This Tallgeese model kit from Gundam Wing is something I’ve wanted to obtain for quite awhile. Similar to the DJI Tello, I’ve constantly eyed both in a window-shopping manner because of my various situations, now obtaining it because certain conditions were allowed. I could have obtained both at any time, now was the best time than any. Well, June 13th, 2021.
I’ve always admired the Tallgeese, especially when I’ve seen it fresh on TV during the 1999’s YTV Anime days. Gundam Wing was the best thing on TV at the time while lemming classmates admired Dragonball Z not wanting to be unique, nor enjoy it for themselves. Everything for other people, never for themselves. While silly classmates pretended to admire DBZ in a lemming manner I had fun watching and admiring Gundam Wing for its awesomeness. The best thing on TV, even outperforming North American media even at that point. The music, the artistic style. Detailing. Everything. Tallgeese stood out with special thanks to Zech’s, his voice actor, and how special Tallgeese felt in that traditional ‘Christmas’ vibes. During the time it aired Tallgeese was wrapped in the aura of traditional European Christmas values. The pure Christmas pride with snow, colourful Christmas trees, and etc. Its hard to explain it in words, this is the best I can word it currently.
Again, Tallgeese echos the past while showing how superior morals and values are. Traditionalism, while also showing how powerful it can be. More powerful than any human pilot can handle. Its a beast. Raw power, row speed. Everything is raw. So much respect has to be given to the Tallgeese, hence why it commands respect.
[Disclaimer: The cats are not mine; I’ve done my best to polish off the stubs, & etc. I took extra care. I however haven’t painted the kit, I however stickered it in a basic manner. Considering Gundam pens for later. I know the title says ‘Endless Waltz’, simply going by what is on the box.]
When it comes to Tallgeese all I can hear is:
“FOOOOOOLS!” – Zechs.
I’ve built a fair number of gunpla kits, though had to scale back for numerous reasons. Some more obvious than others, and one simply being at my grasp needing to be acquired before it was too late. I had to put many away in boxes while sorting my situation out. Tallgeese however couldn’t wait.
I’m sure someone is going to point out why I haven’t been cutting off the remains of the stubs. I have. I’ve been using a knife to even out the stubs. I may not have nippers, I however spent a while shaving and polishing parts. Camera may be sensitive in what it sees.
Also, I haven’t painted the Tallgeese, I simply applied stickers and decals. Was considering adding little touches with Gundam pen markers when the time comes. Everything takes time. Situational stuff.
Ran out of time to build it. Onto Part 2 below.
On that Mech Warrior note I would love to pilot my Tallgeese to fight the Mech Warrior universe mechas. I want to see if I’m worthy enough to first pilot the Tallgeese while secondly able to brutalize their universe’s mechas.
When it comes to mecha aesthetics I prefer Japanese mechas over the fake “realism” of North American sci-fi stuff. Americans tend to worry too much about “realism” that they tend to bend too far backwards, blinding themselves in the process. Tallgeese has this crude elegance to it being a first-gen mobile suit from the Gundam Wing era. Its a Gundam without the ‘V’ on its head.
Sin of the Solaris (the game) does a bit better when it comes to ship designs, same with Star Wars and Star Trek. Everything else, not so much. I’m not counting the fake-woke new-gen Star Trek, though the new gen fake-woke Star Wars still has neat designs.
Ever since Formula 1 starting placing regulations against Ferrari it became so boring. I enjoyed Kobayashi’s crazy ‘raw’ racing style. He raced to win, then he left. I have a Figma of him. I’m mentioning this because I wanted to note that I view Tallgeese as I would of Ferrari before they were sabotaged in Formula 1 and elsewhere. Ferrari is not what it used to be, though its power is what I’m trying to compare. That raw potential able to kill on a whim. That is Tallgeese.
If not Ferrari, then maybe the best BMW there is, or the best Japanese sports car, or the best ‘anything’.
Even on the figure form I absolutely admired the boosters from Tallgeese. The back boosters and the shield holding the sabers. Absolutely love how it folds out to reveal the thrusters in a very elegant and actual realistic manner, not what the fake Sci-fi American realism shows. There is a proper way to balance clunky realism and aesthetics, this is it.
Tallgeese is your actual clunky, visually pleasing sci-fi mecha which actually commands ACTUAL respect. I love it. Even the Christmas vibes thanks to its white paintjob. Regal and traditional Christmas vibes. Classy
I wanted to finish up on the weapons to only end up finishing the Dobber gun. I wanted to fiddle with the beam sabers and any other small piece. That’s for Day 3.
The point I was waiting for, the ‘assembly’ of the parts! I don’t know, it feels more magical to me this way. It is as if I’m actually building a legit mobile suit this way. It feels better. 🙂
I’m aware I may not be bringing out the full justice of Tallgeese, I however love the amount of detailing already there. The articulation, the gimmicks to the head, cockpit, and gun. The hand pieces, the way it attaches the Dobbergun and shield. I love Tallgeese’s design with how it can grab the beam Sabers from the shield and how it is stored there. Simple elegance may at times be better than modern overexaggerated nonsense.
When it comes to mobile suits (or any design), it always is best to keeps things simple while having simplified complexities here and there. Ferrari had it, as with BMW, and various Busou Shinki kits. The older Gundam shows had this with their Zaku, Leo, Aries, and basic Gundams. Everything then turned into over-sized, overloaded, and bulky mecha designs. Absurd mobile armor designs, GP-02 being over-rated, and that usual madness. It is why I enjoy rogue-type characters in games, or Renge & Kohiru from Busou Shinki because because you only have what you need on you. Tallgeese comes with various boosters, two beam sabers, Dobber gun, and that is about it. You don’t need 50 million skirt armours, or what have you.
I love the Tallgeese design because I view it as World War 2 vehicles before things turned weird. I love how Tallgeese’s design spawned the Leo mobile suit, and others; How its raw power can compete with the 5 Gundam suits, and etc.
Regal, dignified, elegant, raw, powerful, classy…. This is a mobile suit fit for the proper Prince, or Warrior. A one with the most resolve and drive. Fit. It is a mobile suit able to kill its pilot with ease, as with any other overly raw machine.
There is however a few issues I have with this model kit. The articulation on the arms causes the pegs to fall out. Its a bit too short, doesn’t snap. It does allow for certain iconic poses, as seen in the show. There are just certain things you can’t do because its still a model kit. It’s mainly for posing and display, as any model kit is used for. The shin guards is something I’m going to have to glue in because they fall onto the feet. There are a few things I have to readjust.
As noted, both this and DJI Tello are the few things I wanted to obtain now that my situation allowed. Didn’t help we had COVID-19 lockdowns, though now I have and now I’m happy. Out with things I no longer need and in with things I do. Tallgeese is special to me, far more than anything. It is almost special by blood, something attached to my soul. Everybody is associated by something, Tallgeese is something similar to myself.
Something that should be easy is often made more difficult by various situations and elements in life. Some good ol’ gunpla never hurts. Now, if only I could use Tallgeese in an actual proper Gundam game I would be happy. Any Bandai made game, something that isn’t Musou, but an actual open world game.
Mission Accomplished! I’m happy. o7