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.