Nevertheless, this is an excellent HG kit.
Origin: UC0096 Gundam Unicorn
Price: 2800 Yen
Section 1: Runners
Detailing are fantastic as usual for a Bandai production :) Part separations are pretty nicely done. Just wish that Bandai can do more on color separations instead of using stickers for certain large parts...
Section 2: Stickers and Decals
It is great that Bandai included some decals, but I am a little disappointed by the large amount of stickers (the red colored) used instead of proper parts and colors separation.
Section 3: Legs
Very good detailing and parts separation :) I color the thruster covers with metallic red instead of using the sticker, which I find is pretty silly for curvy inner surface...
The knee can only bent to 90 degree but it is good enough for me on this kit. The hip joints, however, allow large articulations.
Section 4: Waist
Pretty straight-forward waist unit with very good parts and colors separation.
Lower Body ;)
Section 5: Chest
Another section with good parts and colors separations :) I painted the "armpit" with metallic red instead of using the silly stickers...
Chest + Lower Body
Section 6: Arms & Shoulders
Massive thrusters! This is the part that makes Byarlant Custom into a stranger proportion as compare to other humanoid mecha. The arms are highly articulated, and the side thrusters also individually poseable.
Upper Body + Lower Body
Section 7: Head
Well, beside some minor parts and colors separation for the thrusters, I would consider this kit as excellent. The head unit is also having very good parts and color separation.
Section 8: Back Thrusters and Fuel Tank
Massive back thrusters and fuel tanks. Each sections are individually moveable.
Section 9: Standing Pose
Despite this mecha is less than humanoid proportion, it does look pretty nice :)
Section 10: Size Comparison
Size comparison with MG RX-78-2 v2.0 and HG 0 Gundam.
Section 11: Action Pose
This is supposed to be an aerial mecha, so flying pose it is ;)
Plastic Quality and Detailing
No complain on Bandai's plastic quality and detailing ;)
Articulations are fantastic for this HG! Although I wish that the hip articulation could be a little more, what currently has is pretty good :)
- Head/Neck: Normal.
- Shoulder: Excellent!
- Arm/Elbow: Good!
- Wrist: None.
- Hand: Claw I supposed :P Pretty good design.
- Waist: Good.
- Skirt Armour: None.
- Hip/Tight: Good.
- Knee: Normal.
- Ankle: Good.
Looks and Feels
This is a massive mecha as you can see from the size comparison :) I actually had a fun build with this kit and the end result is satisfying and is highly poseable with an action base. Although this is a HG, I would recommend an Action Base 01 or its variation.
Be it an UC fan or not, I highly recommend this kit. This kit sits on the 3rd place of 2012 best seller for a reason ;)