Aluus wrote:had to work a double shift at work. nothing to do except man a chair. watched the entire first season of 00 Gundam in one hit. end result? I have a MG Exia on the way >.>
Aluus wrote:no no. the 1/60 scale one is non-graded. all MG's are 1/100 scale. SOME 1/60 scale kits are PG or perfect grade, but those tend to go for a few hundred dollars.
This is the kit you mentioned: http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/ban952158.html
If you're looking for an easy to build 1/100 scale i recommend this one: http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/ban952227.html
Also available is the Exia Avalanche, which you won't see in the anime: http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/ban954600.html
This is the kit i got: http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/ban959452.html
I wanted to get the limited edition ignition mode version: http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/ban960226.html
However that was sold out. They had the 2nd release of it available however, but they raised the price by almost $20. http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/ban961015.html Same damn kit as the one in the link above.
Almost all of these kits above are also available in Trans Am mode with a red tinted color scheme.
Aluus wrote:A few reasons. Master Grades have an inner skeletal frame underneath the armor. You could literally strip off all the white and blue parts and be left with a detailed gray inner frame that is completely posable. Because of this inner frame, the kit is much more posable than the standard one. Furthermore, the part count is higher and the kit is more detailed, not just in the shaping of the parts mind you, but in the colors they are molded in as well. Many of the newer MG's like this one are color-accurate enough right out of the box that they require no paint at all to match the boxart, just a little panel lining in most cases.
I've posted a link for you to a gallery of the MG Exia. There is even a comparison to the 1/100 non-graded kit. The site is in Korean, but it's just like the gunpla manuals. The pictures are so clear and easy to understand that you don't need to be able to read what is written. It needs to be said that the non-graded 1/100 kits from 00Gundam are superb for NG kits, as are the ones from Gundam SEED. HOWEVER, up until recent years, this has not been the case, and most non-graded kits were rather subpar, required a LOT of paint, and tended to fall apart.
Aluus wrote:you don't have to wait. the 00 Raiser master grade is already out. it's about a $90 kit (an interesting tidbit for you, currently the most expensive standard MG kit is The-O at about $140; Sinanju with the Titanium Finish is right up there as well, but that's due to the special finish on the parts.) There's even a Perfect Grade 00 Raiser in 1/60 scale for like $300. The Master Grade 00 Qan[T] is also available, for about $50-60. Additionally, Bandai has released a MG GNX.Personally, i went with the Exia just because i wanted something with a simple look to it right now, and the 00 Raiser just has too much going on. I'll probably get it eventually. Those kits, along with their various color variations, are currently the only MG kits from 00 Gundam, and likely the only ones we will see until they finish up with the MG kits from Gundam Wing, next year. Bandai has already announced that with the poor economy, they will not be producing many Master Grade kits this year or next year as consumers have less disposable income. They plan to move forward with HG, RG and non-graded kits, as they have discovered that currently, kits priced around 2000 yen seem to be the sweet spot. Hopefully this means we will get some 1/100 kits for Zabanya, Harute and Raphael.
This is the site i sent you to earlier. Up in the top banner click on MG. Then, on the resulting page, you will see links to click on "English Menu" and "English Catalog." Currently this guy has reviews like the one i showed you of Exia for ever MG that has been made, going from oldest to newest in descending order. I also recommend that you go to http://www.gundam.tk to see video reviews made by Youtube member rrobbert184. You can also find his reviews just by searching him on youtube.
Aluus wrote:if any of you are on the fence about the 00 Gundam Master Grades, get off it now. I'm constructing Exia as we speak. I have the upper body done. This kit is marvelously executed. Posability is almost ludicrous, and quite stable despite some peoples' complaints. The light purple parts used in the NG are replaced with transparent holographic purple tinted parts that allow you to see the inner frame moving. That is an extremely nice touch. Then there's the way the actual parts are laid out on the runners. You know how with some kits, you have to clip parts from like 10 different runners just to build a single arm? This is the exact opposite of that. I am building both legs and only using 3 runners. The E runner is completely dedicated to the inner frame of the legs. The C runner is about 90% dedicated to the white armor of the legs, with a few pieces for the skirts and shield. Then there's the A plate, which is about 50% leg parts, a little white, a little transparent green, and red for the feet. The rest of the A parts have already been used. As you build the kit, your work area will progressively become less cluttered, unlike say, Epyon, where you still have 10 runners with parts left by the time you get to the wings. On top of that, I haven't had a single area yet that after being cut from the runner and trimmed made me feel like it REQUIRED sanding and painting.
Masterfully done Bandai. I hate to admit this, but I do believe you've just talked me into giving you more of my money for the 00 Raiser and 00 Qan[T].
Aluus wrote:Ha. I know i'm dishing out the praise, but I find this to be a very refreshing build compared to the small fiasco I went through with Epyon. I really wanna know wtf Katoki was thinking when laying out those parts on the plates the way he did.
Taking a break atm, here's what I have so far. No panel lining and not a drop of paint.
Aluus wrote:Crest? Do you mean Exia's v-fin? It's supposed to be white. I don't have enough ventilation at work for painting/panel lining. However, if you mean the camera over the v-fin, I prefer to use the sticker as the words weren't carved into the clear pieces like they were on the transparent green ones. I'd show a close up of the green parts, but my camera doesn't have quite the resolution to do them justice. It's interesting how they chose to do things with the green parts on Exia. First you have a black sticker underneath with green lettering/detailing. On top of that goes a small transparent circle, sorta like a contact lens. On top of THAT, you will place a larger green circle, that actually has the words from the sticker underneath carved into it.