Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 06:17:24 -0700


Just got the 300 yen "First Grade" RX-78-2 Gundam kit. Wow! A 1/144 kit
with the PG look for 1/40 the cost! And this doesn't suck so bad like
the original 1/144 scale Gundam, or the HG version from 1989!

All parts came on white with a tint of green (not as bad as the MG GM).
No polycaps, no System Injection.

Improvements over the original 1/144 scale Gundam kit:

- additional joint at the arms allows it to curl sideways instead of just
  front-ward.

- snap-on assembly, no glue required like before

- a much, much better looking head!

- curved beam saber blade, not a chopstick like before!

- legs have MSV-style split-V connector to the lower torso so the legs
  can "split" (though range is very limited)

- shield plugs to the back (can't do this with the old version)

- beam saber handle plugs to the backpack via a ball-joint, perhaps to make
  them less prone to dropping/falling when moving the model around.

- details, details, details! Gotta love the panel lines!

What is soooooo scary about this kit: it's designated as FG-01. Does that
mean Bandai is planning to put out more First Grade kits? We've already got
our work cut out (or our wallets empty!) with the MGs and HGUCs!

Eddie

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