Unboxing and First Impressions HG 1/144 MS-06K Zaku Half Cannon (HGOriginsMSD)

One and a half cannon

After unboxing a lot of MG’s and RG’s recently, I figured I needed to unbox something a tad bit different. So that was one of the driving reasons I decided to unbox the RE100 Zaku FZ. But still, it left me wanting, still not happy enough. So as I was looking for a new kit to unbox on the backlog, I came across a few kits, but it was the HGOriginsMSD Zaku Half Cannon I decided to settle on. 

Honestly, even before I decided to settle with the HGOriginsMSD Zaku Half Cannon, I admit that I have been aiming to unbox this for some time. I was interested to see what is inside and possibly start planning to work on it, but I do admit I kept finding myself distracted with new badass RG’s and MG’s releases. 

So, after much deliberation, I decided on this one. A smaller scaled project that I imagined to be one that I will have a lot of fun with here. Well, that is as soon as I get to it, eventually. 

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

The Packaging

The one thing I LOVE about the HGOrigins boxarts is that they are really good at creating action scenes for the featured MS. 

The artwork for most of the HGOrigins is so good that they even managed to make the ugly early Zeon MS look badass. Honestly, that is a feat that we find to be quite impressive. 

So we are not surprised that they managed to pull it off with the HGOriginsMSD Zaku Half Cannon boxart artwork here. But the one thing I noticed here from the art is that it wasn’t full of background explosions like most HGOrigins boxarts, but at the same time, we managed to get a vague idea of how dire the situation of both of the Zaku Half Cannon is from looking at the artwork. Plus, you get an idea of how badass these two must be to be still in combat unscathed while everything is going to shit all around them. 

We also like that from looking at the artwork, they placed both variants of the Zaku Half Cannon on the same boxart, inadvertently indicating that you can create two versions of the Zaku Half Cannon with this kit. Without even going to the side section of the packaging to see if you can do so. 

I’m really quite impressed with the artwork alone because it is clear to me that they managed to do a lot with less. 

Honestly, just looking at the artwork alone, I can understand why it’s so hard to find HGOrigns Zaku Half Cannon in stores everywhere after its release. I can definitely imagine people falling in love with this kit as soon as they laid their eyes on the HGOrigins Zaku Half Cannon’s boxart.

But in case you’re not convinced enough by just looking through its badass art, the side section of the HGOrigins Zaku Half Cannon turns out to be as fascinating as the art.  

The fascinating bit about the HGOrigins Zaku Half Cannon’s box packaging’s side section is that when I compared this to its other HGOrigins Zaku variants. Bandai didn’t cram too much info on them. 

They kept it short and sweet and still filled with relevant information for the potential buyers.

That is good because since this kit comes with the same HGOrigins Zaku base, I don’t expect it to be any different than any other HGOrigins Zakus. Bandai understands that some of us just wanted to see what the new bits this variant of the HGOrigins Zaku comes with here.

The other thing I liked about the side section is that they managed to cram in somewhat elaborate lore. 

The Parts

Yes, even though I was quite taken by what I saw on the box, I was actually more looking forward to seeing its insides the most.  

And honestly, I wasn’t disappointed by what I saw inside this box! 

The insane level of detail and how well all the parts are colored left me completely mesmerized. Not to mention, I was also blown away by the quality of some of the HGOrigins Zaku Half Cannon’s molds because it is clear they did a damn good job in making sure the quality and detail are consistent all around. 

Don’t believe me? Just look at all the pictures here and see what I mean here. 

Impressive work from Bandai, right?

I know that the HGOirignsMSD Zaku Half Cannon inherited some of its parts from earlier HGOrigins Zaku releases. But one cannot deny that the level of quality that we see on the inherited bits is also translated well to the new bits made for this HGOrigins Zaku variant. 

Honestly, I’m really getting quite excited to start work on this kit the more I stare at how awesome the parts look. 

The Manual

Like the rest of my experience with this kit, the manual part is a joy to go through. The abundance of lore and the easy-to-understand building instructions make this manual fun to skim through for the first time. 

Admittedly, Bandai copy-pasted most of the lore we read here from the HGOrigins Zaku Half Cannon’s box packaging. But they compensated for it by adding more information on the weapons and types of equipment on the back of the manual. 

Honestly? I’d go as far as to say that the amount of lore you get here is as detailed or better than what you get with your standard RG kit. 

I know from reading my earlier statement that it’s a bit weird to claim that the manual comes with easy-to-understand building instructions when I haven’t even started working on the kit. 

But that is what I experienced when going through the manual for the first time. I can already visualize how to build the kit by just looking at the visuals. 

Again it is a testament to how Bandai is really getting a lot better in the overall design of the HG manuals, especially on the HGOrigins kits. 

Again I can’t yet give the final say on the manual since I still need to build the kit before I can really tell you guys my final opinions on this, but from what I have experienced so far, I can say that the manual looks really helpful and informative. 

Unboxing and First Impressions – Final Thoughts.

Overall I find this unboxing one of the most promising and fun ones I’ve done to date. Usually, I would have some reservations about the kits I unboxed, but this? I don’t. 

Unboxing this reminds me of my excitement during the RG Zeong and the RG Hi-v unboxing. Yes, they are still quite far behind from actually being worked on, but I admit this is one of the four unbuilt kits I look forward to starting work on for the blog! 

Hopefully, this will be as good to work on as it is to look at here! 

That concludes our Unboxing and First Impression post on the HG 1/144 MS-06K Zaku Half Cannon (HGOriginsMSD). Admittedly, I’m happy that I decided to unbox this kit. After Unboxing the RE100 Zaku FZ, I admit it is refreshing to unbox another HGOrigins kit, especially one that looks this badass! 

Again I apologize for the lack of content recently. I had to scrap one of the other Unboxing posts I was working on because I wasn’t happy with how it turned out. And no, this isn’t the kit I was working on for this week’s Unboxing post. I was working on a different kit’s unboxing before I decided to redo the entire Unboxing blog post at the very last minute.

So that is why there is a lack of new content on Thursday.

Anyways, we’ll be back again next week (hopefully) with a new blog post. So, please do look forward to that! 

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