Monday, May 14, 2018

[Gallery] Bandai Tamashii Nations Metal Build 1/100 GN-0000GNHW/7SG 00 Gundam Seven Swords/G

The final form of the 00 Gundam Seven Swords immortalised as a Metal Build figure for the 10th Anniversary of 00 Gundam!

While being a reissue of the very first Metal Build figure ever released, the 00 Gundam 10th Anniversary edition of the Metal Build 00 Gundam Seven Sword features the addition of the GN Sword II Blaster as well as a new set of markings by its designer Kanetake Ebikawa.

As a Metal Build figure, the attention to detail and quality is impeccable. The paint and decal applications are incredible and the figure has a very satisfying matte coating applied to every inch of the armour components. The die-cast frame is still very visible, glistening in the light and providing a nice contrast to the 00 Gundam's primary colours. The GN Condensers are also very perceptible and seem to have a subtle glowing effect.

The highlight of this version of the Metal Build 00 Gundam Seven Swords is definitely the impressive GN Sword II Blaster. A commanding presence even on the HG 1/144 model kit of the 00 Gundam Seven Swords/G, the Metal Build treatment elevates the GN Sword II Blaster from just "fearsome" to "extreme badass". While not as wide as the GN Buster Sword II, the GN Sword II Blaster is almost as long but more importantly, the latter is far easier to wield.

You will notice that I have two GN Sword II Blasters equipped on my 00 Gundam Seven Swords/G. The set comes with only one weapon but Bandai released the GN Sword II Blaster by itself as a P-Bandai Option Set for S$70 (yes, just the weapon by itself) for you to recreate the /G form on the vanilla 00 Gundam Seven Swords. I sourced for a third party version of the GN Sword II Blaster (from Chinese manufacturer Storm Model), with the cost working out to be S$12 with shipping. 

The Metal Build 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G is sturdy and stable enough to pull off dynamic poses without its included stand, with the weapons many locking mechanisms ensuring that the armaments don't fall out of the figure's hands during posing sessions. Of course, the unit is back-heavy by default, but the sub-arms mounting the GN Drives on the backpack can be adjusted to improve the figure's balance.

While third party versions of the Metal Build 00 Gundam exists, like the one from Metal Club in Inspection Colours, the Bandai original still has that special look and feel. Yes, the original costs more than three times that of a third party one, but the attention to detail and quality is something that you will appreciate.


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