HGUC MS-05 Zaku I Black Tristar Version

This classic mobile suit is a rather simple model kit. Simple design! Simple plating! Simple engineering! Simple color division!

HGUC-MS05GTo spice up the kit a little bit, I applied the RG Zaku II decals onto it. Those chrome silver RG decals works excellent in this kit, it has an even better effect than on the RG Zaku. It is because the black armor really makes the shinny chrome silver pops.

The second modification I did was I made my own mono eye out of some extra beam saber part that I had from other kit. The original kit only provided sticker for the mono eye, and the eye area is only a plain surface. Therefore, even I applied the sticker, the mono eye won’t be popping out as what I expected.

HGUC-MS05The feature of this kit is the shoulders. The way Bandai design the joints of the shoulders allow it to have a great range of  forward  movement, which allows it to do the classic dash attack pose.

Although the kit has simple plating, surprisingly it has a wide range of weaponry, included machine gun, bazooka, heat hawk, sturm faust, and knuckle shield etc. It is very impressive. However, the weapons led to a weak point of this kit.

The connection points for the weapons are very weak. The hole in the weapon-holding-hands are too big, it just cannot hold any weapon tightly. The shield handle connected to the shield is also very loose, the shield is constantly dropping.

This kit could have been a decent High Grade kit to me. But the loose parts mentioned above was the killer to me. Cause we got decent articulation and great accessories from this kit, but realizing we cannot do much with it due to some of the loose connections is a bit of a bummer!

HCM Pro 1/200 Asshimar Figure

HCM-Asshimar

Another great figure from the HCM Pro series!

HCM-Asshimar3As usual, the figure has great details, panel lining, and tempo printing in small tiny size.

Same as other HCM Pro figures, the Asshimar has good articulation but not the strongest comparing to other Bandai figures now-a-days.

What’s great about this figure is the perfect transformation!! Easy to transform and managed to hide all the parts perfectly. It can also do a sort of Macross Valkyrie’s Gerwalk mode transformation as shown above!

HCM-Asshimar7One of the great feature that most of the HCM Pro figures does not have is it included a display stand.

This is definitely my favorite HCM Pro figure that I collected.

 

Yamato 1/60 VF-1A Super Strike Valkyrie

Comparing to YF-21, this classic design movie version Valkyrie is relatively has more play value.

The fighter mode is usually the strongest mode in most of the Macross toys. And of course the Yamato version of Valkyrie is no exception!

Transformation of this figure is much easier than the YF-21 with very effective engineering. Almost every parts are being tabbed and lock- in nice and tight seamlessly.

Battroid and Gerwalk modes are steady and as pose-able as it can be. It is way steadier than my YF-21.

yamato-VF1A2Same as the YF-21, I don’t really know where is the diecast located in this figure.

Next up, is the strike pack!!

The strike pack is such a great addition! It enhanced the massiveness of the figure. It is easy to install onto (and uninstall off) the figure, and also it stays nice and tight once installed.

The strike pack does not affect the articulation, and steadiness of this figure at all. It does not suffer any back heavy problem at all even it has a big back pack on.

Another impressive feature is that some of the armor parts of the strike pack can be taken out, and showing great inner details.

yamato-VF1A18For my opinion, I will choose this VF-1A figure over the YF-21. As this figure is just better in every aspect.