Mega Size RX-78-2 Gundam (Gunpla 30th Anniversary)
Review by Shogundan
It's almost hard to believe that the hobby of building Gundam model kits have been around for 30 years. Especially when you consider that it has only been popular in the US for the last 10 or 15 years. Thirty years is a long time... so how do you commemorate such an event?
Simple, you build a huge model kit of the robot that started it all! Today, I will be reviewing Bandai's 1/48 scale Mega Size Gundam RX-78-2 model kit.
This model was released to commemorate the 30th anniversary of "Gunpla" or Gundam plastic model building.
Todays 1/48 Mega Size RX-78-2 Gundam arrives courtesy of HobbyLink Japan
Ah, the box, the first thing you see when making almost any purchase. Let just say that this particular box does not disappoint! It is HUGE! The dimensions are 4.5" deep X 12.5" high X 23" long. The box is beautifully decorated with eye-catching, colorful photos of the finished model kit.
So, whats inside?
Upon opening this massive box you will find three separate compartments with all parts molded in color. Since the parts are molded in color, the kit doesn't require painting to enjoy. As if this kit wasn't user-friendly enough, it also doesn't require glue!
Another nice feature is that this kits directions are full color and very easy to follow because of the clear, concise pictures. I know I said that this kit doesn't require paint but, If you feel the need you can take tips from the included issue of Dengeki Hobby that is completely dedicated to the building and detailing of this particular model.
I took the minimalist approach of building this figure. I wanted to let the readers see how cool this kit is without any decals or paint detail. The building of this kit is easy enough for the novice builder but still challenging enough that a professional Gunpla model builder will still have fun. The kit's build is basically broken down into components, feet, legs, waist, torso and so on. All the sprues are clearly marked, making it very easy to find your way around. The kit also included a special tool used for breaking the parts from the sprue (not shown). The tool is actually kinda redundant and hardly worth mentioning as the parts are very easily detached from their sprues. You can expect this build to take about an hour and a half of your time if you take the minimalist build approach (again, no decals or paint) Here is what you get when you put together all the components but not assemble the figure. You can get the feel of the build looking at this break down of the figure. You can see that it has 2 sets of hands, two beam sabers, rifle, and shield. Unfortunately no mace or bazooka.
The completed model, or is it a toy?
Once you put all the separate pieces together you are left with a very impressive figure. The completed RX-78-2 stands a full 15" tall and weighs in at a hefty 1lbs. 7oz. The plastic feels very sturdy and most joints have a slight detent from the cogged polycaps that are used in the joints. The polycap joints are nice and tight, making the figure feels very solid and toy like. You can actually play with this model and pose it in some pretty cool dynamic poses. The great pose-ability is a direct result of this figure having no less than 22 points of articulation. I've heard people compare this kit to being a large MG Gundam kit. I have to disagree, I have built MG models before and this thing is way better! The plastic quality is better and the level of detail is better, plus the finished model is much more toy like.
I love the ease of posing this figure for the pictures. It looks fantastic holding its beam rifle. I really liked the look of the head on, two handed rifle holding pose.
The RX-78-2 also looks pretty bad-ass when he wields his beam saber and shield.
What's better than one beam saber? how about the RX-78-2 wielding two beam sabers!
Check out these heads shots, Note the detail and the yellow translucent eyes. Too bad the eyes don't have a light-up feature.
In these next three photos, I took pictures looking up at the figure to give you a sense of the RX-78-2's impressive size. I have to say that this toy loves the camera. I found it very easy to take cool pictures of this Gundam.
So, how does this Gundam compare in size with other toys?
As you can clearly see, Yamato's 1/12 Red Shoulder Scope Dog comes up short next to the Mega Size Gundam RX-78-2.
Toynami's 1/100 Battlepod wouldn't even stand a chance!
I would have to say that I absolutely love this model/toy. I had a great time building it and even more fun fiddling around with it when taking the pictures. I encourage anyone to get this if you are hardcore or even a casual Gundam fan like myself. you really get the best of both worlds, a fun build, and a great toy to display in your collection.
You can get you very own 1/48 Mega Size RX-78-2 Gundam at HobbyLink Japan!
Comments15 comments posted
I reiterate: A LOT of Gundam. And it is magnificent. The part of me that admits what I am (A large American male with equally large hands) is utterly enthralled with the notion of a high-detail representation of Grand-Daddy Gundam that my clumsy paws aren't likely damage.
On the other hand... where would I put it? I suppose Masterpeice Prime could use the help against Armada Unicron...
Anyway, I don't think I need this puppy (I just got the One Year War Master grade of the RX-78-2) but time, and clearance sales, wouldn't have to work all that hard to change my mind!
RX-78's never get old. I just have no room for this one, but I made room for its smaller cousins in 1/100 scale.
The Gundam Model Guy
I bought mine from HLJ too.
I bought this GUNDAM for a variety of reasons. First, it is an RX-78-2. Secondly, it is in 1/48 scale. Third, it uses the latest plastic model kit technology. Fourth, it is very big and very highly detailed. Fifth, it is very reasonably priced. Sixth it is a commemorative model and last but definitely not least it is a model of the 1/1 GUNDAM which was erected and displayed in Odaiba last year. So if I cannot have the 1/1 version, at least I can have this one. Thank you for sharing this review, Shogundan!
I will be buying this Gundam, a nice beautifully executed large scale model kit for under $100.00 how could you not pass this up!?
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau
I am not a big gundam fan by any means, but I love the rx-78-2. After this review, I got the overwhelming urge to pick one up. Its been a while since I built a gundam. This should be the perfect piece to start again. I may even invest in an airbrush and make it my own personal masterpiece. Great photography Dan! LOVE the ground up shots.
Thanks for covering this model in depth. I saw only a tiny mention of it in the latest Model Graphix so I was delighted to read your review. Good job!
"Let [s]he who is without error ignite the first flame."
How are the decals? Are they real decales, or those dry-transfer things, or heaven forbid stickers?? Biggest gripe I have with Bandai model kits is you never really know which you will get. :P
The decals are the water slide type. I am old school and prefer the old stuff like water slide decals
Ah, thanks for clearing that up. I prefer the water-slide type too. Just have come across some reviews on other modeling sites where this information isn't clearly.
Considering that the larger 1/24 Gundam is a whole lot pricier, I think this is a nice compromise for something a bit larger than the 1/100 and 1/60 versions. I think the simple construction keeps this feeling more like a toy than a complicated pricey model, which is an awesome draw-point for it.
not really a fan of gundam and model kits.. i only own 1 gundam and its not even a model kit (gff metal composite) and 1 model kit which is the bronto zoids.. but with this toy's price and size, i think this one is a keeper.. nice review guys.
If I were ever to get an RX-78 model (probably 1/144), I'd paint mine as the RX-78-3 "G3" version, which was muted gray and blue.
I had sworn that I was done with building Gundam models after my last PG kit, but I love the size of this thing and I'm a fan of the RX-78-2. It's nice that they're able to get nice detail on this one without so many dadgum pieces. Thanks a lot for the nice review; I'd been wondering if this one is worth the time. Looks like it could be a winner. I'd love to see one all painted and decaled up.
another wow reason to grab one... appreciate the add'nal pix...
Dan, looks GREAT with the paneling and the paint scuffs and rust etc. Would love to know how you did the blast effect on the shield. Guessing its a dry brush from the center out? Looks great, I'm ordering mine this weekend.