Unboxing and First Impressions of RG 1/144 ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam (RG)

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A destiny revisited.

As I worked on the HGUC Dijeh this week, I realized that there is no way that I would be able to finish it both the kit and the Review in time at the rate that I’m going. So instead of pushing myself to rush (while possibly killing my self along the process) the review out, I decided why not this week I work on doing another Unboxing of a kit. A kit that was originally planned to be worked on the month of May to celebrate the release of the upcoming HGCE Destiny kit. But since I do have a lot more kit that I have in mind to do in the coming weeks and months I suppose we can have this out a little bit earlier…

Plus it is the one kit, if I may have to be honest…that I really don’t mind working on again, since it is an RG kit based on my favorite Seed MS ever. Oh not to mention, it was as well is one of my favorite RG kits of all time.

Oh before I forget, Kimi here and this week I will be doing an Unboxing and First Impressions of the RG 1/144 ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam!

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RG 1/144 ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam (RG)

Release Date: April 2013

Retail Price: MYR RM 110.00* ( USD $ 26.88*)

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

As you can already tell from reading the opening lines of this particular post, yes, I have some previous experience working on this kit before and to be really frank I really enjoyed building this kit back when it first came out back in April of 2013. Though to be honest with all of you here, I have been thinking about this kit a lot after building all the modern awesome RG kits. Because after working on them it made me wonder if the RG Destiny would still be able to hold up well against the test of time.

Working on all of them awesome RG does make me want to just return to this just to see how much things have changed in between the new kit and the old.

Though yes, we might not be able to answer that particular question with this post. But at the very least it would be interesting for me to again revisit my favorite RG kit and not to mention I get to do want to do something different this time with this kit, with giving it a fresh outlook like I’m opening this kit up for the first time!

So without further ado let us get into it, shall we?

After going through week after week looking at one awesome box arts after another, it kind of makes it hard for me to come back to be looking at this vanilla RG box. Even though the RG Destiny packaging does look somewhat interesting but as you look at this it does make you long for more action-oriented box art like the others.

However, just like I mentioned before it is not to say that the box art of this RG kit isn’t interesting at all, it was still quite interesting even with its lack of action in it. The fact that the only thing that was used here is the real ‘rendered’ CG image of the supposed to be completed RG kit for the RG Destiny’s box art. Kind of made us think that Bandai really has a lot of faith that people would be drawn to the awesome (and very handsome) look of this awesome looking MS.

Which I admit that the CG render of the ‘Realistic’ completed look of the RG in front of the box really does work on making people want to get them. I honestly wouldn’t be at all surprised if I see someone told me that they got the RG Destiny because on how good box art looks, because really I do think that the CG render of the RG Destiny looks quite brilliant here. Plus with how awesome they made the ‘real’ completed RG Destiny looked at the side section of the box, does make purchasing decisions for newbie and veteran builders to be, well quite easy if one stares at the box long enough.

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A vanilla box art here, but the CG Render of the would be completed RG Destiny does make me want to just pilot that bad boy out. 
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which was supplemented with a pretty badass promotional material on the side of the box. They really did a pretty job at selling the kit to me here, haha…if not why would I be getting another RG Destiny? haha…

I really commend the awesome CG work of Mr. Eto koji for the box art and ILCA/YAMAG for both their awesome photography and the quality build of the completed RG kit which was used as a model for the promotional side of the RG Destiny’s packaging. I truly believe that without them, this box art wouldn’t be as good as it is if we were, to be frank.

Though the fun doesn’t just end there…..

As I unboxed the kit, I was as well quite impressed by how much detail is present here on the parts. Looking at it, one cannot help to feel like that they might have taken too much inspiration from the MG SEED Ver.2.0 team (or is it the other way around?). Though I do realize that this it is normal for an RG kit to be this insanely detailed to make it look ‘Realistic’ but to be honest? I do prefer them to tone down with the lines, man.

But honestly, I do admit that all of those lines does make the parts look cool af tho.

The color scheme that I see used here is quite impressive, the fact that they used a lot of color combinations here is something that I really appreciate Bandai did with this kit. The colors combination of light grey, blue, light blue, red, white, yellow and green that is seen used here for the RG Destiny does make one feel quite curious on how all of this colors would look on one kit. Plus it is nice to again build a kit that is this colorful again.

Even the sticker based decals looked like something that I would be having fun with, though I do admit that beam shield sticker thing….does look a bit intimidating, to say the least.

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Them decals really are making me want to sit down and start work on the kit immediately……
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I really love the detail and the colors of some of the parts here
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But to me the most impressive bit is the wing part itself…dang it still looked quite badass still

As I move on to the last bit of the kit, which was the manual. I admit that I wasn’t really expecting much since I’m quite aware of the fact that this is a pretty old kit which as well would mean that most of the lore bit’s of this kit will most likely be in Japanese. But, when I opened the RG Destiny’s manual, I wasn’t expecting the manual to be this barebones when it comes to the lore bit…Then again I don’t remember much about the manuals even back when I first work on it 6 years ago…

Is that a bad sign?

Regardless, the good thing is that the manual is quite easy to go through, the visuals are quite clear and big enough for one to understand on what to do here. Even though a lot of the instructions were written in Japanese but I don’t think someone would find him/herself struggling to go through it and even from my initial impressions of it, I still find myself being able to understand the general work process. Though I do admit that all of this is still just my initial impressions, and it may change as soon as I start work on this, but for now, I could say that the manual looks all right so far.

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The awesome front page, with the most badass MS on the cover page of this particular manual.
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a pretty standard instruction section
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with a pretty small lore bit on top of it….it would really be nice if we could have more tbh.

But to me, the best thing about this kit is really when I take a look at the price. Because this RG kit is retailed at RM 110.00* (USD $ 26.88*), but I have seen the kit retailed at a much lower price at RM 95.00* (USD $ 23.22*) at some retail stores. Honestly, just from my initial impressions of this kit, I may say that if I were to look from a value prospect alone the kit does feel like a steal, especially if you can get the kit on cheap. But just like I said previously, this is still my initial impressions of the kit, I will see if after building this kit will I still feel the same. But from what I can see here, it does look to be a worthwhile investment.

Overall, despite my many concerns I really do have a great time Unboxing this kit and this is really one kit that I really look forward to starting work on! Surprisingly enough even with previous experience with the kit, the fact that there is still some parts of this kit still manages to impress me, baffles me. It proves to show that even for something that you thought that you knew well, that there is still something that you will still find to be quite surprising.

Hopefully, it may still be able to hold itself well through the test of time.

With that ends this week’s Unboxing and First Impressions for the RG 1/144 ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam (RG). 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?

Honestly, even though it has been 6 years since I’ve worked on this kit, I’m still surprised that the kit still looks as good as I remember it to be. But honestly though, for the life of me I really can’t recall if this kit was any fun to build….maybe I will find that out as soon as I start work on this…..maybe.

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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