Monday, October 7, 2019

An Almost Perfect Model Kit: Kotobukiya X Video Reviews



Released back on August 28th, the one and only Maverick Hunter X marks the beginning of Kotobukiya's new Rockman X model kit line. With the Max Armor coming in December, Zero coming in the near future, and a fourth model kit to be revealed in early February, 2020, the excitement among fans and collectors is palpable! But how did the first kit turn out?

A few "figure-model kit"-centric YouTubers already got their hands on the X kit and published their reviews and even a live build of it online. All of them agree that it's a high quality kit, but it's no without flaws. It reportedly takes a long time to build (2-3 hours), there's too many seamlines, and some parts may fall apart when posing. It sounds like the shoulder joint in particular is a little problematic. But overall, this is a top-notch kit.

In case you want to check out other reviews besides the one at the top of this article, you might want to look at Dstar01 and Eugene42181 reviews.

Did you buy X a little ways back? Give us you opinion in the comments!

25 comments:

  1. The two I've built have mostly been okay. Some parts don't fit perfectly, depending on the kit (it's a QC issue), but joints are mostly great. The biggest problem I have is that some joints are too tight, and the feet fall off every five seconds. Still, overall great kit.

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  2. I'm really looking forward to getting mine and giving it a fresh coat of paint. Model kits are so perfect for X since he comes in several colors.

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  3. Ah, the good old shoulder joint. Reminds me of my issues with D-Arts Forte.

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  4. I got mine today. It's really a nice kit. I'm impressed by the amount of colored pieces that don't require paint. The only piece needing paint were the shoulders, to paint the grey arm bands and I did that with simple Tamiya German Grey paint.

    Really nice model. A definite improvement to the old line.

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  5. I've built this model kit a few weeks ago. It's pretty cool. It's also pretty big. It's way better than the Kotobukiya kits for Mega Man, Proto Man and Zero. X feels a lot sturdier than those kits too. The overall articulation is better than the old Mega Man Kotobukiya kits, although they do feel pretty stiff. The seam lines are kinda ugly and swapping the X-Buster with the regular arm is really annoying. The clear effect parts look really nice. Despite some issues here and there, I'd say it's worth picking up, especially since the Bandai D-Arts Mega Man X figure has gotten really hard to come by at a fair price.

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  6. im not new in model kit building but comparing to the Classic rockman kit. this one takes the cake for being TOO COMPLICATED.i hate how small he can be compare to the previous kits.

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    1. See this I don't understand.
      I've built many models. This is not too complicated at all and is actually pretty basic. It's about right for everything it needs to do. I can't think of any way to make it easier to build without removing details.

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    2. I'm going to agree with "sharp"; I found this to be easier to build than the previous Kotobukiya kits, and -- compared to the RG Gundam kits I have built -- I overall found this to be kind of a model-building palate-cleanser.

      Of course difficulty is relative; it depends entirely on the builder's experience level, and access to tools, but overall this kit was pretty uncomplicated.

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    3. Too complicated? If you aren't new to model kit building the X kit is far from complicated when compared to some of the high end Gundam models or resin kits.

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  7. Yeah, I have it, but I still have legs to go. It takes a bit of time with small alterations to do. Other than that, she is really nice, the colors, faces and hands parts. The buster shot effect is at the top. Can't wait for the Max Armor, the golden chips and Zero!

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  8. yeah, the shoulder is just awful. everytime I tried to move his arms, his whole chest area would come apart. It does take a while, but that's the fun part for me.

    It is definitely a step up from the classic character model kits. their forearms fit in so flimsily and would very easily fall out of the socket if you so much as breathed on it. the X kit is much more secure in that regard.. but the shoulders on the older kits were much better I think, though those old kits didn't have shoulder armor to deal with.

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  9. I never had any issue with the model it’s fantastic and I own 3. Seam-lines isn’t something I’d judge it for cause it’s a “model” 98% of models have them as it’s an assembled item. This series is easily better than that trash line of models from 1995 ( Mega Armor series ) the quality is better the appearance is better its all better and the best RockMan model currently in my personal opinion.

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    1. The 90's Mega Armor Series kits were not trash, are you for real?

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    2. The Mega Armor line is fine for the era it hails from.
      I've had endless fun making and customizing these things. I've even 3D printed my own versions. I just made a Mega Armor scaled Alia and Blade Armors for example :)

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    3. Shrap:
      Please post photos!

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    4. I feel like most people who don't like the Mega Armor series from the 90's are people who didn't experience it first-hand, and are looking back through the lens of all the truly amazing stuff that is easily available today. I bought those when they came back in the 90's, and I was totally stoked; just finding a way to get those into my country was exciting. Those designs definitely didn't age well, but when viewed within the context of when they were released, and what they were trying to do with those designs: that line was awesome.

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    5. Most of my work is found here for now.
      https://www.playstationtrophies.org/forum/member-galleries/328018-shrapx-models-stuff-v2-0-a.html

      I've done IHX Light Armor, 2nd Armor, Alia and some older customs using other methods.
      I'm also working on some new ones that aren't ready yet. I've got Blade armor in a prototype state. I'm almost ready to prototype Glyde and Neutral armors too.

      I don't have my own printer, so I have to outsource. The scale on Mega Armor makes the prices manageable.

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  10. It's a super easy build, no one ever make some master grade gundams or kotobukiya mechs before? Those are much more difficult and I got big sausage fingers.

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  11. Seam lines are just part of model building. Expert builders will fill them and paint over them. That's just what model building is about.

    I noticed the waist isn't very poseable. Mines pretty much in a fixed point. I did have some tightness on the ankle joints. I had initial issues popping the shoulders on but that's because they hadn't snapped in all the way.

    In it's finished state, I really like how it turned out.

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  12. I don't have the shoulder issue with mine, however the thighs keep falling apart when I pose him. The feet always pop off too.

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  13. Thanks for Mentioning me this Made my Day and I had a Blast doing that Review! I wasn't a Fan of the Mega Armor Series Either but I am glad to see how Much has improved since then!

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    1. Mega Armor series was all we had in the 90's; yes, they weren't perfect, but I personally was super excited to receive literally anything in toy form related to Mega Man X back then. The fact that they were from Japan -- in an age when eBay and importing stuff like this online was in its infancy -- made it even more exciting. We're totally spoiled these days with figures, statues, model kits, and their global distribution; we're in a veritable golden age of toy design and collecting.

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    2. I know Dude but Don't get me wrong I was Happy with the Mega Armor Series and I was Happy to get something of Mega Man/Rockman myself but I was not Happy how fast the Plastic would Break on some Models (Ulitmate Armor X)I totally get where you are coming from and I am well Aware of the year they were Made. But I am still Thankful for Kotobukiya and looking forward to more fun with this Line.

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  14. The only problem I had with this kit was that the shoulder armor separates easily, but I just glued those two halves together. Otherwise: I absolutely love this model kit; articulation and color separation are fabulous; the build was so simple, well-designed, had lots of under-gating, and was just a lot of fun overall! After building this kit: I am super excited for whatever else Kotobukiya puts out next.

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  15. Mine is still boxed.... I'm waiting for a nice quiet relaxing afternoon to build it... and some spare time XD. Adulting is hard...

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