METAL BUILD Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Freedom Gundam

Initially I was going to give this a miss, thankfully my colleague talked me into getting it before it sold out and I couldn’t be happier that I did!

Background:

The ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam, or Freedom for short is a nuclear powered mobile suit made by the ZAFT forces of the space colonies which appears in the anime series “Mobile Suit Gundam SEED” and “Mobile Suit Gundam SEED destiny”. The Freedom is piloted by Kira Yamato, a powerful and skilled first generation Co-ordinator (genetically altered humans who live in space).

The Freedom Gundam is designed primarily for ranged combat. It is heavily armed with a number of long range weapons however it still possesses exceptional speed which rivals and exceeds other more advanced mobile suits.

METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam

Name: Freedom Gundam
Manufacturer: Bandai
Line: METAL BUILD
Sculptor: Yoichi Sakamoto
Designer: Satoshi Shigeta
Scale: 1/100
Material: PVC, ABS Die-cast
Release: Mar 2012
Original Price: ¥15,750 (approx. $195AUD / $202USD)
Height: 190mm / 7.48inches

Packaging:

The packaging is very attractive, slim and compact with nice quality foil lettering. The front of the box features a glossy print of the actual toy, on the back there are a few more photos showing some features and detailed info about the toy and the design. Inside the box, there is a foam tray with the main figure and all the accessories sandwiched safely within. Very collector friendly, and slim enough for easy storage!

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam packaging front
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam packaging back
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam packaging
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam packaging inside
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam packaging foam tray
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam packaging foam tray

Accessories:

Freedom Gundam comes with all of it’s weapons as seen in the anime, as well as hands to weld them. It comes with it’s wings which houses the plasma beam cannons, a beam rifle, a shield and a pair of beam sabers that can be joint together Darth Maul style! Lastly, included is an ingeniously designed display stand but more on that later.

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam wing unit
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam beam rifle
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam shield
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam beam saber
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam beam saber combined
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam display stand

Form/Sculpt:

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the figure was how solid and substantial it felt as it is full of die-cast parts. In terms of proportion though I do think the waist, legs and arms are just a tad too skinny for my liking. Without the wing unit attached, the Freedom Gundam is very easy to balance however once the wings are on you have to lean the stance of the figure forwards to prevent it from falling on it’s back. All the molding on the toy are super sharp and clean and the whole thing feels very well put together. There is obviously a good level of quality control involved with the production of this toy.

METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam

Articulation/Action:

Once you start posing this guy, the skinniness of the toy is hidden and you start to appreciate it for it’s engineering brilliance. This is one super articulated Gundam. The only thing I found to be a little bit worrying was the tightness of some of the metal joints, I’m afraid if I push too hard I may break some of the plastic parts but this hasn’t happened yet I’m happy to report. The display stand adds a whole new dimension to the way you can pose this toy, and it works wonderfully.

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam ready for sword fight
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam takes aim
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam shooting from the hip
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam full blast!
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam full blast the other way!
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam hovering like an angel
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam jumping down for a kill
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam has the enemy in it's sight!

Paint/Print:

You may have noticed that my photos of the Freedom Gundam looks a little dark that’s because the main body colour is actually a light grey, rather than straight white. The paint app on the rest of the figure is amazing, very clean and full of life. It hasn’t been plastered with decals but there are nice print details throughout the body. The blue and the pink painted areas have a pearl effect which really pops under the right lighting.

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam head paint detail
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam shoulder paint and print detail
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam waist apron armour paint and print detail
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam wing paint and print detail
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam backpack unit paint detail
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam display stand paint detail

Detail/Features:

There are quite a few well engineered features worth noting with this set. Firstly the display stand can tilt and extend with locking mechanisms to safely display the toy at a variety of angles.

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam display stand retracted
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam display stand extended

The shoulder armour has been cleverly designed in 3 sections to move out of the way when posing the arms.

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam shoulder armour down
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam shoulder armour up

There is a pegging point on the back apron armour to either store the beam rifle or to be used as a display stand connection point, adaptor included of course.

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam with beam rifle stored on the back
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam ready for display stand connection

There is a secondary display stand connection point concealed in the backpack, to use it you have to pull up the thruster part and swing it upwards, again the adaptor is included.

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam backpack in standard mode
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam ready for display stand connection

On each side of Freedom’s hips is a folding beam cannon which unfolds to give extra firepower!

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam side apron beam cannons collapsed
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam side apron beam cannons deployed

The front apron armour parts can expand and provide extra clearance when posing the legs forwards.

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam front apron armour
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam front apron armour expanded

On the back of the each leg, there are small thrusters which can swing open. Best part about this is the thrusters are die-cast!

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam leg thrusters closed
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam leg thrusters open

Lastly a few comparison photos to show the size of the Metal Build Freedom Gundam. It looks great next to the MMM Strike Gundam, actually it puts the Strike to shame! Sizing up next to a GFFN Strike and RD Strike Gundam, 1/100 scale is obviously bigger. Yes, I like Strike Gundam that’s why I don’t have other Freedom Gundams for comparison XD

  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam vs MMM Strike Gundam
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam vs GFFN Strike Gundam
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam vs RD Strike Gundam
  • METAL BUILD Freedom Gundam vs Stormtrooper & his new friend

Overall:

Overall I am thoroughly impressed with the Metal Build Freedom Gundam in all aspects, from the design, paint app to the playability of this toy. This is a great piece to have on display and will surely maintain its value over time. Every time I walk past this guy at home, I have to pick it up and have a play, that’s how much I like it! By no means is this a cheap toy, but for the price I think it is well worth it especially considering how much metal content it has!

Thanks for reading:)


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5 Comments

    Excellent review. Great quality feel to the Metal Build series. I have a couple already plus one on pre order but I skipped this one. Looks like Bandai will be pretty conservative with these MB releases though. Would love to see some E.F.S.F. units like Jester Cannon or Stark Jegan…guess I’m just dreamin’…

    • Hi Anth, glad you like the review. I do agree with you there, would love to see some MB Gundams from other series for sure!

    I have this, and I must say I am really in love with it. Owning this, just makes all the rest of my plastic gundam like a plastic craps.. Agree with your all your reviews, but personally I think the overall body proportion is perfect. It is exactly what I will like a gundam to look like.. with those sexy curve.

    Anyway, I have a problem with the loose knee joints after sometime. I owned it for about 2 years now… and only play and changes its pose once every few months. Do you have this problem? I wish there is a way to open up its knee and have some kind of screw to tighten it up.. otherwise the rest of this kit is just perfectly solid.

    • Hi Clivengu, sorry for the late reply. I’ve pretty much been out of action since late last year due to busy work!

      I have checked mine and I can’t find any faults with the knee, but I haven’t really re-posed this guy for a while and it’s always displayed on the stand so there has never been any pressure on the knee joints for prolonged periods of time.

      I still really enjoy owning this figure!

    hello bro,i had a query about the metal build freedom gundam,specifically,its stand

    im repacking it and putting it into storage but the problem is,i cant seem to separate the display stand from the base,its a V tight fit secure connection and maybe im doing something wrong

    manual is of no help since its all in japanese and really doesnt address the stand.if you can help out from your own experience then please do so,the front leg of the stand comes off easily enough but the main back one is a bitch

    im afraid of using too much force or stressing it too much for fear of breaking the stand

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