A pink MS without Char in it
The HGUC Gerbera-Tetra was one of those HG kits that I have been looking forward to getting for quite some time. However, strangely enough, eventhough I kept seeing it in the Hobby Store that I frequent, but I never came around to get it.
Finally, after dillydallying on that thought for a long time, I have now decided to get it, and today I will be unboxing it and as well write about my very First Impressions of it. Obviously.
So without further ado, let us get into it, shall we?
Release Date: Late July 2013
Retail price: MYR RM 69.00 ( USD $ 16.60* / EUR € 14.20*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
To be quite frank with you guys, I’m quite unsure why it took me so long to come around to get this HGUC kit. But then again, after I went through the boxart, I kind of get why I was never interested enough to get it.
Well, that is because if I were, to be honest? I’m not a fan of the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra’s boxart.
Eventhough I would admit that the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra’s art itself does look very well drawn, and not to mention, we do like the background battle scene used in this boxart. However, I can’t help to be slightly bothered with the illustration of the Gerbera-Tetra itself.
The reason for that is that eventhough the Gerbera-Tetra itself does look badass here, but I’m not a fan of how clean the illustrator made the Gerbera-Tetra looked. Because honestly, for something that is in the middle of a battle, wasn’t it supposed to look more, well, more battle-scarred a bit?
No, it’s not like I’m expecting the artist to illustrate the Gerbera-Tetra to be in its final unfortunate form. But at the very least, we are expecting the illustrator to make it look slightly ‘weathered’ to give it a look like it’s an MS engaged in the middle of a fierce battle or a new MS that has been in combat for quite a bit.
Well, at the very least, now I know why I wasn’t at all taken by it.
But even with that said, I would admit that the side section of this box packaging does make up for the weak boxart. Because honestly, I do feel that after spending quite some time staring at it, it does help me to make up my mind into getting it.
I feel like Bandai did a splendid job here in tailoring the content for the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra’s box packaging side section. From what I can see here, it’s filled with alot of fascinating partial information on the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra, and the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra’s promotional pictures here do help in making one interested in getting it.
And the good news keeps on going here as soon as I started to unbox this HGUC kit. Because I do feel like the contents of this kit are as well looked quite impressive overall. Why? Well, coming in, I had this strange feeling that I might not be a fan of the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra’s pink color scheme. But what happened instead here is that I found myself quite happy with how it looked in its final form. Heck, Bandai even went as far as to make the standard dark grey parts color scheme looked quite decent here.
I as well find myself quite a fan of how subtly detailed some bits of this kit is, which does make me quite excited to start work detailing the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra up. It may not be as insanely detailed as the HGUC Moon, but the level of detail here is enough to make most of the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra happy.
As for color accuracy for its parts, well, there are a few bits here and there that does require me to paint it up. But even if you don’t want to do so, from what I could see here, the parts are quite decently color accurate enough for you to display it as-is.
But yes, for best results, it is always best to at least put a tiny bit of an effort to make it look slightly better.
As for the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra’s manual, well, since it is a 2013 released kit, I already expected the manual bit to look a bit visually chaotic, and I as well expected most of the lore and its building instructions to be in Japanese.
But even with that said, the HGUC Gerbera-Tetra’s manual was still quite a joy to go through.
Overall, my experience with this HGUC kit has been quite promising, even despite having a bad start with the boxart, and I’m still looking forward to starting work on this HGUC kit.
I have a feeling that this is going to be another fun HGUC kit.
With that, ends today’s Unboxing and First impressions post of the HG 1/144 AGX-04 Gerbera-Tetra (HGUC) by yours truly. Quite frankly, after spending time to unbox this and write about my experience with it, I do admit that I feel a bit silly for missing out on this because of me getting turned off by its boxart.
But regardless of that, it is nice to have it in my hands right now. I sincerely hope that this would be as good as I’m expecting it to be.
But for now, I must complete both the P-Bandai MG GM Cold Districts and the RG Impulse first.
It is as well would be quite interesting to hear your thoughts on the unboxing of this HGUC 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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