The final form of the original Gundam Astray Gold Frame… What an awesome looking Gundam it was when it came out and it still is. I recalled many people wanting Bandai to make a 1/100 Gold Frame Amatsu long before the actual model came out and here it is!
Besides the gold plating, another nice thing to take note of are the gloss black runners. The gloss black pieces run very well with the gold pieces and you can already tell that it’s going to be an attractive display… until you see that you have to slap on huge amounts of foil stickers to get the right detail on the gloss black pieces. Most of them are red and you stick them on the head, shoulders, wings… basically any red you see on the black pieces are mostly foil stickers. Lame. Though from far away, you probably won’t be able to tell if you can apply them on smoothly. The head has the most amount of foil stickers unfortunately (a total of 8 including the eyes). Half of the construction is building the basic Red/Gold Frame, the rest consists of assembling Blitz’s arm, the wings (it has a very long Japanese name), and new Amatsu parts like the outer leg plates (inside is basic gold frame) and feet.
Judging from the way it looks, you would probably think this is a very back heavy model. And in a way, it kinda is. Just look at the photos and you can see how it sticks its chest out and the way the legs curve. This model has a lot of ankle restrictions and a little surface on the sole for it to stand so it looks a bit weird from the front. The wings on its back are semi-solid so it has quite a weight relative to the model. It can definitely stand without much problems though.
Posing this model is troublesome due to the massive weight on its back but even then, the ankle issue mentioned above does not help either. The best I can do is make it do some standing action pose with its wings opened. Don’t expect it to balance well with its knee bent. The last thing you can probably do is put it on an action base and pose it from there. The foil sticker sheet even included name tag stickers for it.
This model is a bit lacking in articulation compared to the Red/Gold Frame but that’s understandable but it still makes a good display on the shelf with its wings wide open.