Wednesday, 17 April 2013

HG vs RG vs MG, In Numbers.

Source: A Scanned Supplementary Booklet Found In RG Char's Zaku II

In conjunction with Gunpla's 30th anniversary, the RG or Real Grade Gunpla kits were first released in 2010, beginning with the revered Gundam RX 78-2 and Char's Zaku II. The price tag of ¥2,500 or S$52.90 at local retailers (with the current exception of the Zeta Gundam which cost more) first appeared hefty among us at Yunoorder. Why, we asked ourselves, would we pay a price that could land us a Master Grade, which at a scale of 1/100, would stand taller than Real Grade's 1/144?

When one of us shipped over our first RG (which by then, was Bandai's 5th iteration of this new line), the Freedom Gundam, we found the answer.

Now, none of us here has ever touched the top-of-the-line Perfect Grade, but nonetheless, we reserve the right to be blown away by the sheer minute details and the large part counts of what the RG offered. Though as great as we believe the RG to be, it has one issue - the decals. Unlike the MG which offers dry transfer decals or even water slide decals (we prefer the latter actually) alongside the normal adhesive decals, the RG only offers the normal adhesive ones (or in a word, stickers). If you do not intend to topcoat the finished RG in anyway, you might have a problem. Over excessive handling or time, the stickers may lose the adhesiveness and well, things will turn unsightly, especially if the stickers involves application at odd angles or edges.

Anyway, we do not want to spend too much time debating on what each grade offers and if things are to be quantified.... There you go - a portion of a promotional, or in our view, educational booklet enclosed in our RG Char's Zaku II (which in our opinion, was a cursed build, but that is another story for another day). Anyway, Bandai provided a simple and quantified comparison of the 3 grades, and using Google's translation service, we have reproduced it digitally for your viewing. As with all direct translations, the accuracy may be off.

Source: A Scanned Supplementary Booklet Found In RG Char's Zaku II

HG (High Grade)
RG (Real Grade)
MG (Master Grade)
Total Number of Parts
Exterior Parts
Movable Parts
Movable Parts (Including Fingers or hands?)