- HG 1/144 #44 Gundam Exia Repair II
HG 1/144 #44 Gundam Exia Repair II
Gundam 1/144 #44 Gundam Exia Repair II HG Gundam models are robot fighters from the fictional Mobile Suit Gundam Universe. The Mobile Suits are humanoid in shape with a torso, two arms, and two legs. An average mobile suit stands around 18 meters tall, roughly 10 times the size of a man, although later models are miniaturized to under 15 meters. You must assemble and paint the models which come in various sizes and styles.Contains small parts and are recommended for ages 15+.Actual product may vary from the picture.
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A nice kit with a unique build. The main downside is the large amount of stickers. Also, some parts (like the switchblade) come apart easily. I recommend coloring under the clear parts with metallic paint rather than using the provided black stickers. As an added bonus, this kit comes with parts to make the original exia.
This was my first gunpla in over fifteen years and the first one I attempted to build using any special tools or techniques. It was certainly quite a bit more complicated than the kits I made as a teenager, but it was still easy enough to build, trim, and line the Exia Repair II. I chose this model as my return to gunpla precisely because I had never seen Gundam 00. Without particular attachment to the source material I felt freer to make mistakes or choose to deviate, though ultimately I remained more or less true to the original. That meant that I was choosing purely based on style and the Exia has it in spades. With The GN Drive anchoring the torso and clear pieces scattered throughout the model, it has an appropriately futuristic feel and the mix of rounded joints and sharp angles keeps it interesting, even when decked out in the traditional Gundam color scheme. There are a few lacking elements. The upper arms are copied over directly from the original Exia, sans the cables, and could look better. Despite including an alternate back piece of an active GN Drive, you'll have to modify it yourself if you want to see the Exia glowing green. And there's neither a sticker nor a molded piece to replicate the yellow vents on the face, which feels like once of the strangest places to skimp on detail. It still looks lovely and seems sensible for the exceedingly generous price of the kit, but I'm considering investing in some paint to remedy the latter complaints. There are numerous weapons included as accessories, as well as the aforementioned GN Drive and a dynamic left hand. The GN Sword looks great and has some cool functionality, though my copy needed some tightening. The biggest hassle with the kit are the beam sabers stored on the hips. Partly due to the significant articulation of the hip joint and largely just based on the design, these often fall off. If you're worried about losing them, Bandai was kind and included extras, but, were it not for the fact that it would look odd to hold the active beam saber and still have two at the waist, I probably would have glued them down already. The articulation is good, able to assume more or less any pose as long as the leg can bend high enough. Its small moving parts were a bit of a challenge at first but I imagine that most gunpla enthusiasts will welcome the chance to pose it's chest armor and fins. The Exia Repair II was just what I was looking for: a great looking model with solid articulation that offered a chance to really enjoy the process of building it without becoming too overwhelming. There are a couple of small color and tightness issues, but the stickers are actually very nice and the design offers something sleek without departing from the classic Gundam aesthetic. I'm not able to compare against much yet, but the Exia Repair proved both a welcome return to the hobby and a fine model, even ten years after its release.