One of the best unboxing experiences of 2020 that I’ve experienced.
Finally, after spending too much time screwing around with the thought of getting the MG Gundam Mk-II Ver.2.0, I’ve gotten around to getting one. Although honestly, this isn’t my first MG Gundam Mk-II Ver.2.0 kit. That is because I’ve gotten and built the Titans version before this.
So yeah, I roughly know what I’m getting myself into here.
However, even with that said, it has been a while since I’ve built one, and what’s more, this is the first time I’ve gotten myself the AEUG Version. So it might not be the same.
That is why I still find myself quite excited to see all the awesome stuff stuffed in this MG variant of the MG Gundam Mk-II Ver.2.0 kit.
So, without further ado, let us get into it, shall we?
Release Date: Oct 2005
Retail price: MYR RM 154.00 ( USD $ 37.92* / EUR € 31.27*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
Quite frankly, before I got my hands on this kit, I never understood why I never bothered to get another MG Ver.2.0 from the Gundam Zeta series. But after seeing the box art for this kit, I finally understood why.
Even Though it does have a pretty awesome action-oriented box art, the thing that really took me off from getting it is that ugly font used on the front page of the Boxart.
Yes, I’m aware of how petty it is to complain about a font on an MG box art, but when comparing this to the other MG release during this time, I find that the font here does look amateurish when compared to the other MG releases in this year. It looked so bad that to the point that I could imagine a person finding themselves turned off by the thought of getting this.
Although, to be honest? It’s not like this is the only MG Z Gundam Ver.2.0 series that has this issue. Because as I observed, apparently, other MG Z Gundam Ver.2.0 kits boxarts have the same ugly tacky font on them. Even with the Titans version, it as well had the same issue. But somehow, I find it to be less amateurish when compared to this. But then again, it is a kit that was released later, so that might explain why.
But even with that said, I admit, I’m still a fan of the badass art (minus the font) here. The scene showing the Mk-II turning away after laying waste to the poor Galbaldy β is quite a powerful scene for me.
Because as I stare at it, I could imagine a scene where Kamille Bidan, piloting the Mk-II, turning away after shooting down Lila after a long drawn out battle with her.
And at the same time marks the real beginning of Jerid’s hatred of and rivalry with Kamille Bidan throughout the Z Gundam series.
The more time I spend staring at the MG MK-II Ver.2.0 boxart, the more it makes me really want to see Bandai someday to properly take the time to ‘remaster’ the whole Z Gundam saga. That is how awesome the box art for this kit looked for me.
But that isn’t the only thing that I liked here. That is because there is the matter of the quite impressive side section part of this box packaging.
Although the boxart tainted by that ugly font used on the front of the box, I admit that the only saving grace the box packaging has here is its side section. I find myself immensely impressed by the wealth of content and information that I’ve learned from the kit. I do think that all the time that I spend looking at this does help me to reconsider my stance of getting it. It is nice to take the time to learn of all that this MG kit has to offer.
Which I admit I do find to be quite strange at first.
But then I realized that what makes this MG side section stands out from the rest of the other MG releases that I’ve seen to date is that it’s not text-heavy as the rest. There is no insanely long excessive lore on it, and best of all, they kept the written information on the gimmicks good enough for me to go through.
What this ultimately means is that you get to see more of the promotional materials closely and intimately. Which we do admit, may help you greatly in considering your decision on this kit.
But that is considering if one takes the time to inspect the box. Because there were many times that I found myself passing this MG off due to that ugly font used on the box. After taking the time to go through the packaging, I honestly feel bad for not taking the time to really inspect the box packaging to learn more about it.
Although that isn’t the only thing about this kit that I find quite impressive, because as I unboxed this MG kit, it made me remember the reason why I love all the early MG Ver.2.0 gunpla kits.
Well, that’s because the level of detail seen on the parts here looked as good as all the OYW MG Ver.2.0 kits that I’ve worked on to date. Even though it doesn’t come as a surprise to me since I’ve worked on the Titans version previously, but admittedly, it was nice to see that it’s still looked as good as I remembered it to be.
From the color separation to all the insane detail seen on some of the runners, one can’t help to wonder why Bandai didn’t continue making MG kits that had parts that looked as good as these?
Yes, they did well with the MG Barbie, I admit, but honestly, I wish they would put the same kind of effort in crafting an MG kit that had parts that looked as good as the MG Barbie and this.
Even the MG Mk-II Ver.2.0’s manual was a joy for me to go through. Yes, I know I’ve said this a lot of times already at this stage, but I honestly feel like this is one of the best manuals that I’ve seen this year. It’s an MG manual that comes with an abundance of lore on each page, telling a story of how this MS came to be. While at the same time managed to be a lot different to what we are all accustomed to here.
But the thing that got me here is when I go through the MG Mk-II’s building instructions section. Because it is clear to me that from spending time staring at this, I realized that this particular bit is still in that old MG manual format. That is why I mentioned earlier that this MG manual’s filled with alot of badass lore on each page because it’s based primarily on the old MG manual format.
But even with that said, there are bits here and there that remind me of the new MG manual format. It looks as if that Bandai is still making that slow transition to the new MG Manual format with this MG kit.
Overall, the whole unboxing experience of this MG kit has been quite an experience for me. It’s one that I enjoyed going through immensely and one that does make me look forward to working on when I finally get to do so, somewhere next year.
But for now, it’s time for me to get back to building the awesome RG Force Impulse.
With that, ends today’s Unboxing and First impressions post of the MG 1/100 RX-178 Gundam Mk-II (MG) by yours truly. Quite frankly, this might be one of those MG kits that I REALLY enjoyed working on the Unboxing bit, and it has been quite a while since I’ve unboxed something that managed to make me quite excited to start work on it.
Hopefully, the next upcoming MG kit that I’ll unbox would be as fun and as entertaining to unbox as I did here.
Anyway, it 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.
You guys may have noticed that there were no posted on last Tuesday. The reason for that is because I found myself having quite a hectic last-minute changes to my work schedule, which prompted me having to push back the posting of this segment to Thursday. I’m quite frustrated having to do this, but since the Pandemic has been wrecking my finances for a bit, I have no choice but to grit my teeth and make the decision to push this back.
I’m sorry for the lack of updates on this, but hopefully, this would be the last time that I might have to make another change to my posting schedule. Again I’m sorry to those that waited for an update from me. >.<
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