#1003 / High Grade After Colony / XXXG-01W Wing Gundam

Product Line / High Grade After Colony
Scale & Class / 1/144 Scale Plastic Model Kit
Manufacturer / Bandai Spirits
Release Date / 2013
Appearances / New Mobile Report Gundam Wing

I remembered how excited I was when Bandai Spirits (just Bandai back then) announced the HG All Gundam Project in 2013, along with Gundam Build Fighters. It was basically a High Grade collector’s dream, being able to build all lead Gundams with modern engineering and standardized assembly techniques. It also expanded the HGUC line to include ‘alternate universe’ designs within the same numbering scheme. It was, therefore, very fitting to have the HGAC Wing Gundam as the first kit in this project, coming from what many consider as their gateway Gundam series — Gundam Wing.

We were already getting 1/144 scale High Grade kits from non-Universal Century titles like Gundam SEED or Iron-Blooded Orphans, but many consider HGUC kits to have better engineering. Case in point is the HGAC Wing Gundam despite being smaller than your average 18-meter-tall mobile suit. While not completely color-accurate out of the box, the excellent parts separation makes painting details much easier like those black areas in its iconic main torso vents or those wing binders which required just a splotch of white paint to be color accurate. HGAC Wing Gundam also introduced joint assemblies that are used, and improved upon, by the other kits in the HG All Gundam Project, providing articulation which was new to High Grades at that time. Oh, and let’s not forget how the kit executes the Bird Mode transformation flawlessly. It isn’t a Wing Gundam kit if its signature buster rifle and shield aren’t included, with the latter able to split open and reveal the hidden beam saber stored inside.