SpartanNerd and SpartanKid Unboxing and Review…Sengoku Astray Gundam (SD)

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Once again…a SD model of a Gundam the SpartanNerd has no investment in.  The title clearly says it is from “Build Fighters.”  I watched about one half of an episode of “Gundam Build Fighters Try” on Netflix.  The Japanese (no offense intended,) plus the presentation of the characters, and just the show in general didn’t agree with me.  I get it.  It’s just not my thing.  The SpartanChildren, however, eat it up.

SpartanTeen tells me that the correct pronunciation for this model is “Astree”.  Don’t know if that is true.  When I see the word “astray,” I think, “All we like sheep have gone astray.”

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Here are the parts before assembly.  It took SpartanKid about two hours to make this.  He is nine years old, so…

I helped a little.  You have to really clear the “nubs” off of the pieces after you break them from this blister.  Also, the pieces are meant to fit together tightly.

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The instructions were easy to read, but in Japanese.

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You also get an apparent advertisement for the Gundam markers and pens, and a Manga comic, just like the others in this line I have reviewed.

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The assembled model looks like this.  The two swords are very nice.  But it is the headpiece that gets your attention!

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He is really busy, and so doesn’t seem as posable as some of the others in this line.  He also tends to want to fall apart.

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The SpartanKid assembled both of these…so here are some statements from him.

“Astray looks really awesome and is pretty solid, except for the arm, which keeps giving me problems…it wants to come off and come apart.”

“I like the coloration, and the parts are unpainted, so you can choose how you want to paint it.  I am going to paint it in a few weeks.  I don’t know what colors yet.”

“I forgot to put the stickers on it for the most part.”  (Plans to use the stickers later.)

The SpartanNerd rates Sengoku Astray Gundam 3/5.  The markdown comes from the limited articulation and the fact that the  pieces want to come loose, especially the arm.

Otherwise, the Astray is pretty cool with the huge headress and the two swords.

SpartanNerd and SpartanTeen Review…Knight Gundam (SD)

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The second SD Gundam model review ever.  The Knight Gundam.  Does the SpartanNerd think this is worth picking up?  Keep reading!

The Knight Gundam is another of those Gundams that I have zero association with.  I never heard of it.  SpartanTeen saw it on “Gundam Build Fighters”, at least I gather.  The price was $13.99.

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The instructions were in Japanese.  But the Knight Gunam came with a Manga.  No idea what is going on here.  It is a cute little comic strip, though.

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Here is the model assembled.  Highly detailed!  I like the color scheme…mostly gray with blue and red details.  A splash of yellow for the cross on the shield and the headpiece.  It has that oversized head of course.  Tis time there is a barrel inside that allows you to give him two different looks for the eyes.

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This Gundam has an AMAZING amount of accessories.  I removed them all so you can see just how incredible it really is.

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Without the accessories, he feels like a knight without armor should feel.  I applaud the detail that went into this.

But this isn’t all!

It can TRANSFORM!

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That’s right…Knight Gundam transforms into a Centaur!

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I can’t say enough good things about this toy!  Wow!

The SpartanTeen had a few things to say about it:

“The mask part is shiny.  The rest of it is not, and it should be.”

“The sword is hidden in the shield.”

“Knight Gundam and Unicorn Knight Gundam combine, to for a unicorn.  Alone, he is a Centaur”

“This Gundam has relatively few problems compared to other models in this series.”

“It was nothing hard…it took me about ten minutes to build.”

Here is a comparison shot with the Build Burning Gundam SD.

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So what does the SpartanNerd rate Knight Gundam (SD)?

I can’t say anything negative about it.  The SpartanTeen is a little bothered that the mask is vac-metal while the rest of the armor isn’t.  I think it makes the mask pop, though.  Then he informed me that it isn’t just a transformer, but a Combiner as well.

This thing gets a 5/5.  Only $13.99 for basically hours of entertainment.  The amount of things to do here reminds me of playing with “Modulok” from Masters of the Universe Classics.  It is fairly sturdy, and has no stupid problems.

The SpartanNerd rates Knight Gundam (SD) a solid 5/5.  Do you agree or disagree, oh Hub City Geeks?  Let me know in the comments!