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Gundam NT-1 Ver.2.0 1/100 Scale Master Grade

Welcome back, Gunpla fans both old and new!

Today we’re going to be looking at, and unboxing, the Gundam NT-1 Ver.2.0 1/100 Scale Master Grade! This particular Master Grade is in fact a Version 2.0 release of the RX-78NT1 Gundam NT-1 Master Grade which was released back in 1999. What that means is you can expect improved build quality, improved materials being used in production, a better end product, and an overall better kit.

This is, of course, an official Bandai kit modeled on the exceptionally chunky Earth Federation suit that made its iconic appearance in the OVA, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. The kit is in 1/100 in scale and, due to the contents of the box, it comes in at about ¥5200, so roughly $48 or £40 for those of us buying overseas, so it’s not a cheap kit. The ALEX itself seems to be modeled on its War in the Pocket OVA appearance but with a slightly more rounded appearance, with harder edges on the armor plating, where previously you would find some slight curves. These large chunky armor plates and the massive articulated shield lend the ALEX a series sense of scale, and even though it’s only 1/100 scale relative to a 18.5m tall suit, it certainly feels bigger.

The kit comes in a rather massive box, especially for a master grade box. In fact, the box is the same size as a 1/60 scaled V2 Victory Gundam box, but deeper. This extra space is surely to include the extra contents that come in the form of CHOBAM (Ceramics Hybrid Outer-shelled Blow up Act-on Materials) Armour, which is a second layer of armor that the Gundam wears over it’s regular armor plating that has been modeled on a real-world method of protecting battle tanks. It is, however, with some regret that I must inform you that this build won’t be covering the CHOBAM armor, due to unforeseen time limiting factors.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you’re digging into this kit is just how rich the colors are. There are many things I appreciate in a good gunpla kit, but rich colors being used appropriately is one of my favorite things, because there’s nothing worse than seeing an excellent looking suit that’s poorly colored. I’m looking at you, GN-X III A-LAWS TYPE. The ALEX has no such problems, with exceptional color separation across the board.

The standard ALEX build is comprised of 11 runners, most of which can be identified by color, on these runners are all your required armor pieces, but also your accessories.
The ALEX comes with:

  1. 2 x 90mm Gatling Guns – These 90mm Gatling Gun are hidden away inside of the thick armor plating of the ALEX and comprise one of the suits two gimmicks. The armor plating on either arm and slide back, revealing two 90mm Gatling Guns cast in an attractive silver undergated plastic.
  2. 2 x Blash·XB-B-09 Beam Sabers – The basic beam sabers used by the ALEX are Blash pattern beam sabers and have a markedly larger handle than you would typically find and are stored on the back.
  3. 1 x BOWA·Norfolk XBR-L Type-3 Beam Rifle – The BOWA·Norfolk XBR-L Type-3 Beam Rifle is an improved version of the RX-78-2 Gundam’s Beam Rifle, designed to provide the ALEX with enhanced armor penetration.
  4. 1 x Hyper Bazooka – This is the same standard Hyper Bazooka that can be found on most other Gundams.
  5. 1 x RX·C-Sh-05 UBC/S-0003 Shield – This articulated shield has been crafted to fold back upon itself, revealing one of the 90mm Gatling Guns and is the second of two main gimmicks on this kit.

And, of course, for those of you planning a repaint (or just a 1:1 paint scheme in general) here’s your color chart!

To the side there, you’ll notice miniature figures of Bernard Wiseman (pilot of the MS-06FZ Zaku II Kai), Alfred Izuruha, and Christina Mackenzie, pilot of the RX-78NT-1 Gundam “ALEX.” All three miniature figures are included in the kit, which is good for those of you who wanted to have Bernard alongside his Zaku, I’m told that the MS-06FZ Zaku II Kai RE/100 doesn’t actually include a miniature of him.

Come by next time for a full rundown of the finished build and its accessories, plus a look at how it holds up in regards to articulation and general build quality. If there’s anything I missed, feel free to drop a comment down below, and perhaps request a future unboxing and review.

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