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1/100 RF-12/B Second Jive by Kotobukiya (Part 2: review)

1/100 RF-12/B Second Jive by Kotobukiya (Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com)

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Second Jive is all put together now. Let’s see how he looks, and drives!

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As always, get yourself a good pair of plastic nippers. The manual says that you also need cement, but actually you don’t have to use any.

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Front, side and back shots. You can see that it’s quite slim.

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There are quite a lot of gimmicks/kibble on the upper body, like movable side armor and the back armor which can move to the side. For posabality, the arms also can bend very well.

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Can you make out the legs under all that?  However, they move quite well.

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The weapons look simple, but let’s see what can be done with them.

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Clear blades make everything look good!

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The guns look like fun despite their seeming simplicity.

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Most weapons can be attached to the waist armor.

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And though the transformation is quite complicated, here’s the motorbike you get. Does it remind anyone of Gobots?

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Regarding the humanoid size, it’s a little shorter than MG Gundam 2.0.

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Some final thoughts. First of all, I really enjoyed building it, and it only took around 3 hours, thanks to the pre-built frame, which is the trademark of this line. However, unlike some recent kits where they’ve stayed together really well, the frame here is the cause of some stability issues. But then again, the armor parts are quite fine, it’s just the frame itself that is a little bit loose. One thing that could use some improvement is the design of the feet, as it’s quite hard for you to make it stand. But when you see it transformed into the motorbike, it’s another story completely. You’ll feel that all your hard work and is nicely paying off. It’s really good looking, and the design of the gimmicks to lock each body part on the body is quite well done. If you want to play with it, it might require some patience, but overall it’s a fun kit to build and show off in either mode. Thanks for checking this out!

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