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Thursday, June 17, 2010

WING SABER TOYZ SPOTLIGHT: Gundam RX-78 1/144 REAL GRADE! BACK TO THE FUTURE!





Hi there boys and girls! Welcome humbly to yet another random post form your internet friendly neighborhood blogger, Adam aka WSX!  This time on the agenda is yet more Gundam news goodness, as the super promotional campaign by Bandai Japan to rejuvenate it's 'gold-mine" of a mega franchise has taken on a whole new level of awesomeness.  What could be more of a fitting tribute by the Bandai folks than to re-introduce their best-selling plastic model kit of one of the most iconic and original Gundam Mecha that started it all? Sure, the release of the ultra-poseable 1/144 scale  RG (Real Upgrade) series  may be tiny in stature  (HG size); but has it more than makes up for it by having (MG) high level of detail exterior and articulation at the same time. For the uninitiated, REAL is a acronym that stands for Revolutionary Extra Advanced Level. Where do these guys ever come up with this kind of stuff in the first place?! 




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MINIATURE WONDER! 




What makes it special its the intricate level of toy engineering and how far the Japanese model makers have come since the early days of the 70' through 90's.  To be able to make one of the more smaller fast selling kits and incorporate what is essentially a shrunken down level of a bigger Master-Grade version is in itself a major milestone and achievement. To me, the way forward for the majority of GunPla - model enthusiasts is one of total excitement , rejoicing and blessing.  The bygone era of mediocre and cheap-looking underwhelming 1/144 Gundam model are now safely be meant to be locked up and forgotten in the past! I can remember a time when in the early to mid 1990's I was caught up, like most of you guys out there, in the Gundam wing phenomena series. Good times, but somehow, the level of satisfaction and play of those 1/144 models didn't quite cut it for me.  Thank god for modern toy making applications.  


 All  photos used are linked, credited to Toysdaily website, in addition to gundamguy.blogspot.com


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SMALL BUT BEAUTIFUL




Intricate movable, joints and internal "mechanisms" are the main selling point of this model, no questions about it.  IN ADDITION, THE INCLUSION OF HIS CLASSIC AND DEFAULT WEAPONS  SUCH AS 
 THE "BEAM-SABER" AND PARTICLE RIFLE, are included as well, adding a level 
of nostalgic and anime accurate factor to the release. Awesome! 
Judging from the picture above,  the whole model kit will be most likely fairly easy to fix up, most likely only taking a good hour to complete from box to finished robot-- so it doesn't hinder any patience and time issues- perfect for lazy GunPla modelers for myself! Add to the fact that it's affordable price  of  2,500 Yen (or approx. RM 93) is a real steal when you think about it, the bargain is really worth while.  


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CULT STATUS MECHA!



"The RX-78 Gundam is the iconic Gundam mecha design, introduced in 1979 in Yoshiyuki Tomino's and Sunrise'anime series Mobile Suit Gundam. IMobile Suit Gundam, it is a testbed weapon for the Earth Federation, when it falls into the hands of Amuro Ray, the son of a weapons designer, who goes on to pilot it in the Earth Federation's war against the Principality of Zeon. 
As the success of Mobile Suit Gundam began the Gundam franchise, this design was the first of many variations in subsequent works. The design appearing in Mobile Suit Gundam, called the RX-78-2 Gundam serves as the iconic symbol of the Gundam franchise and sparked the creation of its multiple sequels and spinoffs. As part of the 30th Anniversary of the Gundam series, the company officially announced a project on March 11, 2009 called Real-G planning to build a 1/1 real size scale Gundam in Japan, it was completed on the June 9, 2009.[2] It was dismantled in early September 2009."
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HIGH MOBILE PERFORMANCE?!


Any Gundam and Japanese person worth his value would appreciate the re-emergence of Bandai's most valuable creation to date,  regardless of their personal favorite designs of other Gundam versions that have graced the venerable series and pop-cultural phenomena that has stood the test of time over the last few decades.  This is the way forward and future of hobby collecting and modelling.  The fans are going to spoilt for choice, which is not necessarily a bad thing. LOL! 


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FINAL VERDICT




THE INCLUSION OF THE "CORE FIGHTER"  COMBINATION  GIMMICK - I.E. SMALL FIGHTER PLANE THAT PLUGS INTO THE CHEST OF THE MAIN TORSO OF THE RX-78 GUNDAM IS THE FINAL INGENIOUS PUZZLE IN THE JIGSAW.  ADD TO THE CULT-STATUS AND REVERENCE OF THE WHOLE GUNDAM FRANCHISE, AND IT'S UNMISTAKABLE AND INFLUENTIAL PLACE IN POPULAR CULTURE HISTORY,  THIS  IS A MUST BUY FOR ALL FANS, INCLUDING MYSELF! A++


Gundam : Copyright 1979, SOTSU Sunrise and Bandai Japan Co.

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