I’ve been looking forward to taking out this GFF for over a year but haven’t been able to get around to it until now. The X-3 is my favorite among the three Crossbones partly due to the Muramasa Blaster and head design… the rest of its body is almost identical to the previous two. I wonder what took Bandai so long to release this GFF; X-1/2 are #0016 while X-3 is #0031.
Out of the Box
Like the previous Crossbone Gundams, the X-3 also comes with its own stash of weapons and accessories that becomes a waste when all is said and done ^^;. Replacing the shot lancer and cloth cloak found in the GFF X-1 and X-2 are the Muramasa Blaster, a hook shield, screw whip, the Peacock Smasher and the parts for the X-1 Full Cloth (“Kai Kai”) conversion. Everything else is the same (like the multiple pairs of hands and other bits one probably don’t need to care about).
The paint job on this GFF is just gorgeous eye-candy. It can just stand there and I’ll be able to stare at it for a long long time without being bored. It’s that good looking. The white is also more pure unlike the “dirty white” on the X-1 which constrasts nicely with the light blue. My only nitpick is that there’s a bit of imperfection on the skull chest.
A minor difference in the X-3’s head design from the other two is that this time you replace the face instead of the whole head. Not sure if this is easier or not since the face sits just snug in the helmet but the neck is tight inside the body so you’ll have to take two steps to remove the head. The nice part about this is that you can actually adjust the helmet so you can see the Gundam’s eyes.
The GFF line-up was never made with articulation in mind and so the best one can do is make the Gundam hold its weapon and look good standing with it… and it sure does. GFF are made to look good just standing straight. I don’t know how nor can I explain it but something about the proportions I guess… Might have to ask Katoki about it ^^;. The figure also looks too elegant for any hard dynamic poses so I had to pose with what looks natural to it…
Was trying to get the lighting to accommodate the X-3’s “soft” poses ^^;. I was aiming for somewhere along an “ambient” feel to the poses.
I reallly didn’t care that the cloth cloak wasn’t included because that thing just looks plain silly. The plastic ABC cloak is more than good enough with incredible detetails like bullet holes and a net of caution markings inside. Notice how the X-3 is taller than the X-1…
Crossbone Gundam X-1 Full Cloth
I thought it was funny that the box says “Crossbone Gundam X-1 kai Kai”. A full upper body, two helmets, rear skirts, side skirts, and the Full Cloth mantle parts make up the conversion for the X-1 Kai.
Noticed the off-white on the original X-1?
^ Swapped X-1 Kai’s lower body with the original X-1 and now there’s a bad combination of pure white and off-white ^^;. That won’t matter later since it’ll be covered by the Full Cloth parts.
One common problem in GFFs are… the more stuff you add on, the easier it becomes unstable and parts not fitting in right. I fear for my Deep Striker in this respect. The Full Cloth mantle was simple at first until I tried to get it in snug on the shoulders (as in… get it on without it popping off). The collar parts just rest on top and can also easily pop off. After getting everything set in, I really couldn’t do much with it except let it stand there. Its articulation is restricted in the same way as the ABC cloak. I would’ve loved some action poses with the Full Cloth on… oh well, guess I’ll wait until I build the MG model then :D.
Out of the three Crossbone GFFs, the X-3 definitely has the most going for it. Rather than simply being a recolor of X-1 and X-2, the X-3 is a bit more unique in its design and armaments. You also get to convert it back to the X-1 Kai or X-1 Full Cloth if you get bored so if you can only choose one, the X-3 is the way to go. I also find the X-3 more attractive than the other two as well.