- Completely redesigned HG SEED Gundam series!
HG 1/144 is the second Gundam to come from the 00 Second Season line up. Whilst a direct continuation of the first season line, these latest kits boast certain improvements. Head The head is constructed like most HG Gundams, with a two part helmet, a face and a v-fin. Cherudim adds in a set of extra antenna, which connect via a tab and slot to the left side of the head. Further, the sniper Gundam's trademark target scope is sculpted as detail in the centre of the V-fin. Although usually hidden by the trademark red piece, you can remove that and stick it on to the top of the head in order to display the sniper scope. It's a nicely done effort which gets the kit off well from the word go. Torso The torso has rather blocky feel, losing the more circular aesthetic of the previous season. This is partially due to Dynames' optional armour cloak instead being directly built on to Cherudim's cockpit. It's clear evolution of previous ideas and looks somewhat like the Gundam is wearing a bullet proof vest. Ideal for the team's star sniper. Backpack On the back is a fairly generic Gundam backpack, in stark contrast to the previous cones/domes. Though far from just providing thrust, it also holds Cherudim's pair of GN Pistol II's (simple 3 piece constructions with rotating handles) and the Trans-Am use holoscreen. To mount this, two roughly rectangular shapes fold out about 180, so they're surrounding the head. You then plug in a single clear piece. The detail on the holographic scope is nice and sharp but is sadly lacking any colour, so you'll need to paint it to make it show accurate. Arms The arms of the kit use one of the best innovations of the season 2 kits- new wrist articulation. Before, most Gundams basically had a simple balljoint wrist. Not bad but not really much use, especially for posing with larger weapons. Here, the balljoints are still present but connect into a slightly smaller block which extends slightly into the forearm with vertical movement. This allows for much better range and posing, especially with Cherudim's rifle. I've struggled to get Dynames into a sniping pose but the combined arm articulation allows Cherudim to easily pull this iconic pose off. For hands you get two generic weapon holding hands a spare left hand with fingers sculpted in a curved grasp. Ideal for poses craddling the rifle. Legs The legs are perhaps the oddest part of the kit, kind of reminding me of Transformers Animated rather than Gundam. The feet have long fin on the back of each, rationalised as folding down to provide support from recoil when Cherudim is firing. Obviously there's no call for that on a plastic model, but the accuracy is appreciated and they do give the kit a little extra balance. Weapons Sadly, the rifle itself is less strong. Combination and transformation is the big theme of the season 2 Gundam weapons, a direct reference to how CB are no longer an unchallenged force on the battlefield. Cherudim's rifle can be built as a traditional long rifle or fold up to make a shorter gun. The problem is that rather than create a joing to allow the rifle to fold, you have to pull the front section off, turn it upside down and slide a chunky peg into a slot in the back half. It's not the worst design choice ever, but given recent 500/600 yen SD Gundam kits can have the same gimmick on a sword, it'd be nice to see a more expensive HG kit pull off likewise. The Cherudim doesn't have any sabers, but it's folding GN Pistol II's have a blade on the underside of the barrel. These pistols can transform via a simple folding joint from pistols to close combat weapons pretty well. They fit snug into the Cherudim's hands. Shield Bits Extending from Cherudim's butt in a slightly questionable practice is the unit's GN Drive, covered by several GN Shield Bits. The Bits are the main gimmick of the kit, a more defensive variation of the GN Fangs used by Zwei and Arche. These consist of nine identical panels, which are mounted on various places across the body; 2 on the left shoulder, 1 on each knee and 6 covering the GN Drive. A transparent plastic stand is provided, allowing you to display the Bits in hovering defensive action. Some variety is possible but you're pretty much stuck with them as floating shields, not the flying mini-guns Lockon can also use them for. Still, the thought is appreciated. Overall This is a decent kit. I'll admit I probably like the basic design of Dynames more, but Cherudim is far from the worse design out there and alot of the well handled kit engineering helps smooth things over for doubters like me. I don't think this is a must have kit, but it's a strong representation of the Cherudim design. Be sure to lock it on to your shopping basket.
The MSN-04 Sazabi is a fictional mobile suit designed by Yutaka Izubuchi for the anime movie Char's Counterattack; it has also appeared in titles including, but not limited to, the Super Robot Wars series of strategy games, the Gundam: Battle Assault series of fighting games, the PlayStation 2 titles Climax U.C., MS Saga and A.C.E. It is utilized by movie and timeline antagonist Char Aznable.
Following the establishment of the second Neo Zeon movement, Char Aznable commissioned Anaheim Electronics to produce a custom-designed mobile suit specifically for his personal use. Painted in a darker and brighter red color with respect to his previously used Zaku II, which presented a tonality tending to a dark pink somewhere, Char utilized the Sazabi as a front-line combat unit to personally lead Neo Zeon mobile suit forces against the Earth Federation Space Force and its Londo Bell subsidiary.
Despite its large size by mobile suit standards, the Sazabi maintains a high level of maneuverability due to a proportionally-high number of maneuvering verniers and lightweight armor materials. It is also heavily armed, including a powerful mega particle cannon in its torso, a variable-output beam shot rifle (a pump-action activates a shotgun-like burst, otherwise functions as a normal beam rifle with semiautomatic fire), and a battery of melee weapons. Its large shield includes space to store a beam tomahawk, as well as three missiles. It is also armed with half a dozen of the same funnel remote weapons as the Jagd Doga. However, the Sazabi's most notable tool is its Psychoframe, a device created by the Neo Zeon movement to both amplify and better harness a Newtype pilot's combat capability. In addition to functioning as a standard psycommu system for control of the funnels, it also boosts a Newtype pilot's ability to control the mobile suit it is mounted in: this translates to a greatly improved reaction time in combat situations, cutting down or eliminating entirely the delay associated with manual controls. Furthermore, the Psychoframe is also capable of more "unforeseen capabilities" that even its pilots do not fully comprehend. Gundam Unicorn confirms that Sazabi's psychoframe contains Char's memories, allowing Neo Zeon to use the data and implant Char's memories into Full Frontal's mind. Unusually enough for a mobile suit, the cockpit is located inside the head of the unit as opposed to within the torso.
After protagonist Amuro Ray is equipped with his own custom-designed Nu Gundam, provided with a psychoframe of its own (at Char's behest, no less), Amuro and Char engage in combat above the asteroid Axis, where Char is eventually defeated in hand-to-hand combat (each combatant having disarmed the other of their mobile suits' weaponry). Fortuitously for Char, the Sazabi was also designed with an escape pod which is automatically fired if the mobile suit sustains critical damage, although this does not save him as Amuro manages to catch the escape pod.
- Gundam to be active in the special new video! Custom machine appeared !! that was popular aircraft [ZII] to base
- Deformation of the wave rider form reproduced in the replacement of parts.
- Center Cannon mounted on the body can be deployed to the front!
- Large beam rifle of Z-based aircraft unique also included!
- Accessories: large beam rifle, deformation for replacement parts, weapons possession (left and right)