P-Bandai MG 1/100 RGM-79D GM [Cold Districts Type] (MG) Review

The only good thing that 2020 has given me so far.

Despite how 2020 has been going for me (and most of us as well) this year, I do feel quite lucky that I’m still able to have the ability to buy, own, and build a P-Bandai MG kit in 2020. That is why, despite all the bad stuff that I had to go through, it does make me thankful for my good fortunes still. 

So with that out of the way. So, what do I think of the P-Bandai Exclusive MG GM Cold Districts Type? 

Wait, before we get to that, just a little heads up to those expecting to see the history lesson bit for this review. There will be no history lesson included for this review since I have written about the history bit for the GM Cold Districts Type in my previous review of the HG version of it. But if you are still wanted to do some reading, well, let me link the history bit to all of you in here.  

So with that out of the way, let us get back to the review, shall we?

The review

Back to the question that I asked myself earlier, about what now I think of this P-Bandai MG kit after managing to complete it?

Well, to be quite honest with you guys here. I’m quite surprised at how much fun I had working on this MG kit. Because coming in, I didn’t have any expectations of it back when I first unboxed it, and to be honest, I was, expecting the whole experience to be like building another MG GM Sniper II OR GM Command. Basically, I was expecting the overall build experience to be mediocre at best. 

Even though yes, I would admit that mostly the whole experience does feel like I’m working on another MG GM Sniper II or MG GM Command, but surprisingly it was not something that I viewed to be a bad thing.

Because even though it is an experience that I’m quite familiar with, it is not a bad one. It was honestly something that I find myself quite happy coming back to do. Which I find to be quite surprising.

I think one of the reasons for that because I do they improved the materials used here for this P-Bandai MG kit. It improved my overall build experience so much that, even though I go through the same work process as I did with the MG GM Sniper II and the MG GM Command, I find it to be more enjoyable here. 

However, even with that said, I admit that the overall build experience that I got here is mostly the same as what I’ve experienced with the MG GM Sniper II and the MG GM Command. Even with the new P-Bandai parts added in, that doesn’t help to make me feel like I’m working on something new or something different. 

So does that mean that’s it? That is P-Bandai MG kit is just basically just another MG GM Sniper II / GM Command Variant? 

Yes, it is, well, in terms of the overall building experience, that is. But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing else to talk about here. Because there are things that I liked, and there are things that I’m bothered about this MG kit, which is unique to only this MG kit. 

First, let us talk about the things that I liked about this P-Bandai MG GM Cold Districts… 

Its looks, because out of the many things that I feel P-Bandai did right here, getting the GM Cold District looks right is one of the things that I do believe that P-Bandai did right here. Because this really is probably one of the best looking MG GM’s that I’ve owned to date. 

But good looks alone aren’t the only thing that they got right here. They somehow managed to make this MG GM Cold Districts look quite detailed as well. 

That is something that I didn’t expect coming in to work on this P-Bandai MG kit. Yes, even though it does share the same inner frame system as the ones that I’ve seen with the MG GM Sniper II and the MG GM Command, I do expect this kit to have some level of detail-ness to it. However, I wasn’t expecting much of the ‘new P-Bandai’ parts, because as my own experience dictates, usually P-Bandai wouldn’t go as far as to do that. So to see how wrong I was of this does make me quite happy. It does make spending money on this MG kit worth it. 

The other thing that I like with both the looks and the detail I see here with this P-Bandai MG is the fact that all the parts looked like it belonged here. To be more precise, what I meant by that is, the P-Bandai design team that is responsible for this MG kit did a pretty good job in making sure that all the new parts looked like it belonged here. Honestly, it looked like they used the same design team that designed both the MG GM Sniper II and the MG GM Command to create this P-Bandai MG kit. 

So, because of that, this P-Bandai MG GM Cold Districts Type didn’t end up like all of my previous experience with the other P-Bandai MG kits that we’ve worked on, where the new parts don’t feel like it belonged with the existing bits. 

So, good job P-Bandai on this. 

Oh, plus, not to mention, the inclusion of the waterslides as well is something that I feel makes this whole experience better. Even though I do make that same first-time waterslide application mistake on some of the decals, but I do admit that now I’m starting to understand why most gunpla builders prefer to work on the waterslides. It’s tough, but at the same time, if you do take the time to work on them, the finished look would be something that you would be proud to display.

Oh, while we are in a matter of speaking of displaying kits.

The articulation of this P-Bandai MG kit is as well something that I’m happy to report to be ‘mostly’ really good. The reason for that is it was because it shares all the same articulation system as the previous MG GM Sniper II and the MG GM Command releases. Which means you can pose it well with any weapon equipped. 

But to make it all work well, the P-Bandai design team managed to design the awesome NFHI GMG-Type 2 90mm GM Machine Gun to be able to work without issues here with this version of the GM Cold Districts. They made the stock to be adjustable so you could pose it without obstruction, unlike what I experienced with its HG counterpart. That, combined with the badass articulation system of the MG GM Cold Districts, does make for a fun MG kit to pose. 

However, despite my love for its articulation system, I do admit that it is as well was its weakest part.

Because if there is one thing that I was quite disappointed about this P-Bandai MG kit is the fact that the pegs connecting the legs to the waist unit somehow feels a bit flimsy here. Which honestly, do make posing the kit a bit of a pain in the bum when you wanted to REALLY fully articulate the legs. 

Why?

Because sadly, I do find that the MG GM Cold Districts legs kept detaching themselves from the waist unit due to the way P-Bandai designed the pegs on its legs. 

It was so bad that I had to apply some glue on the pegs and sanding it to make it rough enough to ensure that it is held in place as I pose them. So far, after I used that technique here, I do find the whole thing works well with no issues what so ever. But even with that said, I do find it annoying that I have to take time to work on fixing things on an expensive P-Bandai MG kit like this when they could’ve addressed the issue beforehand. 

But even with that said, I do admit that in the bigger scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. Because the fact of the matter is, I had a lot of fun working on this, and not to mention P-Bandai did so many good things here with the MG kit that I find myself not bothered by it as much. 

So, after taking the time to review this P-Bandai MG kit, would I recommend anyone to get this P-Bandai MG kit? Well, to be honest, I would. Even with the insane asking price, this is one of those P-Bandai MG kits out there that I feel is worth getting. 

That is if you can find one. Because it is currently one of the rarest P-Bandai MG kits out there, so if you do come across one, get it. 

Plus, since it is quite a decent MG kit, and not to mention a good looking one as well, I’m sure many of you here would love to have to be apart of your growing MG collections, regardless. 

Anyways, that concludes my review of the P-Bandai MG 1/100 RGM-79D GM [Cold Districts Type] (MG). Honestly, this was one of those P-Bandai MG kits that I didn’t expect myself to like. In fact, I was not expecting anything much when I started working on it. 

That is why I was surprised to find myself enjoying every moment that I have with it. Despite some of the issues I’ve encountered with this, I do sincerely believe that this is probably one of the better versions of the MG GM Sniper / MG GM Command family. 

That is why I’m quite sad to see this gets the P-Bandai treatment. If the MG GM Cold Districts got that retail release, I’m sure there would be alot of you here who would’ve loved to own this. 

Regardless, what do you guys think of this MG kit review after reading my thoughts on this kit and as well after reading more of my overall experience of it? We do look forward to reading and replying to all of your thoughts on this review. So don’t be shy to write your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below. 

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