Perfect Grade Aile Strike Gundam
Perfect Grade Strike Gundam, said by many to be the best PG out there. I decided to get one and see for myself. The box is slightly smaller than most PG boxes out there but as a completed kit it stands large and proud just like the rest of them. In order to become "Aile Strike" , you need to buy a separate PG kit (Skygrasper) that actually completes this one. By no means is PG Strike an incomplete kit, it just becomes even better once the thrust boosters are added to the back of it.
The frame of Strike Gundam is so good that it was re-used for PG Astray Red Frame. Articulation is great, giving you an oppurtunity to put him in many poses. Every body part, every joint is movable. For the lower part of the body you also get 3 diecast pieces. One for the waist and the other two for each leg. This gives it extra weight which in my opinion is great. Makes you feel like you got your moneys worth when you hold something built out of hundreds of pieces that is heavy and very sturdy.
While building the shoulder pads, one folding piece is snug so losely that I was wondering later on will it keep falling off. Luckily theres a couple of pieces around it that should keep it in place though. This is pretty much the only complaint I have. Hands (fingers) are made of many joints and already put together. Feel free to press on them hard because they are a bit stiff in the beginning. The shield design is probably my favourite bit. Looks awesome, plenty detail for an oppurtunity to do some weathering.
It took me about 4 days to build it. Another plus for this kit is that it is not sticker heavy. I am not a fan of adding 50+ tiny stickers especially if you use top coat since this makes them very visable especially on darker surfaces.
Overall i give this kit two thumbs up! If I had to be picky I'd say the led construction for the eyes to light up is a bit annoying. You need to keep 4 tiny pieces in place in order to close and secure them from the top. Easier said than done Is it the best PG out there? I will know once I build more of them and slowly go back in time with the older, more screws heavy kits. That humongous sword is already worth the kit!