Unboxing and First Impressions of HG 1/144 AMX-104 R-Jarja (HGUC)


Mesa called R-Jarja

Out of all the two MG kits that I’ve worked on this year, the Ex-S Gundam was the one kit that I really didn’t expect it to be the toughest one to take on. There is so much to do here….and I’m still on the earlier stages of the build.


So looking at how so far I’m still with the build, I decided to do an Unboxing instead this week, but this time I will not be doing one taken from the depths of the backlogs. But instead, take on one HG kit that was released quite recently.

Which does mean I have to go to the shops and find me a kit to unbox for this weeks segment, and my oh my do I have alot of kits that I love to unbox. But there were only one kit I really have been meaning to do an unboxing of ever since it was released earlier this year……

and before I forget, its Kimi here and today I will be doing an unboxing and first impression of the January 2019’s release of the HG 1/144 AMX-104 R-Jarja (HGUC).

What a badass looking box art this is…

Release Date: Jan 2019

Retail Price: MYR RM 72.00 (USD $ 17.38*)

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

Yes, I am finally will be doing my very FIRST 2019’s Gunpla kit and I thought, what better kit to take on then the badass R-Jarja. I was insanely happy when I finally have this in the home base.

Why? WEll because it was one of the 2019 kits that I’ve been meaning to get since its release. If I were, to be frank, it was really hard to choose on whether to get this kit or the HGUC Gustav Karl. ultimately, it was the awesome box art of the HGUC R-Jarja is what draw me into getting this instead of the other.

Don’t believe me? Well, just look at that awesomeness and tell me that is not an awesome box art for a hg kit.

What a badass looking box art this is…

Using the same awesome box art illustrator that worked on the previously reviewed HGUC Dijeh; Mr.Morishita Naochika. I fee that he once again manages to make an MS that wasn’t looking too awesome in the anime, into something really menacing here. I honestly wasn’t really a big fan of the R-Jarja in the ZZ anime, but when I saw how the MS is illustrated here…I really can’t help to feel that they really should remaster the whole anime, with this guy on the helm of everything.

He was that good.

This is definitely one of the best action-oriented scenes that I’ve seen on any new or old HGUC kits, the illustrator really made the MS looks like it was in a heat of battle with the ZZ. but best of all I really like how the illustrator really shows on how the manacing the R-Jarja’s beam saber really is, with the beam effects scattering as the R-Jarja recovering from a slashing position.

This is really one very impressive pose, and it is one art that I do feel like alot of people share the same thoughts as me. In which if I were, to be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone told me that they bought the kit because of how awesome box art is. Plus with its very informative side section, it really hard not to love this awesome kit.

However, the question remains…. how does the kit look under the lid of the box? Well as I unboxed this kit and taking a closer look inside of the box, I was finding myself both impressed and a tad bit disappointed with what I see.

Let’s start with what impresses me here, for one all the runners and the individual parts here look fricking amazing and as well VERY well produced. The colors scheme on the parts look really good and not to mention the level of detail that was present on the individual quite impressive!

This is the kind of red that I love to see more of.
In some sections, the detail is quite nice it’s not too overly detailed
Even the yellow bits are really nice to look at.


Unlike the HGUC Dijeh, where almost all the parts are color-separated well. For the HGUC R-Jarja however, I found that there are some sections on the kit that requires alot of work. When I say work, I mean that it requires you to do alot of painting on the unpainted parts. What makes it even worse here, is the fact that they didn’t include the ‘part’ stickers for use on the unpainted section for this kit. Which is going to be bad to those that wasn’t really planning to do any painting and would be bad to those that is just starting off with the kit.


Despite that setback, I don’t really think the lack of ‘parts stickers’ is a bad thing, since I’m not really a big fan of stickers anyways, plus I would most definitely be painting those parts up anyways regardless if they were to include them in or not. But considering how awesome the newer HGUC kits are when it comes down to color/parts separation, it’s a shame that the HGUC R-Jarja isn’t as good here in that section when compared to the rest of the recently released HGUC kits.

Although the parts do look quite good, there are still some sections on this kit that really requires some paintwork to make it look good.
Which is sad, when you consider that all of these could’ve just been given some more extra bits to make it more color coordinated

As I move on to the manual, unsurprisingly everything looks pretty standard here. They are still sticking with the current visual format here and the compact lore section is still a joy to go through. Though I do start to notice that there is less and less content available here on the manual side. I guess since the box had all the info, there isn’t a need to have more stuff in the manual, though I kind of wish they would add more lore in the manual to replace the gimmick parts.

Looking at this, really makes me want to start work on this immediately
A pretty standard lore section, which I really wish they would elaborate more here
The colored section of the building instructions, utilizing both the CG visuals and the IRL Visuals for the manual section

Overall, I’m pretty happy with what I’m getting here. Although I’m a bit disappointed with the lack of more color coordinated parts and the lack of additional lore on the manual side. But from what I’m seeing here, it does still looks like the HGUC R-Jarja is a pretty solid kit and I’m pretty psyched with it still.

I really hope that it would be an awesome kit still, despite some of its drawbacks. Because it would be a shame for a kit that looks this good to be crap.

With that ends this week’s Unboxing and First Impressions for the HG 1/144 AMX-104 R-Jarja (HGUC). What do you think of this week’s kit that I just unboxed? Do you yourselves have the same experience as I did with this HGUC kit? This might not be the best HGUC kit unboxing I’ve made in a long time. But despite that, I’m still looking forward to starting work on this quite promising 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 either an unboxing or a review! So do look forward to that!

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