We might as well do it ourselves.
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In today’s 378th edition of our Let’s Talk Gunpla segment, we will be taking the time to look at P-Bandai’s latest release announcement! Yes, we are aware that P-Bandai announced two kits this time, but instead of talking about both of them in this segment, we will focus on one of them at a time.
Of course, we will be focusing on the one that we think matters most, the only Zeek suit that matters, the Doan one.
So, without further ado. Let us get into it, shall we?
HG 1/144 MS-06F Zaku II (Doan’s Custom)(HGUC)
Release Date: July 2022
Estimated price: JPY 2,200 (MYR RM 74.06* / USD $ 17.12* / EUR € 15.81*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
When we saw the teaser, we all thought that P-Bandai would do something different with this ‘Origins’ Zaku II and give the kit the ultimate HG Origins/HGUC treatment by designing a proper inner frame for the battle damaged parts.
I mean, since they are selling it as a limited edition kit, it makes a lot of sense if they give it the ultimate treatment, right?
But no, lest we forget that this is P-Bandai. So they didn’t do that. They went and gave it the cheap treatment instead.
First, they rebadged most of the HG Origins parts into HGUC, so there isn’t anything particularly new or that interesting for me to say about most of them. And secondly? The battle-scarred bits that you see in the HGUC Doan Zaku II, you’ll need to paint it yourself. Admittedly, we sincerely believe that the (painted) battle-scarred parts of the HGUC Doan’s Zaku II look good in the promotional materials, but what’s the point if they molded the battle scars into the section?
Why does this bother us? Well, that is because no amount of badass paintwork will fix the fact that the ‘battle-scar’ will look like it’s a part of the part. We might as well just DIY it ourselves by getting a standard HG Origins Zaku II, carve the bits, modify some bits here and there, slap on some pla plates, and paint it. At least then, it’ll look like the part looked properly battle damaged and worn out.
Yes, it’ll take more work to get done, but what is the difference when you need to put in almost the same amount of hard work on the P-Bandai HGUC Doan’s Zaku II?
Admittedly, looking at the asking price for this HGUC kit, we understand why they put in very minimal effort here. Because we imagine that if they were to put in that amount of work, P-Bandai wouldn’t be pricing it at JPY 2,200.
But we do not mind paying more if that means they put more work into making it worthwhile for us all. We are sure that most Gunpla Builders wouldn’t mind forking out more for all the extra work P-Bandai put into this.
Despite our reservations, we admit that (except for the unpainted battle scars), the rest of the HGUC Doan’s Zaku II looked pretty good. We love the goofy head design and the original TV anime backpack unit. Somehow it looked at home on the HGUC Origins Doan’s Zaku II.
We are also huge fans of the waterslide decals that the HGUC Doan’s Zaku II gets. The custom decals looked absolutely fantastic, and it fits in well with the overall look of the battle-scarred HGUC Doan’s Zaku II.
Honestly, we like that the MS designers decided to take cues from the original TV anime quirks and put them into the modern retelling of this Cucuruz Doan Island arc.
But we wonder if they are going with this now, will they eventually make this somewhere down the line?
But even with that said, we can imagine that most of us here will be skipping on this one up. Because honestly, if we have to put a lot more work into this, we might as well just DIY the whole thing ourselves.
At least then we don’t have to fight with the bots on the P-Bandai Shopee page.
And that concludes our 379th edition of the Let’s Talk Gunpla segment for today. Yes, today is a long one. That is one of the reasons why we decided to do two blog posts covering the two new P-Bandai releases, especially considering that we have strong opinions on this one.
Anyways, we’ll be back again this coming Saturday (hopefully) with a new blog post. So, please do look forward to that!
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