In conjunction with Bandai’s newest Gundam series, Gundam Breaker Battlogue, Bandai has released an “Entry Grade” RX-78-2 (US) Gundam (American Type) in 1/144th scale.
We all know about Perfect Grade, Master Grade and other “Hi Grade” kits, but what makes this different is that it is a kit aimed at novices or first time builders, and it is being sold exclusively at Target stores (it even has a Target logo on the box). I went to the Target store nearest me to see if I could actually find one and they were sold out, but the cute little salesgirl who waited on me was able to order me one, have it sent straight to my house and I didn’t even have to pay postage on it! The price: A whopping $10.90!
I am BLOWN AWAY by the fact that I can now go to a major American brand-name superstore near me (like Target) and get a Gundam model kit for less than eleven dollars! And I can do it WITHOUT getting funny looks from people who don’t have a glue what i’m talking about!
Anyway, the kit itself is just a re-issue of the standard Bandai kit that’s been around forever, only made “simpler” by reducing the number of parts necessary to build it (one or two parts as opposed to a dozen), and can be put together by a total newbie in about 20 minutes. The instruction sheet is a single page foldout in black and white on one side and full color on the other, and there is a grand total of 5 “stickers” to put on it, two of which, the RX 78 logo on the right shoulder, are two different optional versions of the same marking (a cute touch).
Overall, I am very pleased with this kit, but I am especially happy to see it in American stores for such an incredibly low price. A recommended buy.*
*I esp. wanted to buy this to support an American company in this time of economic hardship, and to demonstrate to Target and Bandai that there is a market for kits such as these.