I only needed one reason to pick this model up- It comes with a giant sword. Since I picked this up soon after it was released (I think…), I didn’t know Bandai would release SD Exia R2 some time later with a better sword otherwise I would’ve waited -_-. Oh well. This little kit cost like less than $10 so it doesn’t hurt one way or another to just snap-fit and call it a day.
OUT OF THE BOX
Not much in this little box- 4 runners. Clear green parts that might as well be plain clear. foils and the manual.
Look closely at the gates on the runner (the connecting points between the part and the runner)… the point is almost non-existent so that you can pretty much break the parts off with your bare hands/without a snipper. This is clearly designed for children ^^. I thought it was cool too until I realized how much it sucks; the gate is too small for the snipper to cut through or it cuts dangerously close to the actual part and sometimes leaving a “crater” nubmark. Twisting the parts out yields similar results, unfortunately
Painted the so-called clear green parts with… clear green paint (Tamiya acrylic).
Here are all the parts of the Gundam laid out. Other things I’ve painted: gray on the foot, the yellow fins on the body (they were originally white), hand armor, the GN condensers on its arms and legs, and Exia’s forehead and face vents (they were tedious). Used foil for everything else after seeing that all-blue body… figured it was wayyy too much work than what it was worth ^^;. Maybe I’ll go back and paint it some other day…
hmm… SD cuteness level could be turned up a notch… maybe smaller overall body and a bigger head?
Here’s a good closer look at all the details it has.
– Head design is fine
– all-blue body is kinda lame (more on this bit later).
– GN Drive can spin. cool!
– No joints in the elbow. What the hell? Fun kill!
– Legs are practically useless (can’t rotate) thanks to the way they are connected (ball and socket to the side) and the ankles obstruct the feet from bending; I think the legs hinder the model more than if it didn’t have ’em!
I think Bandai skimped a lot on this SD kit. Monochrome weapons and shields are a given in this line-up but monochrome body as well? AND no elbow joints?! It sounds like a really big step backward considering that even the SD Nu Gundam has it (which was released back in 2000). As a matter of fact, just about all my other SD models (released after GGEN F) has jointed elbows and at least two colors for the body so it feels like Bandai has really cut back on SD models (I checked and see that the rest of Setsuna’s Gundams and SD Unicorn also have no elbow joints). Not sure why they think it’s a good idea to remove what little articulation SD models have left in them. This is my only gripe.
GN SHORT BLADE/LONG BLADE
Didn’t bother painting them ^^;.
The holders are separate pieces that can be attached to the legs so you can store the blades there but the blades look so crappy, I decided to leave them off ^^;.
Skip the gun! Let’s get straight to the sword! I wasn’t feeling the blade that it came with so I swapped it for something slightly bigger :P
I can safely assume that you can tell where I got the blade from, right? ^^;
The sword itself can weigh down Exia… xD
Can’t really do much posing without elbow joints…
“Exia! Exterminating the target!”
Compared to other (and older) SD models, Exia is really lacking in a few aspects but given their target audience, my points are pretty much moot. The more advanced modelers will be able to make this model more fun and display-worthy while lesser modelers like me will just have to live with this. I don’t really have much of a “problem” though since I don’t take SD models seriously (just something to play around with) ^^;. If you want an SD Exia, then might I suggest the SD R2 instead? It looks better methinks.