Aegis Gundam GAT-X303 made its appearance as prototype attack use transformable mobile suit in Gundam Seed first season, stolen by ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty) assigned to Ace pilot Athrun Zala (I have included a trading figure of Athrun Zala in my pics). 1/100 HG Aegis Gundam GAT-X303 as released in late February of 2003 when Gundam seed TV series was first aired and to think that Bandai planed to have MG version released a decade late during the commemoration of the anime's 10th anniversary.
Even thought this is an old kit, it has proven itself as a state of an art being able to transform from Mobile Suit mode to Mobile Armor cruise mode, and reconfigured even further to attack mode! The drawback was that the transformation mechanism had made this the gundam looks board that's why the MG was launched to refine it. However a ten years wait sure is a test of patience. As for me, I'm contented with this Gunpla and grateful given to me by otaku friend, Stanley.
Gunpla comes with Aegis Gundam's distinctive 60mm high energy beam rifle, beam saber and shield. In general the kit is made fairly detailed with the imperfection of obvious seam lines. The stickers provided are limited so I had panel-lined and added other decals for more contrast. Perhaps a darker red tone to the plastic would bring the colour closer to the Aegis Gundam in anime.