The death of an old kit give way to the new
After the completion of the quite recently (somewhat) completed HG P-Bandai’s Revive’s Gundam [21st century Real Type Ver.], I was faced with the sad and quite unexpected death of my existing completed MG Gundam Ver.3.0 kit. Since I do have an extra MG Gramps Ver.3.0 lying around in my huge pile of backlogs, I decided to again rummage through that pile of Backlogs so I could rebuild some of the damaged parts of the MG Gramps Ver.3.0.
Well, that was the original intent anyway.
Because as I sat down with the kit, I thought to myself I really haven’t done an unboxing or a review of the Gramps Ver.3.0, So why not just do a full review for the blog? Hence, why you are seeing another Gramps review right after I did one last week, haha.
Though, to some of you here might be thinking, “eh, why did you have two MG Gramps Ver.3.0 in your collection?”
Well, the reason being of why I had two of this awesome MG kit is because originally I wanted to do a custom build for this particular one but due to the lack of ideas and concept, it has kept me from doing anything with this MG Gramps Ver.3.0. So it has been staying in the backlogs for quite some time.
So it was somewhat good to see that now it finally gets to serves its purpose. Even though, I do admit that it was quite painful to see the old gramps meet its untimely demise at the hands of an infant. Plus it as well gave me another chance to again pick up the MG Gramps Ver.3.0. But instead of building it for my fun, now I get to do it for the blog.
I guess it is somewhat is a blessing in disguise.
Oh btw, before I forget, it’s Kimi here and I’m back again this week to do an Unboxing and
Second First Impressions for the MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0!
Release Date: Aug 2013
Retail Price: MYR RM 190.00* ( USD $46.48*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
By now I’m pretty sure that most of you here have already been quite familiar with this kit by now, regardless if you are new or veterans to the Hobby. Why? Well because by now I’m sure that all of you may have at some point have seen this brilliantly made box art here.
Seriously, even after 6 years on, this MG packaging is still by far the best-looking packaging design that I’ve seen to date. Just by looking at how good the overall design of the MG Gramps Ver.3.0’sl packaging is and as well on how well they portrayed the MG Gramps at the front of the box. Is really something that up until today I feel is something that hasn’t been able to be recreated by the newer MG lineup.
The art which was illustrated by Yamamoto Hiroyuki really manages to capture how the Hyper Realistic Gramps would look deployed in a combat situation. Backed with a stunning background, the MG Gramps Ver.3.0’s box art is really something else. Even I admit that even though I have owned this awesome kit, the allure of that awesome art never fails to draw me to it. Plus as I looked at it I do believe that every time someone lays their eyes on the MG Gramps Ver.3.0 box art it will never fail to as well capture their hearts and minds in making sure that they bring this beautiful MG grampa Ver.3.0 back with them.
Because it was always been a struggle for me when every time I saw this awesome box art.
Honestly, even when compared to today’s current releases, the MG Gramps Ver.3.0’s Box art still holds up quite well against the newer releases. In fact that it was so good that we even see this particular design used in the 2017’s Ready Player One Film by Steven Speilberg and if I were to be really frank? I wouldn’t be as well surprised if they would even use this particular Gundam Design for the upcoming Legendary pictures produced adaptation of the upcoming Gundam movie (that is if they decided to take on the UC route).
However, the awesomeness wasn’t just limited to the awesome box art, there is more MG awesomeness as I move on to the insides of the box. Though it was hard for me to move on from staring at the box art to actually Unboxing this kit, however as soon as I move on to actually unboxing it, I remembered why I love this kit so much.
Why? Because by just looking at how all the parts for the MG Gramps Ver.3.0 looked. The MG Gramps Ver.3.0 probably has one of the best produced, insanely detailed and as well as one of the most colorful (and vibrant) colored runner parts out of all the MG kits that I have seen to date. Even though this isn’t my first time building the MG Gramps Ver.3.0, but I was still managed to be highly impressed by the level of detail and quality of the MG Gramps Ver.3.0’s parts.
Even the colors that are used here on the parts look good. Although, this MG Gramps Ver.3.0 used the same tricolor scheme that we’ve seen with all the other variants of the Gramps, however, I feel like that they took a step further with this by just adding more shades of colors here and there as well by having some sections of the inner frame to be dual-colored as well. I would even go as far to say that all of the detail that I see on some sections of the MG Grandpa’s Ver.3.0 parts and not to mention the sheer effort that was undertaken, makes this kit looked better than some parts that I’ve seen on newer MG kit that is on the market recently.
Oh but if you think the funs stops there, oh no, no, no, because we haven’t yet picked up another piece of this kits another party piece; it’s awesome redesigned manual.
Cause if you love the awesome box art? You are going to love the front page of this manual because the front page of the manual is basically just a much scaled down version of the box art. You might be thinking when hearing this, “So what, the other MG manuals has that as well. There is no doubt that you are correct, but unlike its other MG predecessors on this, you have a whole page covered with that awesome art.
Which is really badass.
But that’s not the end of it, because as soon as I flip the page I was immediately greeted with a “bite-sized but fun to go through” Grandpa’s lore section. It is one that I feel the native Japanese readers would really appreciate going through. Which is a shame, since it does look like it would be an awesome read. However, even a non-japanese reader like me still able to enjoy going through it by just staring at all of the awesome visual splendor that was included to the manual.
As this being an MG kit, you still had a middle section. however, instead of filling it with more lore they focused on filling it with an explanation of how the new gimmicks with this kit and as well showing off what the kit is capable of doing. They as well added some pretty interesting looking color guide too Which was quite a joy to go through, even though you don’t understand a darn thing.
Really, you Japanese speakers had it good here.
The building instruction section, on the other hand, looks quite familiar, I would go as far as to say that it looked quite standard even. Despite all the changes that were made here, it is nice to see some parts of the manual which still looked quite familiar. Though on how good the instruction is for the manual for this is still up for debate, since it has been a while since I have worked on this kit so I don’t really remember how it is all that well. However, I do remember it being quite…. good? Regardless, I will report back on this as soon as have completed this kit.
With all that said and done, I actually was more surprised that even after all these years I still managed to feel quite excited to start work on this. It’s like I feel that the death of the of the old kit gave way for the new to come forward and give me another chance to relive an experience that I, well that I kind of missed if I have to be frank.
Overall though, after going through the unboxing part this awesome MG Grandpa Ver.3.0, I can already say now that you are really getting your money’s worth here. There are really just so many things that are looking quite good here just by only the initial impressions and honestly, as I looked at all of these, I slowly remembered why I loved this particular kit so much.
But I do wonder if the actual build would hold up against my current expectations of it, hmm…
With that ends this week’s Unboxing and First Impressions for the MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Gundam (MG). What do you think of this week’s kit that I just unboxed? Do you yourselves have the same experience as I with this awesome kit?
This is really one kit that I’m really excited to start working on, and one that I that until this day is one of the MG kits that I rated highly. But with my experiences with other kits recently will this kit still holds up well? That is something that I really look forward to discovering it by my self.
But to be honest with you guys here, it’s nice to finally work on an MG kit again, haha.
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 MSK-008 Dijeh (HGUC)! So do look forward to that!
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