And no, it is not the Delta Gundam.
Behold the Dragon Momoko Akatsuki.
I was really, REALLY eager to get this kit since it was announced. Seeing how good the DM Sword Strike was, I had very high expectations on this one and I was not disappointed:
- The gold, compared to the Hyaku Shiki 2.0 has a richer, stronger shade. It has a nice grainy texture compared to the smooth finish of the former, but more importantly, all the parts have a uniform coating, so there are no weird faded-almost silver parts like in the Shiki and EVERY part is undergated. Suck on that one Bandai.
- A mere glance at the runners confirms that the inner frame is the same one as that of the Strike. In this regard, I can see DM milking the shit out if it with lots of Strike variants. Can you imagine an updated version of the Noir Strike? I would also totally get that one.
- A major improvement is in the hands. The previous Strike had really shitty hands due to DM trying to copy the sonic-welded hands of Bandai. While this kit also includes them, you also get 4 extra fixed types of hands: palm open, fists, trigger finger and holding hands for the beam saber. That's great!
- Also, among the extras, you get a medium sized sheet of waterslide decals and 7 pink beam effect parts that are HUGE. They look super cool and the biggest pairs, which are intended for the double beam saber are almost as long as the giant sword of the Sword Strike! The only thing that was missing was a way to display the funnels in mid air, but I'll think of something to do that.
So yeah, I'm really impressed so far by merely opening the box of this kit. I can alredy say this is going to look great once complete.