How do you improve on perfection? The 1/100 MG MSN-06S Sinanju Ver. Ka kit from 2008 is one of the better, if not the best Gundam model kits ever produced and yet Bandai has gone ahead and put out another version. The 1/100 MG Sinanju has just been released coinciding with the theatrical release of the Gundam UC Episode 6 OVA. So what’s different? What’s new and improved? Is it better, worse, or the same as the previous MG Sinanju? These questions have been asked many times over along with, probably the biggest question, ‘Which one should I buy?’.
In this review I hope to answer some of those questions and give Gunplars out there enough information they can feel confident making their own choice. Because a huge part of this review would be the same as that for the Sinanju Ver Ka I won’t need to go into a lot of detail for some categories so I will refer to previous reviews, but will provide as much as I can in the areas I deem important. After all, they are the same kit molded on the same runners.
The major difference? This:
Instead of ABS we get poly-styrene.
Overall Look: 10/10
See the MG Sinanju Ver Ka Review for my thoughts on this gorgeous creature.
I gave the MG Sinanju Ver Ka a 9 in this category and complained about the yellow, however the OVA gets and extra half a point so what exactly is the difference? Well, the OVA color version is slightly different and you’ll have to take my word on that because I can’t get photographs that will properly show what I’m getting at.
See the difference? Ya, me neither.
[note: I’m not going to indicate which kit is which because I don’t want to color (pun intended) people’s perceptions. Can you tell?]
At the time I and my Gunpla TV co-host Ryan were shooting video for the upcoming Sinanju episode we put the kits side by side and were able to see the oh-so-slight difference in color. Where the Ver Ka has a shiny, plastic look the OVA version is a little flatter which despite being hard to tell from photographs makes this plastic kit look less like a toy. Multiple attempts were taken to try and get photographs to illustrate this, using a variety of angles, zooms, and lighting setups but it wasn’t successful. Oh how I tried.
So you’re going to have to take my word for it or pick it up and see for yourself. (If the general consensus is that they are the same then I will have to think about seeing an eye doctor.)
The Sinanju OVA also comes out ahead of the Ver Ka when it comes to the included waterslide decals for the gold trim.
You can see the OVA (on the left) is darker than that yellowy-gold of those for the Ver Ka. I wasn’t aware beforehand that these would be changed but I noticed the difference immediately upon placing them side by side, it’s that apparent.
The gold trim water slides for the OVA are superior in my opinion and may lead more people to use them as I think right now most Sinanju builders go for the foils. For the record I could detect no difference in the foil stickers. And while we’re on the topic of stickers I guess it’s a good chance to show the difference in the included marking sets.
Sinanju Ver ka.
See the MG Sinanju Ver Ka Review for the review of the Ver Ka’s main weapons. Everything is the same for the OVA but you do get this addition.
The Bazooka. I can see a lot of people getting excited for this. I don’t feel the same amount of elation because I have had the Sinanju Bazooka for a few years now. It is awesome.
[See: MG Sinanju Ver Ka Review.] As it’s the same kit it features the same mount of articulation. And yet…
Build Design: 9/10
[Epic shot is epic!]
I’m going to use this section to write about the biggest difference I found between the two kits and I will have to be very descriptive because this isn’t something I can show in a few images.
The issues I encountered with the OVA are, as to be expected really, exactly the same as those with the Sinanju Stein. Is the poly-styrene frame too light for the Sinanju OVA? That’s hard to say. I’ve weighed both kits and the OVA comes in only 10 grams lighter than the Ver Ka. The issue seems to be the rigidity. The ABS used on the Ver Ka makes the joints stiff. This means it will take more pressure to move a limb or bend a leg but it also means once it’s moved it will stay there. The poly-styrene is much easier to move around but makes the joints looser than that on the Ver Ka. This will affect how the OVA stands.
Here are some comparison shots:
Sinanju Ver Ka
The same? Well, yes. The difference that you don’t see is that it took me longer to get the OVA to stand in such a pose.
