Bought this model back in 2005 after hearing all the praises it received from others about how well it poses. The 1/100 Strike Freedom was terribly disgusting to a majority of people but most agreed that the 1/100 Destiny looked pretty damn good. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to pick up the limited edition version that comes with the display base and waist parts.
With 13 runners out of the box, I thought that was an impressive amount for a normal 1/100. This is good because that means only the littlest of details are missing and are covered up by foil stickers. Everything else is pretty much accurately colored.
Since the Destiny Gundam’s body design is so simple and lacks any gimmick, it was extremely easy to put together and there should be absolutely no confusion whatsoever assembling it. Just snap and go. Really nothing noteworthy about this part. I also didn’t bother to build the shield since I was not going to use it.
The only thing I did was color in the “scars” below the eyes… with a toothpick.
Heavy nub marks galore…
At the time, this model looks REALLY good. The proportions aren’t Katoki but it is accurate and easy on the eyes unlike the 1/100 Strike Freedom (ugh).
Coloring in the scar took some time and precision but that little detail made the model look all the more better.
THIS is SILLY. The Destiny comes with two pairs of fixed hands- one to hold weapons and the Palma Fiocina. They are connected to the wrist through a smaller-than-usual ball and PC socket (this is bad). The “fist” one can’t hold onto the rifle properly because the back of the rifle obstructs the forearm. Way to go, Bandai.
This model poses on par or better than many of the MGs at the time. I’ll give it that. It has quite a wide range of motion and flexibility. The bad part is that since it doesn’t have any internal structures supporting its articulation, the joints become weak… very fast. After playing with it for awhile, Destiny can’t singlehandedly hold its Arondight and its legs will need to be far apart to hold a dynamic pose. Nowhere as bad as the 1/100 Avalanche Exia though.
The 1/100 Destiny is a great model but who would get this thing now when there are two MG versions to choose from? ^^; This model’s existence will also be moot for me whenever I get around to building my MG Destiny EB since I only have room for one Destiny. Of course… this review can serve as a comparison to the MG version later on.