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HGUC Jesta Review

By Loran

I’ve gone on about my love for the Jesta’s design enough times now, so I’m just gonna cut the BS: this kit is awesome.

Maybe I’m just a little biased because I like the design, but this thing is just cool. It doesn’t have all the little nuances of the 0079/0083 GMs or the Zaku I. It’s just a really nice, solid kit of a great design. What more could you ask for?

Now that I’m actually able to hold the suit in my hands, I can get a much better look at the design and all the little design elements that complete the whole look of the suit, a lot of which I never would have thought of. After giving this thing a better look over, it’s basically the lovechild of the Jegan and the Nu Gundam.

And that’s awesome.

The Jesta stands at about the average height for grunts in the UC 0090’s, coming in about a head taller than the GM II from Zeta Gundam. I like it when kits end up with a height like this. It feels very… substantial. It’s about the height of a shorter figuart (namely, the female Super Sentai bodies).

Now you’re probably wondering why I said it was a cross between the Nu Gundam and the Jegan. It’s a bit subtle, and probably one of those things only I care about. It just has a more substantial feel like the Nu does, and it has a beam saber mounted in the underarm like Nu. Again, it’s probably just crap I care about, but it would be cool to see the Federation using some design elements from Amuro’s Nu, considering how expensive that thing was to mass produce.

Like most of the other GM-type kits these days, this has a clear visor with detail behind it. You can’t see the detail here, but it basically has a monoeye beneath it. Neat.

The suit has plenty of joints, like most other kits these days. I’m glad Bandai finally learned that ball-jointed shoulders and stick-jointed hips are much more functional than stick-jointed shoulders and ball jointed hips. I can’t tell you how many hip joints I broke as a kid.

The arm joints aren’t double-jointed, but they are cut in a way that gives them a range of movement greater than 90 degrees, so hey, that works.

What I really like is the waist joint. Plenty of kits have been using a ball joint for awhile now, but this one can actually USE it. Yes.

There isn’t anything special about the accessory compliment, just a rifle, shield, and saber. I like the extra ammo clips under the arm, however. What I find interesting is the shield. It doesn’t clip to the arm but instead hangs off the back. There are two clip systems for this, one for having it face the arm and the other for protecting the back.

The hand compliment is great—the same as the one the GM III had. Please, Bandai, give more kits these hands!

Many stickers are included, with labels for the Federation, Federation special forces, Londo Bell, and Anaheim Electronics.

My hopes for the Jesta kit were certainly not in vain. It’s a great kit, and pretty much everything I was hoping for. Highly recommended, come to FPNYC and get one!

Too bad we probably won’t be getting the Jesta Cannon for another year…

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Gundam Unicorn Kit in a Box Preview

By Loran

As I mentioned a few articles ago, my favorite part of Gundam Unicorn Episode 4 was getting to see all those old mobile suit designs again, with a few new ones thrown in. Naturally, I went for a bunch of them the second I was able to. I’m still holding out hope that we’ll see all of the designs (or at least, all of the really cool ones) in kit form at some point, but for now I’ve got plenty here I can work with. Oh, Unicorn. You make it able for suits nobody cares about normally to get kits.

First up, the Jesta. I love the Jesta. It’s basically a special ops Jegan. I was all over this design when I first saw it. I imagined this thing running around the battlefield carrying no weapons at all, just punching other mobile suits in the face. That’s how cool it is.

From what I can tell so far, this kit seems to be standard fare for modern GM-descendants. It doesn’t explicitly share any parts with the GM II and GM III (save for the hands that come with the GM III), but the basic structure is similar enough. Chances are, I’m really going to enjoy this one.

I find the moldgates for this one to be very interesting. It looks like Bandai is planning on released a kit of the Jesta Cannon, which I believe appears later on in Unicorn. I hope they do, because let’s face it, the Jesta is awesome, and I’ll have no problem with buying additional versions of this kit.

Here we have the Marasai, Gundam Unicorn version. Of the three kits here, it’s technically the oldest, being made from a kit initially released in 2004. As such, its engineering doesn’t really hold up to the others, but 2004 was when HGUC kits started getting really good, it at least gets a pass. It’s not like the Schuzrum Dias or EWAC Zack, which were basically first-year HGUCs reissued in 2009.

Thankfully, to keep this kit from feeling like a total rehash, Bandai included new weapons with the kit including the rifle/sword combination and some kind of grappling hook? I’m not entirely sure what it’s supposed to be.

I like how this kit has a green monoeye. It kind of drives the “Captured Federation Suit” point home. It makes me wonder if these were part of the MS compliment of the Pegasus the pilots shot down…

Pretty sure I’ve said this before, but never in a million years did I think we’d get an HGUC Juaggu. It works for me cuz this would’ve been one of the harder ones to kitbash. Still, it’s a pretty impressive kit, all things considered. The thing looks EXTREMELY poseable, and the “snout” is made with a wire! A few years ago I bet Bandai never would’ve thought of that.

Interestingly, the kit has both the standard HG polycaps, and some I typically only see on First Grade kits. I can’t think of any other kits that do that.

Also, it doesn’t show up in any of these pictures, but a small plastic “window” will guard the monoeye. I wonder how well this will work, and if it does work well, I hope we see it on more kits in the future.

Well, these three kits should hopefully keep me occupied along with my slew of kitbash projects. These three help me get a number of fixes through, with the Jesta for late-first-UC, the Marasai for Gryps Era, and the Juaggu for One Year War. Remember, you can always get your kit fix at FPNYC!

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New High Grade Model kits for August-October

By Loran

It’s that time again! Yep, I’m going to be looking at some of the upcoming Gunpla releases for the coming months, namely the stuff I’m interested in. That means one thing: It’s mostly gonna be HGUC stuff. If you prefer Master Grades, well, I struggle to wonder why you even read my reviews since I’ve only done… what, one or two of them? Yeah, they’re nicer kits, but they don’t really interest me… though I do plan on getting myself all five of the Gundams from Wing (Version Katoki, of course) plus Epyon once they’re all out. That’ll be a fun project.

With the release of the HGUC GM III and GM Cannon II earlier this summer, I’m actually really surprised Bandai is giving us another GM so quickly, and it’s none other than the GM II, one of the suits I thought we’d never see. So far the only pictures we’ve seen are uncolored resin hardcopies, so it’s difficult to tell if they’ll be giving us the Federation or AEUG colors first. Personally, I’d prefer the AEUG one myself. This leaves us with only two anime-original GMs that need HGUCs right now: The GM Sniper II and the GM Ground Type. Get on it, Bandai! The GM II launches in October.

Here’s one I’m excited for—the Jesta from Gundam Unicorn. I can’t quite explain it but I LOVE this design. It’s basically the sexy baby of the ReZel and the Jegan. It has this feel that reminds me of one of the GINN variants form SEED that punches for its melee weapon in the game. When I look at this suit I don’t see it shooting stuff or using its sword, I just see it running around punching other suits. And that’s awesome. The Jesta will start punching stuff in September. Continue reading

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