I bought the Bandai Metal Build Crossbone Gundam X1 and Bandai Metal Build F91 last week.
No pics yet, but here's my observations:
Firstly, I need to say that I'm a big fan of late UC era miniaturized mobile suit designs such as the F90, F91, Victory Gundam etc.
I didn't use to be a fan of the Crossbone Gundam, but after recently reading the manga, the design has really grown on my to the point where it's now one of my favorite mobile suite designs..........I now own the 1/144 scale Crossbone X1 RG model kit, the 1/100 X1 MG model kit and now the Metal Build X1 toy.
Metal Build F91 Gundam Comments
First the negatives:
The Metal Build is not anime accurate. It is a stylized redesign/reimagining. This is what put me off buying the Metal Build F91 for so long. If you are like me and love the anime movie F91 design and want an anime-accurate high-end toy of the F91, the Metal Build may not be for you. Sure, it is recognizable as an F91, but nearly every part has been changed so that it is NOT anime line-art accurate. The most notable and easily spotted changes are the redesign of the VSBRs, the redesigned shape of the chest grill and the redesign of the shoulder armour. The classic and iconic F91 shoulder markings have also been changed so that they are no longer solid red. These redesigns may not bother you, but as an anime/line-art purist they bother me. I did know it was not anime accurate when I bought it, but still went ahead.
Next negative - The V-fin does not attach securely and gets knocked off extremely easily during normal handling at the slightest touch.
Next negative - The beam shield does not attach securely and gets knocked off extremely easily during normal handling at the slightest touch.
Minor negative -the box is constructed of quite flimsy card. Maybe I'm spoiled by the Macross Delta DX boxes. Anyway, I'm not a box collector and have already thrown out the F91 box,.
Last negative, there is no gimmick for opening the cockpit hatch. Maybe I'm too used to Master Grade kits, but I love to be able to open the cockpit hatch on mobile suits and see the pilot figure inside. You would think on such a high-end and expensive toy, which is actually physically larger than the 1/100 Master Grade, which does have an opening cockpit feature this would be possible, but sadly it is absent on the Metal Build.
On the positive side, joints are nice and tight, fit, finish, paint applications and markings are all excellent and articulation is very good.
Metal Build Crossbone Gundam X1 Comments
A near perfect figure. Tight joints, great detail, tones of accessories. Looks awesome.
Good articulation, great fit. The finish, paint apps and markings are perfect. No flaws on mine.
Only negatives I can think of out the box card stock is a bit flimsy. But as with the F91 I have already thrown out the box to save space as I seldom keep boxes.
The wrist pegs for the hands do seem a little thin, so I'm a bit concerned about stress or breakage if I change the hands too many times as the hand-to-wrist peg fit is quite tight and a bit of force is required to push the hand onto the wrist peg.
The Crossbone Gundam X1 gets a 99% rating from me.