Unboxing and First Impressions of HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam (Gundam the Origins Ver.) (HG Gundam the Origins)

hg origins grandpa beautiful boxart

My first 2020 Gunpla kit for this year

Ever since I went on to work on most of the blog gunpla backlogs that I have made for myself, I realized recently that it has been quite a while since I’ve actually done a new Unboxing blog post here. So I figured since I haven’t yet unboxed any new 2020 Gunplas, why don’t do one for today?

Although that is a bit of a tall order for me actually get one since most of the new 2020 kits are mostly sold out over here and due to the pandemic, most big online international plamo retailers are suspending international shipping which makes matters worse for me.

Somehow rather, for one goddamn weird stroke of luck, I managed to find this listed as available on one local online platform while, strangely enough, was looking for toilet paper. So that is why you are seeing me doing an unboxing post for this kit today, all thanks to the weird way the internet online shopping algorithm works.

hg origins grandpa beautiful boxart
HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam (HG Gundam the Origins)

Release Date: March 2020

Retail price: MYR RM 113.00* (USD $ 25.84* / EUR € 23.80*)

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

Ever since the HG Gundam the Origins line up started, I have not actually bought any of kits that was released under this lineup, well except of course the HG Origins Chars Zaku II that is. Eventhough I do admit that I like most of the new redesigns of old MSG MS designs in this HG lineup, but somehow rather I was never motivated enough to go and get one for some weird reason.

However, after seeing the announcement of this version of the HG Gramps something started to change because for once I started to look forward to the HG Origins Gramps release. I’m not sure what prompted it but I have a hunch that it may be due to the HG Origins Gramps good looks and as well due to my disappointment of how the HG G40 Gramps looked (as well the final look of the HG Beyond). Which may explain my excitement for this one particular HG Grandpa.

But even with that said, I would admit that coming into this unboxing, I wasn’t expecting much here. But that all started to change as soon as I actually get to the unboxing bit.

Which ended up with me finding myself getting really excited to the day that I start working on this kit.

Why?

Well, let me start by first talking about its packaging, no, not the one that was shipped in, but its actual packaging, A.KA its boxart.

hg origins grandpa beautiful boxart
Yes, this beautiful boxart

It’s hard not to be thoroughly impressed by Yuta Otani CG illustration of the origins Gundam here. Because seeing the way Yuta Otani illustrates the gundam being in the middle of a battle here in the boxart really made me think that I’m staring at an anime still from an unreleased continuation to the Origins Saga anime.

The continuation of the story that we all here wished that we are getting…

The only complaint that I have of the artwork here is the fact that the Grandpa looked a bit too clean here. For something that was supposed to be in the middle of a battle on earth, I find it a bit hard to believe that the Gramps could get itself looking that clean. I can believe if the scene in question is taken from its first battle in space, or if it was taken in an idle state in the White Base’s Hangar. But in the middle of a battle on earth? Well, that is pretty hard to believe that Amuro could get it looking that clean, especially in a battle that intense.

However that is just a minor complaint, not a major one, It didn’t really take away much of the enjoyment that I had staring at this for hours. It’s just that it can be a bit immersion-breaking for some builders that are a bit OCD about these things, so that is why I thought to mention it.

The main part on the box isn’t the only thing that I liked about it, I’m as well a fan of how the side section of the HG Origins Grandpa’s box packaging looked. It looked cleaned and neat not to mention I am as well a fan of the wealth of information that they provide on the box. I really had alot of fun reading the lore bit here and not to mention learning more about the kit. I do think that the box packaging does a good job of making people interested in getting it.

hg origins grandpa's box side section 1
I thoroughly enjoyed my time going through the lore side…
hg origins grandpa's box side section 2
and the gimmicks side of this packaging, it does make one quite excited into the thought of getting it and spending time to work on it.

However, the fun didn’t just stop at the packaging of this HG Origins kit, oh no. It got better as I got to actually unboxed the kit.

For one, the parts on the runners for the HG Origins Gramps looked quite well produced here. There is no extra plastic or residue that could be seen on the individual parts on the runners and not to mention I was lucky that there are no noticeable issues that I could see here on my batch of the HG Origins Gramps.

I as well really liked how the OG Grandpa color scheme looked on the HG Origins Gramps parts here, the colors looked really solid on the parts and best of all, I can imagine how the completed parts would look really awesome even without you having to make the effort of panel lining these parts or even painting them.

Lastly, the thing that I find most impressive after taking the time to stare at the parts, is just at how awesome the detail is here. Because man, the last time I saw something this detailed is back when I worked on the HGUC Moon and that was a year back. But then again when I really take time to think about it, aren’t all HG Origins looked this detailed? Because I could’ve sworn that back when I worked on the HG Origins MS-06S Zaku II, that the parts looked quite good there.

hg origins grandpa's the first thing that I see
The one thing that really sticks out here for me is when I saw how good the color scheme of the HG Origins Gramps looked here, the colors looked really as advertised and one can imagine this looking good on the completed kit
hg origins grandpa's detail on the feet
not to mention the sheer detail seen on some of the parts as well
hg origins grandpa's detail on an unknown part
Especially the detail see on this particular section
hg origins grandpa's sticker decals
But I was most excited about just the thought of spending time to place the decals on the kit

So yeah, you can say that the HG Origins Gramps is something that fans of this line-up, might have already expected to see. Which does prompt me to think that maybe I should get more HG Origins kit

As I move on to the manual, there is seem to be more good news there. Because if you enjoyed reading the lore on the box you be glad to know that there is more lore here on the HG Origins Gramps’s manual, and it is nice to see that both the lore that you read here is an extension of the other. Honestly, it is really nice to see them not reusing the same lore on the box to the manual.

Although the lore here isn’t the only thing on the manual that I find the most impressive here Because I was quite impressed with the HG Origins Gramps building instruction section of its manual. Why? Well, that is mainly due to the way that the construction process of the HG Origins Gramps was illustrated here. The visuals used for the building process here are alot larger than what I’m accustomed to with the mainline HG’s manual. Which I do admit is something that I do find that might help a beginner builder

Not to mention too that it does make life to be alot easier for those that are new to the hobby.

hg origins grandpa's beautiful front page
Even though there isn’t alot of lore posted here, but it nice to see that Bandai didn’t just copy-paste the same lore onto the HG Origins Gramps main lore page.
hg origins grandpa's back page
I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading on the Origins Grandpa’s equipments lore and learning alot more about it
hg origins grandpa's black and white section
I honestly love how they made the visuals to be easy for anyone to see
hg origins grandpa's instructional section colored
Even the color bit was fun to go through

All in all, I do find the overall experience of me unboxing the HG Origins Gramps to be quite exciting. Taking the time to stare at this kit does make me look forward to the day that I get to start work on this and see for myself if this HG Origins kit is as good as its looks.

I really hope that this is actually good, so I could have another good reason to get another version of this kit. haha.

With that ends this week’s Unboxing and First Impressions segment for the HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam (HG Gundam the Origins). What do you think of this week’s HG kit that I just unboxed? Do you yourselves have the same experience as I did with this mg kit? I’m actually quite glad that finally, I managed to get my hands on something new-ish for once. Especially in these hard times, because going through that does make me really appreciate having a new kit at all.

Not to mention that it is really nice to be able to pop open a new kit and get to spend all of my time soaking in that awesome new plastic smell coming off from the new kit, it really has been a while since I was able to do this. Hopefully, I would be able to do this alot more this year.

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