Sometimes I love this mobile suit’s design, other times I just can’t be bothered with it. It was designed by Ippei Gyoubu, a Japanese artist I discovered via a Comickers volume Harper Collins put out around 2004, and whose work left me in awe. This carries a lot of his markers, more than the mobile suits he designed for Iron Blooded Orphans, which is probably why I occasionally love it, but is still the weakest of his suit designs for Reconguista in G.
On the toy the colours are crisp, as is the sculpt, the shield is lovely and chunky (something I’ve loathed so far about the Robot Damashii Gundam SEED figures), but there’s nothing exciting about this toy, no touches of brilliance like the RD Zeta Gundam has, instead it’s more akin to the relative sedateness of the RD Mk II Gundam. Oh, and those thigh (calf?) boosters just won’t stay the fuck on. Bloody irritating. It looks really ace in this photo, though, so that’s a thing. I didn’t include the atmostpheric backpack in the photo because ugh it’s an ugly thing, feeling alien to the suit, and just bugs me for some reason.
A solid C+ if ever there was one.