HG 1/144 AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam (HGUC) Review

If the Sazabi is the best RG that I’ve built the HG Moon is one of the best HG’S that I’ve built this year

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AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHYYYYIIIIIIISSSSSSS

Finally, after weeks spending all of my time with this awesome kit now I can finally write to you all here on how awesome this HG kit really is. Though it is quite a brilliant kit, but it is not to say that it is without fault and today I will be talking about all the good and the bad about this HGUC kit.

Kimi here and this is my review for the HG 1/144 AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam (HGUC)!

But as ever, before we get to the review. Let’s us first go into the lore of this, pretty mysterious MS shall we?

History and development of the AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam

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AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam

Model name                         : AMS-123X-X

Classification                       : Prototype Mobile suit

Weapon systems           : Beam Rifle, Beam Tomahawk, 60mm Vulcan Gun, Butterfly Edge, Psycho plate

Height                                    : 21.7m

Armour Material               : Gundarium Alloy

Powerplant                          : Minovsky Type Ultracompact Fusion Reactor

Total Thrust                        : Unknown

Effective Sensor Radius  : Unknown

Crew                                      : 1

Out of all the MS’s that we featured here in the blog, nothing so far that we’ve covered is more mysterious than this particular MS. The reason being is that it was an MS that was a combination of…two different MS. One part of the moon is from a Titans Developed MS the MRX-013-3 Psycho Gundam Mk-IV G-Doors and another from the Neo-Zeon’s AMS-123X Varguil. So many aspects of this MS still remains quite mysterious, since there is real recorded data about this particular MS

Plus, since it’s a mishmash of different parts turned into one MS, kind of makes collecting information about it a bit harder than expected. Since we don’t know how all of these parts contribute to make the Moon Gundam work as intended. However, we do admit that the ‘mishmash’ nature of this MS kinda makes this MS one that really has a very interesting history and development cycle out of all the MS’s that we’ve talked about here.

So let us first talk about the Titans bit of this MS, since…..well the story of this MS came to be really started off there.

The MRX-013-3 Gundam Mk-IV G-Door was an MS that was secretly developed by the Titans remnants that were derived from the Murasame Laboratory. But the Mobile Suit itself wast is not the only thing that was developed by them, since they are known to produce some pretty interesting ‘human weapons’ it kind of made sense that the MS that they helped to develop would have some advanced Psycommu systems installed in the MS.

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the aforementioned MRX-013-3 Psycho Gundam MK-IV G-Doors

In which they helped to create the Psycho Plates psycommu unit, it was a pretty interesting weapons platform which could be used as both an offensive weapon and defensive weapons. Each plate would form a half moon position when it’s in standby mode. What’s more, it uses the pilot’s brainwave to be engaged and it was proved to be during testing to be quite a formidable weapons and defensive platform.

Unfortunately, during an engagement with the newly formed Londo Bell unit in UC0091, the G-Doors was destroyed by Amuro Ray, which was at the time piloted a Rick Dijeh at the time of the engagement. It proved to be quite a formidable foe to the Legendary pilot but unfortunately, all its awesome gimmicks weren’t enough to stop Amuro from making short work of the Titans MS. The only parts that survive the engagement drifted all the way to the Moon Moon colony, only to be salvaged and stored by the Moon Moon colonists.

However, that is about to change in UC0092 as soon Neo Zeon gets into the picture. During a confrontation with a Londo Bell unit outside of the Moon Moon colony, the Neo Zeon was finding themselves in a tight pinch. In which the crew of the Neo Zeon’s Atalante 3 crew that was supposed to be conducting the testing the Varguil and at the same time assigned to ferry one of the Neo Zeons V.I.P’s to an undisclosed location, find themselves caught in the battle with one of the EFSF’s Elite units the Londo Bell. Their situation was so dire that up until one of their prototype MS, the AMS-123X Varguil were damaged badly during the confrontation. Due to the lack of parts available for the Varguil, the technicians aboard the Atalante 3 decided upon equipping the Varguil with the recovered G-Door’s head unit to replace the Badly damaged Varguils head unit.’

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The AMS-123X Varguil (normal version)

But the installation of this particular system kind of yielded unforeseen benefits because the G-Door’s head unit had a Psycommu control system installed there, that enables the modified Varguil to be able to fully utilize the psycho plates system that was as well retrieved from the Moon Moon Colony.

