Kit Name: MG RX-78-2 Gundam Mechanical Smoked Clear Ver.
Kit Price: -
Kit Status: Released, December 2009
Availability: Rare, Limited Edition
To start it all off, this kit is basically virtually identical to the MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. 2.0, the only difference being that this kit’s runners is molded in smoked clear and is a Limited Edition release. A similar version of this kit would be Bandai Pro Shop’s RX-78-2 Gundam Mechanical Clear Version.
The kit shown above is the MG RX-78-2 Gundam Mechanical Clear Ver. which is the kit which the Mechanical Smoke Clear Ver. is derived from. As usual, only difference are the runners which are molded in a different kind of clear and the box art. Personally, I like the Smoked Clear better than the standard Clear and the box art for the Smoked Clear looks better too. The similarities are, they are both Bandai Pro Shop releases and both are Limted Edition releases. Weirdly, the Mechanical Clear Ver. has a price tag but, the Mechanical Smoke Ver. doesn’t.
In terms of box size, it is exactly identical to the MG Zaku II Char’s Custom. As you can see from above, a direct comparison of size and they’re both the same.
As you can see, even the manual is 100% identical to MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver 2.0′s. Though it does come with an additional manual on “How to build Mechanical Smoked Clear Ver.”
The manual pretty much just explains the order of the new decals and which parts to use and not to use. No surprise to know that this manual is nearly 100% identical to the standard Mechanical Clear Ver.
Haih, if only I had a scanner.
This kit comes with an extra set of decals for the frame which looks to be the up and coming trend for decals. Personally, I fully support it as it is really nice way to highlight the Gunpla’s inner frame and hydraulics. Though, I really don’t see why one can’t just paint it there even for a marker user it should be no problem.
Pretty impressive decals.
As you can see behind it is a glimpse of the awesome Smoked Clear Runners which look absolutely great.
The kit also comes with Ver 2.0′s decals.
Then there’s also the standard runners which are either molded in,
The parts are also molded in two kinds of clear,
In keeping with the theme, Bandai also decided to make the beam sabers clear.
Another interesting thing with this kit as I have already stated out is there is no price for it and it depends entirely on the seller. I got mine for 4500 Yen which is not too bad.
See the numbers on top of the bar code? There is suppose to be 3 sequence of numbers with the 3rd sequence being the price in Yen. For example, if this kit did have a price the numbers would be like 645075 – 2090285 – XXXX. Pretty cool huh? I just found out recently though you can’t always rely on that to be the selling price as some kit’s price go up for certain factors (eg. rarity).
Yup, websites. Before I forget, all the description on the box is written in English as compared to other MGs which are in Japanese (Mechanical Clear Ver. included). No surprise, considering it was released in Anime Fetival Asia (AFA) 2009 in Singapore.
Conclusion? This kit is great, period. I for one already have a MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. Ka but that didn’t stop me from wanting this kit. As it is, the standard Ver 2.0 MG already gets 107 points from Dalong.net top that off with smoked clear and you get one hck of an awesome kit. Get this, get it now!