It's been a good year so far for Gundam Modellers. Bandai's Gunpla 30th Anniversary campaign has seen some stellar releases and now we are being treated to the Extra Finish Version of the Perfect Grade RX-78-2! Molded in a special finish that really gleams under lighting, this Gundam is otherwise identical to the original kit released in 1998 and features an incredible level of INNER detail. Just about everything you could hope for in terms of detail and poseability is here. Even little actuators in some joints slide in and out like hydraulic pistons when you move them (wrists, etc.). What's more, a watch battery (CR1220) lights the eyes in the head, activated by a tiny switch on the back. Other gimmicks include wings on the core fighter which fold automatically when you tuck in the nose for docking. For a true Gundam hobbyist, there's simply no question about whether you should order this! Even if you don't plan on painting or gluing anything, you should prepare yourself for several evenings of snipping, trimming and snapping before your masterpiece is completed. There are, after all, 626 parts on 23 runners which combine to form a model that stands nearly 31cm high and 13cm wide with 66 moving joints and 29 opening hatches. What fun!
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