I was a ‘little’ disappointed with this
Kimi here and I am back again this week with my final thoughts on the now completed MG 1/100 RGM-89 Jegan! This was really one kit that I really struggled with in both when it comes to the review and to build and really to be honest with ya’ll I was both sad and relieved when I had to take some time off from building it due to sickness. You might be wondering, why do I feel that way, you may ask?
Well, the reason why I was sad that because last week I was down with a really bad fever and having to take some time off to just recover really fucks me up a bit. Honestly, having to force yourself to just try to get some rest and not do anything is really one of the hardest things to do last week
However, if I were, to be honest. I was relieved that by taking the time off from building the MG Jegan, it does manage to help me to put things into perspective. Even though it was quite hard to just spend time doing nothing but rest, I was glad that I really have time to really sort out my thoughts and feelings on the MG Jegan.
And today is the day that I really pour my honest feelings of it here.
But before we get to that, let us first talk about the History and lore of the RGM-89 Jegan shall we?
History and Development of the RGM-89 Jegan
Model name : RGM-89
Classification : Mass Production General Purpose Mobile Suit
Weapon systems : Beam Saber, Hand Granade, Vulcan pod system, Shield, Beam Rifle
Height : 20.4m
Armour Material : Titanium Alloy Ceramic Composite
Powerplant : Minovsky Ultracompact Fusion Reactor
Total Thrust : 48700 kg Total
Effective Sensor Radius : 14200m
Crew : 1
The RGM series, since its inception from the One Year War period and all the way till the First Neo Zeon war, has been developed and produced exclusively by the Earth Federation with no help from any outside elements. However, that wasn’t the case for the development of the RGM-89 Jegan
To keep with the Neo-Zeon in terms of MS development, the Earth Federation for the first time decided to have their next generation RGM series to be co-developed with Anaheim Electronics. Using both the Earth Federations expertise in developing the RGM series and Anaheim’s state of the art MS technology… Hence the creation of the RGM-Jegan.
The Jegan was originally developed to be an MS that is capable of close combat battles and as well in around the space colonies. The Jegan was as well developed to be able to operate under the gravity without any major modifications made to the MS. Which made the Jegan become quite a versatile MS that could easily fit any requirements of the Earth Federation for any situations. Though with that being said, The Jegan was an easily upgradeable MS which you can customize the MS to any required combat requirements that you may have in mind, this, in turn, explain why the Jegan ended up with an insane number of variants throughout the years.
In terms of equipment, the base Jegan was equipped with a backpack with a single thruster, two small thrusters at the side of the main thruster and two articulated Vernier arms on top. Though the set up of the thruster was quite basic, it was said that the Jegan’s thrust and acceleration performance could match the performance of the high mobility-type MS during the Gryps War era. The Jegan was as well equipped with verniers for attitude control that was located on Jegans shoulder armor, as well they enlarge the shoulder armor part to fit an even bigger thruster unit there and as well they fitted a calf mounted thruster on each leg.
To further improve on the Jegans maneuverability the jegan was equipped with a very light armor configuration, they even went as far as to not include front side and rear side skirt armor to make sure that they maintain the Jegans range of articulation on its leg unit. It was aswell equipped with a very decent long-range sensor unit on the head unit in addition of the fixed main sensors. The Jegan is mainly equipped with only short range and close quarters weapons. However, there are some variants of the Jegan that was equipped with a long-range weapon which is evident on the Stark Jegan variant.
The Jegan first saw service during the Second Neo-Zeon war, deployed by both the EFSF’s task force Londo Bell and the Luna II defense garrison units. However, at the time only less than 100 Jegans were deployed to go against the Neo Zeon as at the time the Jegan was still in the early stages of the development. Regardless, the jegans played a pivotal role in the conflict. Right after this, the jegans were used widely in the EFSF forces.
However, little would they know that they as well managed to create something that would last them for a long time…how long you may ask? Well, the Jegans were first introduced back in UC0089 and it was put into service all the way to UC0123 during the rise of the Crossbone Vanguard. Yes, the Jegans was in service with the Earth Federation forces for 34 years before eventually replaced by the RGM-109 Heavygun.
With that ends the Lore and history section…now we move on to the actual review for this MG kit, shall we?
Out of all the kits I’ve built this year, none of which has managed to make me as excited for its release then the MG Jegan. I was really excited for it since this was heavily promoted to be the MG kit that brings back the awesome inner frame goodness to the MG line-up. Heck, they even go as far to put that to the side boxes to really promote that feature to us.
