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Time for another unboxing. This time, something familiar to everyone - Char's Zaku II from the Gundam The Origin storyline!
I was actually not originally planning to get this kit, but when I saw my supplier posted that they have on-hand stocks fresh from Japan, I was tempted. Then, I saw that they also got the Zaku II Folder included, I said to myself, Let's go get it, もらわなくていけないぜ！ I contacted my supplier and got the kit delivered the next day.
By the way, my supplier is Genki Panda
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InfoWe all know what the Zaku II is. It was the first Mobile Suit ever to appear in the Gundam Universe, at least in the TV shows. It is the basic grunt suit of the Principality of Zeon during U.C. 0079. It was also technically Char's first featured Mobile suit (in the TV series) and was customized so that Char's skills can be maximized. The Zaku II is available in HG, MG, PG and also it has variations like the Shin Matsunaga custom, Johnny Ridden, etc - all of which are customized according to their owner's skill or general use in the battlefield.
This 2015, we got to see a new OVA movie based on the Universal Century series and it's supposed to be a series of OVA movies based on Gundam The Origin.
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Frau Bow looks more voluptuous here and where's Amuro's other hand going to?
Now in terms of mecha lineup, there are a few new stuff but the same usual things we already are familiar with should be expected (Zaku, Gouf, etc - just like in the anime). The only changes I know is that they tweaked the mecha design a bit. One example is this Zaku II, aside from new armaments, Zaku II's now have vulcan cannons equipped on their bodies. Also by default, they look like RG's now, with more panel lines and warning marks. Another thing I saw is the Gundam itself.
This new Zaku II HG Kit (Char's Zaku II) is the kit form of the Zaku II's design in the Gundam The Origin storyline. It is no longer in the HGUC line and designated as HG Gundam The Origin line with this Zaku II numbered as 001. 002 is also already out and it's the Guntank Early version which Casval Rem Deikun piloted (at least as a gunner) - Genki Panda also already had this in stock. I don't think I'll be getting that Guntank yet, as I don't feel like building model tanks yet xD. Anyway, 003, I believe is one of the Black Star Trio Zaku II High Mobility. Gouf and that Worker/Construction mobile suit is also in the pipeline. Now, I am not sure if they will be making HG kits for Gundam The Origin even after the movies are done (specially if they will only cover Casval's story arc). I hope they do, so we could get also get an RX-78-02. I haven't read the manga yet but I am sure there are a lot 'updated' mobile suits that they will release in this line.
Let's not delay this further - let's proceed to the kit itself.
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ContentsI actually found a lot a lot 'irregularly' shaped runners. Also, unless I missed on some details, I believe all runners are unique to this Zaku II The Origin and I didn't see any re-used runners from old kits telling us that this is Bandai's new casting technique. We'll most like see this in future kits even outside this series.
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|Manual - nothing special, just your normal HG manual|
ExtrasSome trivial things that came with the box:
These are just leaflets that came with box. The 1st two pics are just promotional leaflets for the upcoming Revival series Bandai will be releasing. It also indicates information on the Gunpla Expo Tour going on this year. The 3rd is just a 2D-barcode if you want to answer surveys for Bandai. This is for Japan-use only.
Now this one is I guess what made me get this kit early. This Zaku II Folder:
My thoughts about this kit as it is right nowThey've said that Bandai is using a new moulding technique or process for this one. I am not sure because this is my first HG Zaku II so I have no point of reference. In the end, this is just another variation of this iconic mobile suit. I have read the manual beforehand and I found that this is just a typical HG and I saw that I will still have some seamline removals in the horizon. Then again, if you don't have an HG Zaku II yet, get this. Otherwise, the only reason you'll even want to consider getting this is if you'll be able to get the folder from your supplier as well for collecting sake. I personally got it because of the folder and its sniper rifle, and also for the fact that I don't have an HG Zaku II yet. But still, this is a potentially great looking kit - I am looking forward to build and paint this!
Well that concludes my unboxing of this kit.
Hope you enjoyed and learned something new as well.
Until next time!