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RG #01 RX-78-2 Gundam

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The RX-78-2 Gundam is the furthest advancement of the Earth Federation’s Operation V initiative to create Mobile Suits powerful enough to defeat the Principality of Zeon’s army of Zaku Mobile Suits. The RX-78-2 Gundam Prototype was precisely the answer the Earth Federation was looking for, as it quickly proved itself as technologically superior to the mass production MS-06F Zaku II. The RX-78-2’s special Luna Titanium Alloy armor made it almost impervious to incoming ballistic fire without weighing down the Mobile Suit. At the time, the RX-78-2 was one of the most offensively capable Mobile Suits ever built, as its robust powerplant granted the RX-78-2 Gundam access to an array of beam-based weaponry. Before the RX-78-2 Gundam’s creation, beam weapons had only made their way onto the large space battleships used by the Earth Federation and Zeon. This Real Grade rendition of the RX-78-2 seeks to capture this iconic Mobile Suit as it may appear in the real world, embodying the excitement spawned from technological advances that may one day bring us a sixty-foot-tall mech suit.

Included alongside the RX-78-2 Gundam for accessories:

  • BOWA•XBR-M79-07G Beam Rifle
  • RX•M-Sh-008/S-D1025 Shield
  • BLASH•XHB-L-03/N-STD Hyper Bazooka
  • FF-X7 Core Fighter
  • Beam Saber x2
  • 1/144 Amuro Ray Figure
  • Action Base Adapter


Articulation

As the first model in the Real Grade line, the RX-78-2 Gundam was one of the earliest Bandai models to utilize pre-molded inner frame pieces in its assembly. These parts combine hard and soft plastics to create large movable joint sections, to which builders apply additional frame pieces and armor over the pre-molded parts. The RG RX-78-2 Gundam uses almost twice as many pieces as its High Grade counterpart, providing much greater color accuracy on the 1/144 scale. This model also features a working Core Block System, which is quite a feat at this small scale. The instructions will have you build the RX-78-2 Gundam with the Core Block inside, with instructions to remove it and replace it with the transformed Core Fighter. Doing this conversion will sacrifice some articulation and stability, as the Core Block contains two ball joints meant to provide the model with dynamic torso movement.

Weapons and Other Notable Attributes 

The RG RX-78-2 Gundam includes everything you’d expect to find alongside the Grandaddy Gundam, including the Hyper Bazooka! The RX-78-2 Gundam’s accessories feature new designs loaded with surface detail while retaining the same general shape as the source material. These weapons feature the same intricate color separation as the RX-78-2 Gundam, providing some of the best-looking 1/144 scale weapons Bandai has ever made! Even the shield features four different colored plastics. The RX-78-2 Gundam includes four Beam Saber handles in total, two decorative handles attached to its backpack, and two hilts with protruding tabs that fit right into the hands of the RX-78-2 Gundam. You can store these Beam Sabers inside the shield alongside the Beam Rifle! You can also attach the Hyper Bazooka to the back skirt to create a fully armed RX-78-2 Gundam for your collection!

This kit includes:

10 Runners total (A, B, C, D1, D2, E1, E2, F, G, H)
Total Piece Count – 269 Pieces
Marking Stickers
Materials – PS, ABS, PP
Japanese Instructions

Additional Fun information

Pilot(s): Amuro Ray
Unit Type: Prototype Close-Combat Mobile Suit
Model number: RX-78-2
Code name: Gundam
Overall Height: 18.0m(59.0ft)
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces

Scale: 1/144
Grade: Real Grade
Original Release Date: July 2010
Gundam Series: Mobile Suit Gundam
Mechanical Designer: Kunio Okawara

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Description

By implementing the technique of Top Coating, you can do a great deal to help preserve the longevity of your models. This process will protect the original plastic of your model kit and prepare it for any additional modeling techniques to follow.

You can drastically improve your results by making the details pop on the RX-78-2 Gundam with Panel Lining. The simplest solution for this is Gundam Markers or Tamiya Panel Line Fluid. Making your own panel wash is always a great option too! It is always recommended to Topcoat with clear gloss beforehand, as some of the products commonly used for Panel Lining will degrade the untreated plastics over time.

Another way to keep adding detail is by applying Stickers/Marking DecalsTop Coating before application will help decals stick to the surface much better. Using Top Coat after application will help hide the seams on traditional sticker decals as well as waterslides. This additional step will also keep them from peeling over time. Using Decals is a great way to add an even greater level of detail to your scale models.

General Safety Warning:

Suitable Age: 8+

Assembly required. Snap together, no glue needed.

Products shown in photos may have been professionally painted or computer rendered images. They may differ from the actual product.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD, Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

3 reviews for RG #01 RX-78-2 Gundam

  1. Raven (verified owner)

    Awesome kit!! Master grade worthy articulation, amazing color separation, and extreme attention to detail make this a super fun build. It’s even got a great shelf presence for a 1/144 scale, and stands on its own with all of its armament attached. A must have in every collection!

  2. LordCmdrStryker (verified owner)

    Pros:
    + It looks awesome on the shelf. Colors and proportions are brilliant. Way more intimidating than the High Grade.
    + Comes with the Core Fighter, which is awesome.
    Meh:
    = The Core Fighter landing gear don’t fold up so be sure to keep them in a bag with any accessories not currently attached to the suit.
    Cons:
    – This thing is a hand grenade waiting to go off. If you drop it or it falls, prepare to reattach about 5 or 6 pieces.
    – Only 4 hands – two fists and two Advanced MS-Joint posable hands. These MSJ hands suck and I’m really glad they stopped using them in more current Real Grade kits.
    – A lot of color separation is achieved with extremely small and delicate pieces, instead of layering like other kits.

    It’s the first of the Real Grade line and it shows. It’s an awesome-looking but extremely finicky kit.

  3. Troy (verified owner)

    Definitely a more challenging RG kit, but it is the first of it’s kind and that is to be expected. This kit gets a lot of crap for being a part grenade, but I found that it wasn’t nearly as bad as most make it out to be. The skirting is probably the number 1 piece that comes off as well as the backpack thrusters, but I haven’t had many other issues other than the hands being a pain sometimes (only comes with 2 sets of hands). If you get it on an action base and don’t try to change the pose too often it is not a bad kit. If you want something that you can constantly change around get an HG Grandpa instead, though this does still pose plenty well if you are careful and intentional with it. More than anything though, this design for a 1/144 RX 78-2 is second to none, and I 100% recommend it if you like the design.

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