Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: RG 1/144 - Gundam RX-78-2

Model Number: RX-78-2
Pilot: Amuro Ray
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam
Armaments: Beam Saber x2
                   Beam Saber Handle x2
                   Beam Rifle
                   Hyper Bazooka
                   60mm Vulcan Cannon (attached on the sides of the head)

Shield, 2 Beam Saber handles and 2 Beam Sabers

Beam Rifle and Hyper Bazooka

Beam Rifle and 2 Beam Saber handles attached to the shield.

Core fighter

Inner frame of the RX 78-2

A lot of details applied in front of the RX-78-2.

The bronze stickers near the fore arm easily wears off.

Lots of small decals, especially on the legs.

The forearm has a gap where the shield is attached.

Only small details added at the back.

I like the details made on the backpack.

The Hyper Bazooka can be attached at the back.

The bronze stickers on the back of the knees easily wears off.

A lot of thin panel lines and small decals on the legs.

             I finally finished my first RG and my first RX-78-2 Gundam as well. There are a lot of things I want to say about this model kit. Let's start with the building process. The inner frame is already prepared. You just need to cut them off from the runner and put them together. Then put the muscles and outer frame to make it complete. I really like the cockpit because it turns into the core fighter plane. There's even a small pilot included in one of the runners. Next are the equipment. The model kit comes with a beam rifle, bazooka, shield and 2 beam sabers. Each of them are well-detailed. After that, time to put the decals and you will notice that they are very realistic. You will really think that they are actual parts of the gunpla. Just be careful in applying the decals because some of them are very small. Of course the details wouldn't be complete without doing some panel lining. Although, only small and thin panel lines are needed.

              Now let's proceed to the articulation. Compared to the HG there are a lot of movable parts. The model kit comes with 4 hands, 2 close fists and 2 open palms. The open palms are divided into three movable fingers that allows the hand to perform a trigger pose. I like the shield because it can hold the bazooka, beam rifle and the sabers. Its rare for a gunpla model to carry all of it's equipment. Actually, all of the equipments are great because of their full detail. But the best thing about the RG RX-78-2 is the color scheme. I like it's concept of having a light and dark shading combination. It really blends well with the panel lines and decals. Aside from it's features, another great thing about this model is that it can perform a lot of cool poses. This is favorable to those who like taking pictures of their gunpla. Take note though that the RG doesn't have any hole at the bottom for the Action Base. Instead, there's a secret compartment at the back waist where you will attach an extra part which will connect to the Action Base.

               The problem I had with the RG RX-78-2 is that the parts easily falls off whenever I try to make a pose out of it. Then the bronze stickers on the elbow and back knee easily wears off, especially when you move the parts. That's why as much as possible, try not to move the model too much. Aside from that, everything is good about the model kit. The RG is way better than the HG in every aspect. I enjoyed every moment of the kit, from the building process up to the decal application and picture taking. It's definitely worth the time and money. Not to mention that it cost less than the regular MG. Overall, the RG 1/144 - RX-78-2 Gundam is a highly recommended model kit. Any gunpla fun would love this, especially those who haven't tried the RG yet. Having this model is like having a small PG of the RX-78-2. That's how wonderful this model kit is. I hope more gundams will get a RG version. This concludes my review for the RG 1/144 - RX-78-2 Gundam. Thank you for reading and I hope you found it useful. Look forward to my next gunpla review. Check out also my other gunpla model kit posts.

Rating: 5 out of 5


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