The Red Zaku that I never imagined I would get.
There is a lot of things that I never imagine myself to do this year. Like for instance, getting stuck at home in a year-long pandemic, being alive still during this pandemic, and getting the MG Lunamaria’s Gunner Zaku Warrior.
Well, that is because thanks to its insanely bad promotional materials that we saw last year, it technically killed any interest that I might have in owning it. But that is all thanks to all the people that I know online displaying their awesome MG Lunamaria Gunner Zaku’s builds on all the social platforms that I’m in and this.
Release Date: Late September 2019
Retail price: MYR RM 166.00 ( USD $ 40.40* / EUR € 33.98*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
Yes, thanks to its badass boxart, I end up finding myself becoming a proud owner of an MG kit that I never imagine myself getting.
But before we get to my thoughts of its badass boxart, I do want to start this Unboxing and First Impressions segment by taking the time to vent a bit. Because frankly, I didn’t manage to get this kit at launch. But it wasn’t because of the above reason that I mentioned. Because as you already know, my interest was piqued by just spending time on the internet and seeing other people’s build of it.
The actual reason why I didn’t manage to snag this at launch, it was merely because the kit went out of stock as soon as it hits my local hobby stores. Which I honestly find to be quite funny considering that the Gundam Seed Destiny series is one of those Gundam series that does have alot of haters.
So understandably, one would think that this kit would be widely available as soon as it’s released here. But what happened instead, I had to wait up until the end of September 2020 to secure one for myself. So yeah, I do find it funny that this, out of all the retail MG kits that was released, is the one that ends up becoming one of the hardest ones to get.
But after spending time staring at the boxart, I do get why one would be interested in getting the MG Lunamaria Gunner Zaku kit. Especially considering when one takes the time to stare at the MG Lunamaria’s Gunner Zaku Warrior’s boxart.
Well, that is because if there is one word to describe the art used here, that would be: BADASS.
I love how the artist manages to capture that sense of urgency and desperation here in his rendition of the Fall of Junius Seven battle on the boxart. Not to mention as well, we do like that they only show the two iconic Minerva Zaku duo in the boxart. Which does make us wonder if we would eventually see Rey Za Burrel’s Zaku Phantom released by the retail side sometime soon?
Regardless, I do admit that I’m a HUGE fan of the MG Lunamaria Gunner Zaku Warrior’s boxart. But, I’m not a fan of how small the size of the box is. Yes, I know it’s a clear indication to me of how much runners that included inside of this box packaging. But the thing is, I don’t understand why didn’t they go for a more conventional/traditional thick box packaging set up?
I know that reading the sentence above, you might be wondering why is this important? Well, that is because due to its skinny box set up, I don’t think they managed to cram a lot of useful information about the MG Lunamaria Gunner Zaku Warrior here. Plus, not to mention, due to the lack of space available for the promotional materials to play around here, you don’t get to see much of the kit before making that final push to getting it.
But admittedly, I know that the MG Lunamaria Gunner Zaku Warrior’s box packaging itself is of little concern to us builders if the actual content itself is good. Thankfully as I move to the actual unboxing, I do find that the MG Lunamaria Gunner Zaku Warrior’s parts do look good overall. Especially when I take a closer look at the color scheme that they decided to go for this MG kit.
Because quite frankly, after spending a long time staring at them, I’m starting to think that all the promotional materials that Bandai used for this MG kit didn’t do justice to how good colors on all the parts looked out of the box. I admit that after seeing all of those beautiful colors, I was starting to get quite excited to start work on this. But that is up until I realize that this MG kit doesn’t come with a lot of runners, that it managed to kill my excitement for it, again.
Admittedly I should’ve known better to expect too much from this MG kit after seeing its box packaging. But even with that said, I didn’t expect to see so little runners in here.
But alas, maybe after I start work on em, I may get a clearer picture of what they are going with this. Regardless, I’m not at all that bothered by it because most of the MG Lunamaria’s Gunner Zaku Warrior parts do look quite detailed. So yes, there is still some good there.
As I move on to the manual, I’m as well quite glad to see that the MG Lunamaria Gunner Zaku Warrior’s manual is a joy to go through. The lore on the MS was quite fun to read, and I do like all the large visuals used in this manual’s Building instruction section of this manual. From my first impressions of all of it, it does look like it’s an MG manual that is easy to navigate through and understand. I as well noticed the quality of the translation improved quite tremendously here, which I do believe would help to improve the building experience overall.
As I reached the end of this particular Unboxing and First Impressions, I do admit that despite me liking what I see here, the kit itself honestly doesn’t look all too promising for me. Especially considering I have built the MG Barbie, one of the best MG offerings to date. I know it is an unfair comparison to make since the MG Barbie is a much newer kit when compared to the MG Lunamaria’s Gunner Zaku Warrior.
But then again, it is still too early for me to judge because sometimes a simple MG can be as badass as the best in its class. So for now, I shall keep it like that. Because honestly, there is still a strong possibility that I might end up being surprised by its awesomeness.
With that, ends today’s Unboxing and First impressions post of the MG 1/100 ZGMF-1000/A1 Gunner Zaku Warrior [Lunamaria Hawke Custom] (MG) by yours truly. Yes, this might not be one of the most interesting MG’s that I’ve unboxed this year, but it’s not to say that I’m not still looking forward to starting work on this MG kit. I still have hope that it would be good since I do read a lot of positive comments about this MG kit.
But for now, I must focus on completing both the P-Bandai MG GM Cold Districts, its reviews. And start work on both the RG Impulse and the HG Gerbera-Tetra before I start thinking about working on this one, haha.
It is as well would be quite interesting to hear your thoughts on my unboxing of this MG kit. Do you guys experience the same things that I did here? Or are yours a bit different? It would be interesting for all of us here to hear your thoughts on our unboxing and your own experience with the MG kit, so don’t hesitate to text us here and have discussions with us about it.
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