Wednesday, September 26, 2012

MG 00 7 Sword/G (Daban)

Hi guys, here's my review for the latest MG release from Daban, MG 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G ;)

Manufacturer: Daban
Scale: 1/100
Grade: MG
Origin: Gundam 00
Price: About RM120 (email me at for latest price and availability)

Section 1: Runners

The main mecha is still 00 Gundam, so at least 50% of the runners are identical to the earlier MG 00 Raiser ;) The good thing here is the 1st batch actually comes with 5 LEDs (yes, 5 LEDs although this kit only need 4).

Another good thing is the detailing are pretty good, as I observed that up to 98% of the detailing are intact. On the not so good side, the parts looks a little bit too oily, and Daban could do better for the transparent green parts to make a more crystal clear finishing.

Section 2: Decals

This kit comes with dry-transfer decal, dry-sticker decal and foil sticker same as the original ;) The quality of the dry-transfer and dry-sticker are as good as the original, whereas the foil stickers just at the acceptable standard :P

Section 3: Weaponry

This is the main selling point of 007SG, the swords and guns, so I decided to start with them first ;)

GN Buster Sword II

A very solid buster sword type of weapon with nice deployment mechanism... pulling the handle will deploy the hand-guard portion, and pulling the tip of the sword will deploy the side portion together ;)

An LED also could be fitted to light up the sword but the blue parts in the middle is not thick enough to prevent light leakage so I would advise all to paint the inside of the piece with silver (or black) as shown in the 4th picture down ;)

I wonder where is GN Buster Sword I...

Refer here for the LED fix, if you know what I am talking about ;)

GN Sword II Blaster

Mainly used as a blaster (beam rifle type ranged weapon) but can also double-up as a GN Sword for melee combat. Pretty straight-forward build here ;)

GN Sword II Long

Slightly longer than the usual GN Sword II. Nice detailing and pretty straight-forward build too :) Can alter between sword mode and rifle mode.

GN Sword II Short

About 50% shorter than the usual GN Sword II, with the same functionality to switch between sword mode and rifle (gun?) mode ;) The tip of the sword could be shot out and maneuver with a wire for more unorthodox attack. 

Nice detailing and pretty straight-forward build too :)

GN Katar

Melee weapon usually mounted on the knee for easy access.

Full Arsenal

Except the beam sabers :P

Section 4: Skeleton Build

Although the base model is still the same as 00 Raiser earlier, I am doing the skeleton build once again.

The Legs

Detailing and articulations are fantastic! The green transparent parts are a little disappointed (could be shinier) but no much of an issue ;)

The Waist

Same as the 00 Raiser, a very solid and straight-forward build ;)

The Chest

The pull-out mechanism would allow the shoulder joints to be pulled out for more dynamic posing. The upperbody can swing left & right, where the torso joint allow swinging front & back ;)

The Shoulders

Straight-forward build... nothing much to say ;)

The Arms

Excellent articulations for the arms! The elbow joints are a bit tight, but this is a good issue ;)

The Head

Excellent parts separation! Pretty solid build ;)

Section 5: The Legs

Very solid build with very good articulations, although the armor does hinders the movement a little bit. Parts separations are well done with no snap-fit issue ;)

Recommendation: Apply a tad bit of super glue on the edge of the green transparent parts (GN condenser) so that it sticks ;)

Section 6: The Waist

Very solid and simple waist. Parts separations are well done with no snap-fit issue ;)

Section 7: The Chest

Excellent parts separation and good articulations, as the abdomen mechanism allowed tilting front/back and left/right ;)

Section 8: The Shoulders

Very straight-forward build... This could easily qualify for the simplest shoulder pieces I have ever assemble for an MG :P

Section 9: The Arms

Nicely done! Highly articulated despite the elbow joints are a bit tight :P This kit comes with a pair of usual MG articulated hands, and a part of fixed hands with exchangeable fingers for various posing ;)

Section 10: The Backpack

Pretty nicely done backpack with twin GN drives ;) There's a locking mechanism to prevent the GN drive piece dropping down due to the weight when docking the GN Buster Sword II and GN Sword II Blaster ;)

Section 11: 00 Gundam

The main mecha is still 00 Gundam so there is no difference as compare to the earlier 00 Raiser except for the knee pieces to mount the GN Katar ;)

So far, the building is pretty solid and I do not have any issue except the green transparent parts needed a little bit of glue in order for them to stay in place :P

Section 12: 00 Gundam 7 Sword/G

00 Gundam fully loaded with GN Buster Sword II, GN Sword II Blaster, GN Sword II Long, GN Sword II Short, GN Katar x 2, and GN Beam Saber x 2 ;)

Despite the fully loaded weight, this kit can stand on its own with no issue ;)

Posing with GN Katar

Posing with GN Sword II Long & Short ;)

Posing with GN Sword II Blaster

Posing with GN Buster Sword II

Quick Review

Plastic Quality and Detailing

Detailing for this kit is excellent... I would say this is as close as 98% to the original. As for the plastic, I personally do not like the finishing to be this glossy but nothing cannot be fixed with the flat top-coat ;)

The plastic quality is close to the usual Gao Gao/TT Hongli quality so no issue here.

The green semi-transparent parts could have been a little more shinier but they are not, so I'm a bit disappointed by that :P


Articulations are very good!
  • Head/Neck: Good!
  • Shoulder: Excellent!
  • Arm/Elbow: Excellent!
  • Wrist: Excellent.
  • Hand: Good.
  • Waist: Good.
  • Skirt Armour: Good.
  • Hip/Tight: Excellent.
  • Knee: Excellent.
  • Ankle: Good.
  • Feet: Good.

Looks and Feels

The detailing is pretty good and come close to 98% of the original! The plastic quality is close to the usual Gao Gao/TT Hongli quality so no issue at all. A little disappointment is that the semi-transparent parts could have been a little more shinier but they are not :P

The snap-fit is very nicely done as I do not have any issue at all snapfitting the whole kit. The joints are also tight enough to hold the position even with some challenging poses ;)

Overall, this kit is VERY nice and a very viable replacement of the original, especially those who owned the 00 Raiser but feels that it is too expensive to go for the ori 00 7 Sword/G only for the additional accessories :P

As usual, for those of you who can afford, do buy and support original ;)

P/s. Buster Sword II LED Fix refer here ;)

Fin ;)