Superparts for VF-25 review

Bandai has always been a company that cashes in on its fans by releasing different color schemes, or different parts, etc etc. Strike Gundam is a prime example. Bandai released the Aile Strike, and later on released the Launcher and Sword version. You couldn’t just get the extra parts, you had to get the entire mecha. More money to Bandai.

Which is why I’m very surprised at Bandai’s treatment of the VF-25 Messiah model kit. While Bandai released both the normal and superpack version, they were also kind enough to release only the superpack. Hopefully this treatment extends to the armored pack as well.

Anyway, I got my hands on two of the superpack kits. The box for the super pack is small, about the size of a HG kit. Inside, you get only 6 runners, and one set of polycaps. As in the kit of the Messiah itself, the superpack comes with stickers and water slide decals. Four different colors are provided, so you can customize your superpack to fit any of the Messiahs.

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obligatory box shot

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decals. notice the red, yellow, blue and green pieces

Now the sucky part. The entire hip joint part of the VF-25 has to be rebuilt, swapping superpack parts with the normal ones. If you just so happened to have glued or painted that part together, I wish you luck. Fortunately for me I managed to get an X-Acto into the gap at the hip joint and pried it open. One of the pegs broke but it remains quite stable. Its a good thing my kit is still unpainted (due to a lack of time). Otherwise I expect the paint job to be completely messed up.

The hip joint isn’t the only part you’re gonna have to replace. Many of the outer pieces of the legs will have to go as well. Notably, the flippable piece of armor that exposed the latch that locks the leg in place is gone. So is the bottom rear wing. The chest area suffers a similar fate. Replace replace replace.

The boosters on the wings are very nicely done, with numerous thrusters. These are highly detailed and molded in metallic bronze. Very nice if you’re not going to paint your kit. Heck, I probably won’t bother painting the thrusters… they’re that nice.

Despite having to rebuilt some parts, the kit is fairly simple. Took me around 3+ hours to get both kits done.

Fighter mode:

The first thing I should mention is that the legs don’t fit as snugly into place after applying the superpack. This, combined with the added weight, may cause the legs to sag over time if you pose the kit in flight. Other than that, the kit looks amazing all armored up. The fighter may not look as sleek, but the boosters and missile pods gives it a ‘I mean business’ kinda look. Also, the old problem of the hip covers not fitting over the body well in fighter mode is solved (or at least not that visible) with the new extra large hip cover.

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front

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side

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top down

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back. notice the legs hanging lower

Battroid mode:

Armored mech mode looks simply amazing. One of the criticism thrown at the VF-25 was its anorexic look. The superpack bulks up the mecha, so you can say goodbye to Kate Moss. The bulkier chest area especially helps make the Messiah look more like a war machine than a ballet dancer. The leg armor does a similar thing. No more skinny legs.

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full monty

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side

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different pose

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back

Unfortunately, the mech mode does suffer from some issues. The boosters on the back unbalances the body, causing it to lean backwards. With care, you can probably still pose it standing, but it will most likely fall after awhile. You will probably want to get the SMS stand for this. Also, because of how heavy the superparts are, the wings will ‘droop’ from its folded backwards position in certain poses.

Overall, the superparts are a must get for your VF-25s. Its not a question of ‘get or not?’, but rather, ‘get how many?’. I got two of them. Why not four, you ask? Well… there always the Armored Kit to consider…

P.S. Forgive the lousy photography. Its something I’m especially bad at.

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11 Responses to “Superparts for VF-25 review”


  1. 1 razrig March 9, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Where’s the decal?..

  2. 3 eyeshield30 March 9, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Hi! I have the alto one. Does this pack really worth to buy? Because i fear the issues you mention, like broken somethink while swapping parts, weaken leg joints, and some weight issues. I want your opinion cause 2000en is too much for a “pack” kit to me. Thanks b4 ^^

    • 4 jcdish March 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm

      OK. Did you glue your kit together and decal it already? If yes, then adding the pack will risk damaging it. If not, then its actually not too hard. If you have built gunpla before, you’ll be fine.

      As for the weak leg and weight issues, it really depends. I played with my Alto too much, so its a bit loose. Can’t pose it standing without support. My Ozma on the other, still has tight joints and has been standing up alone for a week now.

      I have to say though, that the pack makes the kit look very nice.

  3. 5 eyeshield30 March 10, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    No, i never glued the parts before, but yes, i have already full decaled it. Hahaha.
    I really aware that this pack will be released sooner,but Because i though the s pack instalation is just like strike packs, by snap fitting it, i went through it.
    Thanks anyway, maybe i will buy it regardless.
    And mind if exchange links?

    • 6 jcdish March 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm

      That’s what I thought as well… just add ons. I think a lot of people didn’t expect it to have so much part swapping.
      Yeah sure, I’ll add your link in my blog.

  4. 7 ian March 26, 2009 at 2:08 am

    so, is this kit a permanent addition to the VF-25 kit? Or can the superparts be put on and taken off again, allowing for the VF-25 to stand alone?

    • 8 jcdish March 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm

      Its halfway in between. Most of the parts are swapped with the normal version’s. If you’re patient enough and brave enough to risk the damage to the decals, you can swap it.

      • 9 ian March 28, 2009 at 12:18 am

        HUH? Somebody help me out here. I can’t seem to get a solid answer. I haven’t built my VF yet. I have the Alto custom and the superparts. Here is my question: When I build them, is the armor going to be a permanent addition to the VF model kit? From the instructions, it looks like the superparts have to be built into the VF. Like, WITH GLUE! All at the expense of cool stuff like the tail fins! So the armor can’t be taken off again? Like a toy… when you put the armor on, and then decide you want to display it again WITHOUT the armor- you take the armor off! If I want to display the Bandai VF-25 with and without armor, do I need TWO KITS?

        • 10 jcdish March 28, 2009 at 11:19 am

          If you’re going to use glue, then yes you aren’t going to be able to swap the parts anymore. Most of the armor IS built into the kit (part swapping). Like I said, if you’re brave enough and patient enough, you can take the kit apart and swap the parts, but personally, I think that’s probably the silliest thing you can do.

          If you want to display it with both, I’d say buy two kits. You could get an Ozma and an Alto.

  5. 11 Carlos Simón January 1, 2010 at 10:05 am

    i saw a figure of FALLOUT.

    The VF-25 y very beauty.


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