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"すみません (sumimasen)" I asked the girl in her Toys R Us apron as she tried to scurry into the back.
"すみません" again, but a little more assertive.
She turns and looks at me; I point at my tablet which was displaying a picture of a gunpla kit that had just released the day before, "do you have Crossbone Maoh?"
At first I had high hopes for the Crossbone that Maoh had put together, but the more and more I looked at the kit, the more I decided I would give it to someone who would appreciate it more. In return, Gunplaworks gave me a kit he had lost interest in; 1/144 RG ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam.
I was excited; my first real grade kit. So far, I have never built an inner frame, and I have always wanted to try it out; you know, build the innards, and shove the armor plates around it. However, as soon as I started looking around at the plates, I found these long grey pieces that were claimed to be the arms and legs. This was the first disappointment; I was hopping to build an inner frame, but instead, I received it pre-built. But not all hope was lost; I was sure to get a ton of detail around it; it is a Real Grade after all.
Thank goodness I bought a couple action bases while I was in Sasebo, or I would have had no way to display this beautiful kit. I enjoyed building the Freedom despite what I had to say about it. As it has the Real Grade title, the color separation, the detailed pieces, everything was there. I am almost afraid of doing more than a straight build because of its plain beauty.