With the new head unit, a tri-color paint job and a new set of moon-like armaments installed on the ‘modified’ Varguil, they decided to re-designate the MS to a much more appropriate code name:- the AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam.

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The Varguil with the G-Door’s head unit

With that ends the history lesson, let us now get back to review this awesome kit shall we?

The Review

After I completed the brilliant RG Sazabi, I was a bit saddened by the fact that I was going to be building an HG kit. Despite hearing many awesome reviews and feedbacks from other builders, I was a bit skeptical going in building this kit. Because really in my mind I was thinking, “Really? How good can THIS HGUC really be?”

But after completing this awesome kit, I’m happy to report that this kit is really as good as what a lot of people have been hyping it up to be, despite the HGUC Moon having some annoying flaws here and there.

For starters lets talk about the positives, Shall we? I would like to start by saying how much I was really impressed by the level of detail that was present in the kit. We are not talking about the level of detail that is present on the individual parts no, what we are talking about is the fact that all the parts are individually segmented and properly color coordinated just like what you find on an MG kit.

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The point in which immediately realized that….”YES, I will have a blast with this kit”
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the not yet properly cleaned head, but it is still one of the best looking heads for HG’s that I have worked on this year.
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My first encounter with the inner frame for the bendy bits of the kit

Yes, ALMOST all the parts that you get with the kit is properly color coordinated. Which is unlike other previous HG kits where the HGUC Moon doesn’t really require you to paint it whole sections to make it look exactly as its advertised. The kit would come with parts that are properly color segmented, unlike the most HG’s of old.

Even when you do find yourself in that situation that you do need to paint some of the HGUC Moon’s parts up. Even then, you will find that the process of doing so isn’t really as hard as you may find it to be. The gap in between sections that you need to fill with paint is pretty easy to work on and even with a very basic kit painting skills as well with a little bit of patience, of course….. You will find that you would be doing a pretty good job.

Which is does encourage newbies (to both the hobby and to painting plastic models) to want to try painting their HG Moon up. Plus with all the awesome looking detailed parts, I can honestly say that this kit is a panel liner’s wet dream.

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When you do get the bendy bit all armored up…it looked even better.
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put all of them awesome together, you get a pretty awesome looking top half
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These feet unit does look quite simple, but if we were, to be honest, these feet are not as simple to build as it may seem

Speaking about the insane details, because of the insane level of detail that could be seen on all the individual parts, one may stop and wonder if you are building an RG kit, not to mention with the addition of the inner frame into the mix. It does kind of make you really consider that possibility even further.

What makes all of this even better is the fact that building the HG Moon Gundam was as well a fun endeavor. The HGUC Moon’s parts were gated quite well, the sprues were easy enough to handle. Even though there were a few times where I do find myself having to deal with some nub issues, but it wasn’t something that I really had an issue with.

In fact, the material that was used here was so good and so easy to handle, it makes doing all of that work really doesn’t feel as annoying as it used to. The material that was used here isn’t just a blast to work on, it as well have a pretty interesting feel and look to it, because it does make some sections of the kit feels….leathery and matte-ish. which in turn does make some of the completed parts…look quite bloody impressive.

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The inner frame for this leg is probably better looking than most MG’s inner frames this year
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This does take longer to work on, but the end result is just worth it.

Speaking of the devil, I should say that parts itself as well had no fitting issues and surprisingly enough this might be my very first HG kit that I really truly say that there I really struggled to find any obvious seam lines on the kit. In which kind of indicates on how everything about the HG Moon’s parts was so well designed that there is nothing of a sort that is present here on this HG kit.

Really impressive…

The articulation on the HGUC Moon is as well quite decent, even though some sections on the joints are quite flimsy at times but the kit itself is able to articulate itself well. With the addition of the Action base 5 together with the kit kind of make my time posing and articulate this kit even better. Though I do have to admit that I’m not really that much of a fan of the new Action base that was included here but I do admit that this is a pretty awesome action base for kits that are on the 1/144 scale in which does give the kits more flexibility and pose-ability as compared to its earlier iteration:- The Action Base 1.

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I really had to pause the work for the moment to really enjoy how awesome the HGUC moon looked

As it stands it does seem like there is a lot of good to be said for the HG moon, But it is not to say that there aren’t any issues with the HG Moon Gundam. Because as most a great many things, when you start to dig deeper you will find something that annoys eventually.

