MG Nu Gundam Version Ka
Arguable one of the the most anticipated Master Grade of 2012, the Nu Gundam Ver. Ka certainly has a lot of things going for it. The first being that it was a Katoki kit certainly got many people excited. But the fact that it’s the Nu Gundam, one of the iconic Gundams in the entire meta-series. The fact that it’s was the last unit piloted by Amuro Ray, the first Gundam protagonist and the fact that it inspired other Gundam designs that uses remote weapons (i.e. Strike Freedom and 00 Qan[T]) and that it replaces the older MG Nu Gundam made Gunpla fans go nuts.
I’m going to admit that I haven’t watch Char’s Counterattack, so don’t bash on me, but I always liked the Nu Gundam’s design. It was imposing and didn’t look like other Gundams certainly made the design stand out more. And now with a redesigned Nu Gundam in model kit form, my love for the design hasn’t change much. I think I like this more then the original, no matter how non-canon it may be ^^;.
For this review, the model kit is completely unpainted. No decals or stickers were used, and no panel lines were done. This is strictly an out of the box review.
Side profile of the box and as with most Ver Ka boxes, it’s very clean with not much details.
Out of the Box
About 23 plates of parts all together (24 if you count the base) Some are small, most are just duplicates.
The standard manual with the clean art of Katoki kits.
And the decals; clear stickers for the different colored dark blue and light gray, foil stickers for cameras and eyes and psychoframe pieces, and water slide decals for the caution and marking decals. No dry transfer or clear stickers for the caution markings which is disappointing in my opinion.
I thought my eyes were playing on me when I noticed that the amount of markings weren’t as much as previous Ver Ka kits. Comparison to the the gold Banshee Ver. Ka waterslides.
The chest was the first thing I put together. There is a small cavity for a standard Bandai LED, but this kit didn’t come with any… The construction was rather solid and works. You can switch the white pieces under the yellow vents with the dark blue pieces if you want a more “anime accurate” look.
The head was quite simple in it’s construction. There isn’t really any light piping but if you had an LED, you can make the eyes and forehead camera to light up.
The arms was constructed in a very interested way that allows the forearm to slide out and review the green psychoframe parts. The new Perfect Grade like hands is nice and all, but you have to loosen them up like the Real Grade’s Advance MS Joints. You can swap the beam saber holder and the plain backing on the right arm if you wish, so that the beam saber is on the right arm.
The shoulders are simple but effective. I like how the transformation for the shoulders are much easier than the MG Unicorn’s shoulders. XD
The waist section was very standard in construction. The gray that pokes out under the white armor here and there is a nice touch.
Look at all the pieces to make the legs! Lots of pieces, mainly for the inner frame. When you finish with everything for the legs, there’s at least 2-3 layers of inner frame and armor. Arguably the most impressive part of the build.
Not a lot of pieces for the backpacks. I should note that every thruster bells have the yellow pieces that go in them, which adds a nice touch. You also get parts for the Double Fin Funnel set up.
Getting into the weapons now with the beam sabers. Very easy, you properly don’t even need the manual!
Again with the very easy construction. The one thing I don’t like is the seam line that is under the beam rifle. The top seams are hidden by the dark blue pieces.
The hyper bazooka is a bit more complex in the construction, but still pretty easy. The barrel can extend just like Unicorn Gundam’s hyper bazooka.
The shield is massive! It’s taller than most HGs! The shield attachment clip goes over the beam saber arm, usually the left arm.
Building the Fin Funnels wasn’t as repetitive as I thought. No silly things as stickers for the yellow parts here. Also the connectors that hook up all the Funnels don’t work very well. It just flops everywhere and I would have preferred the connectors that the HGUC Nu Gundam used for it’s Fin Funnels. So great idea, but not so great execution.
My first impression of the model kit without any weapons on was that he looks fantastic. Definitely one of the best looking Nu Gundam to date. I understand that some people don’t like the Evolve look but I think it stands out from the old MG Nu Gundam from 2001. The proportion is definitely a lot better too. You can see the Katoki influence on the kit with the long legs and small head.
Overall, everything comes together from the multiple shades of white to the gray inner frame poking out at various places. The yellow is also very prominent, due to it being used for the vents on the legs and arms, giving this model a colorful feel despite not having a lot of colors.
Nu Gundam with his weapons. This is one of those kits you can just have standing there and it would still look good. When you do put on the Fin Funnels, the kit sags to the left ever so slightly. Overall, the kit is solid, but feels springy due to the absence of ABS plastics in the legs.
Just a close up of the weapons and accessories.
Some size comparisons. No Fin Funnels because we all know he would tower with the Funnels. Here we have the MG RX-78-2 One Year War version, Amuro’s first mobile suit, next to his final mobile suit, being the Nu Gundam Ver Ka. Nu Gundam is listed as a 22 meter mobile suit, so it’s a big kit compare to the 18 meter RX-78.
The only other Gundam that uses remote weapons I have at the time is the MG 00 Qan[t]. And if you imagine the Fin Funnels on the Nu Gundam, these two are on opposite spectrum, as one favors more of a long range engagement and the other favors close quarters.
Next another Universal Century suit, the Delta Plus which comes after Char’s Counterattack. Head height wise, Nu Gundam still has a couple of centimeters on Delta Plus.
And here we have the successor of the Nu Gundam, the Unicorn Gundam in Unicorn mode. They honestly don’t look very similar despite being being in the same family. XD
Tobe, Nu Gundamu!
