#1005 / High Grade GUNDAM THE ORIGIN / RX-78-01[N] Gundam Local Type

Product Line / High Grade GUNDAM THE ORIGIN
Scale & Class / 1/144 Scale Plastic Model Kit
Manufacturer / Bandai Spirits
Release Date / 2016
Appearances / Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN MSD (Mobile Suit Discovery)

Gundam THE ORIGIN MSD (Mobile Suit Discovery) is a design variation series similar to the original MSV (Mobile Suit Variation) for Mobile Suit Gundam. MSD features mobile suit genealogy and development evolution besides design derivatives. It allowed Bandai Spirits to release model kits of Gundam-type mobile suits under the HG GUNDAM THE ORIGIN line. To recall, Gundam THE ORIGIN is a prequel to Mobile Suit Gundam where the RX-78-2 Gundam is still in the planning stages as part of the RX Plan. The first kit from MSD is the Gundam Local Type, a mobile suit built from RX Plan spare parts. Kits from the line are already notable for their more realistic details, and this one is no exception.

Despite being simple and basic, the kit looks really good, especially if all panel lines are filled to bring out more details. Speaking of details, part of its design are gray and white accent lines that give it a more realistic aesthetic. Marking seals are included for these and they look alright for the most part. However, they will look much better if done with water slide decals. Clear red parts are also used for the visor piece placed on top of the twin optics. Articulation is par for the course for a modern High Grade kit, especially for ground poses where it excels. It can perfectly do a half-kneeling stance you’d normally see in kits like the Gundam Ground Type. Comparisons with the Ground Type end there as the Local Type doesn’t get as many accessories. It comes with a beam machine gun, a shield similar to the Ground Type, and two beam sabers. They can be stored either on the shield or at the left forearm unit. Do be careful when removing the shield or beam sabers from the left forearm unit as the tiny connecting pegs can break when too much pressure is applied.