GN Arms 'D' preview

December 11, 2008

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Bandai's 1/144 GN Arms Type-D ~ In-box preview

The year is 2307 A.D., and Earth's fossil fuels have been depleted. Humanity has obtained a new source of energy in the form of a large-scale solar power generation system, based on three huge orbital elevators. However, the benefits of this system are available only to a handful of major powers and their allies: the Union, led by the United States of America; the Human Reform League, led by China, Russia, and India; and the AEU, led by Europe.

These superpower blocs continue to play a grand zero-sum game for the sake of their own prestige and prosperity. Thus, even in the 24th Century, humanity has yet to come together as one.

In this world of never-ending conflict, a private armed organization appears, dedicated to the elimination of war through armed force. Its name is Celestial Being, and it is in possession of "Gundam" mobile suits. With these Gundams, it begins armed intervention into all acts of war.
 

Box Art

 

The GN Arms is a mobile armor/weapons platform created for Celestial Being's Gundams, specifically the Dynames (type D) and the Exia (type E). It is unknown if the other Celestial Being Gundams could make use of them.

They are powered by a Gundam's GN Drive, relying on it's GN particles to power its weapons and propulsion. They can act as backup combat support for the Gundams (Fighter Mode) or transform to dock with the mobile suit as a mobile armor (GN Armor Mode).

The GN Arms Type-D compliments the Gundam Dynames for mobile armor combat, and provides a major bost in both speed and firepower. It sports a double-barreled GN Beam Rifle and a missile silo, as well as a pair of GN Cannons (like the Type-E) on top.

 

What You Get

Lots of parts

Instructions - front

Assembly instructions

Color guide

 

This big box comes pack to the gills with parts!  It includes sharply detailed snap-fit plastic kits of GN Arms Type-D and Gundam Dynames, all molded in color, as well as stickers, detailed instructions and a display base.

Like in the show, this model can switch to GN Armor mode to allow Gundam Dynames to dock with it for a major boost in both speed and firepower. The weapons included with GN Armor mode are two large GN Cannons, a large openable missile container, and a foldable GN Twin Rifle.

The Gundam Dynames kit comes with a pair of GN Beam Pistols and holsters. An in-scale Lockon Stratos pilot figure wielding his aim assist device is also included, which allows you to recreate a memorable and poignant scene from episode 23 of the show.

 

Scale: 1/144
Manufacturer: Bandai
What you get: approx. 323 styrene parts, polycaps sprue, instructions, stickers sheet
Price: 6,000 (about $63.68) plus overseas shipping, available from HLJ.com
Molding Quality: typical of Bandai models, no flash with crisp detail and excellent parts fit
Detail: High Grade detail, not as much detail as a Master Grade but enough for a good build of the subject
Accuracy: looks dead-on to the animated version, including that it is transformable
Pros: excellent parts fit & detail, somewhat unique model subject
Cons: price, scale of model, only available (so far) from overseas hobby stores

Final comments:  Though I normally prefer 1/100 scale mecha, all in all this is not a bad kit for a High Grade model. The subject, detail and size more or less justifies the price tag. Recommended for all fans of the series.


 

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