Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam is set in Universal Century (UC 0133) and there are space pirates! Tobia Arronax is the main protagonist of this Manga and he piloted the XM-X1 Crossbone Gundam X-1.
This particular Real Grade (RG) kit comes highly recommended by the Gunpla community for it’s great detail and overall building experience. We picked up this little key from our usual haunt Gundam Gateway
We’re falling behind with the Gunpla buildlogs and the Terror-Byte Gaming Gunpla Backlog is starting to look ridiculous! It’s time to build some kits.
Dear Bandai, is there any need for a Head Unit this small?! Good grief this was fiddly to assemble. Without my desktop magnifier, this would have been next to impossible…
The ‘Anti-Beam Coating Mantle’ is a first here on our Journey Into Gunpla. Simple enough to build and looks great on the Crossbone.
“As with other Crossbone Vanguard mobile suits used in UC 0133, the X-1 could be equipped with a cloth cloak that had been treated with an anti-beam coating. Functioning similar to the old physical shields that had received the same treatment, the cloak was used to protect the mobile suit from beam shots. With its size it could completely cover the mobile suit, with the exception of the head, providing full body protection. However, despite its advantages, one of which is conserving power, the cloak has two disadvantages. First, unlike a beam shield the cloak can only handle about 5 shots before the coating wears off, rendering the cloak to simple cloth. The second disadvantage is that the cloak offers no protection from physical weapons.“
Source – Gundam Fandom
The XM-X1 Crossbone Gundam X-1 comes equipped with a number of unique weapons. The Buster Gun which heavily resembles a flintlock pistol and the Beam Zamber, modelled after Pirate’s Sabre sword.
“The buster gun is the primary ranged weapon of the Crossbone Gundam. This beam pistol is modeled after a flintlock pistol and is typically used with only one of the mobile suit’s hands, leaving the second hand free to use a melee weapon. Stored on the right side armor when not in use the buster gun can combine with the beam zanber to form the zanbuster.“
“The beam zanber is a high power beam saber and is the primary weapon of the Crossbone Gundam. The hilt of the beam zanber is modeled after that of a traditional pirate cutlass, as is the beam blade when it is formed, and is stored on the left side armor when not in use. The power of the beam zanber is significantly higher than that of ordinary beam sabers, such that it is easy for the Crossbone Gundam to overpower an enemy in melee combat or even “cut” through the beam of an ordinary beam saber. Behind the guard of the beam zanber is a gun handle that is used in the zanbuster configuration.“
Source – Gundam Fandom
This little guy was one of the more tricky RG kits we’ve assembled here but was very enjoyable throughout. The Crossbone has some unique weapons and accessories, we have also have the MG Patchwork Ver Ka variant in the backlog so be sure to keep an eye on our social media outlets.
We are pleased to award the RG Crossbone with our Builders Choice Award!
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