So, what is Metal Gear Rex? Well, Rex is one of the many interesting machines in the game world of Metal Gear Solid (MGS). It's like a walking tank laden with all types of weapons. In other words, it is cool shit. I have been following the game for ages and still very much in love with the series. I even started collecting all the MGS figures from Play Arts.
At the same time, I was also wondering why no toy manufacturer was making a MG Rex model kit. But when the news did came I was disappointed. The one announced by ThreeA Production was priced way beyond my reach. It may cost a bomb but this thing is sweet! And one huge bugger! It's like the size of your pet canine!
And out of the blue, Kotobukiya announced a more affordable version. At 1/100 scale, it may be smaller as compared to the ThreeA version, but I think that size is more feasible too (ok, sour grapes). Oh well, I waited and realized that I might not get it since I did not pre-order this kit (wasn't expect it to fly off the shelves on release) and might not get it in first time. Luckily, a good friend sold it to me and I am able to get it real fast. Thank you, Lawrence!
Now, let's see what we have here...
I like the box. A LOT. The metallic silver and red packaging is definitely a winner. And it compliments Metal Gear Rex too.
Contents. The box may look big but there are not many runners. In fact, there are only 17 of them.
In terms of engineering, that "B" company still has the edge. But Kotobukiya is not far behind. There are no ill-fitting parts here. But there are some loose components and they tend to drop during handling. But these are really minor issues. Details are pretty good and most of the seam lines are not really visible.
A 15cm by 15cm base provided. I thought the chain bases from Koto looked better... (idea!)
Eyes are painted but I rather redo it.
I expected the rail gun to be larger and more impressive. It's looking a bit underwhelming at the moment.
Missile hatches at the rear unit
Look at the details underneath the head unit!
Assuming the squatting position
Assembly was relatively easy. It took me about three hours to finish and that is because I paused to take photos. No decals for this one though.
The lower legs of the Rex can be extended for it to stand. Very versatile if you ask me.
Someone should consider adding a row of teeth.
This front two stabilizers are pretty loose and they dropped off many times.
There you have it. Call it what you want. It's shaped like a tank, looks like a giant mechanical chicken. But I LOVE it. Paint it in its original theme, customized it as you imagined. The possible variations are limitless! I am expecting to see many variations when most people get their hands on it. Hell! one is not enough for me!
Now, after Rex, will Koto gives us Ray? LOL.... Let's keep our fingers crossed!!!!
Overall, this is a great model. And well worth the wait. And even more for Metal Gear Solid fans. I definitely end up with more than one!
What are you waiting for!?