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Gundam Sandrock XXXG-0SR 1/144 HGAC [Collectable]

Welcome back, Gunpla fans both old and new!

Today we’re going to be looking at, and unboxing, the XXXG-0SR Gundam Sandrock 1/144 Scale High Grade After Colony kit! This particular kit can be considered an updated remake of the original XXXG-0SR Gundam Sandrock 1/144 kit which has aged quite badly. Luckily, this means we can expect improved build quality, improved materials being used in production, a better end product and an overall better kit.

This is of course an official Bandai kit modeled on the Colony 4, Winner family funded, Gundam Sandrock, otherwise known as Gundam Zero Four. The kit is in 1/144 in scale and comes in at about ¥1,300, so roughly £9.50 or $12 for those of us buying overseas, it’s an exceptionally cheap kit. The Sandrock has been modeled on its appearance from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing but with a slightly thinner and streamlined appearance aside from some huge flared armor around the ankles. It’s important to remember that suits from Gundam Wing are, typically, quite small when compared to another Gundam series.

If you got in on early orders, you’ll receive a code set for Mobile Gundam Breaker that can be redeemed, if you’re waiting until December for your release, you won’t get a code.

Straight out of the box, you’ll see that there isn’t a tremendous amount of colored parts in this kit, you get a lot of a very dark grey (it’s a 20% navy blue / 80% black mix) and a lot of white with some red and green pieces too, but the clear standout is that super sharp yellow that I love. This yellow servers as the main mode of color separation for the kit, but more on that in the rundown.

There’s also a small sheet of color replacing stickers unfortunately, but 8 tiny stickers (most of which you won’t actually need if you panel line and paint your kits) is hardly the worst thing in the world.

The kit comes on nine runners, with runner D2 holding one of the kits highlights, a pair of Heat Shotel blades cast in a vibrant clear red color. Runner D1 however contains a pair of the Heat Shotel blades in a cool muted grey color.

Ultimately, this lets you choose whether or not you wish the Heat Shotels appear in their active or inactive state, and that’s just awesome. Aside from this, there’s little to talk about in the way of armaments for the Sandrock with the only exception being the shield.

And of course, for those of you who wish to paint their kits in a 1:1 color scheme, although I would add that when mixing your green for the sensors, you should probably make it with a slight metallic sheen. You can see for yourself, that the color replacing sticker for the sensor (one of three) has a metallic sheen, so when painting you should try adding a drop of shining silver to the mix, or paint it like a lens, with a small flick of white to represent light reflection.

It goes without saying that this is something of a simple kit, but that’s by no means a bad thing. It’s straight to the point without embellishment or needless additions that don’t exist in canon, and for under £10 I really don’t think anyone has the right to ask for anything otherwise.

But this gives me hope that in the future we will see new HGAC kits for Wing Gundam (doubtful because of the already available RG, but I live in hope), Gundam Heavy-Arms and Gundam Deathscythe, because we’ve already received an RG Tallgeese (with Premium Bandai Tallgeese II & III), a HGAC Leo and the Maganac Corps. So at the end of the day, this could be the beginning of a bright future for Gundam Wing kits.

See our Unboxing and Rundown of the Maganac for more!

Come by next time for a full rundown of the finished build and its accessories plus a look at how it holds up in regards to articulation and general build quality. If there’s anything I missed, feel free to drop a comment down below, and perhaps request a future unboxing and review.