RG XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero EW  (2014 Edition) – A Most Elegant Gundam

In a blog on why I started this website, I stated that watching the Gundam Wing television series was the first time that I got into contact with the Gundam franchise. In my personal opinion, this particular design has always been the most elegant in the entire Gundam universe. And if you ask me, it may even be the all-round best design of the complete franchise.

Now, this wasn’t the first Gunpla kit I have of this design. A couple of months ago, I bought the MG Ver.Ka version of this beautiful Gundam. Unfortunately, while building it, I pressed too hard on it torso. As a result, it broke. I bought some special model kit glue and managed to finish the built, but I’m pretty afraid to move it all.

So, when I saw this RG version, I decided I had to give it another go. In fact, this was my first Real Grade build. Which to be honest feels to hit the sweet spot for me. It’s not that big, but it comes with plenty of parts and additional water decals so that the end result is really detailed once you take a closer look at it.

Anyhow, back to this specific kit. I started by building the legs, and this was the first time I was working with a prebuilt inner frame. And I genuinely liked this, because building the inner frame myself always felt like one of the more tedious parts of the building process. Instead, you can start building the armor on top of the armor straight away. The legs looked pretty good straight out of the box, but I did do some panel lining to accentuate the details.

A few days later, I resumed the building process and managed to finish the torso and arms. Once again, having a prebuilt inner frame allowed me to layer the armor on the arms very quickly. I do feel like the red fins sticking out of the arms don’t really fit the way they are supposed to. But aside from that, building was fast and easy.

Next I moved onto the shoulders and head. I believe it was at this point, that I was starting to get excited. The shoulders are really well-designed. And the splash of yellow breaks up the white, blue, and red color schema of all the other parts up to that point. As for the head, I am just a sucker for the bat like image. The long pointed ears match really well with the pointy shoulders. And it also matches the yellow parts of the shoulders.

Next up were the accessories and wings. As always, the beam sabers look quite good out of the box and are easy to assemble. The iconic Twin Buster Rifle also looks quite good, albeit a bit plain in terms of coloring (though they aren’t that much more exciting in the EW movie to begin with). Now as for the angelic wings, I kind of disliked building them. For the two larger parts of the wings, you have to insert all of the smaller, movable feathers into one piece, and then insert another piece to close the part so that the smaller feathers remain in place. For some reason, I had a lot of trouble doing so. This meant that the smaller feathers would fall out, and I had to put every one of them back into place before giving it another go. Eventually I managed to do after 3 or 4 times, but this part of the kit could have been designed better for a smoother building process.

However, I can genuinely say that the look of the kit reaches a whole new level once you apply the wings (which are placed onto a backpack) onto the kit. You can have a lot of fun recreating the various famous poses from the movie. For example, you can recreate the shell pose, with the wings in front of the Wing Gundam as a sort of shield. But the wings also really help with making your poses look as dynamic as possible, because the various parts of the wings offer a lot of flexibility.

For me personally, this might just be my favorite kit. And if you’re interested, take a look at the different options for it here However, if you’re not that into Gundam Wing or this specific design, other kits may better suited to your personal preferences. For example, I know that a lot of people are not that happy about the prebuilt inner frame parts. And overall you do notice during the building process that it’s not as smooth as one of the more recent kits. Aside from that though, I believe that the angelic wings make it stand out on any Gunpla shelf. I enjoyed building it, and I hope you will enjoy it too. Thanks for reading this review and until the next one!