Tuesday, October 30, 2007

PLAMO Review 26: HGUC Hrairoo Part 3

Today's review is on the completed Hrairoo, including its MA mode.

The 'star' this time is the set of huge clear stickers on both sides of the shoulder cannons.

But the size of the stickers proved to be quite troublesome. Very risky to paste onto the targeted spot, and there's a big possibility that the stickers will catch air bubble beneath them.
For mine, I scratched off a bit of the sticker when I tried to pushed out the air bubble. Wuhhuh~

Since Gaplant doesn't feature a conventional MS design in the first place, all the extra equipments mounted into Hrairoo doesn't seem too awkward at all. What do you think?

The waist can't turn, while the head struggles to turn in a very limited angle, being squeezed between the shoulders. In terms of articulation, Hrairoo is no way near Advanced Hazel or Zudah, another previous HGUC I did.

The picture on the left is me trying to be creative with the shoulder cannon/shield ^^
The blade rifle can be mounted in the 'shark mouth' on right shoulder. Quite a unique feature, but after a while, the weight will drag the whole shoulder down.

Although the tail binder is located on the rear skirt armor, but in MS mode, the binder must be detached, and then mount behind the shoulders if you want to pose it grabbing the rifle.
Also, unlike the supportive arm of Advanced Hazel, the one of Hrairoo can only grab the rifle.

"What long cannon you have there~" XD
I often wondered why the tail binder can't be used when it's on the rear skirt armor, but after this attempt, I think I know why now XD

And now I would like to talk about the MA transformation of Hrairoo. Let me be frank, this has got to be the most troublesome transformation of all my models XD It's a lot harder than I thought, and it's a hell lot harder than my big brother ^^

The transformation sequences are very much from the original Gaplant, but all the attachments really make the process cumbersome. For example, the shoulder cannons keep getting in the way when you are adjusting the legs; while the skirt armor blocks the adjustment on the tail binder and when you're mounting the MA onto the display stand. Plus, all the parts of the model give it a significant weight, so it becomes a bit tiring holding it for the transformation process. Not to mention there's a bit of panel lines rubbed off by my fingerprints already ^^;

On the display stand, the unbalanced weight skewed to the back of Hrairoo help to pose the MA in a launching position. An unexpected advantage :-)

The feet and the blade rifle enable Hrairoo to sit quite firmly on the ground. Nice~

The huge size difference between Hrairoo and Advanced Hazel.

For more pictures and the step-by-step transformation sequences of Hrairoo, please visit its Gallery.