Robot Damashii Wing Gundam Zero (EW ver.) Pearl Coating ver.

Background:

Released in October of 2012, this is the Tamashii Nations limited edition Robot Damashii Wing Gundam Zero (EW ver.) Pearl Coating ver. sold at the event in Akiba. Wing Gundam Zero is a highly popular Gundam from the Gundam Wing series.

RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver.

Name: Wing Gundam Zero (EW Ver.)
Manufacturer: Bandai
Line: Robot Damashii
Sculptor:
Scale: Non-scale
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: Oct 2012
Original Price: ¥4,500 (approx. $46AUD / $48USD)
Height: 125mm / 4.92inches

Packaging:

As a Tamashii Nation limited edition it comes in a specially designed box with no windows. The packaging itself is quite clean and attractive but you’ll need to open the box to get a glimpse of the contents. My example unfortunately got a little bit squashed during shipping which shows that the cardboard stock itself isn’t very thick. On the inside, the Gundam rests in a plastic tray similar to standard Robot Damashii releases.

  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. packaging front
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. packaging back
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. packaging side
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. packaging inside

Accessories:

In the accessories department, Wing Gundam Zero comes with a pair of its Buster Rifles, which can be clipped together to form a single more powerful Buster Rifle. Its secondary weapon of choice is the Beam sabre, unfortunately this release only comes with one beam part however it does come with two handles. There are also two extra pairs of hands included, as well as a display stand which is absolutely necessary as the Wing Gundam Zero is very back heavy.

  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. with twin Buster Rifles
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. with combined Buster Rifle
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. with Beam Sabre
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. display stand

Form/Sculpt:

This rendition of Wing Gundam Zero is absolutely gorgeous. Every part is precisely made and the fitment is spot on. Proportion wise, there isn’t anything to fault. The only thing is that once the backpack and wings are on, this figure becomes very back heavy and it is almost impossible to stand on its own. This is something I can overlook as it’s just too damn beautiful.

RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver.

Articulation/Action:

As with most Robot Damashii toys, the articulation is pretty good. This figure can easily take a kneeling position although I didn’t take any photos of it. The elbows and knees are both doubled jointed with the ability to practically fold flat against itself. The head is on a ball joint with a tilting neck joint, the chest rocks and the waist also sits on a ball joint. There are simply too many joints to count, and this is just the figure itself. The backpack and wings have a bunch of joints as well making it almost possible to pose the wings in any position you like. Bottom line is, it’s bloody awesome.

  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. ready for battle
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. charge!
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. takes on a swarm of enemies
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. taking aim
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. powered down
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. flying into action

Paint/Print:

Now we come to the main event, the Pearl Coating effect! As you can probably guess this figure is covered from head to toe with a glorious shiny pearl finish. The paint app is mostly tidy with only a few small spots where some paint has gone astray but they are so small you’ll hardly even notice it. Only the face and parts of the leg has panel lining applied, which is fine with this release as the focus is on the pearl effect. The wings have been given a fading out treatment which looks amazing in the right light. Overall I am very impressed.

  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. face paint detail
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. arm paint detail
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. leg paint detail
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. wing paint detail

Detail/Features:

The Wing Gundam Zero features opening gimmick for the Machine Cannons housed on the clavicle section of the figure. The unfortunate thing about this gimmick is that the head gets in the way of the opening housing. If you open one side up fully, the other side will be blocked by the head. To open both sides up half way, you’ll need to position the head in a slight upwards tilt.

  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. Machine Cannon open on one side
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. Machine Cannon partially open on both sides

The wings on the back can expand and contract, it has a nice two stage clicky mechanism which works very well.

  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. wings contracted
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. wings expanded

Lastly a few size comparison shots. The first is a comparison shot with the 1/144 scale GFF RX-79-02 Gundam, pretty much the same size. And an obligatory comparison with the 3.75″ Storm Trooper.

  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. GFF RX-78-02 Gundam
  • RD Wing Gundam Zero EW ver. Pearl coating ver. 3.75'' Storm Trooper

Overall:

Even though I was unable to attend the event and ended up paying extra through a middleman for this item I am definitely glad I bought it. It is a very well designed and engineered toy of a popular and awesome looking Gundam, all wrapped up in a gorgeous pearl effect coating. Seriously what more can you ask for?

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