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Monday, July 27, 2009

HGUC RX-121-1 Gundam TR-1 [Hazel Custom] - Part 1

***(Please skip this few paragraph except you're curious about my gundam background)***
Frankly, I have no real interest in HG Universal Century. I have no real interest in Universal Century to begin with. This is because I am the SEED generation. I must admit that after a while, i learned that SEED is the remake of Gundam 0079. And I stop watching gundam after mid way of SEED Destiny because we all know that was a total piece of junk. Not the mecha design but the storyline. I can go on for day why it was a piece of crap. And I won't even give childish remarks and tolerate your point of view.

The fact is that UC timeline was created in 1979 and that is 9 years before I was born. So frankly, the first Gundam show that I saw in my life was Wing and I don't understand the storyline one bit. I was just in the show watching some robot blasting each other. So basically, the first show that I really understood was Gundam Seed when I was 14. After a while then I started digging for the UC stuff (such as Zeta movies, and recently watching 0083).

Now, I saw the Hazel Custom a while back. I was shocked because it was the same one that was given as a gift for Dengeki Hobby a while back. Since Hazel Custom was one of my most favourite design of all time, I couldn't resist the temptation and got myself one for RM54.00 from Robot Master in Queensbay, Penang.

Now we may begin the review ^^

The content of this kit is a manual and three packs of runners. On the back box contains information of advance of Zeta gundams.

Really gorgeous photo for the manual <3

This kit only contain 4 runners ; A runner being the multicolored one. All is molded the year 2005 except for polycap which is 1999. This kit also come with one foil sticker sheet and and a clear sticker sheet.

A relief compared to the earlier MG kit


For this part, I'm only gonna review the torso. The torso only contains 4 polycap joints ; one being the neck joint; 2 for the peg joints for the arms and one for the lower part of the torso.

The polycap for the joint allows the peg joint to move forward

After assembling the torso of the gundam, I have to say that I have to salute to Bandai. Bandai have the balls to produce a kit that is a High grade and 95% accurate to the lineart. If I knew HGUC was this good, I might have started buying long time a go. I was like "Whoa!!" when I completed the torso

Look at how colorful it is

Top view, still in shock after the assembly

I might stumble to more suprises when I continue to build this kit. Until then, wait for next part of my review.

Peace out!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

MG Gundam RX 78-2 Ver 2.0 - Part 5 (Finale)

This is the final part of the review where I will review the weapons that I left off from the earlier parts and the articulation. Please note that I will touch the Beam Javelin because I am not bothered (at all). The reason I am doing this will be covered later.

Since most part are complete. That leaves us with only 4 runners to with. The shield is really simple in it's design and work quite well and sturdy. In one of the review on youtube, it stated that most of the newer design trying to omit the cross on the shield but this ver2.0 made it even clearer and cleaner. It also have gimmick for closing the view hole (i guess that's what they call it) in the shield.

4 more to go !

With a push of the tab...
No one can see me ^^

Front view of the completed shield
Back view of the shield

The only defensive equipment in his arsenal

The last equipment that I'm going to review is the Hyper Bazooka. Now this is a cool bazooka, Second compared to the Unicorn Ver. Ka's of course. The nozzle of the bazooka is molded as a piece so there is no gap in between the bazooka. The handle is also movable so the bazooka is better in posability. But my only gripe is that it is HELL to put it on! It should be more articulated so that it can be pose better.

The Bazooka handle in normal position

The handle in the other position

Completed Hyper Bazooka

Okay, this part I'm going to explain why I'm not even bothered to build it. This part is going to be a RANT, and I've warned you. Skip it if you don't' wanna read it. Now, the first thing would be that I normally don't build any equipment that can't be stored on the gundam itself like I normally do with other previous models. So, Bandai, why didn't you think of a method of storing the beam javelin. And, can't you give an extra beam saber holder to attach to it? that wouldn't cost you that much wasn't it? And can't you molded it in clear pink? Why even bother having an injection molding machine that mold 4 colors simultaneously when you gonna mold only one? Can't you just mold with the beam saber runner? Why, because it's a softer material? Who cares. Well I have one good reason that why you should molded it with the beam saber, because it is sharp! You know what Bandai, DO A BARREL ROLL!

Maybe if you're still curious, you can check the beam javelin on review websites such as Finally, we reach the end of the review which is the articulation.

The arm and the legs can be folded to almost 180 degrees

Tried to pull off a kneeling pose, quite okay to me

Gundam will shoot you in the eyes for watching porno on the net

Gundam Hammah!

Holding the bazooka the alternative way ^^

As you can see from the photos, the v2.0 is quite articulated and can pull of some dynamic poses.

