Back when there was only the HG 1/100 Wing Gundam models, I’ve always wished for a MG version. Dream came true in 2004 but not as perfect as I’ve thought it would be. I bought this model to replace my aging HG 1/100 Wing Gundam Zero Custom Special Operations Type.
The highlight of this model is the angel wings assembly and everything else is easy MG inside-to-outside work. Nothing particularly difficult to take note of. Just assemble and go. This Gundam is particularly slender and small in every dimension, making this a small model overall without the wings. It’s more anorexic than Freedom. The angel wing assembly is nothing hard either; just follow the lines properly and you won’t end up with wrong overlapping or sliding pieces as that is what the entire assembly is based on. It’s a really a great design of engineering. Panel lining the wings is a matter of taste preference in this model. I didn’t do it because I think all the grey lines would make the wings look weird and I wanted the “pure/angelic” look so I left it plain white. A quirk is that the Search Orb on its chest is a foil sticker instead of a gem like the HG model and it looks a bit cheap with the clear plastic in front of it.
As for the completed model itself, you will probably want to put more effort into cleaning off the spots that were connected to the runners because they are an eye-sore in plain sight (you can even see them in the pictures). As expected, it’s also a back-heavy model but the wings will be able to support it so its okay. The model can pose elegantly but nothing drastic. The way the legs are designed and styled seems like it’s better suited for “feminine” poses (which I find true). As with the HG model, the MG also retains a long neck but slightly less noticeable. The whole model has this “pulled back” look which I like since it adds to the effect of the action pose. The wings are beautiful. While the HG counterpart needs additional pieces to “expand” the rear wings, the MG model actually have all the parts slide inside the outer parts and stays hidden while the front/side wings are now able to expan itself in three different segments. The rubber feathers definitely add to the “angel wing” feel when its resting on the floor. I like the base it comes with because it’s simple, space saving, and gets the job done. I’m not fond of the big rectangular ones that comes with the Zeta 2.0 and co. The infamous Twin Buster Rifle shot from Endless Waltz can be replicated with ease thanks to the shoulders being able to prop forward. I have a feeling that this model was designed for only that particular pose in mind hence it’s well executed but thing looks a little awkward doing anything else.
Quirks quirks quirks… the most annoying is the fact that the faceplate can move! I’ve never seen that on any models before. The faceplate is actually a little loose and can move a little to either side but I would say this is only a very minor issue. The machine cannon raises the head along with it… Yea. The rubber feathers doesn’t stay in their socket very snugly; they can fall off if you slightly brush against them. It’s very annoying when that happens and I’m trying to pose it. I heard from others complaining about the hands/fingers being weak on their model but mine is stiff and holds the Twin Buster Rifle just fine ^_^. The wings, depending on how extreme you position them, can sometimes sag down due to its weight. A quirk about the TBR is that the gap between the two rifle is very wide… wider than I would’ve like (see picture). The rifles aren’t bended either but rather it’s just thicker from the rear and thinner as it goes up to the tip of the barrel.
An elegant model overall and does the WZC justice in looks and poseability. There’s not much fun in putting it in different poses though.
Also put up comparison pictures of the HG 1/100 WZC with the MG WZC.