|The RX-78-2 [Beyond Global] HG 1/144|
Last year I was reintroduced to the Gunpla hobby, partially due to discovering the Cutting Mat podcast. As a result, I ended up building a few Bandai plastic kits, including a Gouf and a Zaku II from the Gundam Universal Century, and Eva Unit 01 from Neon Genesis Evangelion. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Gunpla, Bandai created a redesign of the original RX-78-2 Gundam, deemed the [Beyond Global], in their HG 1/144 scale. The model was intended to show how far Bandai has come since 1980 with their injection molding technology. For less than $25, it seemed like a great kit to build and see what Bandai could achieve for such a low price point!
|Even without panel lining, the model looks excellent, with good coloration and thoughtful placement of mold lines, which get covered during assembly.|
|Even without glue, the model goes together securely, maintaining stability and rigidity even after extensive posing.|
|The RX-78-2 is small and sleek next to the hulking Imperial Knight.|
|In the same scale, the RG Sazabi is massive next to the RX-78-2.|
|Another image of an Imperial Knight beside the RX-78-2.|
For such a low price point, the RX-78-2 [Beyond Global] was wonderful to build, impressing me with its simple construction, while maintaining a high level of detail and stable posing. I was particularly impressed with the degree of color separation on the kit, with each section of the model being a layered series of different colored parts, to build a fully colored whole. It is refreshing to be able to build a model that looks presentable without the need of painting or even extensive cleaning of mold lines. The model also has an impressive amount of articulation, despite being a part of their HG line of models. If you have not assembled a Bandai Gunpla kit, I would highly recommend the RX-78-2 [Beyond Global], if only to give you an idea of how much plastic molding technology has improved over the years, and how differently Games Workshop approaches making plastic models than Bandai.
- Eric Wier