Gundam Sandrock XXXG-0SR Rundown
Welcome Gunpla fans, both old and new!
Today we’re following up on our unboxing of the HGAC Gundam Sandrock XXXG-0SR 1/144 Scale kit by having a look at how the kit looks when it’s built and detailed straight out of the box. What that means in the context of this rundown is that the kit has been assembled, armed and decorated using components only found in the box and has been given some minimal panel lining and accent detailing to draw out the details that would otherwise be lost in pictures due to how they fade into the white. There will be no third-party applications, weapons or adornments found in other kits and there will be no additional painting this time around thanks to very few color replacing stickers being present.
The reasoning behind this is that we wish to present the kit to you in as plain a fashion as possible while also adding the average improvements that most gunpla enthusiasts employ. There is only one set of color correcting stickers in this kit (8 individual stickers in all) and we’ve even refrained from clipping the safety tabs of the four pronged “V-fin.”
One of the first things I want to mention about this kit is the excellent use of color separation and the general adherence to maintaining a 1:1 appearance with Sandrocks anime counterpart. You would (probably justifiably) be right in assuming that all of those yellow pieces, and maybe some of the red pieces, are color-replacing stickers. But I’m happy to report that this isn’t the case. Every single piece of red and yellow visible here is a separate piece of colored plastic, and it’s damn vibrant too; there’s nothing on this kit that I could call “muted” in tone as all the pieces play off each other so well. What’s more, the runner efficiency is excellent, with all of the yellow pieces on the kit taking up only 8 out of 28 tabs present on runner A. There’s absolutely no wasted space in this kit, and that’s something I love.
Two areas of note are the optional Heat Shotel blades and their optional hand pieces.
Starting with the Heat Shotel blades, you get a generic grey set of the blades, these can be mounted into the Shotel blade handles which can be stored away on the backpack. But I think most people will be going for the clear cast, vivid red Heat Shotel blades that give the illusions of tremendous heat flowing through the blades. These are an excellent addition to the kit at no extra cost and really add to the appearance of the suit, starkly contrasting against the suits coloration.
And, as you can see, you also get some optional hand grips (a total of three!) for Sandrock. You get some nice dynamic hands (see the last image) for posing, some generic “gripping” hands for holding whatever you might want to give Sandrock, and most importantly, you get angled wrists with the thumb extended which look amazing when paired with the Heat Shotel and that angled grip. Most HG kits give you some fairly poor trigger grips (seriously, Bandai, get on fixing that) and the generic gripping hands. But getting dynamic, gripping and uniquely angled hands as well as the two blade variants for the shotels is just mind boggling for a kit that cost less than £10.
That “seam” on the shin is actually part of the suits design, hence the panel line.
In regards to articulation I’m happy to report that everything is as good as you could expect it to be on a 2019 HGAC kit, if not a little bit better. The Leo is the best example of HGAC articulation and, surprisingly, the Sandrock isn’t too far behind. It can kneel like few others and still stay upright without a hint of wobble, and thanks to it’s rear armored flap that can move up and down, you’ll have no issues with getting it into low poses. Both the elbows and knees are double joints, which means you can bring the hand to the shoulder with no issues, and the heel to the backside with similar ease. The head can bob back and forth on a single peg, and it can turn 360° but only when the head is tipped backwards, the design of the armor that girds the face will prevent that full 360° turn without nudging the head back.
There’s an excellent hinge in the waist of the torso unit that allows Sandrock to do a surprisingly decent abdominal crunch, further adding to the range of motion.
Ultimately, the HGAC XXXG-0SR Gundam Sandrock is one of the top three suits from Gundam Wing to have been replaced in 1/144 scale for quite some time, only being beat out by the damn near flawless RG Tallgeese and the tremendously cheap, well equipped and superbly articulated Leo. You really can’t go wrong with this, and given the price, it’s perfect for anyone who has some change burning a hole in their pocket or for someone trying to get into the hobby out of curiosity. Any Gundam Wing fans, myself included, would give this kit a hearty recommendation.