HG 1/144 Gundam G40 (Industrial Design Ver.)
Ken Okuyama's RX-78-2 Gundam [G40] offers variety of new features for the Gundam itself! Including wide range of articulation from head to toe, this kit offers new engineering that represent the RX-78-2 Gundam to another definition.
Okuyama is also known for designing some of Ferrari cars including Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari P4/5.THIS PROJECT IS PART OF KEN OKUYAMA X GUNPLA 40TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT.
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At first, i thought this was a cool, if simple, four sprue action figure. I bought it for its box and the unique approach to the engineering, but when I read the included book, I realized I had No Idea how much engineering! The designers generated more data on this little model than they typically do for a full-sized automobile- to the effect that they said they were confident they could now build a 1/1 scale gundam! Gundam Factory Yokohama has competition!
For the 'otaku' R&D alone, I highly recommend this model. The fact that it has a cool box, builds into a sturdy, highly poseable action figure, and carries a modest price tag, makes it even sweeter.
Hearing that G40 seems never gonna reproduce again, I think it’s time to buy it. I finally chose USAGS, which was my first time, because they had a good price!
It just took a little bit more time to arrive since the transit was during the weekend, but when it had arrived, I was totally surprised at the extremely careful packaging! They even encased the box with a thin paper since the title “G40” is gilded. The box also came with lots of inflated bags. By the way, they even gave me a gundam sticker and a card with a handwritten name of the packager! So GREAT and CAREFULLY!
I’m really glad that I have met a group of sellers that really understand our feeling as collectors. (I believe they are collectors too!) It’s really a good experience.
Looked everywhere for this
Everywhere scalpers were selling this at a marked up price. Here, is the only place I found with a reasonable close to MSRP price. The lowest outside of Asia.
The included design book was great to read!
The build is a journey from beginning to end. The nostalgia of building the G40 as my first RX-78-2 model kit was like a dream. Every single part was very meticulously designed and crafted to give it a very solid feel and unlimited points of articulation. The artistic design variations are clean and do not detract from the overall look of the kit even though it isn't exactly the same as the anime.
Personally if I could rate it on a 10 scale, it'd be a 9.5/10 for sure. The reasoning being that the abdominal armor has play for articulation but it does not favor staying in place for action poses. Other than that one gripe I believe it to be a wonderful HG kit. If you are a die hard UC Gundam fan, this is a must have even just for the engineering book.
Glad to know that this was designed purely from an engineering perspective, and interesting to see this approach with the original! Unique, one-of-a-kind, and clean model!
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