Friday, January 31, 2014

1/144 Devil Gundam Review

This nifty model of JDG-00X Devil Gundam was released in 1994, with some sources citing this product as a HG (High Grade) item. High Grade models boasts improved engineering compared to how models were made before 1990. These new improvements include snap on parts and poly-cap joints. The Devil Gundam model reviewed here, is not a straight build, and was customized by me.

Mobile Suit Background

JDG-00X Devil Gundam comes from the series Mobile Fighter G Gundam. This mobile suit was created by Dr. Raizo Kasshu, and the sole purpose of this project was to utilize it's self-recovery, evolution, and multiplication abilities on humans to treat illnesses and diseases. However, a serious malfunction in Devil Gundam's system and a hijacking from the series' main villain, Kyoji Kashhu (Dr. Raizo's son), changed the mobile suit's goal from helping mankind to destroying them.

Design & Details

For a model created in the mid-90s, Devil Gundam contains a substantial amount of details and features that certainly met some expectations. The proportions, shapes, and panel lines were done quite well. These details do stand out more with some custom paint job, panel lining, and decals. Most of the panel lines are relatively easy to ink, except the shoulders, whose engravings are covered after a light coat of primer and paint.


In homage to Devil Gundam's self-evolution abilities, this model is able to transform into his mobile armor mode. To achieve this form, raise the back panel all the way up, rotate the legs backward, and then snap the face plate on. The gimmick, though cool, is rather flimsy due to DG's floppy legs getting in the way.


This model does sport a limited amount of articulation, due to Devil Gundam's unique shape that hinders any ball joint's full range movement. Another downside is the mobile suit's inability to bend his knees, which could have added more expressions from this machine. However, Devil Gundam can pull off a few good poses, especially with a pair of fully articulated mechanical hands, and the joints and stance do support the model's bulky weight.

Figure Specs


As my first Gundam build, this model was certainly challenging, but the reward was worth my efforts. Devil Gundam has some good detail that could truly be exposed with some custom paint job and decals.

The gimmick, though cool to have, doesn't quite hold up as an added incentive because of Devil Gundam's floppy legs. Also, the articulation is basic, but limited due to the nature of his body structure.

Overall, the assembly is quite simple. Despite the dated technology utilized in the creation of this model, Devil Gundam has the potential to be a wonderful piece of customized art. Just don't expect a small amount of work to be done because the color separation of these pieces are terrible and Devil Gundam just doesn't look right as a straight build.

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