So, I finally took the courage and customized two models for my liking. It is unavoidable that you will never find a perfect figure that will fulfill all your desires, so customization can be the trick to get almost there. And here goes my first tip: start with cheap models/figures so you will not blow up a significant amount of money if something goes wrong. Now, I present my first custom:
I call him the 'Strider Hawk', based on the Gundam AGE-2 Normal HG 1/144 kit. It is almost identical as the original model, with three basic changes: the wings received more colors; I exchanged the ridiculous small shield it come with with an extra shield I had from a Gundam Exia HG model I had; the beam rifle receive part of the solid state sword of a Gundam Exia I had to spare.
The nice thing about this custom is that it become way more badass while retaining all his original functions. It means it can transform in Strider form all along and it looks way more lethal than his original form. Now the original forms for you to compare:
And some shots of my custom:
Now to my second custom:
My second custom is called 'NightFlame', and is based on the G-Bouncer HG 1/144 from Gundam AGE. Since it is a very white model, I am pretty satisfied with the addition of the red details. It gave the figure a way more menacing look. I also used the shield of the AGE-2 normal kit that was discarded from my Strider Hawk as a protective plate for his beam rifle. Now, the original G-Bouncer:
And my custom NightFlame:
Hope you guys liked it. Of course, I know I am far from be a good custom maker, but I am really happy on how they come out. I will try it more often, if I can find more cheap models to go. Thanks for coming, see ya.
Force Impulse Gundam originally appeared on Gundam Seed Destiny, a sequel to Gundam Seed. He is the ride for the main protagonist of Destiny (but later another pilot assumes the wheel). I have not seem Destiny (only Seed), but I have a love for Gundams with big back packs, so I loved this one. It took me almost four hours to assemble it (I don't paint them), but it was not as hard as I feared, despite having way more pieces than any 1:144 kit. The plastic grids goes from A to O, with some repeated grids along the way.
So, lets start with the pics!
Notice how the shield have a closed and open mode. Neat.
Here is a rear view without the force kit. The back of the Gundam is in fact a small jet, like the first Gundam had.
Small details like those knives are so cool. It have one on each side of the waist.
The Force package attached to its delivery ship. If you like, you can keep all parts who compose the Force Impulse separated and use several bases to show them off. I will keep mine as seem in the first pic.
[img]Both small ships side by side and the pilot's jet folded to be put on the back of the Gundam. It is a hell of a difficult operation, so it is not something you will do often, if ever.[/img]
And to finish the pics, a comparition of my tallest 1:144 Gundam and my smallest one with the 1:100 scale model. As you can see, the RX-93 is way bigger than Seed Gundams, while 00 Gundams are way smaller than any one. Which means you will not be creating your battles with mixed kits, since the difference in size is very noticeable.
The Force Impulse have a great balance despite the huge back pack, while the articulations are pretty good, despite this version doesn't have the skeleton some newer MG models have. It came with plenty of small stickers, but I decided to not use most of them. This kit allows lots of poses and combinations of the different elements.
The two things I am most happy for in this kit is the back pack, since I love robots with wings or huge packs and the sword, who is the size of the Gundam, and you can never miss with a huge sword.
So, my first MG Gundam is very cool, I loved assembling it and I may buy others in the future. It have small defects, like pieces who aren't even and the multi-stage characteristic of him make assembling somewhat more bothersome than it should be. But Bandai keep making some of the best kits I ever seem and impress me with the great number of small details (even in the smaller kits) they put on their Gundams.
I may be bending the rules a little here, but since I have no western toys (a shame, I know, may correct it later), I used my play-doh to create a Jason look alike. You may know him from my blog. Ah, well, hope you like it.