Review: RX78-2 Gundam 1/144 RG
Finally completed my RG… well, I wonder is it I’m putting too high expectation on this kit, I must say I’m actually feeling a little disappointment on this kit rather than the great “WOW” I expect in the beginning… and I’m probably the first person to express disappointment towards this kit, Haha… I will tell you the reason slowly as I review this kit.
In order to feel this kit truly… I decided to go for scratch build. Indeed the idea of having different tone of color plastics to snap together is brilliant, the shinning stickers are awesome too. The inner frame is a master piece and the possibility for putting a core fighter into the kit is mind blowing. So what exactly I would like to complain about?
Well, first, serious nub. Doesn’t matter what the hell BANDAI tell you about the new gate system they introduce, in the end, serious nub marks are everywhere all over the kit and they are so visible. Can we consider this REAL? So do you mean that the 1/1 Gundam in Shizuoka now has nub mark on it too? BANDAI had put a step forward in creating a HG kit with great posing ability, but they had yet forgotten the very simple needs that every Gunpla builders searching for… the reduction in obvious nub marks.
Hmm, I’m a littler surprise that there isn’t any “caution” words in the instruction manual as there are many “fragile” pieces and without handling with extreme care, the whole kit can gone within a second. The detail stickers… well, I didn’t see any difference with the usual one. Yet, I prefer dry transfer decals rather than the sticker provided… it doesn’t look good. Although most of the stickers are precisely cut and sized accordingly, but there are still some where you need to trim them before applying or it will not look nice at all.
My other concerns is towards the inner frame on how long can it last… before you hear the first “cracking” or “snapping” sound… they are so delicate that I don’t think I will dare to pose it often… besides that, the shoulder armor… BANDAI should have done better on the movability of the shoulder armor. This is the only part that is not “MG” at all, the rest is ok.
Hope that the coming Char’s Zaku RG will be better than this RX78-2. Anyway, congratulations to BANDAI for successfully starting a new product line. Expect to see all those famous MS like Freedom, Impulse, Destiny, Wing Gundam and etc to get a RG treatment in coming future. I’m reviewing my RG with the special base by Dengeki Hobby magazine September issue… it’s a very nice stand!
All in all, it’s a reasonable kit and a good job done by BANDAI. Maybe I’m just expecting too much, therefore getting a big disappointment here. But BANDAI really can do better than that… obviously… I think maybe they just want to take care of their other products as well as nub-less will greatly reduce the sales of the sand paper and etc 🙂 Till then, enjoy the gallery and for those who just grabbed this kit, good luck and don’t spoil it!