Just simply the best.
Hello! Kimi here and I’m back once again this week with my final thoughts and review of the recently released Bandai’s High Grade 1/144 scale OZ-06MS Leo! It has been one hectic week for me this week, as I were slowly preparing to move the Homebase to a much more appropriate place to work on future content and custom builds (probably) and was as well this was the same week where the main camera that I’ve been using for the blog decided on itself that it is time to bite the dust.
So things were both exciting and frustrating for me here. However, with the main camera out of action, I’m now stuck with a crappy phone camera from a Nokia 3…
So do forgive me, if the camera quality on some of the pictures…..is a bit crap. Am still learning on how to make full use of the camera and with the tight schedule I had for myself, I really had to learn as I go with this. I do hope that I’ll be able to get used to this, so hopefully, the pictures on some of the pictures wouldn’t be too crappy.
So, with that disclosure out of the way, let us get into the review, shall we?
Oh, wait before even that…lets us first get into the History and development of this awesome MS that this kit was based from, shall we?
History and Development of the OZ-06MS Leo
Model name : OZ-06MS
Classification : Mass-Production General-Purpose Mobile Suit
Weapon systems : Shield, Beam Saber, 105mm Rifle, Beam Rifle, Beam Rifle (Shorty), Beam Rifle (Space Type), Bazooka, Dober Gun, Beam Cannon
Height : 16.2m
Armour Material : Titanium Alloy
Powerplant : Ultracompact Fusion Reactor
Crew : 1 (pilot only)
From the history lesson, we had a few weeks ago on the Tallgeese, we already touch on the reasons why the Leo was created, the Tallgeese is one MS that is just too expensive and complicated to be made into a Mass-Production model. However, that is not the only reason why the Tallgeese was canned from being a mass production model. The other reason why is because the Tallgeese was an MS that most normal pilots would find to be quite hard to pilot. That is why since the idea here was to have an MS that even the most mediocre pilot would be able to handle, it made sense that the design of the Tallgeese was downgraded into a much simpler, less powerful unit.
Hence why the OZ-06MS Leo’s was created on masse instead of the Tallgeese.
You might be thinking, how did they manage to keep the cost of building the Leo down? Well besides using cheap materials for the MS, the other reason why they managed to make this MS cheap for them to mass produce is due to the fact that the Leo was developed to be an MS that is adaptable for every situation. The Leo was designed in a way where it would be easily converted into different variants depending on its requirements in a different theatre of operation. This is as well the reason why the Leo had a long service life, first introduced in AC 175 and used all the way leading to total war in AC 195.
However, even though the Leo was designed to be an MS that is more accessible than the Tallgeese…Still, the Leo was proven to be quite a difficult MS to pilot effectively. Even with that fact, the Leo still proved to be far superior to anything that was fielded by the Space Colonies at the time.
In its later stage of life, almost all of the Leos in service was retrofitted with the Vernier Backpack for space combat. The aging Leo was eventually replaced by the newer OZ-12SMS Taurus and the OZ-02MD Virgo.
Just a small trivia before we end this session, the reason why the Leo was given that model code name is that OZ decided to name all its MS based from the Zodiac signs. Hence why the Leo is named as such.
With that ends the history lessons, and now let us move on to the actual review, shall we?
HG kits have always been a line up of kits where it was made to be cheap, easy and quick for both the beginners and the veterans. Though there were HG kits that have been a blast to build and as well we have seen some pretty impressive changes made to this line up of kits. But honestly, there isn’t an HG kit that I’ve built thus far has made not want to put down my nippers.
That is up until I came across the HGAC 1/144 OZ-06MS Leo kit.
For starters, I really feel like this builds like something that I have never experienced before. Really, I’ve built a lot of HG kits before, but not like this kit. This is so vastly different then what I am accustomed to that at some point I thought that I was building an MG kit. Though it lacked the insane detail and the scale of the MG but the building process of this kit feels more like an MG than the HG.
This feeling of mine was further encouraged by the fact the building manual was redesigned to show you what parts you need as you progress through the build. Whats more as you move forward through the build, you can as well notice that some of the imagery of the runners in the manual mirrors the parts left on your runners. This is really something that I really find useful since it does help me to navigate through the used runners easily.
Just like my experience with the recently reviewed HG 1/144 MS-06S Char Aznable’s Zaku II Origins version, almost all the parts for the HGAC Leo were gated well which made the nub issues here almost non-existent throughout my build of this. As well as all the parts here fitted well, so there aren’t any real fitting issues here.
Oh whats more, this is one of those HG kits where you WILL be using all the parts. So there isn’t much space for fucking up here. Though since all the parts are gated quite well and at the same time all the parts here are designed to be quite huge and prominent. So the margin of fucking up here is quite low with this particular kit.
Oh, before I forget, for those that hate the bloody HG stickers REJOICE! Because this is one HG kit that doesn’t come with any stickers at all! The reason being is that all the colors that you see here are all coming from the parts itself. I would even say that this might be the very first true stickerless HG kit that I’ve built in all of my year’s building HG kits.
Honestly, I really do find this to be awesome!
As well I do feel like all the parts of the kit here does look quite good, even though the parts aren’t as impressive as the one found in the previously reviewed HG Origins Zaku II Char Aznable’s Custom but there is some HG Origins DNA that can be seen in some of the parts for the HGAC Leo.
However, unlike its other HG brethren, the HGAC Leo doesn’t actually feel that solid. It actually feels quite flimsy when compared to the other HG kits, where I do find many instances that I had to constantly had to adjust the poses of the parts on the kit.
Even with that said and done, I do feel that the issue here wasn’t as bad as it seems because even with some of the parts being quite flimsy the articulation that you can get here is still quite impressive! Yes, you are still able to pull off some pretty impressive poses with this kit, as seen here riding the awesome unicorn pusheen.
Overall, I do feel like the Gunpla Evolution chaps really managed to pull off something quite impressive here, and it is something that I have never imagined an HG would be. Towards the end of this, it left me with a HUGE smile on my face and it really got me REALLY looking forward to my next HG build.
I really have to say that they really did an amazing job with this, and hopefully, we would see them taking on the MG and see what impressive things that they would do with the MG.
This is really one of the very best HG kits I’ve built EVER. This is really one that I recommend in getting, regardless if you like the Leo or not.
That is really how good it is.
With that ends the review for the HG 1/144 OZ-06MS Leo (HG)! This is one HG kit that I really didn’t expect it to be quite awesome! I was really at a loss for words here, and this was really one kit review that all I wanted to write is GO BUY THIS KIT NOW.
Really this is one that really manages puts a huge smile on my face, regardless of whatever is happening in my life.
Anyways, we will be back again this week more Let’s Talk Gunpla Segment on the coming Wednesday and we will be back as well on the coming Sunday with a new Unboxing and First Impressions! But what line up of kit we have in store for you guys this week….that is to be seen soon! 😀 So do look forward to that!
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