「毎日楽しいの為に」 Flawless Passion
The loots that I had originally expected for January got delayed, and probably won’t arrive until some time in February. At first I thought that I won’t have any loots for the first month of 2016, but then I remembered that I had received a very generous gift from a friend during the first week of January. So yes! I do have loot to show!
I never thought that I would type these words on my blog, but here it is.
My first loot to start off the new year is:
- METAL BUILD ガンダムエクシア リペア Metal Build Gundam Exia Repair
In line with the battle damage theme, the designs throughout the box looks weathered and worn. The box is quite tall and also wider than HG gunpla boxes. Depth-wise, it is not very thick, so not too difficult to store the box. The S.H.Figuarts and RG 00 Gundam are there for a size reference.
Here is the back of the box. There is a picture of Exia Repair II because this box comes with some extra parts that you can combine with the regular Metal Build Exia to create the Repair II. However, the Repair II form is half-assed in that they don’t give you the proper rear skirts or cover up the cables on the sides of the body. Really lame for those who want to faithfully recreate the Repair II.
Inside the box are the Metal Build Gundam Exia Repair and its specialized display base. Minus the optional hand parts and Repair II exchange parts. Since I don’t have the regular Exia, those parts are irrelevant. If you’d like, you could mix and match those parts with the Exia Repair, though a little odd.
Here is a better look at the markings on the base. Like the Gundam and the box, the weathering looks good. The stand itself is also really sturdy, and at the same time, easy to adjust. Seriously, this stand is amazingly smooth to use, compared to the finicky Action Bases for gunpla.
Let’s move on to checking out the main piece, the Metal Build Gundam Exia Repair.
I had originally assumed that only a few parts were removed and replaced from the regular Metal Build Exia to become the Repair variant (like the MG). However, looking at it more closely, you can see that a good deal of effort was put into expressing the battle damage on this Metal Build. Throughout the body, parts of the armor are chipped off, the paint application included burnt effects, the remaining GN Condensers are cracked, and even the decals are weathered.
If all of those details are not enough, just look at this cape. Simply gorgeous. This level of quality is what I would normally see from high-end scale figures.
Close-up on the cape. That texture and paint application is almost astonishing to look at.
Here is another photo of the back side from a different angle. I really how the GN Drive looks in this Metal Build arrangement. The GN Drive is removable and you can replace it with the Burst Mode GN Drive from the Repair II exchange parts. It makes sense canonically, since the burst function was built into the regular Exia from the start.
A closer look at the broken GN Sword. You can also see the broken empty GN Condenser on the leg. On the MG, it was simply a sticker, but the Metal Build has the details molded and painted.
Some neat poses.
Here is the comparison of the Metal Build Exia Repair with my painted MG Gundam Exia. The differences in proportions and designs are quite interesting to look at. I think both versions are great, and both versions have their own respective ups and downs. In the end, I like them both!
Originally, I wasn’t a big fan of the Metal Build Exia just from looking at the official images. But having it in my hands and seeing it with my own eyes, I am quite impressed. It certainly raised my opinion of the Metal Build line as well. Now I understand why Metal Builds are such premium items. While I can’t say if I will ever purchase a Metal Build for myself, I will definitely pay more attention to them.
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