Final verdict :
+ Points :
  • Extremely detail inner frameworks.
  • Pays tribute to the 1979 looks
  • A lot of weapons in disposal
- Points :
  • Beam Javelin is total crap for me
  • Exhaust on the backpack could have been better
Total score : 8 out of 10

Next up: HGUC Gundam Hazel Custom

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

MG Gundam RX 78-2 Ver 2.0 - Part 4

In part 4, I'll be reviewing the waist joint of the RX 78-2 ver 2.0. The waist joint of this kit which holds the two legs of the Gundam is only held by a Polycap part. It is weird that is does not have the joints of other MG kits that I built before such the MG Unicorn. This maybe due the legs joints being really well articulated. The joint for the side skirts and the back skirts move simulaneously which I think is a nice feature.

The internal build of the waist joint

The two pegs connects to the Core Fighter thrusters

With the waist joint completed, the RX 78-2 is ready to rollout from the Gundam Factory ^^. And, I say, this is one of the best looking MG Gundam out there. The look of the Gundam might not caught on in the beginning but after a while, it make sense why the Gundam series is still appreciated by the Japanese till now, after three decades. This is the icon of Real Robots in general.

Tried the Real G 1/1 look, didn't work I guess

Since the Gundam itself is completed, I will move on to the weapons that I have completed so far. And the first weapon would be the weapon that I eagerly wanted to build since I opened the box : THE GUNDAM HAMMER. The first time I saw RX 78-2 uses this weapon was from the videogame "Gundam Battle Assault 2" (PSX). Oh man, using the special attack and Amuro saying "Gundam Hammah" was so cool. The weapon itself is a reuse runner from the MG Turn A Gundam kit. It consists of a runner with13 parts, a chain and two connectors for the chain.

Scene from Gundam Battle Assault 2

Runner for the Gundam Hammer

Gundam Hammer Completed

Me with my hammer ^^

Next weapon that I assembled was the beam rifle and the Super Napalm . I assembled this together because I want to leave the Super Napalm attached to the beam rifle at all times. Nice feature for the beam rifle is that it has an internal build as well.

Internal Structure of the beam rifle

Semi completed beam rifle

Building the Super napalm

Posing with two completed weapon

Stand and be proud Gundam ... Happy 30th Birthday ^^

Wait for Part 5

Sunday, July 19, 2009

MG Gundam RX 78-2 Ver 2.0 - Part 3

Hello and welcome to the part 3 of this legendary kit review ^^. This part I will concentrate more on the lower bottom of the kit. The feet is really cool compared to my other MGs in my collection. Most of the feet either can only fold downwards or upwards only. But v2.0 on the other hand can do both. This is due to the double peg joints. And the other part is that since it is following the original lineart from 1979 (I keep mentioning this a lot), the feet is slanting downward, but because of a joint at the tip of the feet can create the "Katoki" effect for the feets ^^

The twin peg joints for the feet

A feet partially completed

You can keep it normal style ...

Or the Uber "Katoki" style

Complete with the foot guard

Next we move the the upper part of the leg. Most of the newer kit incorporates the effect of link piston movement to the knee joint, and this is no exception for this kit as well. In fact, it also link the calf of the leg. So, two pistons move simultaneously when the leg is bent.

Endoskeleton of the leg

Assembled the knee guard and knee cap

Fixed it to the feet

I'm sorry that the review is kinda incomplete with the articulation that normally other reviewers done but I will cover it in the other part. With that, await the review of Part 4.

Oh, before I forget, This is how the Gundam ver 2.0 looks like when it is completed.

Gundam: F*ck you Keviin, F*ck you!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

MG Gundam RX 78-2 Ver 2.0 - Part 2

Continue from where we left off in Part 1, I will discuss on the backpack of this kit. I have never assembled any of the RX 78-2 backpack before so I can't really compare the differences. The backpack consists of 11 parts. The only downside i see is that the thruster doesn't move (AT ALL). But the cool part is that the beam saber holder can be closed when the beam saber handle is being used.

The complexity of the backpack is ...

Hidden by the cover -_-

The head unit on the other hand is a totally different story. It has the most part for a MG head I've ever built (16 in total ; more than the backpack 0_O). The piston at the neck area really enhance the look of this kit.

Painting the piston of the neck area

Some part of the head assembly, also painted the eyes of this kit

Head assembly completed.

More discussion about the head; as the designer of the RX-78-2 said "The helmet of the Gundam is inspired by the helmet that Japanese Samurai warrior wears. And I can't deny that as the Ver2.0 follow the lineart of the original 1979 TV series. And, IT IS AWESOME ^^

Next we move on to the arm assembly. I feel that the arm is kinda cool as it uses double piston for the movement. Also the 9 point articulation for the hand is totally awesome. More MG kit should have this feature.

Shiny pistons

Fingers of God

Only complete the right arm.

More will be reviewed in Part 3.