Status: SOLD, 06/2012
Last Modified: 2012-06-04
First Posted: 2008-04-22
When I discovered that you could put the cannons on in place of the crab claws (aka “X-breakers”), I liked this guy a lot more. Actually the claws aren’t so bad, but the guns really do it for me. The painted Raven (uber villain brat from the Chaotic Century anime) figure is from a gashapon set I got from YJ. I also tinted the eye pieces and painted the teeth (poorly), for more contrast.
This was a reissue that brought much joy, since the OER Zore and OJR Hammer Rock have always been hard to come by. These are almost the Zore colors, except that the grey bits here actually have a faint tint to them, and the caps and canopy are different. I decided to go buck wild with the panel lining and detailing on this one. I also made a “head light”, like the larger Kongs all have, using a piece of a spare canopy.
I’ve sat on this one for a long time, because I was never sure if I liked it or not. I finally saw it from the right angle, and thus did I have to build it. I thought the stock guns looked stupid, so I took them off. This one’s stuck in the limbo known as unfinished custom.
I was going to skip this one, but it was half off, which made me reconsider! Dimetrodon is a fun build, with a surprisingly small number of pieces—only three sprues (plus the famous “W” sprue for tiny guns) and the body halves. There is a lot of detail hidden in this kit, so bust out the Gundam markers. There are also a ton of hardpoints for mounting weapons however you please (I borrowed some extra “W” sprue guns for mine). You could have even more options, if only they’d reissue the connectors from the ultra-rare Empire Custmize Set. In the meantime, I will probably try mounting every CP I have.
This is a nice reissue, but I didn’t fully appreciate it until building it myself. The movement and the wing mechanism are clever, and I love the feathery appearance (which makes for nice panel-lining). My only complaint is the gap in the cockpit, where it seems like there should be a window. The bottom part is a modified “clamshell” piece, and a clear piece and almost fit there, so maybe with some cutting I can get it to work. I wonder if Tomy originally planned something there, but had to cancel it at the last minute because of budget limits.