How many of you actually ‘play’ with your gunpla the way you would with an action figure? Driven by boredom this evening, I looked up some pictures of Strike Gundam. Although most available ones are actual kit photos, there are also a few nice illustrations.
Coincidently, my PG Perfect Strike was right next to me. Wouldn’t it be nice to try out those poses?
Test 1 - Nothing surprising, the famous opening scene can be reproduced effortlessly. Since a HG can do it, there is no way a PG cannot.
Test 2 - Not exactly the way it is in the illustration but close enough. Very likely it is the Boomerang armor complex on the shoulder that blocks the shield movement.
Test 3 - Depending on the angle, the results vary.
Let’s start with the one that deceives you the first second.
Unlike in the animation, the reality is that if you do not bend the right arm, the left arm, even pulled out from the chest at 30 degrees, is not long enough to grab the support stock. This is very disappointing Bandai! What a disgrace for a Gundam to shoot in a ‘Zaku machine gun’ style!!
For your reference, this is how a Zaku shoots…
Is this complaint valid? To be fair, PG Strike is first released in 2004. There are a few minor refreshes in the Perfect Strike but its frame is identical to that of the original 17-year old kit.