Char’s Zaku II Red Comet Ver Rundown
Welcome Gunpla fans, both old and new!
Today we’re going to be following up on our unboxing of Char’s Zaku II Red Comet Ver in High Grade 1/144 scale from Gundam The Origin. A quick word before we go on. The light box is back in operation, so things should are finally back to normal!
As was mentioned before, this particular kit is going into my personal collection, so we’ll be adding a little bit of effort this time. What that means in the context of this rundown is that the kit has been assembled, armed and decorated using components found in the box and then given some paint applications. There will be no other third-party applications in this rundown, nor will weapons or adornments found in other kits be used. The kit was removed from the frame by way of a God Hand nipper, and some additional clean up work has been done on the nub marks that may remain.
In regards to our additional paint applications, they’re actually going to be fairly insubstantial, but they make a big difference overall. The Zaku’s Heathawk will be painted in the traditional colors, which means a purple shaft and handle with a metallic wire and yellow blade. You absolutely don’t need to add these details. We’ll also be dropping some red into the bazooka ammunition packs to give the impression that they’re actually loaded. Another detail that you don’t need to add, but one that adds a decent amount of flair.
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, but the Zeon poster boy’s Zaku II looks incredible once it’s completed. The plethora of surface details that decorate the already excellent Zaku II Origin kits are present here, but they truly shine when panel-lined in a dark color to contrast against the red armor and white detailing. The various additional identifying markings from the Falmer Corps that can be found in the Red Comet Ver kit also do an excellent job of adding more detail to the kit. The shoulder marking, chest marking, skirt marking, and leg markings in particular are the standouts, breaking up the abundance of red.
The articulation and proportions in the Zaku Origin kits have always been one of their strongest features, with swinging joints in the shoulders allowing for a huge range of movement that’s only made better by the inclusion of a swinging chest mechanic that allows you to bring the arms across the chest for increased movability. Similar to the Zaku II Type C-6/R6 and Type C/C5, the articulation on the kit is very impressive. With the Bazooka mounted on the back (by way of an optional backpack attachment) and the belt fed Machine Gun in hand, the Char’s Zaku II is still capable of dropping into a crouched firing position and, while in that position, still have enough range of motion to look over its shoulder! Given the bulk of the armor plating, that’s damn impressive. When it comes to the bend at the elbow and knee, you’ll get a 180 degree bend from the arm, but not the leg. The leg will go past 90, but not far enough to bring heel-to-butt due to that iconic flared shape.
The return of the fantastic articulation in this kit, when paired up with various included weapons options, results in one of the best looking Zaku II to date. The inclusion of an open hand means you can have the suit standing at ease or bracing one of its weapons. Speaking of the weapons, I feel as though it’s worth mentioning the Anti-Ship Rifle again, as what has been said before bears repeating.
The 135mm Anti-Ship Rifle doesn’t fail to impress either. It’s sheer size alone is impressive, but it’s detailed from end to end and, thanks to the excellent engineering in this kit, the Zaku can support its weight while aiming down the side mounted sight as if it were nothing! While there are many large weapons that kits can’t support, this is not one of them.
If there’s one complaint that can be leveled at this kit, it’s a very small one. Despite the fact that this kit came out in 2019, the Zaku II heathawk problem remains. For the longest time, the heathawk has never been held properly in the hands included with Zaku kits, and it’s an issue that continues here. In the image above, you can see our painted heathawk. The angle that it’s hanging at isn’t a stylish affectation, no sir, that’s just the angle it hangs at when you put it in the hand. There absolutely has to be a solution to this issue, a simple redesign of the grip for example, but for some reason Bandai haven’t put the effort into fixing it and it shows now more than ever, especially when we have the Zaku Kai holding it’s massive heathawk with no issues.
But with that niggle aside, Char’s Zaku II Red Comet Ver comes highly recommended as one of the best kits dedicated to Char to date, and you certainly won’t go wrong in picking one up for yourself.