Figure Build – HGUC 1/144 Blue Destiny Unit 3 “EXAM”

I’ve been eyeing this kit since it got a lot of good reviews. I was supposed to buy it online because it’s way cheaper there, but Toys R Us had it on markdown price. This will help prevent me from going into withdrawal before I get my hands on another MG kit.

Kit Details

Name: HGUC 1/144 Blue Destiny Unit 3 “EXAM”
Released: 2018
Manufactured By: Bandai
Purchased From: Toys R Us
Price: PhP 950

Box art. Unfortunate sticker placement, but I’m not really bothered.

Tools Used

  • Side Cutters
  • Precision Knife
  • Sandpaper (1200 and 2000 Grit)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Fine Tip Brush
  • Masking Tape

Build Documentation

I actually started this build while inebriated, so there is little to no documentation during the building process. By the time I realized that I wasn’t taking any pictures, I was already done with the Head, Torso and Waist.

Head – EXAM Mode
Torso Front and Back – Optional extended exhaust port slots indicated
Waist
Arms
Legs – Check out that beautiful bend.
Backpack with poorly painted exhaust tips

Being an HG, stickers are to be expected. I used the EXAM mode reds for this kit instead of the greens. Chest, knee and skirt stickers were alright but I was not a fan of the backpack upper exhaust whites. These long stickers that wrap around corners are a pain in the ass to place and they tend to look lame even if placed correctly.

Masking the part before painting.

The result made it apparent that I really have no talent when it comes to hand painting. Good thing I have a white Gundam marker for touch ups. I really need to get myself a decent airbrush and compressor.

Accessories

  • Shield
  • Beam saber (x 2)
  • Beam rifle
  • Twin beam rifle
  • Space backpack
  • 100 mm Machine gun

The accessories that come with the kit are really good. The beam saber handles are tucked away in the Gundam’s legs. It’s a nifty mechanic where you can pose the kit as if it just pulled out the sword from the leg armor. You could also ditch the backpack and just use the extended exhaust vent parts and attach it to the rear of the torso.

Finished Product

Oh man that ankle guard seam line.
Invisible threat on the right
Shoot and Slash
LEDs would’ve made this kit so badass.

Design – 9.3/10

I love me some standard Gundam designs. Most people would say that there’s too much white in this kit, but I think the amount of dark blues and accent colors are perfect. I also have this recently discovered obsession with shields. Proportions are on the bulky side, but it maintains the feeling of mobility. The seam lines are a bit jarring, specially the ones behind the legs and those on the ankle guards. These actually made the process of panel lining a bit more difficult than it should’ve been. Still a pretty good looking kit overall.

Articulation/Mobility – 9.0/10

This is the part of the kit that made me realize that it’s the most solid piece of equipment I’ve assembled so far. It’s easy to balance even without a stand and the joints are tight but responsive during posing. The Gundam just feels so solid that I didn’t worry about things randomly falling apart when I handled it. The waist/torso ball joint is the only real weak point so far, so extra care should be exercised when doing extreme crunch or arc poses.

Durability/Materials – 9.7/10

After the previous EVA build, seeing a kit that uses polycaps was relieving. Paired with softer plastics for moving parts, they make a kit far more enjoyable to pose. I had no problems with pieces that had to be handled daintily just so they don’t show signs of plastic stress. This Gundam can take it even if I ever decided to smack it around. I’m not gonna do that though, that would be too cruel and meaningless.

Build Time – ~4 Hours


This kit is highly recommended for all gunpla fans. Great design, solid engineering and relatively cheap price point make this one of my essential recommendations. Do yourself a favor and get this kit.

I need to work on the panel lining and paint touch ups before I start building another kit though.

– D

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