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Bandai 1/144 HGUC RX-78GP02A (Type-MLRS)

$35.00 USD
Rocket-packed Physalis! HGUC kit blasts onto your shelf with a backpack full of firepower, classic weapons & arcade-inspired design. Snap-fit fun for beginners, capturing the essence of this unique Gundam.
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Key features
  1. Backpack Arsenal: The Physalis boasts the show-stopping Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) strapped to its back, packing a visual punch and offering devastating firepower in its source material. This unique weapon system sets the Physalis apart from other Gundam models.
  2. Playful Posability: While the MLRS limits shoulder movement, the Physalis retains good articulation in other areas, allowing you to pose it in dynamic action stances with its arms, legs, and head. Embrace the Physalis's mobility and unleash its rocket barrage!
  3. Arcade Accuracy: This HGUC kit faithfully captures the Physalis's design from the "MS Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield" arcade game. Pre-colored plastic and included stickers ensure source material accuracy, bringing this unique Gundam to life on your shelf.
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Series Assembly Guide FAQ

Bandai 1/144 HGUC RX-78GP02A (Type-MLRS)

Make no mistake this is a beast!

This release of the GP-02 not only includes the extra missile launchers, but also is cast in a more intimidating shade of gray as opposed to beige. It comes with everything from the original release (except the display stand) as well. You get everything you'd expect from an HGUC release like full articulation thanks to polycapped joints and plenty of accessories, like alternate hand parts, beam saber effect parts, the massive bazooka and shield.

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Assembly Guide

Skill Level.2 Basic modeling skills are required. Parental supervision may be required for younger children. These kits are generally suitable for beginner builders. A basic set of modeling tools are required including nippers, hobby knife, sanding sticks/paper, file, and tweezers. No glue is needed for the general assembly. Parts will need to be removed by using a pair of nippers and cutting the part away from the runner. Parts may require clean-up where they were removed from the runner.

Gunpla (plastic model kits) are a snap together assembly and do not need plastic cement to complete. We always recommend having some plastic cement handy as a part of your modeler's tool kit. If you prefer to fix your model in a particular pose then plastic cement will work. Plastic cement is also perfect to use if a joint is loose. Apply plastic cement in a single thin layer and allow it to dry completely before test fitting. Re-apply more cement if necessary.

Gunpla (plastic model kits) are designed to be built and displayed without the need for painting. Kits are molded in different colours replicating the colours of the actual mecha from the Gundam series. A technique called colour separation, where multiple parts of the model are molded in different colours on the same sprue is also used. Gundam kits often include stickers or water-slide decals that can be applied to the model to enhance its appearance. Some Gunpla kits come with pre-painted parts or parts with pre-applied details, such as metallic or translucent finishes.

Many modelers still choose to paint their kits to customize and add further detail. Painting allows for more creativity and personalization, enabling modelers to achieve unique effects, weathering, and colour schemes that may not be available out of the box. However, the kits are designed to be enjoyable and visually appealing even without painting, making them accessible to a wide range of hobbyists.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the Physalis' most distinctive feature?

Undoubtedly, the backpack-mounted Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) is the Physalis' defining characteristic. This powerful weaponry adds a striking visual element and expands its combat options compared to the standard GP02A. The kit accurately captures the MLRS's bulky form and individual rocket pods.

How's the articulation with that big backpack?

The MLRS backpack does limit the Physalis's shoulder movement compared to other HGUC models. However, the articulation remains decent in other areas, allowing for dynamic poses with its arms, legs, and head. You can still achieve various action stances to showcase the Physalis's firepower and mobility.

Is it a beginner-friendly build?

Yes, like most HGUC kits, the Physalis features snap-fit construction, meaning no glue is required. The pre-colored parts simplify the assembly process, making it suitable for beginners or those looking for a quick and enjoyable build. However, the smaller and more delicate parts might require slightly more attention compared to some other HGUC kits.

How accurate is the Physalis kit to its source material?

The HGUC Physalis faithfully captures the design from its appearance in the "MS Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield" arcade game. The proportions, details, and even the color scheme are well-represented in the kit. Stickers are included for extra markings and accuracy, but the pre-colored plastic provides a good base out of the box.

What weapons does the Physalis come with besides the MLRS?

While the MLRS takes center stage, the Physalis isn't a one-trick pony. The kit also includes: Beam bazooka: A classic Gundam weapon for long-range attacks. Beam saber: The iconic close-combat weapon of any mobile suit. Half front beam shield: Offers partial protection while maintaining the Physalis's imposing silhouette.