I've finished this model quite a while ago (three years ago, I think), but of all the 1/100 that I've made, this one really stand out in terms of design and execution. The appeal of Astray in terms of design is two fold for me. This is one of the few Gundams that is not only able to break out from the mold, but has enough innovations in terms of design to influence future designs (I see Exia as clearly being inspired by the Astray). Second, the design incorporates some very organic elements that contrast against other more mechanical bits, giving the MS a very fluid and dynamic look even when it's just standing still.
The 1/100 Astray not only managed to keep all the design elements and detail, but also managed to give the model an incredible amount of articulation for a 1/100 at the time.
The legs bend nearly 180 degrees.
The amount of detail Bandai managed to pack into a 1/100 is also quite refreshing at the time.
To be honest, I honestly have no valid complaints about this kit, except for maybe that time when the rotating bicep joint snapped and I had to fix it. Maybe I'm just blinded by my affection for 1/100 Astray's design, but I will argue that this kit is a better representation of the Astray design than even the MG in proportion and the sculpting for the head, which despite its peculiar shape, managed to look sharp and detailed from every angle.
Unfortunately, I left this kit back home when I moved to Toronto for university, but it will always have a special place in my heart. The day I forget about the kit will be the day the 1/1 Gundam statue is fully functional and weaponized.