Seriously, seeing that they are really going to bring back all this inner frame goodness, got me thinking that finally Bandai have come to their senses and I thought that FINALLY, we would be seeing the return of highly detailed MG kits in the near future.
Unfortunately….it wasn’t really the case as soon as I started with this. Whatever awesomeness that I was expecting with this kit was shattered as soon as I was done with the first section. Why you may ask? Well, let me show you guys what I mean with a few pictures of the same section.
Not as bad you say? well, wait till you see this other two
Now you see what I mean and I do hope you understand why I was so disappointed as soon as I started on the MG Jegan?
There were at times that I wondered if am I actually building a bigger scale SD kit or something? The gap in between the parts are quite disturbing if I were, to be honest, this kind of thing is what you expect to see on the SD kit but not here on an MG kit. The gap was so huge that you literally could fit in a few fingers in it. Funnily I thought at first that they would take cues from the MG Ver.2.0 with this build but apparently, they thought that this is a much more appropriate way on how to have detail in this MG kit. Honestly, I really don’t understand why they choose to do it this way when they have done something amazing with the MG Ver.2.0 kits.
Regardless, it must be said that despite the lack of detail at its inner frame…I would admit that I still had fun building this particular kit. The parts were gated quite well and so far with my run with the kit, I never find myself encountering parts with bad nubs. As well the parts were designed to be quite simple, which in turn makes this to be one of the easiest MG kits that I have built to date.
Really, if I were to just really spend the whole day on this kit and not fall sick ha-ha…I reckon that I would be able to finish this kit in a day or two. Which makes this kit a good MG kit if you want to just have something light and easy to work on. I as well feel that this is definitely one of the more beginner friendly kits and one that is perfect if you want to introduce a newbie to the hobby that is looking for a bit of a challenge or to those that are looking for their first MG kit to start with.
As well it must be said that the MG Jegan does look quite good when its all put up together. Somehow rather Bandai really managed this well by not going overboard with the details and keeping it look as simple as they could here. I really commend Bandai’s work on the MG Jegans looks, it does look good here and honestly looking at this does make me quite excited to see Bandai giving us the MG Stark Jegan version or the MG ECOAS version of it.
I as well found that the articulation on the MG Jegan to be quite alright, the articulation for the Jegan is really nothing special..it only does what it is required to. Yes, though the leg does have a somewhat unlimited leg movement when compared to kits with skirt armors. But what I found to be quite surprising is the fact that feet section for the MG Jegan had some very limited movement. I was really expecting better pose-ability on the feet section of the Jegan since the previously released MG Jesta had a better foot pose-ability. I was quite disappointed to find that there isn’t anything much I could do with the Jegan’s feet. Regardless, the kit still is able to pose well, and even with the feet being as it is, it was still in my opinion good enough for its posing purposes. It’s just that I really wish that they would go the extra mile with this.
Then again, they didn’t go the extra mile for the inner frame, so I shouldn’t be expecting too much from them at this rate.
Overall, despite my feelings over the inner frame and the feet…I have to admit that this isn’t really a bad kit. In fact, I did manage to have fun building it, and what’s more, the MG Jegan does look quite good. It’s just that I was expecting it to be more then what it is, I was expecting Bandai to really return on making kits that are as good to build and as detailed as the MG Ver.2.0 series. At the very least I was expecting them to reuse many of the awesome parts from the MG Jesta but at the end of the day, all it turned out to be is just a big disappointment for me.
Honestly, I really felt bad for expecting too much from Bandai nowadays….but then again they used to make better kits then this….So was I wrong to expect something more?
Was I? Or am I just being ungrateful b’tard?
Regardless, I really hope that one day they would eventually just give us something that is a lot better than this. Hopefully, one that is a real return to form…
With that ends the review for the MG 1/100 RGM-89 Jegan. What do you think of both the kit and the review? Yes I was pretty disappointed with the lack of detail in this MG kit but overall I honestly think it’s a good kit to work on, and as well a good kit for the MG beginners to start your MG adventures with.
To everyone else….my only advice if you are thinking of getting this..is that to lower your expectations, if you are expecting this to be as detailed and as awesome as the MG Ver.2.0, stop. Because it definitely will shatter your expectations. If you are still adamant in getting this, just lower your expectations of it and you will be fine.
If you don’t you will be as disappointed and as broken-hearted like me….
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 on the coming Sunday with the review for the HG 1/144 ZGMF-XX09T Dom Trooper! So do look forward to that!
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