Unboxing and First Impressions of RG 1/144 MS-06R-2 Johnny Ridden’s Zaku II

Red 2.0

MS-06R-2 Johnny Ridden’s Zaku II

Release Date: November 2017

Retail Price: MYR 110.00*(USD $28.39*)

*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

Hello, Kimi here and I’m back with a new Unboxing and first Impressions for the RG 1/144 MS-06R-2 Johnny Ridden’s Zaku II (or better known as the MS-06R-2 High Mobility-Type Zaku II Johnny Ridden’s Custom unit). It has been quite a week for me here, building MG kits one after another. I do feel a bit burned out with building MG kits, so this week I feel its better for me to hang back and just work on…. the RG series.

And what a better kit for me to work on then the newly released (well it was released back in mid-November 2017 to be exact) RG MS-06R-2 Johnny Ridden’s Zaku II kit. Since I do have the MG variant of this kit I figured why not get the RG variant and see how much different it would be compared to the excellent MG variant.

My excitement for the kit was doubled when I laid my eyes on the awesome looking box, the reason for my excitement is really from the fact that I knew that whatever that they displayed on the box art, that’s the look that you will get with the final product. I can’t deny that the RG version does look hella better than its MG counterpart. Not the mention as well the things that they teased with on the sides of the box, just makes the anticipation a lot higher.

I would say this is one of the very first RG that features some action pose on the box
As ever teasing us withe gimmicks and features
and all the possibilities in terms of poses that you can get with this kit
They even lined up the whole MSV and the normies form the OYW HG line
I wonder if this part changes if you get the P-Bandai’s, RG Shin Matsunaga?
The two variants of the same scale

Though some of my excitement was killed off as I unbox this. The reason is that some of the colors on the parts is a bit weak, not as red as was expecting. There were as well it gave a very cheap feel to it, something that I really didn’t expect to see on an RG kit. Though I could forgive this since I do understand that making parts at this scale is a huge undertaking, not to mention that they still managed to cram in all the details that they could for this kit. So that isn’t all that bad.

Speaking of details, this is still as detailed as ever and even though I do complain about the quality of the color for the red parts but for the others? Color-wise they looked as awesome as all the other RG kits. Though I did notice something particularly weird as I was going through the runners, that there is a lot of empty spaces, here and there for this kit. I wonder if this is due to fact that this kit is based on the previous RG Zaku II’s? By just my initial impressions I do believe that is the case but since I have no previous experience with the RG Zaku II’s so I can’t really confirm that. Maybe one day when I get myself the other RG Zaku II variants maybe then I can confirm either if this is the case or not.

For now, I’ll focus in building this one first, huhu.

Unfortunately due to a flu I wasn’t able to smell the wonderful New gunpla smell.
initially it was looking good
the red here is ok
then i saw some of it looking quite cheap.
Though you guys can’t see it, this part is the most obvious actually.

Moving on to the manual, as usual, the meat of all of my unboxing’s and first impressions, typically I would be looking forward in reading through the new gunpla manuals since most of them are translated nowadays but for the RG kits, I wasn’t as excited. Mostly because usually, they are half-translated that is you’d have the history and some of the lore translated but when you get to the more interesting bits….they are not translated.

I was half-heartedly hoped that this would be different, but as I open the manual…………there isn’t no improvements made on the this RG manual, it was everything that I expect it to be half-translated. Oh well, even though I was expecting it but I have to say that for the bits that did get translated, it was still quite entertaining still to go through and quite informative as well, So I guess its ok.

The meat of every unboxing we make, the manual
This part is quite entertaining to say the least
Though the instruction part of the manual is quite standard
The sad part is that the best part is left untranslated
This one as well, I am so sad.
Well atleast the Decal part seem looks easy enough.

In conclusion, unboxing this has been a bit of a mixed bag, though with that said I’m still quite excited to start off with building this kit. Maybe the reason being is because I am interested to see if this would be a good compliment to its MG variant. I really hope even if I did go through a mediocre unboxing that this would eventually be a good kit though with my initial run through of the kit I can already see some redeeming factors here and there, so this kit is looking quite promising.

Let’s just hope that it’ll just get better from now on.


With that, ends our unboxing and First Impressions of the RG 1/144 MS-06R-2 Johnny Ridden’s Zaku II and our first RG Unboxing and first Impression of 2018! What do you guys think of the Unboxing of this kit? To those that had gotten this kit, what do you think? Do you feel the same with all of me here?  Do let us know your thoughts on this post and of the kit in general! As ever we do look forward to reading and responding to all of your comments and thoughts! So, don’t be shy to type away!

We will be back with more Let’s Talk Gunpla Segment on the next coming Wednesday and we will be back as well on the coming Sunday with a new review! A review to start our 2018 with, so do look forward to that!

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We hope by sharing our love for Gunpla would be able to reignite your passion and your love for it! As well we hope that we could inspire those that might be interested in starting off to pick this hobby up, as most of us here did. Haha.

Anyways, we shall see all of you again next week, and we hope that you all have an awesome week and weekend ahead! Have an awesome Gunpla building time there as well and until next time!



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