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Whoa, a classic! This was

Whoa, a classic! This was one of my earliest MSiA figures. Great for it's time, but the 2.0 version just beat the ever lovin' CRAP out of this old guy. My only problem with it was that it popped apart so easily (at least, mine did). That Ball is priceless, though. They never made another, and this one does everything you'd need it to.

Thanks for the blast from the past!

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Posted by Alexx on 31 January, 2015 - 18:35
I had each and every one of these

It all started with the five gundams from Wing, and I got every one from the American releases all the way through G Gundam and Seed. I even went and imported the ones from Z since it had become my favorite series. Good ol' gummy rubber fun in the palm of your hand with tons of accessories for less than $10 a pop? Sign me up.

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Posted by Astronopolis on 1 February, 2015 - 12:51
Ball & Wing for the win

I've read that the 2.0 is better, but yeah, this was the only regular release of the Ball in Japan, so it's a must-have. And Gundam Wing is what got me started on Gundam too. Rented the subbed tapes from the local anime store a couple of years before it ran on Toonami. At the time, I was under the impression all Gundam stuff was just one big single story, not a bunch of different series'.

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Posted by Optimal III on 1 February, 2015 - 15:50
"Down below, the foot

"Down below, the foot thrusters are pretty done up, maybe even more so than what I though was in the animation model."

I'm pretty sure the First Gundam animation models didn't have ANY foot sole detail. Like most of the early MSIAs, this foot detail (and under-shield detail, and other design elements) is based on the Master Grade kits. In this case, it's pretty much based on the MG 1.0 Gundam, since the MG GM is just a remold of that, and this figure is just a remold of the MSIA 1.0 RX-78.

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Posted by recognizer on 1 February, 2015 - 19:02
With Changes

I have an old MSIA RX-78 and I can tell you the GM figure was partially recycled from it but with changes to the skirts, lower legs, head and backpack.
There was just as much detailing on the bottoms of the feet too but they don't look anything like the Master Grades.

Great review!!
I know my Gunpla reviews don't show it, but I really love the GM types.
one of my 'grand slam' projects to build one of each series' type in the HGUC line.
Sitting in my backlog I've got the Premium-Bandai Exclusive "0083" set with the space colored GM (classic red/green-white) and the Ball as well as the "White Dingo" set that has the classic GM (like this one) and a Guncannon II in their drab blue/gray colors.

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Posted by Rob on 2 February, 2015 - 10:08
Kits & Parts

Ah, that makes sense. Never really thought about how the kits had been before hand. And it's appropriate that the GM shares part with the RX-78-2.

It's a ways off, but I might try my hand at an MG Ball too some day.

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Posted by Optimal III on 2 February, 2015 - 20:20