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!

14 responses

  1. I don’t have a fun time building him,… mostly with caution and caution all the time… and well, I don’t think to have RG Zaku a try after this…

    an MG will be more enjoyable build than RG…
    but, I like the overall model, even without a single drop of paint, the color turns really nice.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:13 am

  2. The color is nice indeed… yes, I agree the stress and tense is so annoying when building this kit… RG Zaku? I will see whether is there any improvement on this kit first before deciding to buy it or not.

    September 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

  3. well, after building 1 leg yesterday, I don’t think I want another RG soon…
    maybe after zaku.

    September 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    • Nightslash3535

      I think your opinion is the polar opposite of mine, after building the RG Gundam, panel lined and coating it with flat matte, applied the decals, I think I want moar (pun intended) RG to come.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

  4. Nightslash3535

    Why did some people just hate the RG concept of a PG-fied HG, this kit is beautiful.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

  5. Agree that it is beautiful. All the PG goodness are pack in it, at the same time the frustration of building a PG kit is in as well, haha… anyway, it is a nice new product line, which I believe will grow better and better in future ^^

    November 9, 2010 at 11:38 pm

  6. maseko

    RG is totally awesome.. despite of cautions everywhere, this is what I need so far. When MG’s price is rocketting, RG is the answer. Details like MG yet the scale is HG 144, it was very fun to build, of course this is my opinion though 🙂 And I have RG Zaku on my list 🙂 Building kits depends on your mood.. PG to me is thrilling yet frustrating coz I have to spent so much time to build, even though I haven’t one of them yet 🙂

    November 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

  7. indeed the price for RG is lower than what i expected. Almost the same price as ordinary HG kit. It’s worth to get it.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm

  8. Nightslash3535

    I think my only complaint about this kit is the tendency for the front skirt to fall off at times.

    November 24, 2010 at 9:24 pm

  9. Nightslash3535

    If I’m one of the designers of this kit, I’ll set aside the new gate system and opted for thinner gates instead.

    November 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm

  10. agree for the thinner gate… the new gate system just not as great as it is

    November 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

  11. Nightslash3535

    The advantage of thin gates is to make ease of finger assembly (for a guy who build Gundam kits out of his hands), and reduce sprue marks.

    About this kit, there’s something a little lacking. Where’s the beam javelin, where is the Gundam hammer with metal chain, Bandai?

    December 7, 2010 at 7:46 am

  12. Nightslash3535

    I think PG is not so frustrating, especially when the newer ones were very simple (The 00 Raiser) in terms of it’s build to a point where it features a MG-esque frame and pre-assembled electronics for the GN Drives.

    In my opinion, the HY2M Glorious Series are the most difficult out of all the Gunplas, especially the Rick Dom one.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm

  13. Nightslash3535

    I don’t know but making Aile Strike the third RG kit is pretty surprising, given that, I’d might expect something a little more realistic like say, the Gouf, Dom, GM, Guncannon, Gelgoog, Ground Gundam and maybe some Acguys.

    February 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

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