This July, Bandai celebrate 35 years of selling 'Gunpla' - plastic model kits of the mechs from the long running Mobile Suit Gundam franchises. They're doing so in style too, with this ultra-fancy new version of the Gundam model that started it all.
The first ever Gundam Model Kit, a 1/144 scale rendition of Amuro Ray's RX-78-2 Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam went on sale in Japan in July 1980 - check out a picture of it below via Gigazine, in comparison with the new kit:
As you can see, a lot has changed over the 35 years Bandai have been making the kits - as one of the most iconic Gundam in the franchise's history the RX has been a mainstay in the line, this latest version just one of many, many iterations of the character. But it's certainly a great looking model.
The wonderfully titled HGUC 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam REVIVE Ver. is based on a 2001 version of the kit, upgraded with better detailing and much better articulation, letting you pose the mech to your hearts content in a variety of poses ripped straight from the anime.
Thankfully, despite 35 years of models, prices rises haven't gone up all that much despite the massive leaps in detail and articulation - while Bandai's first incarnation of the RX-78-2 only cost 300 yen (about $3.20), this new version will set you back 1,000 yen (around $8.40) when it releases in a few months.
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