Gaijin Gunpla

Maybe I’m just an old man who likes what I like and isn’t interested in checking out things that may be different. Okay, I don’t think I’ve reached that point yet but when it comes to Gunpla and the enormous number of kits I tend to look to build those that interest me first, but I’ve also been open to showing kits that others are interested in as well. That’s how I came to appreciate the AGE-1 Normal Master Grade kit. Reconguista in G so far hasn’t done much for me when it comes to suit designs though some of the upcoming kits look interesting. But in the meantime, the HG Grimoire!

Overall Look: 9/10

I didn’t like it at first. Not when I saw the box art. I thought it looked like something aimed at younger children. I pretty much held that idea until I assembled it. But I like the look of it, and I can’t explain why. So does that mean I’m a child? (I build Gundam as part of my job so I can’t rule that out, but…)

I think the moment I fell for the Grimoire was when I had it laying, almost complete, on my work table and looked at it from an angle quite different than how it’s presented on the box art.

It’s looking into my soul.

The backpack is solid and simple, just like the Suit it’s mounted on.

I find I really like the head.

And it is generous with panel-lines.

The body of the Grimoire matches the look of the head but the head stands out. Possibly because it being a completely different colour.

Colours: 9/10

Chocolate Brown? Liqourice Brown? Whatever we want to call it, I dig it. The lighter brown/tan colour contrasts it perfectly and seems to be used in just the right amount. Some stickers are used to add colour in places but it works and doesn’t look too cheap.

Weapons: 8/10

Very simple, much like the Grimoire itself so you can’t say it lacks anything or, the opposite, the weapons are overdone. One gripe I had with the weapons was the knife.

It’s all white. Not at all like the box art.

The shield also doesn’t come in those colours. To be fair the disclaimer in Japanese reads “the completed parts used in the image have been painted”. Still, that is kind of a jerk thing to do.

Articulation: 7/10

I might have expected more in the way of articulation for the Grimoire but it’s not terribly disappointing. The lower body seems quite restricted but the articulation in the arms, especially the wrists, is quite good.

This really allows you to get some good poses with the knife.

And the rifle.

If you like lateral movement then you’ll like the torso. It can spin a complete 360.

It tilts sideways only a little.

And if you like trying the balance test he passes it competently, and looks like a Thai-boxer doing so.

Build Design: 8/10

You’re not going to find any earth-shattering design elements with the Grimoire but it doesn’t need it. The torso gives a new experience and the wrists are notable as well but most people picking up the Grimoire will know what to expect and to not expect too much.

I did find the hands the provide can be loose gripping the rifle.

I found odd that they would give you plastic parts for the trim on the front skirts but not the rear.

Fun Factor: 7/10

It’s fun! Really, isn’t that the best thing that an be said about building a model? The experience should be enjoyable, as challenging as you desire, and if you’re lucky, memorable. The Grimoire assembly isn’t likely to be something that stays with me but I’ll enjoy having the model itself around.

Extras: 6/10

This kit doesn’t demand extras but there was room here. Bandai did give you the cool effect parts for the rifle.
These are pretty cool.

Bandai did not give you extra hands with this kit. Why not? I need to ask. The rifle can be loose in the provided hand. If they gave you extra hands made for gripping the rifle handle, like they do with almost every other HG kit, that would be much appreciated on my part. You do get an extra left hand in the open position so you can’t use that. Ah well, you can’t have everything.

I was pleasantly surprised with the fun I had with this little kit and I’m glad Bandai gave me a little lesson that I shouldn’t always judge a book by its chocolate brown colour.

6 Responses so far.

  1. harold says:

    I actually liked the design from the beginning but it seems out of place in Gundam, probably better fit for Patlabor or something…

  2. timothy ong says:

    maybe ill grab one and make a tonberry out of it

  3. Archer says:

    Nice Review Syd
    although I have to say that Jahannam and Arcane is my Fav suit in G-Reco line, something about that design really catch my eyes
    I don’t know this Grimoire kinda remind me of Doraemon

  4. Steve says:

    Wow, I wasn’t super into this model at the beginning, but after see it in all the poses, I’m thinking of picking one up.

    Thanks for all the great reviews.

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