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Posted 25 February 2015 - 12:07 AM
Hello guys, just sharing some pics and my thoughts on the Metal Build Laevatein by Bandai.The Laevatein is from the Full Metal Panic light novels and manga, and it didn't get animated. This was Sousuke Sagara's last Arm Slave (AS), and had the capability to cancel the effects of the Lambda Driver, with the help of the Fairy's feather.
If you wanna read what I think about it, click the first "spoiler", otherwise, go for the 2nd if you just wanna see the pics ;D
I didn't have a good impression of Aoshima's Arbalest when I snap built it (it's still in WIP status), thus I had my doubts when Aoshima announced its Laevatein. So, when Bandai announced its Metal Build rendition of the AS, I decided to get it when I found out that it was also 1/48 scale, the same scale with the Arbalest.
Anyway, as my first MB, I can't help but be impressed by it. It's fantastic, but it also has it s flaws.
It had a small paint chip on the forearm and small plop on the crotch. Also some parts of the Demolition Gun and cartridge had some nubs, but these are easily fixable.
The right arm is a bit loose on mine after playing, but it's not a deal breaker. Kinda disappointing that metal joints can still get loose.
The base is a bit of a let down, since it concentrates in emulating a hangar, and can't be used effectively for aerial poses, unlike other Metal Builds from the Gundam line.
I can't believe Shoji Gatoh approved that "Unimaginable Deficiency" marking on the left fairy's feather...ugghhh. Obviously, this is a personal rant. On the flip side, the marking is nicely and crisply made.
The proportions are very nice, and pretty much spot on. (as compared to the Revoltech...)
The paint job on the AS is superb, and it feels like a finished model kit, it doesn't have the plastic toy look at all. The applied decals are also amazing, and the amount is just right.
Flexibility is within today's standards. Its hip joints can also slide down to accommodate natural kneeling and crouching poses.
It has its complete set of weapons and all of them are functional. It even has hand grenades. Also, the elbow hatches actually open up to emulate the activation of the wire gun, and of course it comes with the wire and hook.
Gimmicks can be executed very well, and can do their job (case in point: the sub arms in supporting that huge Demolition Gun)
It even has some features that the other Laevatein toys don't have, such as the opening Lambda driver panels on the default shoulders, Fairy's feather and on the legs.