SpartanNerd and SpartanTeen Review…Neo Zeon Mobile Suit MSN-06S Sinanju “Ver-Ka” (Titanium Finish)

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Of all of the Gundams we have reviewed, the Sinanju is the most impressive.  In several ways.  This Gundam has a “titanium finish,” basically vac-metal plastic.  It makes it shine!  Combine this effect with the size of the figure at Master Grade 1/100 scale and the many accessories and even an additional stand, and you have an incredible item.  Above is the box.  And longtime readers know that the SpartanNerd really likes his foil!

This item cost $140, and we purchased the stand for an additional $20.  (The stand is usable with most if not all Gundams, but is detailed specifically for Sinanju Ver-Ka.)  This is a special edition, with the vac-metal.  The normal Ver-Ka would cost around $80.

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The box is almost entirely in Japanese.  As well as the instructions.  This is commonplace for basically every Gundam we have built.

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Above is the instructions for the decals and stickers.  The SpartanTeen used the regular sticker decals, rather than the water-slide decals.

I am going to show the Gundam in pieces, sort of.  There is so much here I had to “cull down” the amount of photos.

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The head really shows the small details.  The two “holes” on the side of the mask are meant to be vulcan cannons!  You can see the vac-metal and the plain gray plastic.  The crimson color goes well with the flat gray.  There is an eye detail that can’t really be seen because of the size and impressiveness of the rest of the head.

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Here is the backpack, showing all of its details in 3X faster mode.  (The legs also have details for “3x faster mode.”)  The backpack was the only truly “stupid problem.”  The backpack WOULD NOT attach to the figure as it was supposed to.  It works by a little slot mechanism that seemed to be obstructed by excessive plastic.  We solved the problem with some super-glue.  We checked other reviews of the figure, and found that ours seems to be an exception rather than the rule.

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Here the Sinanju stands, unarmed, and without his backpack.  It is very articulated.  The fingers all move like human fingers.  The arms move like a humans, the legs move like a humans.  It is a “super-articulated” design.  The shoulder armor and knee armor move to accommodate the most articulation.

The stickers are very much a foil item, and the Gundam doesn’t look right without those details.  All of the gold pictured here is a reflection of the flash of my camera!  That is how shiny it is!

The feet are on a rocker joint, and divided into toe and heel sections.

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The cockpit opens, revealing Char Aznable inside.  The cockpit is surrounded by yellow “psycho-frame” components.  The Gundam came with two different pilots.  One to stand beside on display, and one to stay in the cockpit.  The SpartanTeen (nor the SpartanNerd) can paint the tiny details required….We would if we could.  But that is a little out of our skill level at this point.

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Here are most of the accessories.  I say most, because, the Grenade Launcher/Shotgun wasn’t ready at the time of the review.  Notice the “beam-effect” parts.  These are interchangeable with the axe, and with the shield.

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You can see, this opens up an incredible array of display options!  The shield is very large and impressive.  The SpartanTeen doesn’t prefer the axe.  (This is more of a SpartanNerd thing.  See He-Man!)

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The beam saber isn’t a lightsaber at all.  The beam effect is detailed and rippled, rather than being a straight lazer sword.  It did come with two beam effects, we just wanted the readers to see the hilt disarmed as well as armed.

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The gun has expandable options as well.  The scope can move, and you can add parts from the shotgun/grenade launcher.  (Not pictured.)  Notable, the shield has a place to store the shotgun/grenade launcher.

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Here is the Sinanju standing on his own.  The backpack adds a lot of weight, causing some balance issue, but not much.  Notable, it was easy not to have the legs snapped all the way in.  They kept coming off until the SpartanTeen figured out how to fully snap them in.  (Sorry, the lighting system took accidental damage, and so this picture and all the rest are using flash only

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Here is the Sinanju holding the shield an on his custom stand.  The stand is a separate item, and will be reviewed later.  But the stand is the perfect way to display this incredible investment.

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As we have done in the past, we are now going to give this Gundam a grade!

Here is our criteria, each item getting a score.  We would like to say ahead of time, this Gundam is almost perfect!

Each item gets a score…
1 Too wrong
2 not right enough
3 could be better
4 pretty good, but…
5 perfect
Construction
Was it difficult considering the level it is supposed to be?  4
Stupid problems?   3  (cables around the legs, and backpack had to be glued.)
Instructions easy to read?  5
Diagrams clear?   5
Stickers? Paint    5
Articulation
stands easily?    5
moves without falling apart    5
posable/interchangeable hands    5
lots of articulation points     5
Dynamic poses    5
Accessories
Weapons     5
holds weapons/appropriate weapons      4  (some problem holding the gun and shields.)
Stand   5  (available as a separate item.)
expansions    5  (see above)
Weapon storage   5
playability
durable     4
photogenic    5
holds weapons?    5
Reasonable Facimile to media representation    5
Aesthetics    5   (that shiny plastic is incredible!)
Figure-specific features
morph/ transform/ change form    5
action feature    3
LED lights   1
Diarama     5
Pilot included?  Does he fit in the cockpit or is he in scale or not.    5
To tabulate the score, we add up all of the values, and then come up with an average.
The SpartanTeen and SpartanNerd Gundam Evaluation Checklist says that the Sinanju receives a 4.92.  So far the only Gundam coming in higher is Char’s Zaku II-S (2.0), which had a score of 5.2.
What do you think?  Leave us some feedback in the comments!
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SpartanNerd and SpartanTeen Review…Master Grade Zaku II MS-06S (Char’s Zaku II-S)

Another Gundam Review and Rating by the New Types, SpartanNerd and SpartanTeen!

