Gaijin Gunpla

Bandai will quite often go back and redesign the granddaddy of all Gundam, the RX-78-2. It’s usually the first kit when a new grade or line is launched. It also is redone after some years have passed and new engineering methods allow for a much different type of model. The Revive group, as it’s come to be called, actually started with the Guncannon which seems symbolic considering that is what started the HGUC line off back in 1999. Being so similar this could be a review for the Revive Guncannon kits as well but, for all intents and purposes, for now let’s review another RX-78-2!

Overall Look: 9/10



It’s classic and I have a fondness for the general look of the RX-78-2 overall however for a new model this seems very much subdued or even a little plain. Best example might be the backpack.

Now with Bandai’s know-how we are seeing small models with plenty of details such as panel lines and raised surfaces which really makes them look modern. The Revive RX-78-2 is a throw-back to the old days of Gundam. Get out your marker and draw one panel line.

(I’m exaggerating but you can see my point.)

In a way it’s very similar to how the MG RX-78-2 2.0 looked compared against the Ver Ka and Ver 1.5. I don’t know if you can call it a step back, and many people who prefer this old look will be more than pleased with it, still it was kind of unexpected coming from the model company that can give you this version of an RX-78-2.

Bandai’s emphasis with this kit was on the proportions and the articulation so we’ll get to that.

Colors: 9/10

There’s nothing wrong with these colours, of course, and as much as I complain about the red, white, and blue being everywhere it would be short-sighted of me to go against Gundam Cannon. I feel part of the RX-78-2’s appeal (and MS from later series as well) is this colour scheme. It just works. Maybe I’m spoiled in terms of this colour scheme after the RG and that bigger version.

Weapons: 7/10

G30th version of the RX-78-2 had the Gundam Hammer. C’mon Bandai. Y u no give me Gundam Hammer? Ah yes, those extra weapons were planned for the magazines with bonus parts. That seems to be the way of things these days. You get what the RX-78-2 should have and that’s about it.

Articulation: 10/10

Part of the hype regarding a redo of the RX-78-2 was the improved articulation and that is definitely there most noticeably in the arms.

While many, or at least me, expected the design to be completely new to allow this articulation the truth is quite different. We are used to seeing a very specific type of poly-cap used for the shoulder joint. When that poly-cap is used the arms swing to the front. All Bandai did in this brand new design was change the poly-cap position from towards the front to up. So now instead of the arms moving forwards they move up.

It’s quite simple and not revolutionary, yet it does allow you to do more with the kit.

I now can do this!

He passes the balance test as well.

And, in general, is just much more fun to play with which is very important.

You will find the side skirts inhibiting the range of movement in the hips but it’s not a big deal.

Build Design: 8/10

I don’t think there’s much of a need to detail the build design of this kit because I’ve already mentioned the most important aspect of that in the section above but I’ll say the use of a poly-cap in the middle of the torso does give it a bit more movement which you can use if you need it.

The kit overall holds together just fine and is well balanced but really there’s not much to say about a small HG kit that sells for 1000 yen. It’s actually a pretty great deal when you think about it that way.

Fun Factor: 9/10

Putting this guy together should take only about an hour so I don’t know if you can expect the enjoyment of this to come from assembly but it’s definitely a lot of fun once it’s all together and even more so with an action base. It’s nice to hold in your hand a Gundam that means so much to everyone.

Extras: 6/10

Extra hands? Isn’t that standard? Well, yes it kind of is which is my why of highlighting that there isn’t much in the way of extras in this kit at all. Bandai doesn’t even provide markings stickers. This guy is plain-jane all the way. I guess I could mention the attachment that allows him to wear his bazooka.

The Revive line will serve a good purpose if it gives people the suits they love in an updated newer form but it’s nothing revolutionary. But your favourite MS coming to you again is a good thing, no?

12 Responses so far.

  1. Michael says:

    The “bigger version” link is broken

  2. sablenk87 says:

    No core fighter, that is a drawback

  3. Stephen says:

    The “nailed it” part really nailed it! Kidding aside, what is the major difference between this guy and the former HG RX-78-2?

    • Michael says:

      Articulation. Look up the photos from Tokyo Hobby Show – they had both kits on display as a comparison.

      • Stephen says:

        Aside from that? Thanks for clearing that out. Still deciding in getting the revive version. 🙂

      • Gvn says:

        Not just the articulation, the proportion is really really much better than the older RX-78. It’s worth to get this kit IMHO

  4. John says:

    Is there any way for the shoulder to hinge out now that the polycap was flipped upward?

    • syd says:

      Not really. The ball joint allows some movement but not much. You’ll get to a point where it will pop out instead of go forward.

      • John says:

        Ah okay. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll probably get this kit still seeing as how I love HGs and I still don’t have a 1/144 RX-78-2.

  5. YongKang says:

    I’m considering getting one for my Bday or is it more worth it getting the RG version?

    • Bernard says:

      I think it depends on what you’re more inclined towards. Simplicity, stability and playability on one hand, or details, realism on the other. The RG fulfills the latter category well but they can be rather fragile to handle.

    • Chi-Lun says:

      I second on the fragility of RG kits. Yeah, they may be 1/144 kits but treating as if they are MGs is the way to go. Otherwise, you’re gonna have a hard time building the thing.

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