Sinanju Ver Ka
Again the OVA can take the same poses as the Ver Ka. And it should given that they are the exact same kit. But again it took me more time to get the OVA in this pose than it did the Ver Ka.
To test the sturdiness of the joints I conducted an experiment. A very expensive, and scientific experiment. I picked the kits up.
Basically, I grasped the kit by the lower leg
And picked it up and when I had it upright off the ground I then slowly rotated my wrist outwards observing how long it took for the weight of the kit to overcome the strength of the knee joint and fall backwards.
Sinanju Ver Ka.
The Sinanju Ver Ka held out for 0.032 seconds longer than the OVA. Of course, I’m being facetious here. I don’t have any times recorded or anything like that. But I can say, that when I picked up the Sinanju Ver Ka it felt like a brick. It was solid the whole way through and I could feel the resistance in the joint as I slowly rotated my hand letting gravity act on the kit. With the OVA as soon as I picked it up the whole kit started shaking and pretty much as soon as I rotated my wrist it gave in and fell backwards. The Sinanju Ver Ka is just more solid and you can feel it.
A second ‘experiment’ consisted of me again picking the kits off the ground but rotating my wrist so that the kit leaned sideways instead of backwards. I then observed the action of the free leg. The Ver Ka leg simply stayed in place.
While the OVA leg succumbed to gravity.
In the big scheme of things this difference means almost nothing as many people will put their kit on a stand, stand it on a shelf, and/or forget about it. But in the long run the Sinanju Ver Ka would ‘outlast’ the OVA. However, one big positive for the poly-styrene frame is, and this is true with the Stein as well, the problem of the torso peg breaking should be pretty much eliminated.
(Note to anyone with both the Ver ka and the Stein; take the unused K1 and K10 parts from the Stein frame runner and use those on your Sinanju Ver Ka and you’ll get the forgiving skirt peg found on the Stein and OVA combined with the joint rigidity of the Ver ka. Winner!)
Fun Factor: 10/10
[See: MG Sinanju Ver Ka Review.] It’s the Sinanju. It’s awesome. And there’s a bazooka.
[See: MG Sinanju Ver Ka Review.] All the goodies of the Ver Ka plus you get a bazooka! But I wonder, can you really call it an ‘extra’ when Bandai is charging you 500 yen more for it. This is the same Bazooka that they included with the recent MG Sinanju Stein but it’s back to using the old handle.
People who have purchased the Sinanju Ver Ka and the Stein won’t need to purchase the OVA Sinanju. For the Bazooka, anyway.
So can I answer the big question; Which one should I buy? Well, not really. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. For example, someone like me who paints his kits might not care that the Ver Ka is more shiny. And someone who is worried about breaking the torso peg might not care that the OVA’s joints are looser. Both kits have their appeal to different types of builders. By highlighting them I hope to help someone who was still undecided about which to pick up.
1/100 MG Sinanju advantages:
*Looks less like a toy.
*Better gold water-slides (if you use them).
*No worries with skirt/torso connection breaking
*Badass box art (if you’re into that kind of thing).
1/100 MG MSN-06S Sinanju Ver. Ka advantages:
*Bandai at one time released official waterslides (not something likely to be said for the OVA).
*Ver Ka manual (if you’re into that kind of thing).
Personal thoughts not related to comparison of the two Sinanju:
Bandai wasted a great opportunity by not giving us the new type hands found on the Nu Gundam Ver Ka and the Sinanju Stein Ver Ka. All they would have needed to do would be to redesign the two parts that make up the wrist frame and then add a little new-type handle, with tab, for the rifle. This would have worked much better on the Sinanju OVA than it did on the Stein and its massive rifle and given people much more reason to pick up the OVA even after building the Ver Ka.
So it’s up to you. As one of the best Gundam Model kits ever you can’t go wrong with either one. I hope I’ve helped people to make an informed decision. Good luck whichever path you take.