The first of Kotobukiya's exclusive Mega Man X kits has finally been re-released. If you missed the Premium Charge Shot redeco the first time, our friends at BigBadToyStore have you covered. After the break, I'll go over what makes this kit so great!
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I've got to get this out there right away: this kit is gorgeous. I'm sad that I slept on it the first time it released. It's one of the best Kotobukiya kits right out of the box. Both shades of are iridescent and reflect colors from green to purple. I didn't think I would like it as much as I do, but this is a fantastic look that I wouldn't mind seeing on other kits in the future.
I originally skipped this one because I already owned the 2011 D-Arts San Diego Comic-Con X -- I honestly thought that was it and I didn't need another shiny X. But this is a completely different experience from the D-Arts incarnation. That guy had more of a mirror shine compared to the iridescence of the Kotobukiya kit.
Now, if you have the normal X kit you should have an idea what to expect in terms of articulation and poses.The only real difference is that the joints are a bit tighter due to the shiny coating on the plastic.
Speaking of coating -- I'm not exactly sure how they did it -- but it's a reflective coat that covers the entire runner, not just paint on individual pieces. This does, however, bring up the only main issue with the kit: the coating makes the connecting pieces a bit thicker. This means that you'll probably need to use a hobby knife to shave away a bit on the shoulder-to-bicep and leg connector.
These connectors are hidden, though, so shaving them down will do no damage to the kit's overall look. Just be sure to be very careful when using any kind of knife. Also, with how shiny the kit is, it collects finger prints easily. Wipe it down before putting him on your shelf!
This kit comes with the same accessories as the normal X kit... sort of. Of the included faces, the eyes are facing in different directions: the teeth gritting face looks to X's left and the open mouth face looks to right. The hands parts are the same as last time, but the charge shot effect is colored to emulate the Mega Man X2 and Mega Man X3's charged shot. Personally, I prefer the blue and pink over the green and yellow from the last kit. This little detail was a huge plus for me!
Like before, this is a pretty easy build, just take your time. Always use a good set of nippers and a hobby knife to carefully cut the nubs and have a good time.