What made the Z gundam stand out so much that Anaheim Electronics and others kept trying to mass produce it for over a million times?
The "Mass Production" Z Gundam
Zeta Plus series
it's the wav shooter variant, my fave.
per the wiki:
>The Wave Shooter equipment was originally created because replicating the rotation of Zeta Gundam's wing binders in a transforming kit was beyond the capabilities of plastic models at the time, so Bandai borrowed ideas from their previous Gundam Sentinel MSZ-006C1 Ζeta Plus C1 kit, whose wings were more manageable.
>replicating the rotation of Zeta Gundam's wing binders in a transforming kit was beyond the capabilities of plastic models at the time
The 1985 1/100 Zeta Gundam model could transform into Wave Rider, though.
>The 1985 1/100 Zeta Gundam model
A lot of improvements in the past 30 years of gunpla
In Origin the appearance of the Gundam changes over time, mostly because Yas is an indecisive shit, but also to show the late series upgrade.
Z Define poorly imitates Origin so aside from bringing in the Waveshooter for the second Earth arc for shits and giggles, it has all these totally nonsensical evolutions, the last of which's dating corresponds with ZZ.
Cause they want a variable fighter.
This. In terms of exposure, longevity and popularity, Zeta is the best offering Sunrise has comparable to a Valkyrie in the "real robot" transforming jet genre of mecha. (Sorry Wing fans)
I'm not making it up for the sake of it, that's just my assertion based on the history of the plamo.
actually, looks like I missed the first part of what I wanted to write
>it seems the context of that was supposed to be for 1/144 scale kits...
2. Wave Shooter
3. The little thing on the cockpit is on the other side now and the shield is less detailed.
4. Now there's some white on the shoulders! Also another slight edit to the shield.
5. Strike Zeta
I like how it vaguel ties to justify the missing yellow on the RG's shield but foes it at the same time it drops fugly RG style knees.
Anyways third one has rounder and thicker cockpit hatch and knees, fourth changes the entire chest for some fucking reason.
Originally? Nothing. It took a battlefield repair to unlock its true power.
No, it's the same Zeta Gundam, just shown throughout it's entire service/development. Takegawa has a boner for showing iconic mobile suits with occasional differences resulting from new parts over time.
This has nothing to do with Z Gundam Define.
The Stardust Memory stuff was all conveniently wiped from the records, and since nobody in UC keeps backups that was that. (Though the Nightingale's thruster layout may have been based off of the GP-01fb's)
The Nu was considered for mass production, but aside from being super expensive, it was based off the ~spooky~ psycoframe so all plans were halted.
Anyway Zeta Gundam was pretty much one big arms race in development. First the Movable Frame shat over everything before it, then wing binders were the hot thing, and then transformable mobile suits were all the rage.
Zeta combined every single one of those, so it was the perfect thing to work off of.
Also for all intents and purposes the ZZ /did/ enter mass production, it was just folded into the MP Zeta project. The ReZEL Type C's two packs are pretty clearly ZZ inspired.
OP, i'll tell you the secret.
it's because it doesn't have the red beard thing.
Kamile's lost schematic specifically says: "Also Anaheim shitbirds? Let's try not having a red thing on the chin! What is that even supposed to be? I want Z to be just all white, cold as fuck."
then they lost that part
Zeta can be accurate, it can be 1/144, or it can be stable, pick two.
There's a reason most transformable MS that aren't based off the Zeta are basically "have the MS lie down", and it's because that way the whole thing isn't just an explodey mess or a partsformer where you replace the whole torso with a single solid piece in the transformed state.