My 2nd kit for the Month of Zaku! Zeige ZEON! Presenting 020 of Gao Gao, MG Zaku II mass production MS Igloo version ;)
Essentially, this and 016 of Gao Gao is the same except the decals so I supposed I'll not be doing the 016 anytime soon :P
Manufacturer: Gao Gao/TT Hongli
Origin: Gundam MS Igloo
Price: RM75 (Those who are interested can contact me)
Please take note that I did minor coloring and panel lining with silver marker so please do not expect that to be pre-colored on your kit ;)
Section 1: Runners
Detailing are very good! I would say it is up to 98% as good compare to the original. The plastics quality is the usual Gao Gao quality which is pretty decent ;)
Section 2: Decals & Accessories
This kit comes with 1 set of dry-sticker (blue background below), 1 set of dry-transfer (white background below), and the usual foil stickers for the mono-eye. The quality of the dry-stickers are very much better compare to the older days, and the dry-transfer is of very good quality :)
As with the rest of Zaku II, there's a pair of springs for the legs' power line :)
Section 3: Skeleton Build
Articulations are very good for the legs as compared to the high-mobility space-type with massive thruster system on both legs ;)
Pretty straight-forward ;)
The pull-out mechanism would allow the shoulder joints to be pulled out for more dynamic posing. The abdomen can also be tilted forward at some minor degree for posing ;)
Excellent articulations for the arms!
It is always fun to build the Zaku head with moveable mono-eye ;)
The Naked Zaku
Another Pose ;)
Section 4: The Legs
Very solid legs here ;) Not much hinderence to the articulations even with the outer armor.
Section 5: Waist
As with other Zaku II, this waist piece is very nicely done ;) Unfortunately, as a flaw in design (Bandai's fault too), the skirt armors actually hinder the waist and hip movement by a great deal.
Section 6: Chest
Pretty straight forward build ;)
Section 7: Arms
Fantastic arms! No hindrance of movement when fully armored ;)
Section 8: The Head
Parts separations is very good! The power pipe, by default, is spanning a bit too wide so I trim the front portion for 1 segment each side making the pipe neater ;) Compare with my Char's Zaku head and you'll see the difference :)
Section 9: Semi-Completed Mecha
Purposely leaving the left arm and right leg naked, and without the shield and spike :P
Section 10: Weaponry
Well, pretty standard-issued Zaku mass production ground-type weaponry ;)
Zaku Machine Gun
Section 11: Photo-Op ;)
After applying some decals ;)
Plastic Quality and Detailing
The plastic quality is the usual Gao Gao/TT Hongli quality. The detailing are very nicely done and it comes close to 98% of the original.
Articulations are very good!
- Head/Neck: Good!
- Shoulder: Excellent!
- Arm/Elbow: Excellent!
- Wrist: Normal+.
- Hand: Normal+.
- Waist: Normal-.
- Skirt Armour: Normal-.
- Hip/Tight: Excellent (except it is hindered greatly by the skirt).
- Knee: Excellent!
- Ankle: Normal.
- Feet: Good.
Looks and Feels
The detailing is pretty good and come close to 98% of the original!!! The snap-fit is also very nicely done!
The only disappointment is the design of the skirt armor which greatly hinders the waist movement and the hip movement for dynamic posing, but however, these wasn't issues lay with the bootleg kit but on the original design :P
Overall, this kit is very nice and would be a fantastic replacement for the original if you are tight in budget or wanted to create a massive army of Zaku :P
Still, for those of you who can afford, do buy original ;)