HRL's Tieren preview

December 11, 2008

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Bandai's 1/100 Tieren Ground Type ~ 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 mainstay mobile suit of the Human Reform League, comparable in design to a bipedal tank, the Tieren is a relatively old model that has been in service for more than a decade.

The Ground-Type Tieren is equipped with a 550mm missile launcher, a 200 x 25 mm smooth-bore cannon, a 30mm chest-mounted machine gun, a carbon blade for melee combat, and a leg-mounted shield that protects its lower body from enemy fire. Its mobility is limited by its weight and bulk, however, it is heavily armed and armored, and its technology is highly reliable.

The term Tieren means "iron man" in Chinese.

What You Get


Parts detail


Assembly guide

Color guide




This kit is a highly detailed model of the Human Reform League's Tieren Ground Type, with accurate mechanical detailing, full poseability, and well and is well-equipped with weapons that include a bazooka, a carbon blade, and a 200 x 25mm smooth-bore cannon.

Its mono eye can move horizontally and vertically, and its shoulder shields are flexible. It also includes three in-scale unpainted figures (one pilot and two HRL soldiers).

At 1,400, this kit is a steal. The box comes full of parts, the detail is awesome (for a non-MG kit), and it builds to a nice model of the HRL's fugly workhorse.


Scale: 1/100
Manufacturer: Bandai
What you get: 151 styrene parts, 2 polycap sprues, instructions, stickers sheet
Price: on sale for 1,400 (about $14.86), normally 2,800, plus overseas shipping from
Molding Quality: typical of Bandai models, no flash with crisp detail and excellent parts fit
Detail: nice detail for a good build of the subject
Accuracy: looks dead-on to the animated version
Pros: price, scale, excellent parts fit & detail, unique model subject
Cons: none, except that it's only available (so far) from overseas hobby stores

Final comments:  This thing's so ugly that it's cool.   A friend who has the Tieren in action believes that this is what tanks might look like in the future... ugly but functional, armed to the teeth, and big enough to scare the hell out of the enemy.  Highly recommended for all mecha fans.


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