Actually, I have completed this kit some time ago but misplaced the initial batch of photos... I took apart this kit yesterday to sanp another set of photos in order to fulfill some request for me to review this kit ;)
Manufacturer: Gao Gao/TT Hongli
Origin: Gundam SEED Destiny
Price: RM90 (Contact me at DuelMasterNG@yahoo.com for availability)
Due to the bling bling finish, I did no panel lining nor additional coloring :P
Section 1: Runners
My apology, I've lost my initial batch of photos together with the runners photos. Until the next commission work on this kit, I am unable to snap those photos again :P
Section 2: The Legs
Pretty solid legs here with reasonable articulation of a NG kit ;) Snap-fitting nicely here.
Section 3: Waist
Pretty straight-forward build :) Front skirts and side skirts is moveable but not the back skirts. No snap-fitting issue detected ;)
Section 4: Chest
Pretty standard for a NG kit :) The pull-out mechanism added more flexibility on posing ;) Snap-fitting nicely here.
Section 5: Arms
Pretty good articulations for a NG kit ;) The shoulder armor and the arms are in a single piece so it might hinders the movement a little bit...
Section 6: Head
Parts separations are nicely done ;)
Section 7: Plain Akatsuki
Akatsuki, without the weaponry and backpack ;)
Section 8: Weaponry
Akatsuki's standard weaponry ;)
Section 9: Akatsuki with Standard Weaponry
Section 10: OOWASHI Pack
Specialised backpack system made for atmosphere use, equipped with 4x jet engines and 2x rocket booster, and 2x Type 73F High-Energy Beam Cannon.
Oowashi Akatsuki with Twin High-Energy Beam Cannon
Oowashi Akatsuki Posing with Infinite Justice ;)
Section 11: SHIRANUI Pack
Specialised backpack system made for space use, equipped with 7x M531R Remote Control Beam Cannon Systems that are similar to the 1st generation Dragoon System.
Plastic Quality and Detailing
The plastic quality is the usual of Gao Gao, and is better than initial TT Hongli quality ;) The detailing are not fantastics but it still comes close to 85% of the original, as Bandai's gold coating is still much more superior.
Articulations are the standard of a NG kit ;)
- Head/Neck: Normal.
- Shoulder:Very good! Althought the Oowashi backpack and the shoulder armor might hinder the movement :P
- Arm/Elbow: Very good!
- Wrist: Normal-, a bit loose but not big issue.
- Hand: Normal. The NG fixed hand.
- Waist: Normal+.
- Skirt Armour: Normal+.
- Hip/Tight: Normal, due to its ball-joint...
- Knee: Normal.
- Ankle: Good.
- Feet: N/A.
Looks and Feels
The detailing is pretty alright and come close to 85% of the original. The snap-fit is nicely done but same as most of the bootleg chrome/plating mecha, certain peg need to trim a bit ;)
Overall, this kit is pretty good and would be a viable replacement for the original if you do not plan to spend over RM240 for the original :P
Still, for those of you who can afford, do buy original ;)