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Here’s the box.  As much Japanese as possible!  This was ordered from Amazon, for $30-$40.  (Memory is sketchy)

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Here is the Gundam, fully assembled.

The SpartanNerd would like to go ahead and say, “I am very impressed with the solidness of the figure.  It also has impressive articulation!  This Gundam approaches my gold standard for action figures, Marvel Select Deadpool!”

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Articulation?  The fingers are each independent, and have three joints!  When you turn the head, this eye moves with the head in an awesome robotic way.  He has basically all of the articulation of a human!  You can make virtually any pose with him.

For example, it was the SpartanTeen’s desire to give him this classic bazooka pose…

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He does have a little trouble balancing.  But no problem making this pose.  And he is holding the pilot..”Char Aznable.”

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He came with this classic piece of equipment for the pilot as well…an elevator stand for the pilot.  Just so you know, there is another copy of the pilot in the cockpit.

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He also comes with another gun, and this axe.  Note that the flight stand was meant for a different gundam, but Zaku II S fits fine on it.  The shield is removable, but he generally keeps it on!  It has a hinge so that it is articulated as well.

The SpartanTeen would like to say a few things…

“It wasn’t hard to build.  I am getting more used to building them, so that contributes.”

“He is a little bit “back heavy.”  This contributes to some balance problems.  For instance, he can’t stand on one foot like most other Master Grades I have built.”

“The Heathawk (axe) didn’t come painted in the correct color.”

SpartanNerd and SpartanTeen Rating…(We use this checklist)

Each item gets a score…
1 Too wrong
2 not right enough
3 could be better
4 pretty good, but…
5 perfect
There are five areas that we will score for our models… Construction, Articulation, Accessories, Playability, and Figure-Specific features. Each area has five criteria.
Construction
Was it difficult considering the level it is supposed to be?   5
Stupid problems?   5
Instructions easy to read?    5  (japanese  Benefit of the doubt!)
Diagrams clear?    5
Stickers? Paint?    4   (water slide decals didn’t transfer completely.  Wanted to tear.  Good for battle damage!)
Articulation
stands easily?   5
moves without falling apart      5
posable/interchangeable hands      5
lots of articulation points     5
Dynamic poses     5
Accessories
Weapons      5
holds weapons/appropriate weapons      5
Stand      1
expansions         1
Weapon storage        3
playability
durable     5
photogenic      5
holds weapons?       4
Reasonalbe Facimile to media representation     5
Aesthetics
Figure-specific features       5
morph/ transform/ change form      1
action feature        5
LED lights        1
Diarama
Pilot included? Does he fit in the cockpit or is he in scale or not.      5    (Elevator stand!)

SpartanNerd and SpartanTeen Final Score for Gundam Zaku II-S is 5.2!

Let us know what you think in the comments!

SpartanNerd and SpartanTeen Review…Gundam Heavyarms XXXG-01H (Model)

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(SpartanTeen is commenting on the model, while the SpartanNerd is taking pictures.)

Heavy arms whole body is a weapon.

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Lots of details need paint, so the details will pop.

I messed up at first, and decided to trick it out with battle damage.

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Painting the joints makes them easy to come apart at the chest doors for the Vulcan cannons.

The hands are a pain.  The interchangeable hands make it easy for Heavyarms to drop his gun.

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Why didn’t the beam saber come with a blade?

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The chain ammunition comes apart easily, and the bullets go everywhere.

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It is very sturdy, and probably could survive three foot falls.

This is my favorite model so far.

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SpartanNerd/SpartanTeen Gundam Evaluation Checklist

1 Too wrong
2 not right enough
3 could be better
4 pretty good, but…
5 perfect
Construction
Was it difficult considering the level it is supposed to be?    5
Stupid problems?   2
Instructions easy to read?   1
Diagrams clear?   5
Stickers? Paint     5
Articulation
stands easily?   5
moves without falling apart    5
posable/interchangeable hands    2
lots of articulation points    5
Dynamic poses    5
Accessories
Weapons   4
holds weapons/appropriate weapons   4
Stand     1
expansions      1
Weapon storage     4
playability
durable     5
photogenic     5
holds weapons?      5
Reasonalbe Facimile to media representation     5
Aesthetics     5
Figure specific features
morph/ transform/ change form      5
action feature    1
LED lights    1
Diarama      1
Pilot included?  Does he fit in the cockpit or is he in scale or not.     5
SpartanNerd/SpartanTeen rate Master Grade Heavyarms XXXG-01H 3.68 out of 5.
(More pictures following.)
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SpartanNerd and SpartanTeen…Evaluating Gundams

Just for you, Hub City Geeks, the SpartanNerd and the SpartanTeen have teamed up!  Together we created a checklist for evaluating Gundam models!

