An older monster MG unboxed
After the announcement of the MG Ver.1.5 Ex-S Gundam for retail earlier this year, we kind of thought of doing a “taking a closer look at the older version” kind of blog post. So it can be something like a good guideline for us in the future and as well to those that are getting the Ver.1.5 version, to use to compare the differences in between the old and the new.
So I set out to find this awesome kit, Which does take a while to find since there were a lot of (retail and online) scalpers, scammers online that I need to screen through. But with some help, we finally managed to get this rare beast.
Now with the awesome MG kit here, we finally can take a closer look at this, which was going to be one of my upcoming massive projects for 2019.
Oh, before I forget. Kimi here, and today I’m back to be doing an Unboxing and First Impressions of the MG 1/100 MSA-0011 [Ext] Ex-S Gundam (MG)!
Release Date: March 2003
Retail Price: MYR RM 325.00* ( USD $ 79.61*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
Before we start with the Unboxing bit, let us just stop and take a moment to stare at this beautiful massive box.
Though I admit that this isn’t really the biggest MG box out there in the market but I would say that the MG Ex-S Gundam’s box is probably out there with one of the big MG boxes out there.
But the Size isn’t the only thing that impressed me, the awesome CG art by Mr. Morishita Naochika on the box is as well looked really good. For something that was made 16 years ago, I have to say that the art on the box looked more like it was something that was released recently. In fact, when we look back at the MG S Gundam’s box art which was a kit that was released a year earlier than the MG Ex-S Gundam you start to see the huge difference in between the two box arts.
Just looking at the level of detail and as well as how less Cg-ish the Ex-S Gundam looked here does make a huge difference, to be honest. I have to say that as I looked at this I tend to forget that this was a kit that was released back in 2003, because of how good the artwork here looked.
Even though the art looked like it was made recently, but as I start to take a look at the sides it was clear that it still had some DNA from the older releases. Why? Well because a lot of it looks like they still used many of the same styles of the older MG kits had. I was honestly was both amused and impressed by this particular packaging, because this box looked like a perfect combination of both the old and new here.
and yes I do like the MG Ex-S Gundam’s packaging a lot.
As I move on from staring at this awesome box to the insides, I was again taken aback with what awaited me here as I opened the box…
Why? Well, why don’t I just show you why?
Honestly, it really has been a while since I see something like this and out of the things that Bandai stop doing for the MG kit, this is one thing that I still don’t understand why did they stop making. Because it has really been a while since an MG kit made me feel like I’m unboxing something really special here, Bandai really needs to bring this back with the new one, because seriously this is dope as hell.
As I stop fondling the awesome box divider and moved on to check out the MG Ex-S Gundam’s parts things were looking quite good. Well, to be more precise I would say that the MG Ex-S Gundam’s parts looked mostly quite simple, but still has some parts here and there which has quite a lot of detail to it.
Though I do admit that It might not have the same level of detail as seen on the previously unboxed MG Ver.3.0 Grampa, but then again since this a pretty old kit, with some pretty old tech I can’t be expecting this to be as detailed as the MG Gramps Ver.3.0, do I? Regardless, I do like how the Parts for the MG Ex-S Gundam looked, plus this is probably one of those the very rare MG kits that I’ve seen which had some pretty nice looking orange parts.
Though I do admit that when I saw the promotional section I was quite worried if the kit would have ‘overly shiny’ parts. However, as I unboxed this I was surprised to see the MG Ex-S Gundam’s parts looked quite normal here, and was really pleasant to the eyes, haha. For once I was glad that the promotional material wasn’t like the actual thing. I really don’t know how to react if the parts were as shiny as how they showed it here.
Plus it has really been a while since I’ve gone through a kit with this much runners and ones that had parts this huge. Oh, let us not forget too that this kit comes with some screws too, and when every time a screw is involved, I know I would be in for some good screwing time ahead. *wink*wink*
and yes that is one cringe joke.
Anyways, the best bit of this unboxing is when I get to the manual bit because it has been a while since I really have TONS of untranslated fun with. The MG Ex-S Gundam’s manual really had a lot of awesome illustrations of the individual sections of this awesome MS and even though I don’t understand whatever that was written here but I enjoy staring at the awesome lore illustrations here.
However, as I stare at all this awesomeness in the MG Ex-S Gundam’s manual, I really can’t help to feel a bit sad. Because despite the many awesome changes that they made to the modern MG manuals, the one thing that I really wished that they would’ve kept is really all of these awesome lore illustrations. Cause, I really can’t remember the last time that I really sit down and just read (well going through the pictures mostly) through an MG manual for hours.
I really miss seeing MG manuals like this.
But in all honesty, though, I really do think that if they were to have all of this now, It’ll definitely be the best thing ever. I really hope that one day they’ll bring all of this awesomeness back, because really? I don’t see the same kind of work is done on other brands plamo manuals.
Overall, I do feel this is going to be one interesting project for me to take on, which I am quite excited to see where does this kit would take me, would it be just all nostalgia and no substance or will it be one with with both nostalgia and substance, that I will find out as soon as I start work on this.
But ultimately all I wanted is for me to just see how far have we come from the early days of the MG line up till today and I really hope that this would be a good measuring point for me to see how much different the older one with the upcoming one is.
As well I hope that it would be one that I would have tons of good fun with.
With that ends this week’s Unboxing and First Impressions for the MG 1/100 MSA-0011 [Ext] Ex-S 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?
I do feel like this kit is one that I would have some very interesting times with and to be honest? I really don’t know what to expect with this kit in particular, would it be good? Will it be bad? I don’t know. But I do admit the fact that I know nothing is making me feel quite excited to start work on this awesome kit.
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 MG 1/100 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver.3.0 (MG)! So do look forward to that!
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