Thursday, April 5, 2012

1/100 Gundam Avalanche Exia Part 9

Tall but not that tall, heavy but not that heavy, very colorful

More images of the just completed 1/100 Gundam Avalanche Exia. ^^

Closeups on the details:

As mentioned in Part 1 long time ago, Gundam Avalanche Exia is a very special design in my opinion. Despite all the add-ons and changes made to the original Gundam Exia, the new form still strikes a nice balance between giving the Gundam new features and preserving a lot of its feel. While the shoulder and backpack attachments are pretty large in size, it's still pretty sleek-looking in front. With that, it's just as fierce-looking as the original Gundam Exia in my opinion, despite all the additional bulkiness. ^^

Looking at the completed kit, I keep on relating it to MG Shin Musha Gundam for some reason. ^^; Somewhat like Gundam Avalanche Exia, Shin Musha Gundam has bulky armors that emphasizes large shoulder plates, and various weapons mounted on its backpack. At the same time, you can also say that Shin Musha Gundam is the armored version of Gundam RX-78-2 Ver. Ka (which is arguably just as simple-looking as Gundam Exia) in an exotic oriental fashion. XD I suppose I'm relating the two based on these "distant" similarities (that sounds really oxymoronic ^^;). However, Shin Musha Gundam is extremely heavy-armored. The relatively lighter armored torso can still be described as sleek-looking, but its armor-clad shoulders, arms and legs are nowhere near the original Gundam RX-78-2 Ver. Ka anymore.

On the other hand, I suppose the original unit's design plays a major role in deciding how the upgraded form's look would be. Gundam Exia is intended to be a very slim and agile-looking Gundam in this new millennium, so it's perhaps just natural to maintain that feel on the Avalanche form. On that note, I couldn't relate the word slim to Gundam RX-78-2 Ver. Ka or the original Ver. Okawara (^^) at all, ^^; so I suppose that look was most likely never on the designer's mind when rolling out its upgraded forms like Full Armor Gundam, Perfect Gundam, Heavy Gundam and others.

Consistent color scheme plays a major role in establishing the connection between Gundam Avalanche Exia and its original form. Without any special new color used, it's very easy to accept all the add-ons as part of the Gundam.

Having said all that, from just the look itself, this kit is really awesome. ^^

Some action poses from 1/100 Gundam Avalanche Exia coming up next. ^^

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