Ah, the Hi-Nu Gundam. If you told any of us 5 years ago that Hi-Nu would have not one, but TWO plastic kits, we’d think you were crazy. Well, the Master Grade came out in 2007 to mixed reactions. The design was changed by Yutaka Izubuchi, the original designer, to streamline the design further. Some people loved it, others hated it. Personally, I really liked it. It captures the essence of the design while updating it to fit in with the rest of the Char’s Counterattack suits.
The HGUC kit came out two years later, using the same basic design. So does the kit measure up to what we all hoped and dreamed for it to be? Let’s take a look.
The boxart is very nice and striking, a lot more “dynamic” than its Master Grade counterpart. It really stands out and won’t go unnoticed on any store shelf.
Assembling this kit is surprisingly fun, thanks to the color ratio. It doesn’t have many “right half/left half” parts so seems go virtually unnoticed, making glue less necessary than you’d think. The kit comes equipped with the expected accessory loadout of bazooka, shield, beam rifle, and two beam sabers, with clear blades for one of them. Continue reading