It's been quite awhile since my last RG scale and I forgot just how much details are on these kits. Words can wait until the end. It's picture time! Hit that bump!
First, the cons. The fact that the torso requires the core fighter to be part of it makes the upper body unstable. The torso sways side to side with minimal force and attaching the shield makes it worse. It's still pose-able though. The second con is the shield attachment point. Even though I've painted all pieces, the shield didn't like to stay attached. It would fall out every time I bent it elbows while the shield was attached. If the attachment point was longer, it would've been better. Time for pros.
Like all RGs the detail on this kit is astonishing. I mean look at the pictures! I think they speak for themselves in terms of details. I'm also glad that they included a piece for straight shield holding. It increases the number of poses you can make. The piece for straight shield holding also makes holding the shield a lot more stable in my opinion. The shield is also fun thanks to its transforming gimmick (as shown in the pictures). The color separation and the off white pieces also make the kit visually stunning even after a simple out of box build.
In the end, even though it was a fun kit to build, I would not recommend this kit to someone as his/her first kit.
Thanks for looking!