SpartanNerd Unveiling…Gundam Sweet Beats!

Girls.  Maybe I have girls on the brain?  I recently ordered some more “Fluttershy” My Little Pony card sleeves for my Liliana, Heretical Healer Commander deck.  I reviewed “Rey (Jakku) & BB-8.”  And today I decided to unveil my secret project, mentioned almost a year ago.

I have slowly worked on this project, with the SpartanTeen and SpartanKid hotly curious about what I was going to do.  (In their minds it was a kind of contest.)  I promised them I would do something they never saw before, something almost entirely original.  And something with a cheap budget.

The SpartanTeen put together a fantastic Master Grade Gundam Sinanju.  SpartanKid put together SD Build Burning.  But I went a completely different direction altogether.

Today I unveiled “Gundam Sweet Beats” to the SpartanChildren, and am revealing her to the world!

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Gundam Sweet Beats is a combination of spare parts from two different Super Deformed kits and also the Strawberry Shortcake “Sweet Beats” doll.  Review Here.

Sweet Beats usually just hangs around strawberry plants.

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Sometimes she rips it up on guitar.

But in a rare mood, she completely transforms into a glorious giant robot, powered with strawberry scent!

Now to talk about the project a little bit.  I mentioned in my review that the doll has an unsightly waistline, as well as hair that you can’t do much with.  Well I made the waistline problem EVEN WORSE by melting a slot into it so that the jetpack can fit on her properly.

The hair has been improved.  I tried to make it really straight, like typical asian little girls to match the anime idea.  I never could get the natural “wave” out.  But still, I discovered by combing it compulsively, it slowly improved.

The “crown” piece from the gundam…well I thought I would “implant” that into Strawberry Shortcakes head.  Bad move.  Then she just had a hole in her head, and the crown wouldn’t stay on.  I super-glued some hair in place to cover the new wound, and went to plan B, which was attach it to the sunglasses, which I didn’t care for anyway.  Remember when I said the sunglasses needed something else?  Super Deformed Gundam’s decal stickers were perfect!

I had to do some destructive modification to some of the gundam parts, and Sweet Beats has FAT FEET.  So it was hard to get those feet pieces to become shoes.  But they work.  Barely.  The waist piece had to be cut, melted, and shaped to fit around her properly.  Those little engine things over her shoulders are actually the jet engines from  somewhere else on a different gundam.  And the things on her wrist are wrist pieces.

Finally, I thought I would go all out with the hair bow, and there still is a little work to do.  I intend to super-glue that to a real hair bow.  I thought about using the little one that came with Strawberry shortcake, but decided I wanted to keep that like it is.

I complained a little bit about Star Wars Black Rey (Jakku) having sloppy paint.  But of course my painting is WAY WORSE.  So maybe I should stop complaining?

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I got the idea for this project from the end credits of Gundam Build Fighters, which features a child in Gundam armor doing things.

I designed the project so that the pieces can be removed, and the doll can be played with as intended, in regular Strawberry Shortcake mode, or rockstar mode.

There ARE some “Gundam Girl” figures out there.  I wrestled with the idea of doing one of those…I also considered things like getting a Harley Quinn figure or Super Girl and gundamizing it…as much as people want to say that comic characters are over-sexualized, it was actually hard to find a female figure “nude” enough.  (It was my idea to make a sexy figure at first.)  In the end, it was better to go with cute.  And the super deformed parts match the “cute” motif better.

Gundam Sweet Beats will be on display in my music classroom!  I keep a lot of toys on display, but as I mentioned before, I don’t have many girls toys.

I’m not going to rate my own work.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

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SpartanNerd Review…SD Build Burning Gundam

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The SpartanNerd’s interest in Gundams is really very narrow.  I really only like what I have seen on Gundam Wing.  I realize that this is VERY narrow.  But Gundam Wing…the cartoon…as well it’s “Endless Waltz” movie, have tremendous sentimental value for me, as I was very interested in that at a transitional time of life.

I became aware of other Gundam properties by seeing models at Toys R Us for “Gundam Seed.”  Later, I would get “Gundam Battle Assault 2” for Playstation.  This game exposed me to several more gundams.  And soon after, I saw “SD” figures on the shelves at different stores.  SD stood for “Super Deformed,” and it was a big-headed fad about ten years ago.  I suppose that gave away to the “vinyl” toy craze today.

The SpartanKids are once again really interested in Gundams, and I have been encouraged to review them.  So without further ado, here is my review of “SD Build Burning Gundam.”

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The instructions were entirely in Japanese.  It is a good thing that the diagrams are very good, otherwise my nine year old might not have been able to assemble it!

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The back of the instructions contains a manga.  Again, not quite sure what is happening here.

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SpartanKid’s build of SD Build Burning Gundam stands just fine.  It is posable in all ways expected for a Gundam.  It doesn’t have a flight stand or other stand, however.

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The model comes with these accessories.  I know from “Gundam Battle Assault 2” that Burning Gundam’s main weapon is fire coming from his hands or fingers.  (He frequently yells, “Burning Finger!”)

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Here he is with both fingers ablaze.  I don’t really care for this accessory.  It reminds me of some kind of dishrag attached to his hand.

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This “fiery chain” is better, as a weapon.  We also figured out that these pieces can attach to the “dishcloth” pieces.

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Here is a comparison shot to another Gundam in the series.  The “Knight Gundam” has more going for it.

So what are my thoughts on this model?

It was fairly inexpensive.  But it has some problems that come with that “cheapness.”  One big thing is that the head doesn’t stay on.  Another, the accessories are kind of … whimsical.  It comes with no guns.  It doesn’t transform.  It just “is”.

I know nothing of the characters, and have no attachment.  I speak as an outsider.  To me, this Gundam is kind of a generic Wing Gundam.  Accept he doesn’t have wings.

But that price point has to figure in.  This model was only $8.00.  This kept the SpartanKid occupied for two days building it.  He has plans to “decorate” it even more.

SpartanKid has a few things to say about this item.

“I really like the model.  It was well worth my $8.00.”

“The model is pretty colorful.  The attachments go on easily.”

“Despite how the head tends to fall off, you can just set it on top of the body.”

“I would give this product a 5/5.”

The SpartanNerd’s rating of “SD Build Burning Gundam” is 3/5.  On the lower end of three.  I am only judging the merits of the product, not the SpartanKid’s build of it.  DO you agree or disagree, oh Hub City Geeks?  Let me know in the comments!