MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. Ka


The RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. Ka is the original Gundam cleaned up and redesigned a little by none other than Hajime Katoki. His redesigns of other Gundams are great and usually turns out better looking than the original and this one is no exception. This is my first Ver. Ka and RX-78-2 Gundam model.

The number of runners and pieces in this kit is nothing to be astonished about. There’s a total of ten runners (yes, including the PC runner and beam saber runner) so this is actually a MG with fewer parts than average… but then again, this IS the RX-78-2 Gundam we’re talking about so it’s expected. This model includes the biggest sheet of decal and clear sticker I’ve ever seen included in any model so that’s something noteworthy I guess.

This is one of the easiest Gundam models to construct… simply because there’s no gimmicks in and of its own design to add more pieces to the construction. Every part is simple; snap on inner frame parts then snap on armor and done! No surprises, no confusions and no zigzag lines to follow all over the page. If you’ve built multiple MG before then this kit would almost feel like a complicated HG model. No joke. Straight build can be done in about two hours or less. Putting on the red clear stickers and decals (famous in Ver. Ka stuff) is probably a lot harder task and more time consuming than constructing the model itself. I could care less for the core block system but it’s there.

As with the HG-ish construction, the ability to pose with this model is also HG-ish… older HG-ish. The foot doesn’t bend (it’s flat), the knees aren’t super flexible, the legs can only be linear (can’t twist it sideways), there’s absolutely nothing special about the arms nor the shoulders (it doesn’t even allow for front/back motion). Basically, this model is a MG-style HG model of the RX-78-2 Gundam to me. To put it in a nicer way, this is like the model version of the GFF.  The best it can possibly do is stand… like a Fix Figuration. Action poses can only go as far as the basic range of motion allows. Dedicated hands are included for holding the beam rifle and close fist while the regular one can be used to hold the beam saber. Also, don’t expect it to hold its bazooka properly.

This model looks great like a GFF and posing shouldn’t be an issue if you’re just going to have it stand. The design looks more aesthetically pleasing than the Ver 1.5 and original RX-78-2 MG for sure to say something positive about this kit. I’ll be looking forward to the OYW model now though.

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10 thoughts on “MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. Ka

  1. the ver. ka is also my fav RX-78 variant in terms of design. too bad the movements are limited. btw, the bandai sticker on the shield looks out of place :p

  2. I really want a RX-78-2 as it is a simple Gundam and I am fond of simple things, not complicated stuff like the Strike Freedom or the Destiny. Anyway, it looks nice and sturdy, and it doesn’t have a huge, backheavy backpack to bring it down, so I might go for it if I don’t get the Unicorn Ver.Ka first. xD

  3. So would you claim the GFF counterparts of the RX-78-2 Ver. Ka are sturdier, including the one with the frame? If so, would you say the same about comparing Wing Gundam’s MG and GFF? How about when comparing RX-78-2 MGs you’ve done (which is at least two, going on three at the moment)? What about comparing the sturdiness to other models you’ve done? I’m sure it can’t be as bad as the two HG 1/144 EW models I got and built.

  4. this was one of the more disappointing kits that I’ve purchased. I guess the neatness & freshness of the packaging got to me.

    this kit literally just looks good standing. even the RX-78-2 v.1.5 has more articulation that the ver. Ka.

  5. sigh… i bought it because i thought the sale would be over soon/stock would be depleted. i should have waited a bit longer/researched and i would have gotten the OYW instead + the char. but, for now, this is sitting as a WIP along with my char zaku 2.0

    i wanted a nice ‘rival kits posed on my shelf’ look -_-

    so for now, i guess only char will do the posing.

    …why didn’t i read this article before i bought it.

  6. Hi, I found your site to be one of the cooler Gunpla sites. I just got my MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. Ka today and was wondering if you remembed how long the translucent cables in the should be? thank You either way.

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