I’ve followed this hobby for 21 years now. I’ve seen my share of new release hype. Japanese magazine kit reviews, prototype pics and builds. Failed and forgotten kit lines. Canceled kits. I love the hobby, even though I can’t enjoy it as I once used to. That said, there are 2 things that really annoy me about modern day kits.
The first is consistency. This really bugs me about Gundam kits the most. It sucks to buy several kits of a series you like and they don’t all match. They look very different or have a different styling. For example the MG 1/100 Zaku II 2.0 and the MG 1/100 Gelgoog 2.0 don’t match the rest of the Master Grade 2.0 0079 kits (Gouf 2.0, Gundam 2.0, etc). Or how the HG 1/144 Ground GM/Gundam don’t match well with the Ez8, which is surprising since Bandai shamelessly reuses molds. Or even how they always switch up the elbow joints. I understand that there are many designers working for Bandai, but I just can’t help but feel really annoyed by the difference (or lack of consistency) in the look of kits. Don’t even get me started on the MG GM Commands! Lack of consistency is what always made me stay away from MG’s until a few years ago.
The second thing that annoys me involves the new polycap system for HG kits. I just hate the polycaps on the torso that the arms connect to. Every new HG has them, at least some of the older HG’s had a more unique joint/part and more range of motion in that area. Not much to it other than that and I do understand why Bandai switched to the new system.
So what annoys you about modern day kits?