Red hot on the heels of Kotobukiya's Second Armor kit, the re-issue of Zero is now available! How does this kit stack up to the rest of Koto offerings? Is this kit worthy of representing the legendary red Maverick Hunter? Find out after the break!
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As usual with Kotobukiya's Mega Man X line, Zero looks as if he has jumped straight from the games and promo art and straight to your shelf. On top of looking great, Zero's articulation is fantastic. Thanks to the the updated arm style that X's Force Armor and Second Armor used, placing Zero in more complicated poses is easy. So grab your Z-Saber and get ready to bust some Mavericks!
Speaking of the Z-Saber, this is a good time to talk about the accessories. Zero comes with three faces: neutral, teeth gritting, and shouting. As usual with these kits, there's a variety of hand parts. He also comes with a Z-Buster, the more well-known "X3" variety to be exact. And last but not least, there's the trademark Z-Saber with not one, but four different blade types! The variety of the transparent blue blades gives you several posing options. I'm sure you'll be able to come up with something fun and striking!
Now, I'd like want to get my gripes with this kit out of the way so I can spend the rest of this article delivering the praise it deserves.
First of all, changing the faces is a real pain -- literally! Unlike the X kits, you need to take apart Zero's helmet in order to change out his faces. Given how sharp the helmet is by design and how tight the connection is, you really need to be careful not to poke yourself. I found it very difficult to change the face the first time. But one or two times again, it was much easier.
I recommend placing Zero's head in warm water before changing his face the first time. The warm water will help the connection come apart easier. I've also heard that some people had issue with the feet not having a solid connection. This hasn't been an issue with my kit, even after several poses. Lastly, I've seen photos of this kit where the white part on the helmet was not pushed in all the way. It gets tough, but looks way better when it's on properly.