RG 1/144 ZGMF-X56S/a Force Impulse Gundam (RG) Review

The best Gunpla release of 2020

I’ve built alot of different versions and scales of the Force Impulse Gundam throughout the years, most of them are quite exciting, and some of them weren’t as exciting to build. But one thing is for clear,

I love all of them, regardless.  

However, up until this day, only the MG version has managed to be the only one to have that one extra special place in my heart. It was the very first MG kits that made me fall madly in love with the MG Gunpla line up and not to mention it was as well, in my opinion, one of the very best MG kits that Bandai have ever released. 

For many years there were a lot of kits that try and failed to dethrone the MG Impulse off its throne. But that is about to change because I have finally found a Gunpla kit that manages to be better than it, and funnily enough, it’s another Force Impulse Gundam kit, on a much smaller scale.  

Usually, we would start this review with a bit of a history lesson. But since we’ve covered the history bit already, we figured that it would be better if we were to move on straight to the review bit immediately. 

But if you still find yourself curious about it, well, I’ll leave the link to the review with the History bits attached right here.  

So, without further ado, let us get into it, shall we?

The review

Yes, admittedly, I’ve seen and read most reviews on this kit before I even laid my hands on this RG kit. So before I started working on it, I was somewhat worried that all the positives that I’ve read and watched might cloud my judgment.

However, that all changed as soon as I actually started working on it. Because man, even in the early stages, this kit manages to impress. Honestly, that is something that I didn’t expect coming in when I started on this RG kit. 

What’s more, it is one of those Gunpla kits that I struggle to find faults or structural issues on it as well. No, I’m not saying that this is a perfect kit. Yes, it still has its problems, but this is one of those rare Gunpla kits that I found in which the good really outweighs the bad. 

So, you might be wondering right now, why am I so enamored by this RG kit? Besides the fact that this is a brilliant RG kit? That is because Bandai managed to make the whole experience of building this RG kit fun.

Yes, I know that I have been saying that alot in my other reviews for other Gunpla kits. But this RG kit really embodies the ‘fun’ part better than most RG kits that I’ve worked on so far. Heck, I would even go as far as to say the RG Force Impulse Gundam is the perfect embodiment of the ‘FUN’ part.

Yes, I’m aware of how bold that claim is. But it is not to say that claim is without merit. 

To get to the bottom of why I feel this way, we have to first talk about its fundamentals, the overall building experience. AKA, the fun bits.

One of the things that I noticed as I worked on this RG kit is that I feel like they managed to nail the design of all the RG Force Impulse parts well here. 

No, I’m not talking about just the level of details seen on the parts. But what I’m talking about here is the way they designed the gated bits on the runners. Because as I worked on it, I realized that Bandai thoughtfully placed all the nubs in places that it wouldn’t leave an ugly nub mark as you remove it from that said parts. Which, in turn, makes dealing with the nubs easier for both beginners and veteran Gunpla builders.

Even some of the undergated parts are a lot easier to deal with here. It is clear proof to me that Bandai took the time to design all the RG Force Impulse’s bits.

I also wanted to commend Bandai’s design team for a job well done in making the seam lines on the RG Force Impulse parts looked like either it belonged there or hidden well. That is really an extraordinary feat by Bandai that I do find myself quite impressed by here.  

I as well liked the fact that they managed to make this a very accessible kit for both beginner and veteran Gunpla builders could pick up. The fact that they made life easy for all is proof enough that they wanted to make an awesome RG Force Impulse kit.  

But the fundamentals aren’t the only thing that they got right here because the next bit is the RG Force Impulse’s articulation.

Honestly, when I started with this kit, I was a bit concerned that the joints might be a bit weak due to its transformation gimmick. However, I was surprised to find that it wasn’t the case here. Because what I found instead here is that the joints were to be quite stiff.

What that means is that you can easily convert it into any form that you want without worry. The joints were so stiff that you can easily pose it up in any way you want. While at the same time, you know that the RG Force Impulse can hold that pose well without breaking a sweat. 

Speaking of poses, thanks to its transformation gimmicks, the range of poses that you can pull off here is just as well quite extraordinary. I had a lot of fun sitting down, spending time posing this kit into whatever poses I wanted it to do. 

The other thing that I do find to be quite impressive with this RG Force Impulse kit is that, even without a stand, you can still have it standing with its own two feet. What’s more, I find that even with the Force Silhouette backpack unit attached to the main body, the RG Force Impulse still manages to stand without any issue. 

I’m honestly quite impressed by its ability to do so. 

Finally, let me now talk about the last bit of this kit that Impressed me, its looks. Because despite them omitting some of the badass designs that I love from the MG version. But I still find myself still quite impressed by what I get here. 

I like how restrained they are here with the RG Force Impulse’s design. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying that the RG Force Impulse doesn’t look as detailed as other RG kits out there. Because the fact of the matter is, it still looked as good and as insanely detailed as the others. It’s just that we can see that they could go all out in making this RG Force Impulse look insanely detailed and look like a mess, but somehow, they managed to make it look tastefully good-looking instead.  

I as well love the way they designed the RG Force Impulse’s inner frame here. Yes, I admit that there are parts that I wished they were to put more detail to it, but then again, this is an RG kit. So we can understand why they would omit some of them out. 

But regardless, the level of detail seen on RG Force Impulse Gundam inner frame and its outer frame here is definitely better than what I see with most MG SEED Ver.2.0’s designs. A perfectly balanced Gunpla design.   

With all this positivity coming from me, does that mean that this kit doesn’t come with any issues? Well, if I were, to be honest? The only problem that I had with this kit is the sticker decals that come with this kit. Because somehow some of them looked horrible when applied on the RG Force Impulse. Which I find to be quite a shame since this is a pretty good looking RG kit.

Honestly, you’d be better off getting the 3rd party waterslides to apply on this RG kit or if you want to be a bit anal, wait for Bandai to release the official waterslides for this RG kit. 

We do hope that in the near future that Bandai would take the time to work on improving the sticker decals for their RG kits, or better yet, it would be awesome if Bandai includes waterslide decals instead with their future RG kit releases. 

Overall, I would say that I’m quite thoroughly impressed by this RG kit. It’s probably one of the best Gunplas that I’ve worked on so far and one that makes me quite hyped-up for the upcoming RG Zeong. I’m excited to see where the RG line-up as a whole would go from here, and I hope that they’ll continue down this path. 

And yes, this is, without a doubt is an RG kit that I would definitely recommend everyone to pick up and build.

That concludes my review of the RG 1/144 ZGMF-X56S/a Force Impulse Gundam (RG). I’m glad that I started working on this towards the end of 2020 and ended the whole process in the middle of 2021. Working on this was the only thing that kept my spirits up during these very depressing times.

After working on this, I sincerely believe that this RG kit is one of the best Gunpla kits released in 2020. 

Now it is time for me to move on and start working on Cima’s machine. 

Anyways, what do you guys think of this RG kit review after reading my thoughts on this kit and 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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