Presenting, the HG AGE-2 Normal from the Gundam AGE series.
This is the second generation of the series, has the ability to transform into the Strider mode, basically a mobile armour mode.
You may notice there’s awfully lots of hanging protrusions on the shoulders and makes it look very cluttered. Because it is.
The colour separation is very good, this a plus for some of us who are too lazy to paint (like me, haha). But it does in need of lining to make it less plain looking.
The spoiler now has a function. Especially in the Strider mode.
A very powerful weapon and the design is quite unique. The lower armour piece serves as a lock for the hand so the rifle won’t sagged/loose over time.
Unlike most rifle, the targeting sensor is at the lower half and has a pair of small canard wings that helps it stabilized in Strider mode.
Your basic shield, quite small for a lead unit. Actually this is the smallest shield among my gunpla series. Then again, this IS a lead unit and it has… plot-armour.
The double-joint elbow gives it a good range, and yes, the hanging wings does hinder the arms’ movements.
The same goes for the knees. With the Gundam OO series of joint system, movement range has improved.
Hang on… Why is…
I guessed a compliment is in order.
I guessed Asemu is very confused here…
Setsuna: He has the Gundam colours, so we’re bros.
Well, that was brief.
He’s just your regular Gundam passing by.
The stand supplied is very practical among any gunpla kits that I have.
The wings have to be positioned nicely so it doesn’t hinder the aiming.
As with some lead units, it comes with a pair of standard holding hands and one splayed hand.
The shield, while small, is very effective.
Its very nice of Bandai to give clear saber parts for a lead unit. Then again, this is flatten type of part so its incompatible with saber from other series.
Now the rear skirt has a practical application: to hold the rifle while using sabers.
As the rifle is quite long, it also serves as a make-shift stand of sorts…
Now double fun double the slice.
Since AGE-2 is a flight-type of unit.
As I said before, the wings can be an annoyance…
Some traces of MG-like design cues are implemented. First pull the torso upwards then fold it back, which in turn locks with the rear skirt armour.
It’s a bird, it’s plane its… a… dart/shuttlecock…
It has two attachment points at the top, either for MS or MA modes.
Here’s the clever bit, you can store unused hand and hip parts. Bandai should have done this for all their kits. No more the issue of unused parts strew around.
Even if it looks like a dart/shuttlecock, it still look very sleek.
This reminds me of the F-16 series of fighter’s ventral fin:
Then again, some folks had missed deploying this part properly for their kit…
Is this some undocumented feature?
Actually, you just swing the legs downwards in it’s Strider form.
Who wouldn’t be..
That’s a good question…
He messed up the arms and wings.
Yes, I’ll be reviewing him next. Only then I review my Wing-01 MG…