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This weeks content is something that was a bit unplanned for, I was actually in the midst penning a different kind of content for this today. But since I wasn’t happy with how the content is looking, so I decided to scrap the whole thing and re-do the whole post. HG
However, since there isn’t much time for me to do that, so that is why you guys are seeing this instead. Another HG kit unboxing, haha.
But in keeping with my commitment to only working on new kits, that is why I decided to go with this one.
Yes, this week we are going to be doing an Unboxing and as well giving you my first impressions on this HG 1/144 WMS-03 Maganac (HGAC) kit.
So without further ado let us get into it, shall we?
Release Date: April 2019
Retail Price: MYR RM 45.00* ( USD $ 10.94* / EUR € 9.69*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
I’ve been talking about the evolution of the HG line up alot here in the blog.
However, I realized after going through ‘some’ of the backlogs that I have here and going through some of the completed kits that I have in the home base, that the actual kit itself isn’t the only thing that has seen alot of change throughout the years.
The way the kit was packaged has as well seen alot of major changes as well throughout the years, from the “I put the actual kit in the said action scene while having one illustration of the MS on the box” way of doing the boxarts, to the current “I hire some an actual artist to make a proper full illustrated action scene” kind of box arts. Although I do admit that I love how the HG boxart used to look like, but the new kind of boxart that we got now admittedly has given us some of the best-looking boxarts that I’ve seen to date. Like the one we’ve seen this year with the HGUC R-Jarja, HGUC Dijeh and the one that I have here currently.
Yes, folks, it seems like I’m seeing another awesome boxart coming from this year mainline HG kit and I do admit that it does look like to me like they are trying to outdo what they did with last years, HGAC Leo. By making the 2019’s HGAC Maganac’s Boxart looking as EPIC as they can here.
Because seriously, just take a look at this and tell me if this is not an epic scene that they have there on the HGAC Maganac’s packaging.
I think I’ve talked alot here on how all the current boxarts looked more and more like something that you would want to put displayed in your bedroom. But they really took a step further with this because looking at it, I do feel like this is really one of the best looking illustrations on an HG boxart that I’ve seen coming to the Mainline HG kits.
The Illustrations was so good that when I looked at it and I really didn’t notice the one highlighted Maganac at first because the art that was illustrated for the HGAC Maganac’s box looked more like a painting. A painting of just sheer epic scale that is not seen on other Mainline HG boxarts.
It is without a doubt that I feel like the illustrator really manages to pull off one of the best looking HG boxart scenes here. There were alot of the times where I find myself wanting to re-create the whole boxart scene by getting the insane P-Bandai 36 HGAC Maganac kit set and all the 4 Maganac Crops Leader units by just looking at this awesome boxart.
It’s crazy I know, but it shows on how they really manage to get me by the balls here.
As I pulled myself away from the continuous admiration of the HGAC Maganac’s boxart. I went away to check out the rest of what the HGAC Maganac’s packaging has to offer here. Like for an instance on the side section of the HGAC Maganac’s packaging. Like all the other Mainline HG’s packaging side sections, it looks pretty much what you expect with the modern HG Mainline kits. It uses the same kind of format that we’ve seen with all the newer HG kits, so I was kind of expecting things to be more less the same there.
But even with that said, I do admit that I still find myself enjoying all of my time taking time to read the lore and all the gimmicks section of this box packaging.
Moving on, there was still alot more awesomeness to be found here.
Because prior to this I was kind of half expecting the HGAC Maganac to have the same number of runners like last years, HGAC Leo. Looking at the size of the box I wasn’t really expecting to open up and see alot of runners. I was kind of already making that assumption that we are looking at a kit with 3 runners at most here. So Imagine my surprise to see that this wasn’t the case here with the HGAC Maganac?
Yes, admittedly it may seem like I’m exaggerating here. Because, without a doubt even though the HGAC Maganac does come with alot of runners, but it is not to say that HGAC Maganac had alot of individual parts that I that would take a significant space on the box. It’s just that, for something like this, I kind of expecting the kit to be more less like the HGAC Leo.
