MG Exia Review – Part 1: Formal Introduction & Pre-Build

Master Grade Gundam Exia Ignition Mode

Introduction

I’m playing around with a new format for model reviews for this… My Sinanju review was popular far beyond anything I expected, so I wanted to make this one as up to snuff as I can. Reviews will be separated into various sections (obviously) that I’ll post as I go along, and I hope to have the entire thing done within a day or two. I won’t be doing reviews all that often as I only will do them for significant kits I get, such as MGs, and I just don’t get that many of them, but I’d like to help out people when I can.

A question I would like to pose is this: Would you be interested in me putting up a separate gallery of hi-res pictures? They would be the pictures you see here, just significantly larger, as the ones I post are downsized from my 12 megapixel camera (which has a focus that doesn’t suck, so rejoice if you got frustrated with the Sinanju’s pictures). Anyhow, let’s begin, shall we?

The MG Exia is something I’ve been anticipating since it looked hella nice to me, and I didn’t have a 1/100 Exia kit. The details in all of the pictures I had seen looked excellent, so I was pretty eager to get it and snap it together. I elected for the Ignition Mode due to the initial pricing (more on this below) made it pretty not a huge leap from the normal edition, plus I’m a sucker for gimmicks… Included in the Ignition Mode over the regular mode is two LEDs to light up the front and back of the GN Drive, parts to convert the Exia to Exia Repair (as seen in Gundam 00 episode one of season two), and some of the parts, such as the GN Sword and GN Blades, have been chrome plated.

A question I’m sure plenty of people are wondering is whether this is really worth it over the non-grade 1/100 Exia that was released almost two years ago, which I’ll answer to the best of my ability without having the 1/100 Exia myself. This review can be looked at quite effectively as a review of the standard MG Exia, as the vast majority of the review applies to the standard MG as well as Ignition Mode.

Let’s take another look at the boxart:

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There are two tragedies about this thing’s box art:

  1. I don’t have a scanner big enough for it.
  2. That “Premium Price” thing you see is NOT a sticker.

These are both sad because the box is fucking awesome, and I don’t think you can really deny that… The premium price bit on the box is because the initial release of this kit costs 5000 yen, after which it will be 6500 yen. Also, a fun fact is that the green text on the bottom is printed with a reflective/metallic finish.

Pre-Build

Just taking a quick look at runners before assembly…

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Most of the Exia Repair parts are contained on the above runner. In the bottom right hand corner is the replacement cockpit hatch cover and next to it is the joint that the capes are attached to. Above the white GN Sword part is the damaged GN Sword’s shield piece. Aside from those and the other GN Sword parts (which are easy to spot out), the rest of the runner is parts of the head.

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The chrome plated parts… Nomnomnom. The chrome finish is highly reflective (as you can see in the second pic), but not a mirror finish. Rather than pure chrome, it’s a darker plating, which I actually really like and would prefer in this situation to a mirror finish. Aside from the GN Sword and GN Blades, the parts that are chrome are the barrel of the GN Sword’s beam gun and some inner parts of the GN Drive, presumably to aide in reflecting the LED’s light.

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The cape pieces for Exia Repair. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but the way the plastic looked, I assumed that these pieces were rubbery or at least slightly flexible, which is NOT the case, they’re hard plastic.

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And a quick look at the GN strips. The new material used for this is a flexible, almost rubbery feeling hard plastic. I think it definitely serves its role at representing the GN strips pretty well.

And now onto building! The next part will cover the building of the GN Drive and Torso.

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