My second Master Grade to date, the 00 Seven Sword/G was procured on a cold winter day, but was not constructed until an August Monday following a Sunday brunch at the Chinook Restaurant inside the Banff Park Lodge. I typically make it a point to have an omelette and roast beef from the carving station regardless of what brunch I go to, but there are two elements that separate the Banff Park Lodge from other establishments: they offer snow crab legs and have a chocolate fountain. Granted, I could probably write an entire passage on how awesome the Chinook Sunday brunch is, but that merely sets the stage around the building of the Gundam: previously my Gundams have been built around special occasions, and the latest Master Grade is no exception. The MG 00 Seven Sword/G captivated me since it was originally released in September 2011 with its design: I had long wished to build a master grade 00 Gundam without the O Raiser, given that I’d already built the high grade version a few years ago, and the seven sword variant was distinct enough from the 00 Raiser for me to justify the purchase. At roughly 70 Canadian dollars (5500 yen) thanks to a strong Canadian dollar, the seven sword is slightly less costly than the 00 Raiser and appears more as a true upgrade to the 00 Gundam. In fact, it appears to be the intermediate between the 00 Gundam and the 00 Qan[T] when it is fully completed.
- The original 00 Seven Swords/G is typical Gundam colours. It is represented in its Inspection colours here, another variant in the side-story that gave the 00 Gundam additional operational capacity in Trans-Am mode.
- The first thing I’ve noticed when standing the 00 Gundam next to the 00 Qan[T] is the sheer bulk of the former compared to the latter, with its loadout. I plan on getting an action base for this soon: the joints on the model itself are solid and six of the eight weapons are light, making it easy to pose. Even without an action base, the unit looks fantastic on the ground with the massive GN Blaster II.
Having completed the model just yesterday, details of the construction process are still fresh in my mind (contrasting the previous gunpla discussions I’ve had), and the first thing that comes to mind is the awesome amount of detail and engineering in the 00’s inner frame. While it is very similar to that of the 00 Qan[T], the 00 distinctly feels more sturdy than the 00 Qan[T]. This probably has to do with the fact that there is no massive shield bound to the unit’s left side, and that the leg condensers do not pop out. Thus, the completed model, including the exterior armour plating and weapons, is capable of standing without the leaning found in the 00 Qan[T] and, at least for now, can hold poses exceedingly well. My personal favourite element on the MG has to be the clear blue-green elements that permeate virtually every region of the suit, whether it be the GN Drives, head elements, condensers on the arms and legs or the many weapons the Gundam carries. Contrasting the 00 Qan[T], the 00 Seven Sword/G is given a far wider range of weapons and on initial glance, appears to be more than a match for the latter, which is only equipped with one sword.
- Some people find that the 00 Gundam series is essentially a rehashed 00 Qan[T]: these individuals are referring to the inner frame. From my end, that means a slightly faster construction time. I’m more interested the external armour and the number of weapons available on this unit: the sheer number of possible poses and weapons arrangement is quite staggering, and of course, building the weapons themselves was an enjoyable experience.
- The MG 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G requires 4 LEDs for all of the orifices, compared to 5 for the MG 00 Raiser and 2 for the 00 Qan[T]. The 00 Qan[T] has a slight advantage in the brightness department with the LEDs, but seeing the shoulder drives on the Seven Sword lit up is another experience entirely. I especially like the fact that the GN drives are mounted in a sturdy manner, but remain easy enough to remove, contrasting the 00 Qan[T], which requires the removal of the entire backpack unit, and then the flipping down of a small peg, to access the GN drive.
Ultimately, the 00 Seven Sword proved to be a master grade I truly enjoyed building from the top to bottom (well, from the inner frame to the weapons), contrasting the more rushed experience I had with the 00 Qan[T]. I’ve since displayed the two master grades side-by-side, and the differences are immediately apparent: the Qan[T] appears more sleek, minimal and attests to the shift in technology in-universe towards a non-combative purpose, while the seven sword 00 Gundam is bulkier, more angular and gives the impression of being ready to wage war in a conventional sense as opposed to projecting a quantum field for communications. While the 00 Qan[T] is more advanced than the 00 Gundam, an objective observer might be inclined to say that the 00 Gundam, with its seven swords, is the true war machine, appropriately reflecting on how the 00 Qan[T] was not intended to be solely a combat utility.