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HG 1/144 Seraphim Gundam Quick Review

24/12/2009

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Price: 1000 Yen

GN-009 Seraphim Gundam
Pilot: Tieria Erde
Height: 16.6m
Weight: 27.4t
Armaments: GN Beam Saber(2), GN Cannon(2)(Arms)

Christmas tomorrow and here’s a quick review of the Seraphim. This is a transactional review as I’ll need it somewhat when I get the time to build its counterpart.

  1. Seraphim is SHORT, just like the GN Archer. It is not necessarily bad but if you have trouble building standard sized HGs, you might have some difficulty here, though I don’t think it’ll be much trouble.
    Note: During building, I had some difficulty assembling the Clavicles on the top of the chest. IIRC, it was a bit hard to put together properly.
  2. Articulation is pretty okay.
    Legs can go quite high up since the skirt doesn’t obstruct them much. They can bend very well due to the transformation gimmick. /limited by a ball joint.
    Not much abdomen movement but a simple 360 degree rotation by the waist.
    Arms can only bend at a max of 90 degrees due to the armor. They can go around quite a bit due to the transformation gimmick.
  3. *You can move the big Gundam head up and down. When the head is shown, Serpahim is in Face Burst Mode.*
  4. The feet, I really have to say, are bad. It is quite articulated but they are too small to stabilize the Seraphim most of the time. It can stand on its own, just that it might topple down quite easily due to the small feet…
  5. Transformation is rather simple and you don’t really need to even read a manual for it. Here’s a quick rundown of it anyways;
    #1 – Take off the head. Keep it somewhere safe.
    #2 – Take off the rectangular armor piece covering the GN Drive at the back and put it on the spot where the head was.
    #3 – Turn to the front. Configure the arms as shown.
    #4 – Take off the hands. Move the arms to the back as shown. If you want to cover the wrists, you’ll need to have Seravee.
    #5 – Fold the legs and open up the feet. Yes, open up the feet.
    #6 – Shift the knee guard downwards so it doesn’t poke outwards.
    Complete.
  6. I prefer to pose the Seraphim with an action base. You’ll too if you want to play with it without much fuss of it toppling over.
  7. The beam saber hands used the beam sabers from another model kit. It fit, so I did a lame Gurren Lagann parody. XP
  8. The Seraphim comes with 2 beam saber hilts, 2 normal circular beam parts and 1 short circular beam part.

Overall, the Seraphim is okay but is mostly worth it if you have the Seravee. By itself, it totally depends on your tastes. I bought it even though I didn’t have the Seravee since I quite liked the design. A black Gundam with a big Gundam head on its chest? Sold.

Truth be told, it would had been better value for money if it was sold for 800 Yen. It really doesn’t come with that many parts and it can be assembled very quickly.

Okay, that’s all for now. Merry Christmas (Eve)!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 28/12/2009 9:11 am

    Well, I haven’t seen this on the series because the last episode I watched is second season episode 10. For my opinion, Tieria’s Nadleeh didn’t really put a show in first season, but I think Nadleeh is better than Seraphim, love the hair.

    For Seraphim, in my opinion, I prefer Strike Noir for black Gundams.

    • 31/12/2009 11:45 pm

      Yeah, Seraphim wasn’t all that amazing. However, its quite functional. Who woulda thought an MS can split in 2?

      At least its less wasteful and time consuming than the Nadleeh/Virtue combo where Nadleeh has to let go of some armor (which later has to be collected…). ^^;

      Yep, I agree that the Strike Noir is one of the best in that color category. Next up is the Gundam MKII, the Titans one. Can’t deny the first one(?) in that color scheme. =)

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