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Kitbash Time! Johnny Ridden’s Gelgoog

Ah yes, it’s time for one of those kitbashes I’ve wanted to do for years.

Back in 2008, I made a huge order from HobbyLinkJapan of old Gundam kits. I went for two Dodais, three Ball sets (this was before the HGUC), two Core Boosters, three Magella Attack tanks, the Full Armor Gundam, the GM Sniper Custom, the Zaku Minelayer, and Ridden’s Gelgoog. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to fill all of my orders, so I only ended up with the Zaku, the Gundam, the Core Boosters, the Magellas, and the Dodais. I got the Balls in HGUC form two years later, and I managed to get the GM Sniper a year later, but for whatever reason, the Gelgoog eluded me.

It’s strange, too. There really isn’t much to this kit. It’s the same base kit as the old Gelgoog Cannon and the ReGelg from the Gundam ZZ line, but this one tends to fly off shelves. The only notable differences between this kit and those two are the inclusion of the high mobility backpack and a few guns. I guess Johnny Ridden really is popular on both sides of the ocean.

This is what I would consider an entry-level kitbash. Little to no cutting or remolding is needed on this project. Pretty much the entire project is just building the backpack and sticking it on the base kit. Anything else you need to do is purely optional.

One thing I found very disappointing about the Ridden’s Gelgoog kit was the lack of decals. While it came with the 010 decals, it was completely lacking both the Special Forces emblem AND Johnny’s personal emblem! Thankfully, I had spares left over from one of my High Mobility Zakus.

I did encounter a problem with Johnny’s emblem, however. The emblem is supposed to be placed on the right forearm, but a hole for the shield is in the way. I filled the hole and sanded it down to give adequate space for the decal, and it fit like a glove. Continue reading

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Summer Kitbash Projects 1

And as always, I keep buying MSV kits without even thinking about it…

Really, to me, buying an MSV is something like getting an accessory pack. Sure, you need to do a lot of work on them, but my whole goal with picking one up is to make sure I get it, since you never know when they’re going to get reissued again. Of course, when it comes to these kind of projects, most of the kitbashing involved isn’t actually putting it together, but rather, staring at all the parts trying to figure out how it’s all going to work.

First I have the Desert Zaku, Double Zeta version. Turns out that what I initially heard about the kit was wrong, that it includes all the parts from the MSV Zaku Desert Type. It shares some parts, yes, but the only spare part is the set of shoulder spikes. Either way, this kit still has a lot of parts with it and can still be made into some kind of customized Desert Zaku. It even has two types of command antennas, one of which is like that on the old Zaku Desert Type.

What I’m still not sure about is what kit I want to use as a base. I’ve seen some people make a Zaku Desert Type with the Zaku F2, like the Zeonography figure. That’s a pretty cool idea, but I’m not sure it would work all that well using the Desert Zaku. What I’ll probably do is use the Garma’s Custom Zaku as the base kit, since it has the head vulcans, then take the Desert Type shoulder spikes and use those on an F2, with some scrap plastic and Gouf Custom parts I have lying around. We shall see.

The other one I bought is Johnny Ridden’s Gelgoog, one I’ve been after for years and years. I’ve always been a Johnny Ridden fan. There’s something about his black and red Gelgoog that I’ve found just so stylish. You can’t not dig it. Plus, it’s an easy kitbash since all you really need from this kit are the weapons and the backpack. Continue reading

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MSiA Extended Gelgoog (Igloo version) Review

While I was always more into the model kits, during Gundam’s short-lived heyday in America, I was actually a little more into the action figures. It was out of convenience, really. The American action figure line was very cheap, especially when compared to the models, and offered a huge variety. You could get stuff like the G-Armor, the GM Custom, the GM Cannon II, the classic Gelgoog… all suits that at the time, lacked high grades. Heck, you could even get mobile armors like Zakrello and Bigro! Those were some pretty cool times.

These days, those old Mobile Suit in Action!! figures have now been replaced with the much superior Robot Damashii, but a few weeks back, I was feeling a bit nostalgic, and decided to pick this guy up: Herbert von Kuspen’s custom Gelgoog.

This suit appeared in the CGI OVA MS Igloo, piloted by a Zeon officer who was totally a Nazi (seriously, you should see his damn coat…). By and large, it’s just a Gelgoog, painted in a rather nice gray-on-gray color scheme with some sharp brown panel lining—that’s something you don’t see too often.

The body for this figure was used several other times in the Extended MSiA line, including the mass production model, Char’s unit, Johnny Ridden’s High Mobility Type, the Gelgoog Cannon, and Thomas Kurtz’s Gelgoog cannon; so basically, every canon design save for Anavel Gato’s unit. Since I’m not sure about the order in which these kits all came out, I can’t account for anything like mold degradation, but something tells me the mold for this thing looks like Swiss Cheese at this point.

Since this is the only Extended MSiA I own, I have to say I was quite blown away by this figure’s articulation. It’s ridiculous! Almost everything on it has a double joint—the knees, the elbows, heck, even the shoulders! The only old MSiA that came anywhere close to this was the Gundam version 2.0, and while that one was awesome, it had its share of flaws. Continue reading

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HGUC EWAC Zack Review

By Loran

While the Schuzrum Dias may have been a bit of a pointless variation to begin with, Double Zeta Gundam thankfully has a few more interesting ones. I believe I covered a kitbash of the ReGelg, a Gelgoog variant, some time ago, which is one of my personal favorites. However, there was one story arc in the series that had some variants that just stroke my fancy: yeah, I’m talking about the Africa Arc. Ignoring that one strangely-colored Gelgoog (what was a Gelgoog in Char’s colors doing in Africa??), we got some really cool Desert Zakus out of it, along with one of my favorite “ace units:” The Blue Team.

The EWAC Zack (also known as the “Eye-Zack”) is one of the new suits that were introduced during this arc. In a sense, it’s the Hizack’s answer to the Zaku Recon or the Zaku Flipper, though where those two were designed for taking photographs; this was more made for jamming and listening. It’s the type of suit you don’t see too often in Gundam, or mecha in general. They’re quite common in Macross, but the closest thing I can think to one of these only showed up in mangas. There’s also Dragonar-3 from Metal Armor Dragonar, but that’s Gundam in pretty much everything but its title… Continue reading

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