Unboxing and First Impressions of RG 1/144 No.34 MSN-02 Zeong (RG)

Look who’s back again! 

2021 hasn’t been kind to me. I started the year by having pretty hard Builders fatigue, lockdown depression, and not to mention having to deal with my own preexisting medical condition as well. Afterward, my family had to deal with my father’s sudden deteriorating health, and recently, my family also had to deal with my Grandmothers death.   

So despite my hope that 2021 would be kinder to me, it seems like the year itself had other plans laid on for me. So, yeah, admittedly, I have been finding it hard to find the motivation to work on the ever-growing blog backlogs. 

But I intend to change all of that because I know I shouldn’t be letting myself be bogged down by all the negativity and pull myself together to find my way through these trying times. 

So that is why I decided to work on a blog post segment that I haven’t done for a while, an Unboxing and first impression post. Hopefully, it would inspire me enough to pick up the dusty nippers and find my way back to building Gunplas and plamos again. 

Hopefully? 

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

The Packaging

Although it has been quite a bit since I inspected an RG kit box packaging, I have to admit that this might be one of the thickest RG box packagings that I’ve seen and owned to date. I even went as far as to compare it to the RG Sinanju’s box packaging, which is the thickest RG kit boxes that I have. Funnily I still find that the RG Zeong’s box to be still a lot chunkier than the RG Sinanju’s. 

But the one that I got here is the standard release version. I know that the RG Zeong also comes with the variant that had the Effect parts and a piece of the Final shooting diorama stand. Why is this relevant? Well, that is because its box packaging is stupendously bigger and thicker than the standard version. But even with that said, these two versions do have a box packaging that would take quite a bit of space in your house. 

So yeah, if you’re a box collector just like me, please take note that either version that you get of the RG Zeong will be taking quite a bit of space in your house. 

Although the size of the RG Zeong box is quite impressive, the other bit that we found ourselves quite impressed with is its boxart. Because honestly, we do think that the RG Zeong’s CG artist really managed to illustrate the RG Zeong quite well here. 

Why do we think so, you may ask? 

Well, despite the fact that all the CG artists in charge of this needed to do here just digitally illustrates the final look of the RG Zeong. But the work done on the illustration looked so good and so badass that it would make one not want to stop staring at how badass it looked.

Honestly, just by looking at RG Zeong’s CG art alone was enough to make me excited at the thought of working on it as soon as I can. But that isn’t the only thing that we are impressed by here. We are also impressed by the amount of information and badass shots of the RG Zeong present on the side section of this box packaging. If the front page of the box isn’t enough to sell you the idea of getting this, we feel that going through the side section will.

The side section bit was so carefully curated, and the action bits so awesomely shot we find it insane if one takes a look at this and not want to get one for themselves. That is how good the side section content of the RG Zeong box packaging is. 

But that isn’t the only thing that is interesting about this bit. Because now we get to the unboxing. 

The parts

Again we find ourselves impressed by this RG kit unboxing here. 

Honestly though? Why wouldn’t we’d be?

Because from what we can see here, they did a pretty darn good job with the design of the parts. Every single bit looks insanely detailed, and not to mention, the colors on them all look better than I expected to.  

Even though yes, by now, I shouldn’t be all that surprised to see how RG kits come with insanely detailed bits and well-produced parts, but yet, I have to be honest, it’s hard not to be. 

Because honestly, we can see that for each new iteration of the RG kit, we can slowly see that they steadily improve on the quality of the parts. All of this does make me believe that if Bandai keeps this up, we would see a lot more awesome RG kits coming in the near future! 

I admit that I’m really quite impressed by what I see here. 

Although at the same time, admittedly, that there is something that I’m bothered about here. But first, a confession, ever since I started working on waterslides, I do find myself quite taken by the thought of working on them again. So I admit that I was disappointed that they didn’t include waterslide decals on this RG kit, especially when I feel that this kit would do nicely with one if we were, to be honest. 

But the thing that bothered me the most about the lack of waterslide decals for this RG release is that it makes me feel like Bandai is sending mixed signals to Builders about its difficulty level. It is well known that RG kits tend to be one of the hellish kits to work on, even with the easiest one. It had a lot of small parts, and working on them usually would require to have patience molded from years of Gunpla building experience. So it makes a lot of sense for RG kits to come with waterslide decals instead of a sticker one. Yes, the sticker decals are less of a hassle to work on, of course. But that only makes sense if you gave it to HG kits. But not for a hard-as-nails RG lineup.

But even with that said, I admit that the sticker decals still looked good, design-wise. However, I’m surprised to find that there isn’t a lot of them here. For something that looked this insanely detailed, I thought that it would need to use a lot of decals as well. But it seems like we might be wrong on that. 

I have to say, the more I get into the unboxing, the more I’m getting excited at the thought of building it! 

The Manual

As we finally get to the last bit, the manual, honestly? I do find myself to be a bit disappointed by what I see here. 

Because seeing how badass all the parts looked, I was kind of hoping that this kit had a better-translated lore section. Actually, this is one of the very things that I hoped that Bandai would take the time to improve on since the translated lore present on some of the newer RG kits isn’t fully translated.

But even with that said, I’m still thankful that they decided to add it on because whatever lore that I can consume here about the Zeong is something that I welcome nevertheless.

Plus even though, they haven’t improved the lore bit, at the very least, they did improve the visuals that they used on the building instructions bit of this RG manual. 

Somehow they managed to make the visuals even more crystal-clear for the builders and, as strange as it may sound, cleaner too. But we would admit that it is still too early to tell how the manual would perform overall since we have yet worked on it. But admittedly, it does give us some idea of what to expect.

Unboxing and First Impressions – Final Thoughts

Overall we are impressed by what we see here. Yes, although there are a few things that we wished that Bandai would take the time to improve upon here, however, admittedly, I did have a lot of fun going through its contents still. 

At the same time, we do see a lot of promise here too. I have a strong feeling that this would be one of those RG kits that I will have a lot of fun building.

I really can’t wait to start working on this one! 

With that concludes our Unboxing and First Impression post on the RG 1/144 No.34 MSN-02 Zeong (RG). Since it has been quite a while since I worked on these kinds of posts, it does take quite a bit to complete. Yes, I’m starting to feel a bit rusty, haha. 

But I’m sure that the more I work on them, the more I will get better at it again eventually. Oh, I as well decided to change the format too! What do you guys think of it! It would be interesting to read your thoughts on it so, feel free to comment on the comment section below or in our Facebook and Instagram account, or on the reply section on Reddit. 

Anyways, we will be back again this coming Thursday (hopefully) with a new blog post. So, please do look forward to that! 

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Hopefully, by sharing our love and passion for building and writing about gunplas or other plamos here, we hope that it’ll help to inspire all of here to pick up on the hobby. Or better yet, reignite your love and passion for the hobby.

Anyways, we shall see all of you again soon, and we as well hope that you all here have a splendid day and week ahead! Oh as well, do have an excellent time building your awesome gunplas there and until next time.

Ciao!  


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