Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Bandai NG 1/100 Gundam Astray Mirage Frame 2nd Review

MS Mode with Beam Rifle

Solid Blade and Chest Detail

Close up on Blade and MA Mode

MA Mode "Beam Fangs" Deployed

ConclusionI have always loved the 4 legged MS/MA in the Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny. It is a very rare in Gundam to have machines based on animal. And more importantly, Astray Mirage Frame 2nd here is a transformable unit!. There has been only 2 MS in SEED that can transform into a 4 legged MA, and the other one never have a 1/100 scale model made.

There are several things here that would turn people off this model however. Firstly, the colour scheme, Pink and Purple is rarely a "Gundam" colour. Secondly, The 4 legged MA mode is rather odd. Unlike the BuCue series, which are based on dogs/wolfs, this MS's MA mode looks sort of more like.... a frog? It is mainly due to the rather wide and flat MA mode head and the wide spaces of the rear legs.

But overall, I still think this is a good purchase. It is eye catching on the shelf, and it's MS mode, due to it based on the Astray Red Frame, is very poseable for a 1/100 NG. It also comes with all the part of the standard Astray, so you can mix and match to your heart's content for a custom look you want.

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