I actually had this all prepared last week and was going to do a double post with the Valkyria chronicles review but various the DNS problem and various other things got in the way.

So here it is, a week late but still kicking. Here’s Destiny Gundam!

Rather embarrassingly, I bought this kit when it was released last christmas or thereabouts but only got around to building it recently, spurred on by the imminent arrival of my MG infinite justice gundam.
The parts were washed and sprayed while still on the sprue to provide it with a minor paint job, and that is why the grey parts of the kit appear darker than how it otherwise would. I decided on a slightly darker shade to distinguish it more fully from Strike Freedom. Aside from that, There were just a few touchups with panel lines and that was it.

The kit was also the full burst version which came with the wings of light and silver joints. I didn’t mind the silver as much as the gold ones, so I kept them in.

I must admit that I’m not that big a fan of the destiny gundam, although I do like it more than Strike Freedom. Part of my lack of enthusiasm stems from the fact that it’s just all the impluse/strike gundam packs rolled into 1, something the freedom gundam was meant to be originally. It’s just the timing, after having 2 gundams with all the packs over 2 series, having one which combines them all just feels like “too little, too late” in terms of design. Giving it a God finger like attack and V gundam-esque wings of light didn’t help much either.

The above pics shows the destiny raising it’s anti-ship cannon, something rarely done as the cannon (like a lot of other things in the show) was criminally underused. For the most part, the cannon was just used to show just how OMG HAX Kira Yamato was, during the reused scene where the cannon shot fired by destiny would be cancelled by a perfectly alligned shot from the belly cannon of Strike freedom.

I don’t think it saw any use outside that…

And here’s destiny with it’s main Close combat weapon, preparing to launch another attack. Did anyone else notice that ZAFT seemed to have a very large number of these around since Shinn would ALWAYS lose it or have it destroyed by freedom or justice?

Preparing to take on the world…

However, with all things said and done, I have to admit that the Destiny gundam is one of the weakest MG kits I have built with various issues springing up from a design perspective which makes me wonder if the the designers of the kit were idiots.

Firstly, the hands follow the general tradition of having little spokes on the palms to hold the weapons in place, it works great for the beam rifle, but it’s really hard to get the destiny to get a grip on the sword, esp with 2 hands. The fact that the sword is also much heavier and longer than most beam sabers just make the situation worse. The sword in the pics above only lasted in those poses for a few minutes before they dropped.

Secondly, I had problems with the backpack.

Like the 1/144 kit before it, The bracket which holds the cannon is a little too high, which severely restricts the posabilty of the cannon. It’s held by ball joints to allow it to sway side to side, but it’s unable to take advantage of that fact. The handle is also too far back and makes bending the arm back a pain.

There’s also the issue with the wings of light being held up by a single bit of plastic which doesn’t have a particularly string grip on the wing.

The wings are held up by just that piece, with another helping to keep the wing in place at the bottom but doesn’t support the weight in the slightest (and is even more flimsy) so the wings fall out with annoying regularity.

But my biggest scorn goes to the hips…

The folks at bandai tried to add a gimmick to the destiny which attempts to increase the flexibility of the hip joints. It’s controlled by the small switch you see above. The idea was that in normal poses, the legs would be close together but in flight or whatever, the builder could pull the switch down and the silver joiints above would widen to allow more dynamic poses, in theory…

In practice, it just means that the joints feel very flimsy as the little switch/hook isn’t strong enough to hold the joints in place so they end up flapping about a lot. Coupled with the normal stiffness of the joints in the legs in general, and you feel like you could break the thing at any moment when moving the legs.

I just hope they didn’t use the same system in Infinite justice…

The kit also came with these figures of Kira and Shinn to put on the action base (or their own if you didn’t have any) Strangely, they molded them in completely clear plastic so you lose a lot of the detail simply because you can’t see it.

The clear look is also extended to the “destiny finger”, although that can be fixed with a little misting with my airbrush. More perplexing is the decision by bandai to only include parts to do a destiny finger on the right hand. You cannot do this with the left.

And to finish, here are some shots of the 2 MS together.One annoying thing about photographing gundam kits is that it’s very hard to fit them in my photobox separately, let alone when 2 are together…

The scene from the end of the 3rd OP, which features heavily in the instruction manual.

A shot inspired by an old preview pic in a japanese magazine back when GSD was still airing. The original pic depicted a severely damgaged destiny reaching out with his hand to “destiny finger” a badly damage strike freedom, which was preparing his own counterattack at the same time. I lost the pic but it was basically what viewers were hoping for and was pretty much the opposite of what we got in the end.

A favourite scene of mine…

So which side would you prefer to be in this situation? My money is on freedom…

Overall, I must admit I’m disappointed in Destiny. Mostly from a design Point of view. several parts (most obviously the hip) feels like they used the kit as a testbed for some ideas without refining them or even checking if they work properly. The kit suffers rather badly as a result.

Here’s hoping they do some major updates on Infinite justice, or just abandon the ideas altogether…