|The Gundam that started it all!|
*Ahem* Hmmm. Alright, let's get to the unboxing. But, first, let's take a look at the box.
Jump past the break for the full unboxing and review details!
|The first Gundam that gets to be reviewed by me!|
The Entry Grade series is somewhat similar to non-graded Gunpla Kits (usually referred to as "No Grade" Kits, as far as I know) in that it has limited articulation and considerably less detail when compared to High Grade [HG] and Master Grade [MG] Kits. However, these kits are more inferior to No Grade Kits. But, we'll get into that in just a moment.
|It costs around ₱230. Very Cheap.|
|Other kits from the Entry Grade kit series.|
From left to right, we have:
1. GN-0000 00 Gundam
2. GN-001 Gundam Exia
3. RX-78-2 Gundam
4. GAT-X105 Strike Gundam
Take note that the kits pictured here were already painted. Usually, when you assemble Gundam Model Kits right out of the box, they won't have any paint, which is also the case for Entry Grade Kits.
|Right Side Cover|
|OOB pictures and Gundam informations.|
|Gundam series information.|
|A few warning notes.|
Ok. That's enough of the box. Let's take a look inside.
|Runner A3: 6 Parts ("Separator" Included)|
|Runner B3: 4 Parts|
|Runner C3-1: 12 Parts|
|Runner C3-2: 5 Parts|
|Some advertising stuff about the other line of kits.|
|Some survey questions at the back.|
It's finally time to assemble the Gunpla!
But, wait a minute... Where the hell is the Construction Manual?! Well...
Ok. First, remove the parts from their runners.
|Parts are now separated from the runners.|
|The "Separator". Again.|
Then, piece the parts together!
After that, it's time for the actual review!
I must say that, even though this kit is quite limited, it looks better than what I thought before assembling it. First off, here are a few OOB pictures:
|Generic "watchya lookin' at?" pose.|
|Locked on target.|
Now, let's check the overall features of the Model Kit. I think it would be best for me to just post the pictures so you can see them. I'll just put some captions here and there.
|The inside part of the arm is hollow and the arm (elbow) doesn't bend, too.|
|There are peg holes on both arms for the shield.|
|Arms can only spread this much sideways.|
|The inner part of the thighs are hollow as well, similar to the arm.|
|The knees doesn't bend, just like the elbows. But there are a lot of panel lining opportunities here.|
|Legs can only spread this far out sideways.|
|Legs can go forward and back only this much.|
|Ball joint in the leg parts (ankles) connect to the feet.|
|A lot of painting is required to make the colors match the original's. Like the thrusters here that are supposed to be grey and the square parts on the skirt armor that should be yellow.|
And now, for some final thoughts..
I guess I really underestimated this kit because of its price. Took me around 2 hours to build this kit, by the way. I thought it was going to be easy since the kit is only 1:144 and only had a few parts. I don't know if I just have big hands but, apparently, what made it hard for me to assemble the kit was due to the fact that it was small and difficult to hold. I found it hard to remove the nub marks when I was separating the parts from the runners. Or maybe I'm not just used to it yet, since this is basically the first time that I used a side cutter and a hobby knife. Back then I just ripped the parts right out of their runners.
Overall, this is kit is alright. The articulation might be very limited, but the detail on its parts are better than a No Grade kit and is almost reaching High Grade quality (surprisingly). But you just need to paint most of the parts to make the kit match the original colors of the Gundam that it's based on, which is a bummer for fans that don't really know how to paint well.
|We all know this pose, right? I you don't, you should probably watch "Mobile Suit Gundam".|
Thank you for reading my first Gunpla review EVER! ...and I'll see you on the next post!