My first encounter with the Nu Gundam was in Playstation’s Gundam Battle Assault fighting game where I had to destroy it in a fight. I wasn’t too impressed with this unit at the time and knew nothing about it except it had a cool looking v for a name (this was 7th grade I’m talking about). It’s not until Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden when I fell in love with it and learned more about it. The Gundam was a dodge beast with Amuro! I just knew I have to get the MG model one day… and I did after 5 years. Note: There might be some fanboying in this review :)
The first awesome thing you’ll notice immediately that makes this model kit different from all is the inclusion of die-cast metal parts. Wow. As far as I know, this is the ONLY MG to come with such parts. Then you have your typical load of plastic runners. Even though the box might be big and there are a lot of frames, there isn’t as many pieces as one might think since the pieces are rather large. Since this model is also an older MG, it uses an abundance of screws to tighten the joints (elbows, shoulders, legs, the usual places) which I am not fond of. This Gundam doesn’t have many lines so there’s very little panel line work to be done on this kit… which somewhat translate into that this kit doesn’t have much details on the surface aside from the decals and stickers you can place on it (which I didn’t at the time). Mesh tube (shoelace?) piece is included to be used for the design in the back of the knee.
Construction is actually pretty easy but could be a little frustrating from the screws and fitting the mesh through the holes. There’s not much complication since all you basically build is a one layer skeleton and cover that up with a layer of armor. Nothing dense. The die-cast metal parts are for the shin and groin and they add some nice weight for the model to be bottom-heavy which it actually needs (elaborate later). The Fin Funnel provides some repetitive work as there are a lot of pieces but the things are cool since they don’t flop around due to a “snap lock” mechanism when you fold/unfold them. I didn’t realize how long Fin Funnels actually are until I built this model; each one could be as tall as the average 1/100 Gundam models.
The completed model is SOLID. The feet will stay suspended in its position if you lift it up and will be implanted still and flat on the ground. Not even shaking the model will loosen the joints! Without the Fin Funnels, the model have absolutely no weight issues but adding them on will slightly pull the body back a little (It might not look like it but the Fin Funnels actually have some weight) but not what I consider back-heavy since it doesn’t make the Gundam lose its pose. I’m sure this is where the die-cast does its job though because without it, I’m sure the Fin Funnels could’ve bend back the knees too >_>. Just be grateful that the die-cast parts are included. The additional weapons included are the beam rifle, shield, customize and regular beam saber and Nu Hyper Bazooka. The customize beam saber is definitely one of the best looking beam sabers out there because it actually has design and not just a white tube.
The Nu Gundam is quite capable of a fair amount of action poses due to its overly stiff legs and the arms can hold out for a long time from twisting and bending thanks to screws there too. For some odd reason though, I prefer the Nu Gundam to be in a standing linear pose; it seems to look better as I find its action poses a bit awkward (like it’s not supposed to be able to do that but it’s so awesome that it does anyway!). Minor issues are the yellow foil stickers for the Fin Funnels… I say leave them off or paint them because they will peel off over time. This is the only thing I find to be weak about this model. Other than that, this is one great model during the time it came out.
Lastly, this Gundam could easily be THE TALLEST Gundam model in your collection unless you have the MG Ex-S…
Photos: Construction photos are from 2006 and poses are current.