Seeing how the MG GN-X progress is slowly getting to the endpoint and not to mention that I will be most definitely would be starting work on the RG EVA-01 soon. I figured it is time for me to write another Unboxing and First Impressions post for today’s segment.
A P-Bandai kit that I have been doting on ever since I saw the announcement of it last year, the P-Bandai MG GM Cold Districts Type.
So, without further ado, let us get into it, shall we?
Release Date: June 2019
Retail price: MYR RM 219.00* (USD $ 51.73* / EUR € 44.01*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
Honestly, even though it wasn’t long ago that I’d unboxed a P-Bandai kit, I admit that I do miss unboxing one. Because I always find that they never fail to include something interesting in the box. Unfortunately enough, there is as well a possibility that one might unbox an expensive disappointment.
So after doing the Unboxing bit for this P-Bandai MG kit, I can say that this P-Bandai MG kit, unfortunately, falls to the latter category.
But before we get to that, let us first talk about the box art for this P-Bandai MG kit.
As it always has been with these P-Bandai boxarts for this P-Bandai MG GM Cold Districts Type they as well used the same format, where they used the finished kit, as the model for the boxart. From looking at the boxart, it is clear to us that P-Bandai is trying to recreate one of the opening action scenes of the War in the Pocket anime here, and I admit that they did an excellent job at recreating that scene too.
I remember spending hours just staring at it and just marveling at how badass the GM Cold District looked on the boxart. It made me think of getting another one and some stuff to recreate the scene with some actual color on it because if there is one complaint that I have with these kinds of P-Bandai boxarts, is that it doesn’t come with any color or whatsoever.
But I understand why they decided to do this. It does make one a bit curious to know what is inside of the box.
To add to the mystery, they as well kept the same ‘P-Bandai’ packaging format for the MG GM Cold Districts side section. Which I admit does make me quite interested in seeing what is in store for me here.
However, after unboxing it, I was left disappointed by what I see in the box.
For one, some of the MG GM Cold Districts parts looked quite rough. It doesn’t have the same finish that I was expecting to see on a premium kit. Some of the problematic bits looked like someone took a razor saw and cut it up.
It’s a very sloppy job, one that I feel doesn’t reflect the premium nature of this kit. Admittedly, I could fix all of the problems that I see on the parts. But, the thing is, why do I have to do it on a ‘Premium’ kit? Shouldn’t the P-Bandai Q&C team already do that for me? For something that costs double the price of what I would get for retail MG kits at this level, I do expect P-Bandai to do better here.
But regardless, despite that most of the other bits of this kit looked quite good, and the one thing that I would admit that they did well here, is seen on the color scheme on the MG GM Cold Districts parts.
Because man, the MG GM Cold District colors scheme looked awesome here. I could imagine someone thinking about customizing their MG GM Cold Districts looking at the parts and feel a bit reluctant to coat it with paint, that is how good the color scheme on this particular MG P-Bandai parts looked.
Secondly and as well the last point, the kit managed to continuously disappoint me by including in the standard ‘P-Bandai’ format manual. What that means is that P-Bandai did give this kit is own P-Bandai made original manual, but it is a manual without lore. So if you came here expecting to read some interesting P-Bandai made lore, well prepared to be disappointed by it.
But there are still some good bits about the manual, namely that it uses the same modern MG manual format. What this means is that the manual comes with English translations for most of the building process. That I feel would make someone unfamiliar with the Japanese language, have a much easier time working on this P-Bandai kit.
Quite honestly, my overall experience with the unboxing of this particular P-Bandai MG kit has been somewhat of a disappointment. What makes the whole thing even more hurtful for me is that this is one of my favorite MS Designs out of all from this particular anime series.
All I hope for now is that the kit would at least be fun to build. At the very least, if they get that bit right, it wouldn’t hurt so bad anymore.
With that, ends today Unboxing and First impressions post by yours truly. It has been quite a while that a kit that was looking forward the most turns out to be a disappointment to unbox. But to be frank, I do feel it is a good thing. Because for one, I’ve been unboxing alot of awesome kits, so it is nice to at least have something different.
It is as well would be quite interesting to hear your thoughts on the unboxing of this MG P-Bandai kit. Do you guys experience the same things that I did here? Or are yours a bit different? It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on it, so don’t hesitate to text us here and have discussions about it.
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