Nu Gundam in battle with it’s rifle and shield, a Gundam’s best friends. It was a pain to get the peg in the palm and in the handle to line up and get inserted, but once they’re in and you wrap the fingers around the trigger and handle, the thing is solid. No issues here except that the wrist is a little loose.
I tried to use the Fin Funnels in the beginning, but they kept flopping down due to gravity or would just pop off the first Funnel. In the end, I just took them off for the rest of the review. The down side is that Nu Gundam looks a little empty with out the Funnels over the left side, but the up side was that the poses were easier to do.
The shield was a little cumbersome to pose with due to how big it is. I wished it had more options then just being able to rotate and swing around.
Nu Gundam can also pull off some ground poses despite not being used on Earth.
Doesn’t look bad doing the Final Shot.
Nu Gundam brings a Nu meaning to heavy firepower… ^^;.
The bazooka also has a peg in the handle, but I lost it during construction. The fingers can sometimes hold it with the palm peg, but you need both pegs for better security.
Don’t forget that the shield also has some missiles and a beam cannon under it too!
Starting off with the back up beam saber in the left arm.
As with the all the weapons, the beam saber handles have a peg you line up with the palm peg for the hands to grip the weapon. The downer is that due to the new peg style, you can’t do those holding-the-beam-saber-backwards pose which kinda sucked ^^;.
Customized beam saber time.
The blade on the customized beam saber is very smooth. And sometimes a little to heavy for the wrist to manage.
And some duel wielding fun ^^
Nu Gundam can sorta pull the Ore wa Gundamu pose…
So the display base the kit comes with looks like this when you want to show off the Funnels. Despite being made of ABS plastic, the clear arms still feel flimsy when you want to move them around. But they do their job with holding the Funnels. In terms of putting the Nu Gundam on the base, you put it on similar to the MG Hi-Nu or PG Strike Freedom, where the connectors goes into the backpack, but in this case, it also goes into the Nu Gundam’s back a little too.
It looks messy at first, but it works better then those clear rods that MG Hi-Nu or MG Strike Freedom came with. The arms have three points of mobility (the arm to base connector can rotate as does the middle of the arm and the ball joint that attaches the Funnels to the arms) allowing you to position the Funnels almost anywhere you want.
Fangu! Wrong series I know, but Ribbons and Amuro were voiced by the same guy haha XD
One cool thing is that you don’t have to shoot off all the Funnels if you choose to. So you can keep some on Nu Gundam and the rest flying around it.
Nothing can stop Amuro now as he goes to kick Char’s ass.
A new “feature” that was added for the Nu Gundam Ver Ka is the ability to transform. It’s not a dramatic transformation like the Zeta Gundam or Unicorn Gundam for that matter. The transformation involves popping some pieces off like the front skirt piece and sliding some parts on the kit to expose some psychoframe. I’m not sure what mode this is called though.
Some close ups of the newly transformed parts. My favorite bits are the legs ^^. Overall, there isn’t a lot of psychoframe parts exposed, but then again, it’s not a Full Psychoframe Mobile Suit. Nu Gundam is, after all, Amuro Ray’s Customize Mobile Suit for Newtypes.
Comparison with the Unicorn Gundam in Destroy mode. Now the Unicorn Gundam is around the head height of the Nu Gundam. In terms of articulation in this new mode, it’s still the same as it was when you didn’t transformed it.
Before going into my final thoughts, I want to list some things that bugged me as I was building this kit.
– The inner frame is completely ABS free. I’m not really sure what the new plastic is, but it’s not polystyrene (what the outer armor is made of). It’s easier to cut though with a plastic cutter and easier to clean the nubs off, but when you put everything together, it doesn’t have that solid confidence that other Master Grades have. That’s why I said that the model has a solid but springy feel to it.
– While having water slide decals are nice, I wouldn’t have mind if Bandai also included the markings in clear stickers or dry transfer decals. I’m not saying that just for the new comers, who more then likely haven’t used water slides because Bandai hasn’t release any in the last 4 years (besides the web exclusives which 90% of us can’t get since we don’t live in Japan), but more for a conveniences. I like having multiple options rather having one and being stuck with it.
– The PG-style fingers are nice, but do be careful as you loosen then. I had a joint broke off and had to glue it back so that it’s now stationary. You might have seen it on the left hand sometimes. Speaking of hands, the peg in the palm is fine, but was there really a need to have a another peg on the weapons. Yes it’s more secure, but it’s sometimes more trouble than it’s worth.
– No LED in a 7000 yen kit? I could understand the display stand jumping the price to 7000 yen, but still. It doesn’t bother me as much though since the way to access the LED cavity involves popping out the back panel of the torso and the head, which is a PITA to do sometimes.
– The Fin Funnel connectors that connects the Funnels together are bad. Sometimes the connections work and other times you have to be careful and not breathe on the kit because that’s how unstable these Fin Funnels are. I’m sure it will work better with some paint or modifications involving metal rods, but for a big release kit such as this, it shouldn’t have happen straight out of the box.
These are just some of my nit picks along with others, but those aren’t as significant as the ones I’ve listed. In the end, the pros outweigh the cons to me in that this kit looks great. The weapons and accessories, while very finicky, do their jobs most of the time. The addition of the display base is a huge plus. After completing this kit, you might feel that other MGs are now smaller because of how big it is. I would say it’s a great kit if you love everything Universal Century, or Amuro Ray, or even the Nu Gundam itself. This new Nu Gundam really is “not just for show!”