Friday, March 16, 2012

HG 1/144 Sergei's Tieren Taozi Part 1

Tieren again

Jumping away from BB Senshi Sangokuden Kibutei Sousou Gundam, Joko Serpent and Sohi Gundam for a little while to work on another Gunpla I really like, which I also have absolute confidence that the painting and panel lining work would be a lot simpler than that bundled set. ^^

HG 1/144 Sergei's Tieren Taozi from "Gundam Double O" Season Two.

This isn't the first High Grade kit of Tieren in my experience. The Ground Type and Space Commander Type were completed quite some time ago, ^^ and since a lot of the components between the three releases like the eye, smooth-bore gun and carbon blade (which require some paint work) are all the same, the experience of working on the previous two Tieren kits is going to be mighty handy for this kit as well.

Instead of "Sergei's Tieren Taozi", its official name should be Tieren all Region Type. The earlier is a lot more memorable, since the only unit of this Tieren variation featured in the anime was piloted by Sergei Smirnov. ^^ I have the first version of Tieren Taozi in HG release as well - that pink Tieren. XD The announcement and release of this Sergei's version was totally unforeseen really. Despite the differences in terms of mechanical specs (which won't really matter on the model kit anyway), it's the exact same pink Tieren, ^^ only repainted in bluish purple scheme. A new GN Beam Rifle is also included at no extra cost. Even though I have the first Tieren Taozi already, I really like this version as well. ^^ Just like the swift announcement and release of this kit, I didn't hesitate grabbing it the moment it was available in the market. ^^

The box art depicts Sergei's Tieren in action shooting down the falling pieces of the space elevator in Episode 17 of "Gundam Double O" Season Two. It's neat that Marie/Soma's unit GN Archer is also been put in the picture.

Introduction of the kit on the sides of box.

Promo for Gundam 30th Anniversary with a display of all HGUC releases from the original Gundam anime. ^^


One special prize bundled with this kit: a foldable card deco for table or cabinet shelves.
Not too special really. ^^;

Action pose from a completed kit on the manual matches the box art illustration. ^^

Front page and centerfold of the manual.

All runners.

A look at the runners' design:

Runner A - Contains mainly body and arm parts that are generic to all the previous releases of Tieren and its variations.

Very obvious runner separation hints that indicate the inclusion/omission of certain parts from this runner. ^^

Runner B - Another set of parts for various joints that are generic to all the previous releases of Tieren and its variations, with a few new parts put in.

(Left) Radiator fins for the smooth-bore gun that can be seen on the Space Commander Type.
(Right) New feet and eye parts.

Runner D - A multi-color runner unique to Tieren Taozi. Contains parts mainly for the legs.

The only changes made to this runner as compared to the same one in HG 1/144 Tieren Taozi is color change for certain parts from pink and dark purple to dark blue and light purple respectively. ^^

Runner E - Contains parts mainly for the shoulder shields and upper arms.

Runner F - An ABS runner that contain joint parts for the shoulder shields.

Runner I - Contains all the parts for the GN Beam Rifle.

Paint work will be required for the beam saber part as it's molded in the same color as the beam rifle's body.
No complain from me about this since the weapon is included without any increase in price.

Polycap set and foil stickers.

All the parts are separated from their runners.

Two unnecessary thigh parts from Runner A.

Will start working on this kit with the next posting. ^^

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