Unboxing and First Impressions of No Grade 1/100 XM-01 De’nan Zon

Takin on a 20 years old desire.

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1/100 No Grade XM-01 De’nan Zon

Release Date: 1991 for Japanese release / January 1994 for Global (Re-release Feb 2018)

Retail Price: MYR RM32.00*(USD $8.21*)

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

Hello, Kimi here and I’m back with a new Unboxing and First Impressions of a No Grade 1/100 XM-01 De’nan Zon. Yes, we are taking a trip back to the past and take on a kit that is by now, a pretty old kit.

Almost as old as I’m now…. almost.

Why did I suddenly decide to take on an older kit this time around? The only reason for this is quite simple, nostalgia. This was a kit that, looking back was a big part of my childhood. Thinking of this made me remember a time when every time we head to either Jusco or Parkson (one of two of the biggest Hypermarket chains in Malaysia) I would spend hours in the Plamo/gunpla section and thought of which one that I want to bring back home and fiddle with.

Being a kid and penniless, a trip there was both a fun and painful since you really can’t afford to get it yourself at the time. It is especially painful when you do finally have the means to get it and it is nowhere to be seen. I honestly have to thank the great gods of plastic; Bandai for finally re-releasing this kit now, so now I can finally get this kit that I have been trying to get for many years.

How long did it too me to get this, you may ask. Oh, it only took me 20 years to finally get this one, and I can’t deny that I had tears when I finally have it with me.

As I stare at the beautifully made boxart by Yuiji Kaida, it really takes me back to a time where most of the Gunpla Boxarts is mostly hand drawn like this. Though it may not be as good as the current CG HG boxarts, however, the artwork here does holds up well even in this day and age.

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I really miss looking at these kinds of boxarts. Really looking at these really takes me back
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Some of the details on the kit and just take a look at how slim the box is.
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more details and slimness

It must be said though, for a 1/100 scale kit, this has one of the thinnest and the smallest box out of all the 1/100 scale kits I’ve had. If not for the indication of the scale of this kit on the box, I might think this is an HG kit.

Only after you unboxed this, you realize why this has the thinnest and smallest box. This is entirely due to the fact that it only comes with 5 pieces of runner parts, making it one of the very first 1/100 scale kit here in the blog that we’ve Unboxed and review that has a pretty small number of parts available.

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The sight that greeted me as i unboxed this
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and the shock that followed after

As we look at these parts, it is clear that this is made using the same material and molding system that they use back in 1991, so we could say that the quality of the plastic here really cannot be compared to those that we see in terms of quality of course, with the newer MG or HG lines. Regardless of its quality though, I’m glad that they keep making it like this, because honestly? It is good to be able to see how far they gone and just experience first-hand how the old gunplas were.

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At a glance, the parts do look pretty cheap (well it is a bloody cheap kit you fool), but the details do still manage to look pretty awesome
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The same could be said here as well
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However, the black and clear parts do look pretty good here.

Finally, now, we get to the last bit of this unboxing, the manual. All we can say about the manual is that it is quite simple, as the kit itself doesn’t seem to be a very complicated kit to build. Though it doesn’t mean the manual doesn’t have anything much to offer, it does have a pretty interesting lore section here, as well, instead of using the kit (like most HG manuals nowadays) as the model for the lore section, they instead used a full colour illustration of the MS as the model for the lore section of this manual.

The illustration of the MS does look pretty sweet actually, though I doubt the kit would look exactly like that if one decides to just do a straight build with this kit.

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More of the boxart on the front page of the manual
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The lore section is really the best part of the manual
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Though the instructions are made to be pretty simple
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Though after looking at this I could safely say that even though this is a simple kit but would need a lot of work to make it at least look decent

Overall, I would say, though this is an old kit, this is one that I really look forward to starting on soon. Though the reason is not that I hoped or known that this would be good, but it is really because of nostalgia and as well the other reason on why I really wanted to build this is because that I would able to fulfill the wish I had back when I saw this for the first time.

The wish is, to be able to build and put it right next to my G Cannon. Which ironically has passed on to meet the great gunpla maker, may god have mercy on its soul. Amen.

Oh well, at the very least I could just start collecting them again.

With that ends my Unboxing and First impressions for the of the no grade 1/100 XM-01 De’nan Zon. What do you guys think of the Unboxing? This time I just felt like just building something from my past and maybe finally put to rest my 20 years desire of getting and building this kit. Hopefully, I would have a pleasant time with this kit.

Anyways, we will be back again this week more Let’s Talk Gunpla Segment on the coming Wednesday and we will be back as well this Sunday with hopefully the review for the Kotobukiya’s Megami Device 05 ASRA Ninja! So, do look forward to that, hopefully, things would go well.

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We hope by sharing our love and passion for gunplas here, it’ll inspire you to pick up the hobby or reignite your love for gunpla!

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!

Ciao!

 

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