These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray
Crazy Awesome: Lowe Gear. This is the guy who fashioned a katana for his Gundam, and later forged a 150 meter version of it, just because he thought that would be awesome (the sword is mounted on the side of their ship, and requires special equipment to wield). He also once attached a BaCUE head to the Red Frame's hand for use as an impromptu double beam saber (this being the only reason he bought the BaCUE head at a junk auction).
In all fairness though, the delay is primarily due to lead writer Chiaki Morosawa having cancer. Being threatened with Author Existence Failure is a pretty good justification for major delays.
Also Shiho Hanenfuss, the mute Ensemble Darkhorse of SEED anime, has much more role in Astray. Though still a relatively minor character, she actually speaks in the manga (she would have spoken in the anime, mind you, but her voice actress bailed).