My journey as a newbie figure collector continues with my latest figure being the Gundam Astraea Type-F. The Astraea is a protoype mobile suit used to test out technology and equipment for what will be used in later Gundams primarily the Exia. This is my first 1/100 scale gunpla as all my other Gundam figures are either 1/144 scale or Chibi type models.
Astraea with GN Sword and GN Shield
Astraea appears in the side-stories of Mobile Suit Gundam 00P and Mobile Suit Gundam 00F (which I have yet to read). A prototype mobile unit, which serves as the intermediary design between the 1st-generation GN-000 0 Gundam seen in flashbacks during the Gundam oo anime and the 3rd-generation GN-001 Gundam Exia which is piloted my the main character in the first season of the Gundam oo anime. The GN Drive control mechanism differs from that of 0 Gundam, and benchmarks with both higher output and higher instability which I’m guessing means it’s stronger than Exia but with extended use explodes into a ball of fire.
Astraea with prototype GN Bazooka
Not surprisingly the Astraea Type-F was the most complicated of all the Gundam figures I have put together so far and took me quite a few sittings to complete. It was complicated but not difficult as the instructions (more so the pictures :P) were easy to follow. Being the grand daddy of Exia and the other Gundam double o figures I have it is only fitting that he is the largest of the bunch I have so far. The red, dark brown and gray coloring of Astraea wasn’t very appealing at first but seeing it in person has made me a fan, now I better go find an online source for Mobile Suit Gundam 00P and Mobile Suit Gundam 00F which features it, I might blog about it if I find it interesting.
Astraea without it’s mask
Astraea is equipped with a masked version of it’s head, which according to the description is supposed to help to “hide” the fact that it’s a Gundam – I’m guessing when I read the story involving this mobile suit I will understand better. It’s noteworthy that this Gundam comes with spare parts that transforms it into an Exia configuration if needed but seeing that I already have 2 versions of Exia I decided to keep it as it is now.
close-up of Astraea with mask
General Information and Specs
Unit type: prototype general purpose mobile suit
Overall height: 18.3 meters
Overall weight: 55.1 metric tons
Equipment: GN Drive, Trans-Am system Armament: beam rifle x 1, GN launcher x 1, proto GN sword x 1, shield x 1, double GN launcher x 1
Note: A prototype version of the GN-001 Gundam Exia. Equipped with Mask
1/100 scale Astraea with my other Gundam models
The fins at the back of Astraea form the tilt of it’s beam sabers
Specs via â€“ Mecha Anime HQ