To put it succinctly, aside from the missile launchers and the less notable propulsion system, it’s another freaking Zaku II 2.0, which honestly is the best possible situation for this kit to be in.
Economically and aesthetically speaking, the Zaku 2.0 is nothing short of a triumph. So many variations stem from this one frame that all Bandai has to do is change the color and a couple shapes and BAM, it’s fresh and new. And that’s fantastic news for army builders out there. Despite the different accessories and attachments, the Zaku 2.0 has lended its design consistency to so many of the modern Universal Century favorites like the Gouf 2.0 and the Gelgoog 2.0, which while making the aesthetic coherent also perpetuates the continuity of the Zaku pedigree in the anime.
I’ve built Char’s Zaku, the Gouf, the Gelgoog, and now this Zaku, and I can’t say I’ve gotten tired of it yet. In fact, I’m itching to see more diversity in Zakus so I can add them to my cart.
You hear that, Zaku Cannon? I’m coming for you soon enough!