MS-06S Char’s Zaku 2 is a Mobile Suit featured in the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. It was piloted and made famous by the “Red Comet” Char Aznable during the One Year War.
Char’s MS-06S Zaku 2 is a customized version of the standard MS-06S Zaku 2 Commander Type, which is basically an overall improved MS-06F Zaku 2 painted in his personal red comet colours.
Being a commander’s unit, a horn-like decoration was also attached to its head. Despite the high risks, Char personally ordered the removal of its limiters, allowing it to use its thrusters to the maximum limit. The hit-and-run tactics enabled by the high thrust, and the impression its distinctive colours made on the battlefield, led to Char’s nick name, “Red Comet”. This is my comparison between other “Red Comet” MS that Char had used such as Gelgoog and Zaku 1.
The High Grade MS-06S Char’s Zaku 2 is a Bandai 1/144 scale kit released in late April 2015. It is relatively new kit and the kits from origin storyline are produced using new moulding. It still uses polycaps, but it has a lot more articulation to allow more dynamic posing when compared to the older HG versions.
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The retail price for this kit is about ¥1,700 which in my humble opinion is relatively cheap when compared to the Grand-daddy HGUC RX-78-2 Gundam (Revive) is ¥1,000; especially the Origin Zaku 2 kit has a lot more surface details for panel lining, and comes with lots of parts options and a unique belt feed machine gun.
Accessories include Anti-ship Sniper Rifle, Bazooka, Bazooka Ammo (x3), Adapter for Bazooka, 2 Heat Hawks (1 off mode, 1 engaged mode), Right Trigger Hand, Left Open Hand and Adapter for Action Base.
Others unique articulation gimmick includes Mono-eye can be moved left or right via a switch underneath the head can swivel on a ball-joint, or slightly tilt back and forth on a c-clip pivot joint,; the torso can tilt back and forth (though slightly) via an L-shaped joint frame; shoulder joints and 2/3 of the torso blocks can swing forward for extra frontwards articulation; the shoulder shield and spiked shoulder are jointed to avoid interference with the arm’s articulation; the elbow and knees are double-jointed; the waist can rotate on a ball-and-socket joint.
The only gripe is that the Front and side skirt armours are poseable (though slightly) to avoid interference with the leg articulation, however the skirts still scratches the tights. The above is my side by side comparison with my Origin Zaku 2.
This is my side by side comparison with my HG High Mobility Zaku 2.
This is a side by side comparison with my Zaku 2 FZ.
This is side by side comparison between my Origin RX-78-2 [G3 Custom].