The very first kit from Real Grade line, the Real Grade RX-78-2 Gundam. This kit was release to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Gundam, Bandai put a lot of new feature and gimmick on this new line such as the color separation where the white color have three types of white, the blue color have two types of blue which is the baby blue and gundam blue, and the last one is the two types of red color, this kit have a really lots of small parts to bring up the details.
Even this kit is 1/144 scale, it have an inner frame just like the larger scale but the inner frame come with a pre-assembled on the runner and the runner contains arms and hands inner frame, upper body inner frame, waist inner frame (yes, even the waist got the inner frame), legs and feet inner frame. This frame called Advanced MS Joint is the one that makes this kit comes with a great articulation, this kit fingers have it own joint just like the Perfect Grade one but with index finger and thumb separated and the other three fingers attached to each other.
Other feature is a very detailed decal stickers, it is so much and so small that i got dizzy when stick them on the kit, but the decal really realistic you can even read the letters. And there’s a sliding armor gimmick on the front thigh armor, it slides when the legs bend.
Real Grade RX-78-2 Gundam comes with Beam Rifle, Hyper Bazooka, Shield, and a really anime like Beam for Beam Saber, oh…and Core Fighter too, it is so small and can be attached to the Gundam as the mobile suit cockpit.
For the articulation, i think i don’t have to explain anything it is so advanced because it use inner frame and parts separation make it easy to posed. note that i think this kit can’t stands really good, it swinging back and forth if i touch it not like the High Grade one that stands really great, and other thing is the joints feel a little bit loose even when i first finish this kit and i snap out the “hydraulic” sliding armor from its joint, but not a big deal.
The panel lines of course is a great one and you don’t need to add any color because it is already comes with great and precision coloring (even the head vulcan is in yellow and the head vent in black).
Overall, this Real Grade RX-78-2 Gundam kits really is an Excitement Embodied because i feel enjoy, graceful and newbie again by building this kit. Great work and a great achievement from Bandai, because this kit still presenting the RX-78-2 classiness with its modern and realistic design.