The second of the five G Machines to be released in Master Grade form, the Blitz didn’t warrant that much excitement from me. It was always my least favorite of the G Machines; that one I never really cared for. I suppose it was due in part to its rather unspectacular performance in the show and also due to its mediocre pilot. I never liked Nicol much and didn’t really care for his death in the series, other than it sparking the Aegis/Strike showdown.
Nonetheless, I went ahead and picked up the MG Blitz if only for the sake of filling out my MS Hanger with all five GAT Machines as they were released.
Upon actually building and completing the kit, I have to say – it isn’t bad! I’ve a new-found appreciation for the Blitz’s design. The black color scheme always looked kinda plain to me, but it’s offset really well on the MG with the red, purple, and light gray.
Funny thing, of all the G Machines released so far, Blitz is the only one with a different shade of gray for it’s inner frame. I’m guessing this is partial to the fact that it has darker armor, and therefore the usual dark neutral gray for the frame wouldn’t contrast as much, but its actual frame color is a light, almost baby blue-esque gray.
Obligatory opening cockpit as per all MG kits.
I like black kits for the fact that I usually couldn’t be bothered to panel-line them, meaning less work overall. A white paint wash could get the job done on the black, but I honestly don’t see the need. The Blitz has a lot of excellent mechanical detail as per all the newly released Seed Master Grades.
As always, you get some crazy articulation with the Blitz. Kneeling and looking dynamic is hardly an issue. The Blitz uses relatively the same X-Frame as the Duel, granting both kits equal amounts of insane articulation and stability. You can play with this thing for hours and the joints will remain pretty darn stiff and hold together exceptionally well.
Mounted on the right arm is the Blitz’s custom weapons system, sporting a shield, three firing stakes, a beam saber, and a beam rifle nozzle.
The beam rifle nozzle was painted gray by hand. The entire contraption is rather large and cumbersome; not the easiest to pose with, especially since it gets in the way of the shoulder somewhat. The three stake poles are slotted into the shield and can fall out if you’re too rough with ’em. In addition, you get a removable beam saber handle that I’m fairly certain comes with no beam effects. I just pulled a random one out of the spare Gunpla accessories box and slotted it in there.
All in all it’s a pretty convenient system, though it would really suck to lose that arm and everything that came with it.
I remember a big selling point that Bandai kept publicizing was the opening Mirage Colloid dispensers on the shoulders. I honestly found them completely pointless, though I won’t knock them for being there. Not like they’re obstructive or anything, it’s just…why.
I can also say with some degree of certainty that they never actually opened in the televised anime series, and having all of two panels open on the shoulders doesn’t really warrant that much excitement from me. I knew after I built this kit that I’d totally forget about that gimmick right after. It’s like Bandai was hoping us Guntokas would see that and go, “Ooohhhhhhh!! Opening armor panels! Just like a Perfect Grade…”
And then there’s the Blitz’s hallmark weapon – the three-pronged claw-anchor thing that has some crazy official German name in the series proper.
The claw anchor itself is pretty basic; it has some opening wing flaps on the sides and the three claws actually open up and move on their own. They are rather fragile, and can fall off pretty easily, but not something a little glue can’t fix.
I remember having the original 1/100 Blitz kit and trying to stick the firing claw on the flimsy yellow wire that couldn’t hold it up without an additional stand. Thankfully though, this is fixed appropriately on the MG. While the anchor is still pretty darn heavy, the wire that’s included is pretty heavy-duty in its own right. It’s nice and stiff, so it holds up the anchor with little to no trouble, and never sags. I’ll admit the connection between the wire and anchor itself is kinda finicky, but again, nothing a little glue can’t fix.
A little something that I think Bandai kinda derp’d on were the clear pieces for this kit. They include the head camera pieces and scopes in a nice dark clear red, but then go ahead and include foil stickers to cover those up. As a personal bias, I find stickers completely unnecessary, so I never use them, but why include them at all if the pieces are already gonna be clear red? If they were just clear I’d understand, but I suppose in this fashion Bandai gives more modelers more options as to what they wanna do with their kits.
Overall I gotta say the MG incarnation of Blitz has really done an excellent job in making me appreciate the mobile suit itself that much more. They’ve done a fabulous job with the redesign and execution of it as a model; supreme articulation and stability as always.
I can’t say there are that many quirks with this kit at all, perhaps the largest one I have is that the ankles don’t really bend sideways quite far enough to let the Blitz plant its feet flat on the ground for wide poses. It does have a few pointless things and gimmicks, though I won’t knock the kit for that since if you don’t like it, just ignore it.