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RGM-79 GM Mobile Suit Rundown

Welcome Gunpla fans, both old and new!

Today we’re following up on our unboxing of the RGM-79 GM Mobile Suit 1/144 Scale High Grade by having a look at how the kit looks when it’s built and lightly detailed straight out of the box. What that means in the context of this rundown is that the kit has been assembled, armed, and decorated using components only found in the box but also given some minimal panel lining and accent detailing to draw out the details that would otherwise be lost in pictures due to the flat and blue-white coloration of the armor plating. There will be no third party applications, weapons or adornments found in other kits, no painting, and minimal nub removal.

The reasoning behind this is that we wish to present the kit to you in as plain a fashion as possible so that we can avoid potentially misrepresenting it. There is only one color correcting sticker in this kit (hurrah!) which is used for the black armored access hatch on the chest that would house the pilot.

It bears repeating, as I’ve mentioned it before, that I love old school aesthetics at work. You know that old look that was supposed to look futuristic but was clearly rooted in design philosophies of the time? Well it’s 100% my jam, and the RGM-79 GM is the old mecha aesthetic at work, I mean just look at this chubby little war machine, it’s adorable, packed with personality and it wouldn’t be able to move at all. Thankfully, all of that personality and blockiness has been retained, but the GM itself has limbered up a little bit thanks to some spacing between the arms and legs.

It’s an extraordinarily plain kit by design. The RGM-79 GM has little in the way of what you would call surface detail, so some alterations have been made to the kit itself to make it just a tiny little bit more appealing. A 1:1 canon kit, this is not. The kit has some small indentations on the knee armor and the waist armor which can be panel lined with an accent wash of your choosing to break up the otherwise pure blue-white plastic. However if you want a real 1:1 GM, or at least as close to 1:1 as possible, you’ll want to check out the 1982 RGM-79 GM 1/100 scale. That is one chunky robot. I actually have one knocking around, so drop a comment below if it’s something you would like to see in the future!

The general range of motion for the RGM-79 GM is about what you would expect given that it’s a kit from the early 2000’s. It’s limited in both articulation and the general range of motion that it has due to both the older method of polycap joint construction and that huge chunk of waist armor (sometimes called the GM diaper) that severely limits the leg motion.

The elbow isn’t double jointed, so you’re going to get a solid 90° bend there at best and straining it for more will just damage the plastic and the polycap resulting in a loose joint. As mentioned above, the implementation of polycaps was a bit over the top on older kits, and it has lessened in recent years as more innovative joint and connection solutions have been developed. In this kit, the elbow, wrist, and shield mount are three polycaps stuffed into the arm, whereas the entire knee section is a single polycap per kneecap. It makes for a less than exceptional joint that will get just over 90°.

Despite the objective flaws (by modern kit standards) in the design of the arm and leg joints, the RGM-79 GM does have a pretty great waist that, when pulled up slightly, gets a nice side to side abdominal crunch that is absent on even modern kits. And that, if anything, is commendable. You wont get a large range of motion from the head, the gap between neck and chin is simply too small, and so you’ll need to settle for basic side to side glances.

It’s old, it’s a bit janky and the construction is outdated, but surprisingly, this little guy hasn’t aged quite as badly as I thought it would. Unlike some other kits that lean into polycap joints (like the abysmal old HG Heavy Arms), the RGM-79 GM comes out surprisingly posable despite the limitations of its build, and thanks to the chunky design and bright colors, it feels all the better for it. Seeing as how you can get one of them for the cost of a good coffee, I can honestly say that I would recommend this 18 year old slice of nostalgia.