My very first transformable MG. The Zeta Plus isn’t a Gundam even though it looks like the Zeta Gundam in almost every respect. For a model, I could care less whether it is a Gundam or not as long as it looks nice ^_^
The kit comes with 13 runners of parts to assemble into the Zeta Plus in three different colors; orange, white and grey. I like this model’s color scheme better than the regular red/white/blue because it’s more on the unique side. A mesh tube is included for you to cut and insert behind the knee to replicate pipes and even though it’s a nice touch and all, I find it a bit unnecessary and somewhat of a hassle to slip it through sometimes. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about the construction of this kit since it’s a straight inner frame-to-armor build for the most part with the only exception being the body which is a bit more indirect and sophisticated. Overall, I thought this model was moderately simple to build with a good change from the average non-transformable Gundams. The outer armor have plenty of panel lines so it would definitely make this kit look better to fill them in. Two v-fins are included; one is of soft flexible plastic that can fold and one is a solid piece. Screws here and there at usual places for increased tightness.
This model was supposed to address the issues that were present in the original MG Zeta Gundam such as loose parts and stuff… and they did. Maybe a little overdoing it. The joints on this model are SOLID AND STIFF, almost in a bad way and to the point of inflexible! It’s great that it can implant itself flat on the table but it can be difficult to bend its knees or elbows without moving the whole leg or arm or body. Even though this is a transformable model, I can safely say it’s more sturdy than some non-transformable MG kits out there. A lip under the crotch area locks both legs into place so there’s no need that it’ll do a split by accident unless you try to twist the legs. One thing I noticed is that the body can’t twist/turn!
Posing isn’t an issue except trying to get it to pose >_>. There’s also a lack of weapons to pose with. Hip beam cannons, a really long beam rifle (it looks really good), and blue (!!!) beam sabers are all it comes with. Nothing special. Waverider mode requires effort but nothing too frustrating but this mode takes up quite some space so I didn’t leave it in. Transforming back is also quite the work.
Compared to the MG Zeta Gundam Ver 2.0, the A1 stands a lot better (because it can actually stand flat) and hold itself more stably but doesn’t pose as well. This kit is also quite the bargain since you can grab it for ~$25 compared to the Zeta for ~$45-50.