RX-93 Nu Gundam Ver. KA
In the winter of 2001, Bandai releases at that point was quite possibly one of the most anticipated Master Grade kits of its day, the RX-9 3 Nu Gundam. Featuring die cast parts, and a complete inner frame, it was easily one of the most advanced MG kits of its day. Flash forward to winter of 2012, Bandai releases what is arguably the most sophisticated 1/100 scale kit it has ever produced: the RX-93 Nu Gundam Ver. KA. While containing no die cast parts like its predecessor, the Nu Ver. Ka features over double the original’s parts count a much more complete frame, unrivaled articulation, and most importantly, a fresh and dynamic take on an age old and beloved design.
In the 11 years since the release of the first MG Nu, the ranger of articulation of the MG line has increased exponentially with the development of newer molding technologies. The MG Nu Ver. Ka however takes a huge leap forward even when compared to its more recent MG brethren. Its arms and legs feature a double joint allowing for a complete U bend at the elbow and knee. Furthermore, the waist is articulated to feature individual rotating hip joints which allow the pegs which mount the hips to move independently of one another enabling the kit to kneel. Furthermore, the hip joint is designed as an independent swiveling hinge joint allowing a full spread eagle pose for the legs for more dynamic poses.
The shoulders of the Nu Ver. Ka feature a double jointed design in which the arms are mounted via peg/socket joint to a separate shoulder joint which is mounted via swivel joint to the torso. This allows the entire shoulder assembly to be pulled away from the torso as opposed to simply swinging forward as featured in the most recent MG Seed and Wing Kits. This new joint design allows for an almost lifelike articulation – such as when grasping the rear beam saber.
While other MG kits feature similar articulation, in one area the Nu Ver. Ka stands alone: its fully articulated hands – akin the larger and much more costly PG kits. This kit needs not part swapping for its grasping, trigger, or spear palm poses; these new style hands are capable of a myriad of manipulator poses, save perhaps crossing its fingers.
In the past, it has often been Bandai’s practice to sacrifice articulation and stability for transformability as seen in kits like the MG RX-0 Unicorn kits. This trend was first broken with the release of the MG Wing Gundam TV version which featured superior articulation as well as the ability to transform. The Nu Ver. Ka continues this tradition with a complete range of articulation and stability while still allowing its transformation into the “invoke mode”; even allowing for it to bend at the waist.
Upon the release of the RG line in 2010, many have since wished for the MG line kits to feature a similar level of color separation, as well as the two tone panel designs. With the release of the Nu Ver. Ka, these wishes were answered in full. The Nu Ver. Ka features a two toned white panel design similar to those on RG kits. Furthermore, the new design was based off the 2005 “Gundam Evolve” style which features parts of the inner frame showing through where there would normally be solid armor. These armor breaks are molded into the panels thus negating the need for any sort of masking and minimal decals. Many of the small details featured in the Nu Ver. Ka are molded in separate colors – which does have the minor downside of having a multitude of small parts – which in turn can easily be lost.
In what is perhaps the largest area of departure from the Izubuchi Nu Gundam Design, the Nu Ver. Ka features a green tinted psycho-frame which is exposed when in its so called “Invoke Mode” These green areas are molded in transparent green plastic which are then lined with silver foil decals in order to reflect light. While these decals are not necessary, they do add a luminous effect to the kit – though they are admittedly very small in some areas and rather finicky, application with tweezers is recommended to prevent finger prints from getting onto these foil stickers and subsequently the kit.
As with most gundam designs, the Nu Ver. Ka is outfitted with a beam rifle, shield, bazooka, and sabers. It was initially a concern for many a builder that the new hyper articulated hands would be able to hold the rifle. However, in what can only be deemed an impressive feat, Bandai has managed to engineer an exceedingly stable double pegged attachment system in which a peg swings outward from both the hand itself as well as the rifle in a complementary configuration, thus pegging into each other. Both beam sabers are also engineered with this feature. The Nu Ver. Ka’s shield features an articulated mount which allows it swing forward and thus allowing the user to display the shield either bolted to the back of the arm or positioned forward with the shield on the side of the Nu’s arm. It should also be noted that the hyper bazooka features a sliding front end for extension.
Aside from the standard Gundam arsenal, the Nu Ver. Ka features the most distinctive of the Nu’s weapons – the rear mounted Funnels. Each of these funnels are able to fold into a U shaped cannon configuration or fold on themselves for storage. Furthermore, they mount together via a series of notched racks which can swing forward and adjust for multiple configurations. The Nu ver. Ka also features parts to display a double mounted funnel design where three funnels can be mounted on either side for a more symmetrical look.
As a final piece of added display versatility, the Nu Ver. Ka includes a base shaped like Amuro’s stylized A thus allowing for mid air poses. Furthermore, the kit includes a series of hinged rods which allow the user to pose each individual funnel on its own arm.
Since the release of the Mk.II 2.0, fans of this particular design have clamored and begged for a new release of the admittedly proportionally challenged MG RX-93. The Nu Ver. Ka delivers this and then some; not only featuring superior articulation, but also an updated and modern design. Though it does go without saying that this kit is a great deal more complex than the usual MG kit and thus greater care should be taken – there is no shortage of miniscule parts in this kit that can easily be lost. As a final tip, a sharp hobby knife is recommended when cutting the great psycho frame parts – as it would be most unfortunate to damage these during the build process.