Is this looking to be the candidate for the best HG kit of 2018? Hmm, I wonder?
Release Date: September 2018
Retail Price: MYR RM 114.00* (USD $ 27.27*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
Kimi here and I’m back again this week with a another new Unboxing and first impressions and this week I will be doing an unboxing of one new HG kit that has been making rounds all around the gunpla community, THE ONE HG kit that for the first time in many long years that is really making me super excited to start work on.
YES, YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE I HAVE FINALLY GOTTEN MYSELF THE HG MOON GUNDAM!
Plus I do feel like the unboxing of this comes in the right time since I’m in the midst of building and writing the review on another highly rated Gunpla this week, the RG Sazabi. What’s more, I do think it would be quite interesting to see how the both of would look in their respective completed form and honestly, am looking forward on having them both posing awesomely side by side.
But to be real for a bit, I have to say that it has been a while since I was THIS excited to build a new HG kit like ever. The last time I was this excited for an HG kit is back when I was just really started with the hobby, a time where every HG kit was something of an adventure to build and this particular kit reminds me of those exciting times.
But regardless, I know that I shouldn’t be getting well ahead of myself here. Buuuut honestly, it is hard to do so when everywhere you go in you keep seeing people talking and singing praises on how goddamn awesome this kit really is.
And you can see it too….as soon as you take a look at the box.
Yes, the box, the awesome looking box. Well more specifically on the awesome thick HG box, you get to see one of the best Box art illustrations of any HG kit ever. Well, don’t believe me? Take a look at this…..
Yes, they managed to make a box art looks like something out from a manga page, where you have the “ye enter a new mysterious character” into the scene look, where you there isn’t much is revealed on the box, unlike other HG box art that we’ve seen where you basically can tell how the whole thing looks. But this, they mysterious feel does make the kit stand out from the rest of the existing HG releases.
In someway looking at it kind of made me feel like I’m looking at a P-Bandai box.
But unlike the P-Bandai box arts, this kit still comes with an amazing preview of what to expect with this awesome HG kit, not to mention you as well would be able to learn on what to expect with this awesome gunpla. I love going through, the preview section on this box, but to me, the best bit of the preview section is the small lore section that was dedicated here. That was the one part that I really enjoyed the most. Oh, it should be said that the preview section is fully translated, and I would say that the translation work here is quite decent. It does look like they are slowly getting better at it.
Really I really love what Bandai did with the HG Moon’s packaging!
But as awesome the box is, the awesomeness didn’t just stop there. As I moved on to unbox this HG box up to see WHAT more Bandai had in store for us to only discover some of THE BEST looking runners that I’ve seen in any mainline HG kits. It was so good looking in fact, at a point I thought I was looking at an RG kit. Really I can’t stress enough on how awesome the details on the HG Moon looked and what’s more, if you are the one that gets a huge turn on with panel lining kits, I’m happy to report that this kit would have that part covered since it had a LOT of awesome details.
Even though the runners come within the typical Gundam colors, somehow rather I found that the colors here are well made and whats more the parts look quite well produced with no obvious excess plastics that could be seen on the runners. However, there is something strange that I notice here.
That I don’t see the HG stickers part.
It’s not that I’m complaining, in fact, I’m bloody glad that they aren’t including those in. It’s just that I feel like for the first time in many years that I’m seeing Bandai is taking everything they’ve learned with all the HG lineups and really decided to do away with them and finally give us properly colored coordinated parts instead.
But how color coordinated is them parts? Well, that is something that I will report back on as soon as I start work on this kit.
Moving on to the manual, well sadly this is the only part of the kit which was a bit of a disappointment for me. First of all, I should say that the HGUC Moon Gundam comes with a fairly standard HG manual which it had less lore, more building instructions imbedded in it. Which is fairly fine, so far from what I’m seeing the instructions does look pretty easy to understand and it is in someway fairly familiar.
I don’t understand why Bandai still insistent not to use the same system that we see on the HG Leo’s manual for this kit. The HG Leo which has a system in its manual that mirrors the same building system that we see used in the MG line up of kits in which indicate what parts is needed for what section. In which I do feel would make life easier for the builders, since the HG Moon does come with a huge library of parts. What’s more the system that was used for the HG Leo as well made the building process a lot more enjoyable since you can see how far into the process you are and at the same time you can track your progress of the build too.
Though yes, we admit that doing that may inadvertently make the HG manual become thicker then the normal ones, which as well may increase the cost of making these but seriously we do feel like the way the HG Leo’s manual was a refresh that the HG line up really needed to make them interesting again for us builders.
Honestly, that is really a shame to see that Bandai not taking a step further with this kit.
Regardless of what I feel about the HG Moon’s manual, I do think that overall what I get included is pretty freakking amazing. There is a lot here that I could see that shows promise and like the RG Sazabi, the HG Moon is making me really look forward to the day that I get to work on it.
But truth be told? All I really wanted to do now is take the box and frame it so I can marvel at the sexiness of this awesome looking illustration…….
That, I imagine would be one well spent day indeed….
With that ends the Unboxing and First Impressions of the HG 1/144 AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam! I really enjoyed my time with the HG Moon, and quite honestly this is by far one of most exciting HG unboxing that I’ve done all year.
Then again, when I really think about it…we have been getting a lot of awesome HG’s this year. I wonder what we have in store for us all next year…damn I really can’t wait for 2019 to come!
Anyways, we will be back again this week more Let’s Talk Gunpla Segment on this coming Wednesday and we will be back as well on the coming Sunday with the review for the RG 1/144 MSN-04 Sazabi! So, do look forward to that!
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