For now, we are only evaluating Master Grade and higher…  We may adjust the checklist in the future.

So without further ceremony, here is our checklist.  You can see the checklist in action if you click here

Each item gets a score…
1 Too wrong
2 not right enough
3 could be better
4 pretty good, but…
5 perfect
There are five areas that we will score for our models… Construction, Articulation, Accessories, Playability, and Figure-Specific features.  Each area has five criteria.
Construction
Was it difficult considering the level it is supposed to be?
Stupid problems?
Instructions easy to read?
Diagrams clear?
Stickers? Paint
Articulation
stands easily?
moves without falling apart
posable/interchangeable hands
lots of articulation points
Dynamic poses
Accessories
Weapons
holds weapons/appropriate weapons
Stand
expansions
Weapon storage
playability
durable
photogenic
holds weapons?
Reasonalbe Facimile to media representation
Aesthetics
Figure-specific features
morph/ transform/ change form
action feature
LED lights
Diarama
Pilot included?  Does he fit in the cockpit or is he in scale or not.
To tabulate the score, we add up all of the values, and then come up with an average.

SpartanNerd…Thoughts on Master Grade Unicorn Gundam

I have personally build about a dozen Gundams.  It has been a few years since I did one…I am only really interested in Gundam Wing.  However, there is renewed interest among the Spartan-children for Gundams.  The most recent Gundam completed is Unicorn Gundam.  I am not going to offer a review, because I did not build the model myself, however, I have some statements from the SpartanTeen.  Following his statements, I have lots of photos!

“The Unicorn Gundam falls apart easily, unfortunately, especially in destroy mode.”

“It dwarfs Master Grade Heavyarms,”

“Black Light renders the pink details as orange light.”  (The SpartanWife says it’s coral.)

“It takes thirty minutes to an hour to transform into destroy mode.  It takes less time to return it to Unicorn mode”

“Gundam Unicorn cannot hold his bazooka very good.”

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An Endless Waltz Argument

After completing the regular Gundam Wing show yesterday evening, me and my family looked forward to seeing the Endless Waltz movie, all day.

Mixed results from the SpartanNerd family.

This time, the SpartanWife joined in the nerdery.  But she just looked at her phone the whole time……So not much to say here.

Issue #1   Suit design

The youngest, SpartanSmurf #2 could not get past the re-designed gundams.  That alone threw him. He couldn’t understand that the movie retconned the design of the suits. He’s only 7 years old!

SpartanSmurf #1 was highly critical of the designs.  Especially the elaborate Wing Zero.  He liked HeavyArms, his favorite, and TallGeese.  But the others are just too much for him.

The Endless Waltz version of Wing Zero, is, incidentally, MY FAVORITE GUNDAM DESIGN.  So I just let his comments go.  It was “Too dramatic.”  “Supposed to be awesome, but was stupid.”  etc

He doesn’t know.  The first time I saw Endless Waltz, (the first time it aired on Cartoon Network,) some serious personal stuff was going on in my life.  And this angel really helped me.  But aside from that, what’s NOT awesome about his design!  It’s a giant robot angel!

He DOES know that at one time I had a high grade Wing Zero model, as well as a high grade Deathscythe, both from Endless Waltz.  I had kind of an Angel and Devil thing going on on my shelves.  But those models bit the dust long ago….Still, he never forgets things like this.

Issue #2   The Plot

One thing about my boys….they miss important stuff because they talk.  The youngest missed the entire explanation of what the original Operation Meteor was about.  The other asked questions repeatedly, that he would have the answer to if he would just watch!

The oldest rejected that the Trowa Barton we all know isn’t the real Trowa Barton, but he stole the HeavyArms and took the real Trowa’s name.

He also didn’t get the return of Zechs…..Whose side is he on?

And what is the deal with Wufei?

On the other hand, to me this wraps it up pretty good.  At the end we see what happens to everyone.

which brings up the point….

Issue 3 The Finality

Endless Waltz ends with a bang.  That is, the four remaining Gundams are self-detonated, in an effort to rid the world of weapons.

SpartanSmurf #1      HATED this ending.  He felt cheated.  We watch a movie that is less than two hours long, and probably see less than fifteen minutes of Gundam action.  This left a bad taste in his mouth.

I can’t argue that there isn’t much combat.  But what is there is beautifully animated.  And the Gundam pilots fight with their same style, just with updated weapons.

I told him, though, that he had already watched over 1000 minutes of Gundam Wing cartoons, and that all things must eventually end.

I kind of wish that it didn’t end this way.  But it does.  The Gundams apparently outlived their usefulness.  The world became a world of total pacifism.  Not because of Releena, nor the Gundams, or other government force, but because the people demanded it.  The ending supplied here is complete, and is a modern happy ending.

It is just that fan inside that wants more.  So we can agree here, somewhat.

Anyone out there watching these old relics?  How about collecting and making Gundam models or other mechs?  Let me know!  Fire up the comment machine, people..

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