Here’s the latest of the recent models I’ve been building and another in the RG line, the standard Zaku II!
You’ve all heard my opinions on standard Zaku IIs before, so I’ll spare you that. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this build—despite its fair share of flaws.
I’ll go through the flaws first:
1, all the tabs for the weapons only face right, so they can only be held easily and naturally in the right hand. I’m not sure why they made it this way; they didn’t even include any kind of pre-cast grip left hand. I ended up cutting off the tab on the Heat Hawk so it could be held in either hand, but it’s still shaky.
Clearly you can overcome this problem, but it’s an inconvenience that could have been easily fixed.
2. (no pictures for this) there are a good many pieces that are cast way too close to gates, and I was unable to remove them even with narrow sidecutters without leaving big marks on the surface. This is especially problematic in the smaller pieces.
3. While the legs are an engineering masterpiece compared to almost every other Zaku kit, there is a huge problem with articulation at the hips. That front skirt almost always pops off when you bend the leg at all, and the side one flipped off consistently also. That problem has been less since I painted, but it’s still a pain in the ass that I’m considering gluing it.
Those two (pretty glaring) things aside, this is a really nice kit. The shoulders articulate to a level comparable with the Nu Gundam Ver. Ka, so you never have trouble with cross-body weapon aiming.
They also include a TON of options for customization, like numbers 0-9 and about 10 different military ranking stripes for both the shield and the arm.
The articulation is also excellent, as armor parts slide apart on both the upper legs and biceps, allowing for a full range of motion.
That being said, don’t expect this to kneel in any way other than INCREDIBLY AWKWARDLY.
One other small gripe is that it’s hard to get him to stand flat because of how stubby his feet are. That problem is easily overcome though.
So ultimately, a very solid kit for its early release order in a new line. I didn’t go all out with the decals because I wanted the classic look for a display piece I’ll be doing with these two :-)