OZ-MS 00 Tallgeese Ver. EW
With the release of the first MG of Bandai’s Gundam Wing revival line, fans have clamored and begged for one of the most popular suits of the Gundam Wing Universe: Antagonists Zech’s Marquise’s first mount, The Tallgeese. Packed with gimmicks and tons of articulation, even a few redesigned elements here and there, this is by far one of the most advanced kits of the wing line. While true that in 1997 Bandai did release a tallgeese I, II, and III combo kit as parts of the HG Endless Waltz line, it pales in comparison to this kit.
Built from a completely different inner frame from the Gundams that proceeded it, the Tallgeese features articulation on par, and in some respects exceed that of the kits of the XXXG line. The head is mounted on a ball joint which is in turn mounted on a hinge joint ot the torso allowing for a full range of movement – even allowing it to move up and down which is especially handy for in flight poses. Much like the recently released RX-93 Nu Gundam ver. Ka, the Tallgeese features a double jointed shoulder assembly which can extend outwards and clear the torso. This feature allows the Tallgeese to reach across its massive chest and pull its beam saber from the shield, as well as grasp the secondary handle in its dober gun without looking clunky and awkward.
The arms and legs the Tallgeese are both double jointed allowing for a full range of articulation and even allowing it to kneel. Both the elbows and knees feature a linked movement with the armor panels surrounding armor panels which shift when the knees and elbows are bent. While a fairly common occurrence in recent MG kits, it is never the less a very nice feature. The waist of the Tallgeese is mounted with a series of vernier thrusters – two on the back and one on each side. The rear packs feature a hinged covers which can be opened to reveal the thrusters. Furthermore, the thruster vent modules on either thigh of the Tallgeese are connected to both the thigh itself as well as the waist section. While this does limit articulation somewhat, the impact is fairly minimal. Though making it kneel does require removing it from one of the connection points.
A key concern for many fans upon the release of the Tallgeese was the rear vernier packs. The original designs had said packs mounted on the rear of the shoulder armor panels which severly limited the articulation of the HG kit, especially when attempting to use the dober gun as the packs blocked the forward rotation of the arms. This is not the case with the new design. The vernier packs were moved from the shoulders to the back mounted hinges. As such, the arms are free to move without being obstructed by rear packs.
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When the first renderings of the redesigned Tallgeese were released, one of the first differences spotted was the new color scheme which featured a myriad of yellow highlights and trim. Much to Bandai’s credit, most of these highlights on the Tallgeese are molded separately from the white portions of the panels. Furthermore, Bandai also decided to address a myriad of detail issues that plagued the first Tallgeese kit. Among these are the inner panels on the shoulder armor of the Tallgeese. These inner panels are lined with secondary grey panels for an added realism as opposed to simply bare plastic. The only portion that actually needs the decals provided are the small yellow trim areas on the fins of the rear vernier panels.
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The weapons load out of the Tallgeese, while simple, is nevertheless impressive in its own right. Both the shield and dober gun are mounted on the Tallgeese under the shoulder paldrons via sockets which are revealed under the opening hatches. The shield is molded in three colors with the saber racks molded into the shield. Furthermore, the detail underneath the shield is absolutely impeccable with an articulated handle that can be grasped by in the left hand. Mounted on its right side is the trademark weapon of the Tallgeese: The Dober Gun. It is molded in three shades of grey as well as well as a clear lens for its targeting scope. A particularly nice feature included is a spring loaded rear breach for the weapons clip on the dober gun as well as a forward shifting barrel.
While the Tallgeese uses a completely different frame from the XXXG Gundam kits, they do have a similar design scheme in regards to the hand design. They feature a central palm piece on which alternate figure pieces are to be mounted. There are pieces included to build the hands in the following configurations: Open palm, closed fist, beam saber grip, and rifle grip. For the latter two, pegs are molded into the hands which fit into sockets molded into the various weapon handles. This results in a firm grip without the worry of weapons sagging while being held.
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As the first non-gundam kit of the line, the MG Tallgeese kit proves to be every bit the modeling marvel that its predecessors are. It should also be noted that like the XXXG kits, the Tallgeese features what appears to be an adaptable inner frame labled “Leo Frame” by Bandai. While by no means definitive, it does appear that the frame lends itself for use in other designs – namely the massed produced Leo, Mercurius, and Vayate. One can only hope.