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Zaku Kai (RD ANIME)
Topic Started: Nov 28 2017, 08:29 PM (405 Views)
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I have a feeling Tetsujin might like this. ^_^

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(more than the HGUC at least)
Edited by Zip, Nov 28 2017, 08:39 PM.
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I was about to post about this. I can't speak for him, but my HGUC looks less appealing by the moment...
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Nov 28 2017, 08:29 PM
I have a feeling Tetsujin might like this. ^_^

(more than the HGUC at least)
I'm not sure, honestly. I think the proportions are truer to the original design than the HGUC, but I think the HGUC did better at preserving other elements of the design, like the contours of the leg. Overall my impression of the RD at this point is that it reminds me of the B-Club conversion set for the MG Zaku F2: bulky legs but not quite nailing the look, bulky chest but too much of it taken up by the center section. There's just a few issues like that throwing a monkey wrench in the works.

When I was designing my take on the FZ for my scratch build project, I probably spent more time on the legs than on any other part of the thing. To me one of the critical things in any bulky-legged version of the Zaku is that the bulk of the leg has to look like a distinct thing. For instance, on the MG Zaku v1.0, the bottom of the lower leg "pod" pinches inward at the ankle, giving it a distinct, kind of pear-shaped contour. On the HGUC Zaku and some of the other 21st century versions that followed, that inward "pinch" is less distinct, and the contour of the leg basically flows straight into the foot. To me the result of that kind of design is that the leg looks "amorphous" - it doesn't define and distinguish the shape of the leg enough, so it just looks kind of dumpy and noncommittal. I think the RD comes too close to this "amorphous" territory. Having gone through many attempts to get the right look in the lower leg myself, it feels like I'm looking at one of my own old mistakes. In more specific terms - I think they've made the lower leg too close to symmetrical. The inboard side of the lower leg armor should be shorter than the outboard side. The outboard side can still be stretched out and a bit indistinct in its contour, as long as the inboard side is a bit more tightly designed. (The HGUC has a similar issue.)

One other bit I think may be lacking here (it can be hard to tell) is the skirt armor. Along with the leg design, to me it's one of the most beautiful (and critical) parts of the design. I don't think they've got the breadth they need here, and the side skirts should sit higher than the front one, close up some of that empty space in the midriff - though oblique viewing angles like this can be a bit misleading when trying to gauge such details.

*shrug* I look forward to seeing more of this release at any rate.
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RE/100 plz!
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Nov 30 2017, 02:59 AM
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Thanks. Some good stuff there, for sure... I think for a 5000 yen item, though, I expect better.
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It'll be more than 5000 yen for sure, figures in the RD line run around 6000+ yen on average, which is surprisingly on the cheaper end of Japanese action figures. Buchi's Patlabor designs in the line were all 7000 yen each.

It would be a lot cheaper as a plastic model, but Bandai would never make a kit based on this design style in a million years. Instead we'll be getting more of those Katoki Origin Zakus.
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I'm thinking that we have a stronger chance than ever of this thing popping up again as a RE100. All these new 0080 GM Master Grades with nothing to fight except the old Kaempher.

Granted RE100 is the far left field for putting designs into the mainstream line, so if we get a companion piece on that end it could be a Guncannon MP, or even one of the aquatic MS (all of which would be awesome! But don't directly tie in to the GM Command/Sniper II...). I can also see the Zaku Fz, RD2 and Gelgoog Jaeger being popular enough to see mainstream MG releases someday, they're literally army builders.
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Nov 30 2017, 09:17 PM
It'll be more than 5000 yen for sure
5500 yen, "Our Price'd" at 4400 yen:
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^I was very surprised to hear that honestly, Izubuchi's Dunbine and Patlabor designs usually run for 8000 yen a piece.
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