

Areas I like are things I look at in isolation rather than when I’m taking the whole thing in.

He’s quite wide but doesn’t appear so due to that weapon on his shoulder.

There are a lot of panel lines and details that are viewable throughout the kit.

And I do like the head I chose.

Sometimes those V fins tend to swing in even though I don’t recall having touched the head in some time.

Wait, one of the little antennae is bent.

Someone’s been touching my Deep Striker! Surely you could have chosen a different part of the kit to touch? I guess whoever it was liked the head too.

The shoelace? Still not sure about it.


Baby’s got back!

Colors: ?/10

This this is massive but there isn’t really a lot of colour other than white and frame Gray. Yes, the body is red but all that is located right in the torso and doesn’t go much beyond that. At least some other colours were added to good effect.

For instance, the mekki plated silver parts.

This definitely helps to break up and highlight the length of the Mega Particle Cannon barrel as well as featuring in other areas in the cannon’s body.

But this?

Ewww!

And I do think we could have used a second frame colour. As it stands now, there is just so much dark especially at the bottom of the kit. Depending on angle it’s tough to differentiate between the kit’s bottom and the Display Base.

Weapons: ?/10

He’s got the aforementioned, 56 centimetre, Mega Particle Cannon, which does look pretty great. I found a hollow on the underside of it to allow it to fit over the giant shoulder of the Deep Striker.

There is a second weapon, the Beam Smartgun, which doesn’t look that great at all. This is originally a weapon from the S Gundam kit and it looks like it.

It is long. Surprise.

You’ll need to attach it to the body of the Deep Striker in order to support it because the hand won’t be able to do it on its own.

Like the rest of this kit, I don’t see myself moving this rifle much.

Articulation: ?/10

This is one category where I originally pondered writing anything at all.

Does this kit even need to have articulation? It’s not going to do any hand to hand combat.
It’s basically a Death Star. Point it at the target and fire when ready.

There is articulation but it’s very minimal. The head can move sufficiently side to side as shown in the image above.

Some of those pistons do move (more on that later) and you’ll even find some movement in the giant Boosters on its back.


I guess technically the fuel tanks in the middle of the backpack are moveable. They are plugged into a moving poly-cap after all. Alas, due to their weight they will naturally just sit low.

I could hold them up with my hand.

But once I let go they didn’t even try to stay up. No resistance to the weight at all. Instead, they just immediately dropped.

Do this enough and I wonder if they’ll come off altogether.

The ‘tail’ does wag up and down but I don’t know if you’ll be moving it much.

I guess you could count the turning of the little fins on the bottom of the boosters as articulation.

It does have arms, complete with elbows, so there is some articulation there, though the giant crab hand extends far behind the arm and will bump against the Striker’s body should you try to turn the hand outwards.



Build Design: ?/10

This is where I get to tell you all about the gimmicks! That’s them in the pic above. All three of them.

First you have this one.

Yes, those landing gears on the nose move.

Well, you can tilt them up.

I wouldn’t tilt them down because the piston isn’t very long and will just slide out completely from the red part. They do move independently.

Yay.

Then there’s this one.



Yay.

And lastly, and I emphasize that, there’s this.



Yippee.

I did think that due to the way these shoulders went together I may be able to swing the outsides upwards together or independently.

Not really.

And what seems really strange, the torso design is clearly meant to have the collar/head drop down into the torso similar to what we see in most Zeta transforming kits. Yet, you can’t/don’t need to do that on the Deep Striker. It really drives the point home that you’re building a mish mash of kits. (See below)

Fun Factor: ?/10

So where is the enjoyment in this kit found? I think the obvious answer is in its sheer size. It is pretty cool to be able to say you’ve assembled the Deep Striker, but the actual assembly might not be too enjoyable for some considering this kit is mostly a design that came out in 2002 with another, bigger version coming in 2003. All the new stuff is huge parts that look pretty great but don’t do anything. It’s impressive size-wise but not so much design wise. You did know you were in for something big when you put the display base together and had to add extra supports.

With supports for the large tanks.

Extras: ?/10

There are the marking stickers. I do like the large ones for the shoulder. I do think that looks pretty good. And that’s it.

But you do end up with…

So many unused parts.

I’m not going to go through them all but I’ll show the runner list from the first page of the instruction manual. Feel free to count the X’s.

That poor H runner

And he’s not alone.

I guess if you like collecting spare poly-caps for use in other kits the Deep Striker will set you up for some time.

So not only do I have a kit that can’t fit back into its box without some major disassembly, I have extra parts that require a sizeable box on their own.

You do have extra parts should you want to make the other version of the head. …somewhere in that box…

I can’t help but think Bandai could have crimped off some runners and not wasted so much plastic. Would doing so make the Deep Striker affordable to more people?

At the end of this whole project I am struck with just how different this thing is from any MG I’ve assembled before. You can’t play with it as you would with any other MG, perhaps Zeong aside, and so it is meant to sit and look impressive. And I guess it is impressive. Impressive in the sheer size and number of parts but not on how it looks and what it can do. It’s nice to have the experience of building this but to be perfectly honest, I’d take almost any MG kit over this one and, if I was considering price, any PG kit as well.

I actually don’t know if I am going to be able to keep this kit given the space needed for it. If I could pack it up neatly then I could store it. If it was fun to play with, I could justify having it out. As it is now, I may have to look for a home for it, and I don’t know if I’ll miss it if it’s not taking up all that space near my bed.

I’ll still have the pictures and the WIP to remind me of that time I tackled the biggest MG ever.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Frankon says:

    Both top antenas are bend…
    Oh and you forgot about the BST P-Bandai verison that came out like year or two ago.. Basically fortelling the Deep Striker.

  2. DraconicDak says:

    And thus we come to the core of it: For all its size, for all its cost, for all its screaming fans… is the Deep Striker worth it?

    I understand why you left the actual grades as question marks, but I think the evidence shows that it emphatically is not. It reuses a 16-year-old mold already infamous for being a brick, and removes what little useful articulation it had in exchange for massive, monochrome pieces that clamshell together into big blocky architecture with little distinction.

    In light of how much of the sprues you have left over in the end (which people other than customizers will simply toss into the garbage), the price is even more appalling. At 20000 yen you’re paying twice as much per sprue as you would most other kits, and a ridiculous amount of that plastic doesn’t even get used. There is no reason that the plastic couldn’t have been conserved and the retail cost of the kit couldn’t have been below 12000 yen.

  3. Trysh Paul says:

    Giving Deep Striker a score of giant question marks is somewhat accurate…I think.

    So…record break? Yay?

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