You read that right. As 2020 turned out to be one of the worst in recent years, I think it’s only fitting to build the HG G-Saviour as my penultimate kit for the year. And not because the kit is the worst, there are a lot of newer ones that deserve that title more. But we all know how G-Saviour turned out and infamously earned its place in Gundam history.
To those unfamiliar (and I completely understand why), G-Saviour was part of Sunrise’s Gundam Big Bang Project that celebrated the franchise’s 20th anniversary back in 1999. The project included both Turn-A Gundam, which was Yoshiyuki Tomino’s return to the franchise, and G-Saviour, a live-action movie meant to move the Universal Century story further beyond 1993’s V Gundam.
And the rest is history. G-Saviour is in this limbo where Sunrise and Bandai know it exists (its only Gunpla still gets reissued once in a while and that one appearance in Gundam Build Fighters), but it’s never acknowledged nor mentioned anywhere else.
As for the actual kit, based on the engineering and the packaging shown here, I believe this lone release from the planned High Grade G-SAVIOUR line was the pick up point of the HGUC line that took off a year after. So the construction is similar to older HGUC kits and not from those 1/144 scale High Grades from G-Unit or The 08th MS Team. In any case, I’m hoping this won’t be my final kit for 2020 as I do want to build one of the many RX-78-2 Gundam kits as part of the Gundam and Gunpla 40th Anniversary.