Like for an instance, I did encounter some issues with some sections of the manual for the kit that kind of forces me to sit and really spend time working on that particular part till I got it right. Another issue that I encountered….well…kinda got something to do with the Psycho Plates. Though all throughout my run with the kit there isn’t a single problem that I faced while working on this kit, but when I worked on the psycho plates…. Well, I really didn’t have the best of times working on with it.

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Quite unfortunate, the best-looking part of all of this kit, is as well a source of both happiness and heartache.

Building it wasn’t really an issue, except for the confusing bits in the instructions mainly due to the clear runners being a bitch to look at. The problem arises when I put all the plates together, because when I did, only then I realize how flimsy the whole thing feels. For something that was marketed to be one of the main selling points of this kit, you kind of expecting it to NOT be flimsy. At the very least, for something that was the main thing of this MS you are expecting that whenever you put it on a pose that it would stick itself well to that. I wasn’t supposed to be babysitting the Psycho plates every now and then to make sure that the whole thing doesn’t disassemble itself into tiny psycho plates pieces. Especially when you have the plates attached to the stand, while at the same time having the MS at its mercy.

You really can’t imagine my disappointment seeing the kit fall one too many times up until you finally decide to put it up without having the stand to attach itself on the damn plates. Not a day goes by that I do not think about gluing the whole bloody thing up and just making them stay that way…but since that would defeat the purpose of having this ‘plates’ detachable and poseable in any time that you need…so yeah

Honestly, even though the whole psycho plate thing is an annoyance, however when you do manage to get them all posed up. They do look glorious and when I mean glorious…I do mean GLORIOUS.

Just take a look at that beautiful psycho plates all posed up IN ITS ALL GLORIOUS-NESS

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YES LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL BOI (and yes I was trying to recreate the boxart look for this kit

Beautiful isn’t it?

That is why, despite some issues that are present in this kit, I really didn’t mind it as much because when you do slug it through the all the problems, the end result of it…it is worth it. Because honestly, this is by far the best looking HGUC kit that I have ever seen, and not to mention it was the one that I really had a lot of fun working on this year.

Building this kit made me feel quite excited to get a new HG kit and if this is as good as it gets (for this one that is) I can’t imagine how it would be for the rest…….

Really, right after building this kit I was starting to be quite excited for my next HG kit and honestly, that is a feeling that I haven’t felt for a long while, and really if this kit is this good now…I can’t imagine how the upcoming ones would be in the near future……

We are really looking at a very exciting and promising future indeed.

With that, ends my review for the HG 1/144 AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam (HGUC)! What do you guys think of both the kit and the review? How are your experiences with the kit, do you share the same thoughts as I or is there something more that you guys experience with your own run with the HGUC Moon that I didn’t manage to cover here? Do let us know and sound off at the comment section below.

Though, I do think that this is really one of the best HG adventures that I had this year and to be honest, ending the year with building this guy truly is one the very best things that I ever did this year. It really shows how there are really a lot of awesome Gunplas that we’ve been getting this year!

Though when I really think about it…the 1/144 line up of kits have been getting some pretty awesome kits this year….whilst the MG and some of the 1/100 scale kits…has been a bit of a hit or miss this year. Regardless, I do hope for more awesome kits next year and I really hope we will continue on this path of awesomeness for next year as well.

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 either a review or an unboxing! So do look forward to that! 😀

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Anyways, we hope to see all of you again next year (more specifically this coming Wednesday, ha-ha!), and we hope that you all have an awesome, new years and may we all have an awesome 2019! Let’s us hope 2019 brings more joy to all of us Gunpla builders and may we have an MG that would leave a HUGE smile for us all next year!

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P.S: Am really hoping the MG Dynames to be THE MODERN MG kit that would finally make me smile like a moron.


3 thoughts on “HG 1/144 AMS-123X-X Moon Gundam (HGUC) Review

  1. I am so psyched to pop open the Moon Gundam (got it for my birthday) and build that bad boy. I’m gonna need more panel wash after doing all those lines!

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    1. Oh yes you are so going to have fun with it! its definately one of the very best HG kits that I’ve built in 2018.

      Am really looking forward to what is to come for the HGUC line of kits this year!

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  2. Love this kit. I just finished building it last night and I was blown away by the quality of it.

    By the way, I don’t see any contact information. If you could email me, I’d like to talk with you about something.

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