This is just a showcase review (still a review) to test out my new lighting set-up and reading The Strobist as recommended by peers in order to learn about proper lighting. I’m also trying to learn portrait photography (with at least one light source) and street photography as a hobby.
Regardless of just doing toy photography, I suggest you get a FREE copy of David ‘The Strobist’ Hobby’s Lighting 101 here.
I haven’t got a proper photo of my light set-up yet but it is composed of two fill lights using household 9W CFL mounted on cheap desk lamps and one ugh 9ft Light Stand that should have been just 7ft paired with a shoot through umbrella as seen here in the photo from the The Strobist.
Now, we should probably go along with the review!
HGUC Victory Gundam is actually a 1/144 re-release as the first HG Victory Gundam was released sometime in the mid 90s as a 1/100 scale. There was of course a 1/144 release but a No Grade one. I personally have a 1/144 Victory gundam that was unfortunately stolen when I was kid. Now let’s get going.
Grade: High Grade Universal Century
Origin: Mobile Suit Victory Gundam
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Part 1: Box, Runners, and Manual
The kit doesn’t really have much runners in count, as Victory is the starter Gundam and by tradition, it comes scantily equipped. By this time, solid shield are now frowned upon and now uses beamshield. Bazooka seems to be out of fashion though. One thing that irks me though is the antagonist in the series uses helicopter blades to hover. Talk about being innovatively backwards.
Part 3: Torso Unit
Part 4: Arm Unit
Part 5: Waist Unit
Doing Shutter Priority is making the background more shadowy regardless of my setup. You might ask what happened to my fill light? Well, my flash setup is a bit too strong that is causing to throw out the fills.
Part 6: Leg Unit
Part 7: Weapons and Add-ons
Beam Sword & Shield
Part 8: Stand-up to the Victory!
Part 9: USOOOOOO!!
In small packages.
It was just really small. Personally, I like how Victory looks and feels. I’m thinking of buying an MG Victory. The build experience is typical of Bandai kits, but really really small. The front visor (mouth piece) is almost RG-level small and I find trimming it a little hard as to I can’t hold the piece properly.
League Militaire’s Best Bet.
Being a Bandai, this kit should be held with outmost quality expectations which it is. Nothing to say here as this part is usually where I grind KOs versus Bandai quality. But we can still review something out of Victory.
Victory with the new HG standard helps a lot in the articulation department. Normally, the pose above can only be done with MG level kits.
Notice the ball joint on the shoulder. Though it looks like it is going to pop out, this redesigned joint helped to extend articulation/freedom.
You now can do the arms like the one above that in the old HGs, you simply can’t. You’ll never know when you can make use of those, but it is really comforting to know that you have when the need comes.
- Top notch articulation.
- Great plastic and color separations
- Superb detail
- New plastics used in the greys, more forgiving
- Some parts are just too small, even for HG
- Delicate V-Fin
If you haven’t watched Victory, you should really find time to. It was the last Tomino series before he went hiatus for G, W, and X Gundams. Apparently, Victory is the last entry in the Universal Century that either ends with the Gundam Reko or Turn A Gundam’s Correct Century.