Sunday, November 21, 2010

1/100 Legend Gundam Part 12 [Final]

Friend and foe

Last posting on the review of 1/100 Legend Gundam features his friend and arch-rival. ^^

I think it's pretty amazing to see that, when displayed with MG Destiny Gundam and Strike Freedom Gundam, Legend Gundam doesn't look out of place at all, even though it's not of the Master Grade series. While the articulation is pretty basic and "consistent" with the standard of the 1/100 scale series, the details are unbelievably elaborate. The proportion of the completed model is much more accurate and good-looking as well.

In my opinion, Legend Gundam is one of last five kits from 1/100 Gundam SEED Destiny series that is very distinctive in terms of design and proportion. The other four being Infinite Justice Gundam, Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu, Savior Gundam and Akatsuki Gundam Oowashi & Shiranui Pack. The differences are so obvious that it seemed to me as if Bandai just took a giant leap between the design of Strike Freedom Gundam and Infinite Justice Gundam. ^^; The earlier looks so much like an enlarged version of the HG 1/144 scale equivalence. If you display the two models side-by-side, I imagine a huge sweat drop appearing on your forehead. ^^;

Not that I'm complaining the releases before Infinite Justice Gundam are bad, I'm just noting the differences in terms of design within the series starting with that kit.

It's also important to note that there was a nine-month gap between the release of the two models, so there might had been some serious discussion on the design table that went on regarding how the 1/100 scale series should go about after Strike Freedom Gundam, at least that's my speculation. ^^

Anyway, I like the details on 1/100 Legend Gundam very much. The details on the backpack are great. Quite a lot of parts need to be painted, especially the beam rifle if you want to keep to the original color scheme. Articulation is just average, and action poses seem to be good only on display stand. Quite a few things to take into consideration if you want to have to kit. ^^;

All reviews on 1/100 Legend Gundam:
Part 1: Large parts for the win, ... or maybe not?
Part 2: Restoring the intended firepower
Part 3: Hand painting is the way to go
Part 4: Sudden change of mood
Part 5: Great details on the turtle shell
Part 6: Troublesome little part
Part 7: Foil sticker and Gundam Marker combo
Part 8: Excellent part separation
Part 9: The vent-less fierceness
Part 10: Not for ground combat
Part 11: Distinctively Legend Gundam
Part 12 [Final]: Friend and foe

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1/100 Legend Gundam


Anonymous said...

haha...the designs for infinite justice, savior, akatsuki and legend look different and better than the release before them all thanks to BEE-craft =D

Marzz said...

The Destiny and SF are MG right? They look so less detailed as compared to the NG Legend.. LOL

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

These are well made kits from Gundam Seed Destiny and seems like you have lotz of fun posing them. Truly remarkable.

Q said...

Interesting to see NG 1/100 Legend posing next to MG Destiny and Strike Freedom and it doesn't look out of place because of its details! Are all the 5 gunpla you've mentioned designed by BEE-Craft and the ones prior to that not designed by them? I wonder whether that's what made the differences. It looks like that Legend has even more details than the said gunpla, well at least more than Saviour and Infinite has I have them (or rather I built them for my sister ^^;), but overall I'd say that NG do start to look much better from then onwards - the NG 1/100 00 series had a good amount of details on them too I'd say, and heck some like Exia even had something close to an inner frame too!