For a made-in-China product, Bandai manages to continually push the envelope with each new release of its heavily-priced Metal Build series of premium action figures. Not for the faint of heart or thin wallets, these Hot Toys-esque bad boys feature revised proportions, reimagined designs and multiple gimmicks packed into a high quality 1/100 scale die-cast frame that the Iron Legion can only envy.
The latest release, the relatively popular Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu Mina, manages to exceed all expectations of its quality, and then some. Simply put, it is an amazing piece of engineering machined with such precision and dedication that no one will believe its place of manufacture. A sleek design, sharp edges and numerous gimmicks result in a Metal Build figure that is almost value for money (S$330).
The Amatsu Mina's gold frame comes in three tones of gold: chrome, matt and metallic. This treatment can be seen as a testbed for the upcoming Strike Freedom Gundam, which will ostensibly use the same gold or similar format for its golden inner frame.
I will let the pictures do the talking, many images of this black beauty after the jump!