Reached in to my backlogs and wondered to build next. I remembered that it was GunPla/Gundam's 35th year anniversary and so why not? Time to document the unboxing!
ForewordYes, time to build a Granddaddy Gundam kit. Actually, this is the only RX-78-2 kit I have ever since I started with gunpla. Given so, I got this a few months ago to take advantage of the new engineering that Bandai has poured into this iconic mecha. This is actually the 3rd Version (Ver. 3.0) of the MG 1/100 kit for the first Gundam mobile suit ever featured in TV anime. The design for the kit is actually said to be closely based on the 1:1 scale Gundam in Odaiba and I believe that it is the most 'realistic' design for the RX-78; 'realistic' in a sense that if ever the real thing was built to be piloted, then the design that this kit uses will most likely be the main basis of the works.
Now, onto the unboxing itself.
|Main box art|
|MP-1 for the fully-articulated hands|
As you can see from the runners, this has a lot of parts for the inner-frame. Just telling you something of what to expect when assembling this guy.
|Sticker Decal Sheet (above) - included in the kit|
Water-Slide Decal sheet (below) - after-marker
Final WordsI actually already started snapping the kit together as I wrote this. Suffice to say, I can already feel the complexity of the assembly itself. It is also nice to see the proper color separations of the bits and pieces as I can see that there are actually more than 2 shades of grey and about two shades of white - not to mention the 2 different shades of blue and red involved. This kit was really meant to elevate the niche of the Master Grade line, specially since they've already had the RE/100 line in mind when they created this. This kit was sort of their way of putting a clear difference between the new 1/100 scale kits and thus giving the name 'Master Grade or MG' its own prestige. But my initial impression as I read the instruction manual (and now building it) is that it is kind of complicated for what it is worth. But I believe, complicated as it may be this is one impressive kit that collectors and builders should get their hands on.
Given this, stay tuned as I progress thru this project. See you again soon :)
Here are the parts as they air-dry after taking a bath.