Frankly, I was glad that this is turned out to be more than just another Leo. I was as well glad to see that even the HGAC Maganac’s individual parts here look to have more detail and looked better overall compared to the HGAC Leo’s. But the quality of the plastic and how the individual parts looked is not the only thing that I was surprised by.
AS strange as this may sound, for the first time in many years…that I was surprised that the kit comes with these kinds of stickers.
AS you guys may have already known, I was never a big fan of the stickers. Especially ones that come from the HG kits. But these clear numbered stickers that come together with this HGAC Maganac is really something that I was quite impressed by. Just by me looking at the level of quality seen here with the stickers and as well the level of artistry that is shown here is really something that I can’t just simply ignore.
In fact, I really can’t help to imagine using it for all the other kits that I have here in the home base. It looked like it would feel especially at home with my current Zeon kits since it does have that MS Igloo vibe on them. I’m honestly quite impressed by Bandai for this.
They managed to turn a non-sticker believer into a sticker believer. Well, let us hope that it would look alot better on the kit then as they did here.
Looking at how great all of this was, I was kind of hoping that they would top it off with using the awesome HGAC Leo’s manual format for the HGAC Maganac’s manual.
But after I went through the HGAC Maganac’s manual. It was clear to me then, that by now I should accept that I will never get see that format being used again in any of the newer mainline HG kits.
Because from what I can see here it is clear that the HGAC Maganac uses the same manual format like the rest of the other HG kits that I’ve worked on this year. A simple and practical manual, with not alot of lore present.
Basically, what we get here is just a normal manual. Nothing interesting and nothing special.
Which I am a bit disappointed by. I don’t know why, but I was hoping that Bandai would give this kit the same manual format treatment like what we get with the HGAC Leo, but I guess that is just too much to ask for.
I was really hoping that they would do something different here. Because I do think that they had a winning formula with the HGAC Leo’s manual. Because I do feel like It was really something different then what we are accustomed to. One of the biggest reasons of why I always used the HGAC Leo’s manual to be a benchmark for all the Mainline HG kits, is because the HGAC Leo’s manual never felt like it was just a normal manual. It made the building experience of the simple HGAC Leo to be fun one, and it was the only manual in existence that really helps me with keeping track with my building progress of the HGAC Leo, without having the need to mark or do anything to the manual.
It was basically a real revolutionary manual that I’ve seen to date. So, yes it’s always sad for me to see that the HG line up is still not using all the lessons learned with the HGAC Leo to further improve the existing HG manuals.
Regardless, it is not to say that what we are getting here is bad, honestly, even despite the fact that it is using a standard HG manual format, it is still quite a decent manual. I guess seeing that I don’t really have many issues with the existing manual format anyways, it kind of made sense for them to keep using the same tried and tested format. I guess they are really taking the approach of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it for this kit.
Overall, from what I’m seeing here I do feel like the HGAC Maganac is looking to be quite a good kit, even despite my disappointment with the same-ish manual format. There is really alot to love here and I was frankly starting to get really quite excited to start working on the kit.
Though it does make me wonder, looking at all the current and as well all the awesome upcoming kits that are coming this year. How will this be able to stand out amongst all the other gunpla giants?
That is something that I would love to see as soon as I start working on this, and honestly? Just thinking of all the experience that I would get to experience here is really making me feel quite excited to start work on it.
I just hope it would be a good experience overall, and not a bad one. I really don’t know how to feel if this turns out to be shit. Because there really is no indication of this being shit at this stage.
But then again I since I really haven’t started, I can’t really say much, can I?
With that ends this week’s Unboxing and First Impressions for the HG 1/144 WMS-03 Maganac (HGAC). 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 HG kit? I really had alot of fun working on this unboxing, the kit was fun to look at and it looked good overall.
The HGAC Maganac is looking like it would be another awesome 2019 HG kit, and with the RG Crossbone being quite fun so far. I can say that this week is really looking to be another great Gunpla week for me. May my awesome gunpla times continues on.
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