From time to time, the Gundam Universe surprises us with a supremely badass design that manages to ingrain itself into the very essence of the franchise.
The Astray Red Frame is one of these designs.
Ostensibly the most popular Astray variant - and to some extension one of the most popular mecha designs coming from the Cosmic Era - the Red Frame combines multiple design cues into a sleek, compact, yet innately detailed and highly mobile giant robot, with a kickass katana to boot.
Therefore, it is no wonder that the Red Frame kits continue to sell like hot cakes, spanning every single grade, scale and variant which have been lapped up eagerly by Red Frame fans everywhere. So it came as a pleasant surprise (or not) when Bandai announced the P-Bandai version of the Astray Red Frame, basically a stripped down version of the regular release Astray Red Frame Kai with the Tactical Arms.
But it is really one and the same?
Fellow Gunplanerd Ruz (@ruzvolution on Instagram) will tell you that this P-Bandai Red Frame is the only Red Frame you should get.
Thoughts from the Builder:
This is the true meaning of MG. Amazing proportions, Amazing articulation. This is at least 70%-90% better than the original MG Astray Red Frame Kai. However, what sealed the deal was that, I was able to place both katanas on one side of the mobile suit, a feature absent on the original but present on the Perfect Grade variant.
This is the best MG I've built so far, even the MG Crossbone and MG V-Gundam Ver Ka, ain't this good!