While searching for a Taurus kit online, I stumbled upon a reddit post about some reproduction of the LM 1/144 Taurus Custom resin kits, so I investigated the link out of curiosity. Upon opening the link an even bigger surprise left me picking up my jaw from the floor. Among the 1/144 resin kits being sold in the site were two marine type OZ grunt machines, the Pisces and the Cancer.
Being a Gundam Wing fan, I’m also interested in collecting the grunt machines in hopes that I can recreate scenes from the anime with my models. But sadly, the GW series is a flop in Japan, not unless there will be a huge influx of demand for the GW grunt machines in the global market, we won’t be seeing Bandai releasing new stuff for GW any time soon. With that out of the way, I can proceed with my write up on these kits. Since putting these two together in one post would be too long, I split the post in to two. With that said, let’s check out the Cancer kit first.
Where to begin? Just looking at the sample photo is enough to make me water in the mouth and yearn for this kit, I mean look at those intricate details!
The OZ MS Cancer kit is molded in two colored resin, white and red. There is no immediate need to paint the model, you can build it straight out of the box and it would still look good.
The sensor hatch comes in two options, opened and closed. (Though I’m not sure if these were two different cover piece, or the same one just flipped.)
There seem to be decent articulation with the claws.
The claws can be opened and the arms lifted up, there is also some articulation with the hip parts.
Here is the OZ MS Cancer in its MA mode.
Looking at the images of this thing makes me want to crave for one!
More sample photos of the cute MS below.
The thing I like about the GW grunt machines is that they are simple yet they are designed well enough to resemble real machines, like the Cancer, it looks just like a regular submarine. The sad part about this kit is that it’s not available outside Taiwan. It’s either that, or I just haven’t found a site that sells it online that is in English. I did a little internet digging using Japanese, I found out that this was just released last year (2015), or rather it is a re-release by Kyarahobi (キャラホビ). But the packaging on the online shop indicates that this might also be a reproduction.
Any way, if you’re a Gundam Wing fan and a kit collector, this is something worth having, if you can get your hands on one. I happen to have a friend who is currently working in Taiwan, I might contact him and ask him to purchase one of these for me.