The HGUC Sazabi is from the OVA Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counter Attack, which is somewhat a (non-direct) prequel to the Mobile Suit Gundam: Unicorn. A large-sized kit and also, very, very red with some black and a dash of yellow.
The design of the Sazabi is more towards a defensive role (the Sinanju more for offensive). The design has some characteristics from the Gelgoog and the Rick Dom.
One word that sums up the Sazabi: massive.
Even the shield is massive. Unlike the HGUC Sinanju, the HGUC Sazabi uses clear decals sheets instead of foil stickers.
The rear skirt is very large. The backpack houses two fin funnel containers at the top and two external tanks at the lower half. Both containers and tanks are joined via PC.
The articulation here allows the recreation of poses from the OVA.
Very rich in detail, as expected from the HGUC line.
This unit is littered with these all over. It makes a large unit like this to be very agile and mobile. Also, I used Artline Paint Markers to paint the thrusters’ inner bell (it’s cheap and easy to find).
The containers can be opened, revealing the fin funnels.
Oddly, Sinanju’s neck piece is shorter than Sazabi’s…
The top piece can be easily (too easily) removed. Allows the eye piece to be rotated left and right.
You must use a small screwdriver to nudge the eye…
Sazabi’s eye look very menacing.
The maximum range for the arms. I’ll skip the leg split for this review as the Sazabi’s lower body design doesn’t allow much.
Can go up to 90 degrees. The inner details for the arms is good, you see the hydraulic pistons there.
Can’t go much higher due to flaring designs. The skirt armour pieces can be raised.
Yes, both Sazabi and Sinanju can mix each others’ backpack component. Will show that in my up coming post.
Good range of motion for the foot.
Provided the torso is lifted up a bit.
One of the close-range weapons. This weapon has two modes, one is the tomahawk mode (as seen here).
And this, the sword mode. Part swapping is required.
This won’t be pretty.
This sword has a very long reach.
The bread and butter of melee combat.
If Char’s in a bad day, he uses these.
Puts any 1/144 gunpla’s shields (except Psycho Gundam) to shame.
This where the beam sword tomahawk is stored, also there’s three missiles in the shield’s tip.
The beam shot rifle has two modes: rifle shots (long narrow beams) and shotgun shots (wide short burst beams).
Talk to the gun.
Good for wide-area scarring shot.
Double the fun, double the excitement.
Those yellow stalks are from the beam effect runner frame. 😄
As you can see, the Sazabi towers over the Sinanju.
A very awkward moment for both. 😄
p.s. the decals on Sazabi’s shoulder, funnel container, other than on the eye and shield, are from an issue of Hobby Dengeki magazine.
Parting note: The HGUC Sazabi is another good kit to get. It’s size is comparable to a small-sized MG kits like the F-91 and Crossbone.