This is no Gundam, boy. No Gundam…
Apparently there has been a slight ruckus in the gunplasphere lately about some Chinese-made Hi-Nu “Gundoom” Gunpla knock-off that is garnering praises unanimously from people here and there. Chinese knock-offs? praises? LOLWUT?! So I had to see for myself what the fuss was about. Instead of waiting around for someone to review it in detail in English, I took it upon myself to see for myself what the rage is all about and to show you all as well (when I get to it that is…). So basically, I bought this kit:
1. Out of sheer curiosity
2. For the lulz
This kit shipped from China in much better packing than I anticipated; instead of one layer of green wrapping paper, the model box itself was just wrapped in one layer of bubble wrap and was shipped as is. Seriously, that’s a big improvement compared to the other few times I ordered something from someone in China/HK. Still, you can see the box suffered from some dings and dents… naturally. It came within 1 week so I was fine.
For a “1/144”, the box is very much MG-sized.
The box is not your traditional Gunpla box as you can see. It’s actually a box inside a box.
And inside the cover of the inner box contains the “Wings of light” for the Hi-Strike-Nu-Freedom, beams for the custom-designed sword, and waterslide (!!!) decals.
Them wings are huge. I kid you not. Look at it compared with the MG Destiny’s wings. 1/144 vs. 1/100…
Even though it looks metallic, it is still translucent. And yes, it changes color depending on which way it bends the light. Okay, I gotta admit… It looks really cool. From the pictures online, I thought it was like paper flimsy but it feels surprisingly solid.
This “Gundoom” actually has one original design: a Super Robot-esque double beam sword. The biggest blade is actually the same length as the beam from the MG Arondight! AND it is BLUE!
This is probably the part that most of you in the know are concerned/curious/interested about- the PLASTIC QUALITY. Here’s th crackdown:
1. Perspective 1: Yes, it is NOT on par with Bandai quality. BUT! Very close. If Bandai is 100%, this is 90-95%. That means while this is not top standard, it is still “high quality”… at least according to me. As far as I can tell for now, I see nothing “wrong” or complain about as far as the plastic goes.
2. I spot no plastic flash (leaked excess plastic on the edges) at all.
3. The parts are rich in details (panel lines, bolts, etc).
4. Perspective 2: The plastic quality here can give Kotobukiya the finger. Coming from my experience with Kotobukiya’s SRW kits (R-1, R-Gun, Cybaster, Alt Eisen Riese, and Thrudgelmir), I think they have the worst plastic quality. This is WAY BETTER… by far! If you can be happy with Koto’s kit, you won’t complain about this.
5. Of course, the quality of the plastic has nothing to do with parts fitment. Sadly, I won’t be able to test this until I can get around to building this.
6. I was thinking this could very well have been an MG kit but looking at the color separation, it is very much a HG kit in this regard; many parts require some painting. I would peg this on the same level as 2008-current line of HG models.
That’s one humongous sheet of foil stickers (it’s almost the size of one runner). The waterslide looks to be quality stuff though.
The manual feels nice and glossy.
For those who cares, I took photos of all the English text (click photo to enlarge) that talks about this Gundoom’s history, technology, and whatnot. I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet but one thing caught my eyes- THE SOUL CLEAVER SYSTEM. It’s official… this thing is a super robot. hahah!
Yes. This is not a real Gundam model. Yes. This is Chinese made. Yes. This is not official Bandai product. Is it “bootleg”? That depends on how you interpret the meaning but I won’t go into that. Not with this post at least since it is becoming quite lengthy. After rummaging through the parts, my initial impression of “let’s build it for the lulz” has turned into something along the lines of “hmm… might have some potential for some guilty pleasure”. We’ll see.
I still owe you a MG ReZel review but unfortunately, it is stuck in review/photography hell at the moment since I have no time whatsoever at the moment. Tied down by the usual college obligations…