Toy Wizards would like to thank HobbyLink Japan for providing us with a sample Crossbone Gundam S.N.R. Prototype Mobile Suit XM-X1 RG 1/144 for review. You can purchase your own right here for $20.45!
The Crossbone Gundam S.N.R. Prototype Mobile Suit XM-X1 RG 1/144 is a deluxe model kit from Bandai that was probably the most difficult kit I ever tried to put together. My personal model kit capabilities are at a solid medium, but anything over 4-5 hours in build time and I sort of check out.
Just like jigsaw puzzles, the smaller the pieces, the more you’re going to lose me. However, if you watch the review video above, you will see that I commissioned help and got this thing built (with the help of my husband) in about 8 hours (which may or may not have included the time it took to apply those insanely small stickers and decals).
For those unaware, the RG in this model kit’s name stands for Real Grade, which means that the kit has an endo-skeleton and you build the armor on top of that– the pieces don’t simply snap together like with a standard Gundam model kit. That makes for an extra layer of building fun, but it adds several layers of difficulty. While I’m sure this isn’t the most difficult kit in the world of Gundam kits, this is by no means a beginner’s kit.
Therefore, this figure is completely articulate (and it all works, it doesn’t crumble or fall apart), and it comes with tons of hands, weapons and accessories:
Scissor Anchor x2
Heat Dagger x2
Beam saber x2
Heat Dagger (for feet) x2
So, while the cap affects the Gundam’s ability to move and some of the pieces are so tiny that your tweezers will be shaking, this is overall a beautiful kit and a fun build. Get out those Gundam markers, throw on some music and chill out. Because you’re going to be here for a while.
I give the Crossbone Gundam S.N.R. Prototype Mobile Suit XM-X1 RG 1/144 model kit by Bandai 4/5 Rhythm Emotions.