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HGUC AMX-04 Qubeley
Let it be known before you read this that this author salivates over Qubeleys. That is the reason I will be covering 3 different Qubeleys in this review. Haman Karn’s Qubeley, Puru’s Qubeley Mk 2 and Puru Two’s Qubeley Mk 2 Extra finish version will all be in the review.
Qubeleys are kind of complicated because there are a lot of joints and detail pieces. Also, a lot of pieces could be considered fragile. The directions are straightforward as can be its just a lot to go through. Assembly takes about an hour to and hour and a half.
Qubeley’s head is as detailed as the animation. The head is mostly 2 long pieces on a socket joint. You have decals for the eyes which fit in well. The head can’t turn sideways at all but the unique neck joint allows you to move the head up and down more than most models.
The torso has a lot of small detail and therefore a lot of small parts. The base of the chest is built rather easily then on the outside you have 4 wires that stick in 2 parts of the chest. These are a pain to get in but stay in once they’re put. On the back, molded into the plastic is the number 2 with LMES printed under it. Finally, attached to the small of the back is the signature funnel tail. It has 10 mini funnels to fit up inside it; all of which stay there. You also have 7 decals to make the stripes on the tail. I recommend using paint because the decals will fall out.
The arms are as much fun as the torso was. The ‘wings’ attach to the shoulder and are essentially the same things just facing a different direction. The wings are made to open to a full 180 and can be rotated away from the body as well. The elbow can rotate fully and bend about 90 degrees forward. The beam saber handles can fit up inside the wrists but it is rather difficult to keep them there. There are 2 sets of hands, one fist to hold the beam sabers and then open palm as if the Qubeley were firing from the wrist.
The hips are pretty standard with the socket joint and the skirt armor isn’t really going anywhere. The piece on the front uses 6 decals and won’t get in the way of the legs at all. At the knees you have armor that can go about 80 degrees forward. It also has 3 decals on each. The shins are 2 really big pieces which have 3 more decals. On the back you have a rigged piece which is purely for detail. Now the feet move on a socket joint and are made up of 2 parts. First you have the heel part which rotates on the joint and then a toe which can bend 35 degrees forward.
You get 2 beam sabers to go along with each kit. They are clear green plastic and go well with a lot of kits; especially the federation MS too lazy to give you a painted one. (Cough)
Haman’s Qubeley: White, Pink and Magenta
Puru’s Qubeley: Dark Blue, Pink and slightly darker Navy Blue
Puru 2's Qubeley: Red, Yellow and Black
Qubeley Extra finish version:
I bought Puru 2's Qubeley in the extra finish version because it was the only one I could find. What you’re essentially getting is a slightly more metallic base color and a chrome secondary color. I’d say it looks pretty cool. It is worth it the extra cash to get a shiny piece for your shelf.
Qubeleys? Do want. What these kits need though is a stand. I’ve said it many times before but seriously, in the Anime, when do you see a Qubeley standing flat? Still, these are the most exalted pieces on my shelf, with all the lowly federation models in awe. Qubeley is defiantly worth the HGUC treatment.