Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Mark Wilso » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 14:07:53



Best:  Kampher
Worst:  HGUC MSG Gundam US release without core fighter (the "other"
worst would automatically end the thread..;)

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Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by El Mariachi » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 14:19:48


Quote:
>Best:  Kampher
>Worst:  HGUC MSG Gundam US release without core fighter (the "other"
>worst would automatically end the thread..;)

>Mark Wilson

>The Sleeping Giant has awoken....

Best:   Master Grade Nu Gundam and HGUC Gundam.

Worst:  HGUC Char's Zaku and US HGUC Gundam Release (overpriced and lacking
core fighter and hyper bazooka.)

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by James E. 'ZEE' Doyl » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 18:19:58


It was an incredible year, that's for sure. Hard to pick a best, since
there were so many good ones. Tough to be too creative about the worst,
since there were.... so many good ones. Also, though I wound up owning
most of the kits released this year, I haven't built 'em all.... so I
might find one I like better in the pack somewhere down the line than my
top pick.

Oh, yeah, my top pick for 2001: the MG HYAKU-SHIKI. The more kits I've
built since I built this one, the more I've grown to appreciate its
subtle virtues. This kit is virtually perfect: its styling is markedly
improved over the awkward HGUC version, the parts design is masterful,
construction is fun and (relatively) painless, it is heavy and solid
when finished, it poses wonderfully, and it is overall just about the
best-looking replica of this MS one could ask for. True, it is not the
most unique subject released this year, nor the flashiest (gold coating
aside), and one could consider its relative lack of internal detail and
shockingly big pricetag as negatives, but compared against everything
else I built this year, this one still strikes me as the highest overall
quality. Easily a 9 out of 10, which is a pretty damn high score coming
from me.

Runners-up go to: the HGUC RX-78-2 and HGUC S-GUNDAM, for finally, after
too many long years, giving us kits that are deserving of their
namesakes.

Absolute Bottom Worst: the "HGUC" MS-06S ZAKU. Not just because it's a
copout, but because it's a reely, reely BAD kit. Nuff said.

Runners-up go to: The HY2M ZAKU and the Jumbo Grade RX-78-2. Uhm, yeah,
okay, what-the-f*ck-ever. I don't have to own these to know that being
big is their ONLY virtue. The JG Gundam makes for a very good
Jumbo-Machinder type toy, but a very lousy scale model, and it's grossly
overpriced. Ditto the HY2M Zak, which is the kind of thing some guys get
instead of girlfriends.

... and it's telling what a stretch I'm having to make for Worsts that
the last two aren't even really plastic models. Virtually ever other
thing released over the last 12 months was so good it made me giddy.
What a year!

J.E.D.

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by T Wong the C » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 23:03:50


My nominations:

Best: Any and all MSiAs released last year and the PG Mk. II (of
course)
Worst: USHGUC Char's Zaku (new designation I came up with for the
kits/figs released in the US), USHGUC Gundam (AAARRRGHH!), and a few
other USxx releases.
In-between: HGUC Xeku Eins (although it really wasn't THAT bad),
USMSiA GM Custom, USMSiA Gundam 2.0/Core Booster, HGUC S Gundam, MG
Zetaplus A1

Other than Gundam:

Best: MG Ingram(s), ZOIDS Cannon Tortoise, ZOIDS Command Wolf AC,
ZOIDS Zabat, those Anime Collectors thingies that Bandai released
(Escaflowne, Big-O, that series)
Worst: none that I can remember right now
In-between: ZOIDS Gunsniper, the only Big-O model kit, all the new
Transformers

Mecha:

Best: all 2001 MSiA, PG Mk. II, MG Ingram(s)
Worst: SOME US-released Gundam kits
In-between: US-released Zoids and Transformers, K'Nex BattleMechs
(give 'em SOME credit)

2001 has been quite the year for us mech/model freaks...

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by RB » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 00:47:32


Best: MG Quebely (Now there's something for my MG Shiki and MkII to beat up on!)

The engineering and fit are excellent, IMHO and they even included a nice
upturning head/neck so it can do the flying pose. Extra hands including beam
sabre holders, splayed fingers and articulated fingers are a welcome addition.
You can even remove all the funnels! Now I'm thinking about the best way to
display the funnels in flight. Maybe a clear disc like the AMT/Ertl Star Wars
and Star Trek flight displays? Or perhaps a thin wire to allow the funnel to bob
around a bit?

Worst: Hard for me to say, especially since 2001 was the year that I first built
a Gundam. It's all new to me! Compared to all the other air, armor and auto kits
I've built these are much better.

With that in mind the HG 1/100 Wing Gundam 0 was the biggest turkey I've seen...

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Giuliano Moschin » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 01:25:47


As for displaying the funnels, I've been thinking of using something like colored plastic acrylic
rods to simulate the "plasma trail" or other propellant, etc..

Something like a light blue color, perhaps.

Of course,  you'd have to get the rods to curl appropriately, and you'd probably have to heat them
to form them into appropriate curves..

I'm not sure if I can get them in lengths longer than 12", though.. 18" rods would probably suffice.

-Giuliano


Quote:
> Best: MG Quebely (Now there's something for my MG Shiki and MkII to beat up on!)

> The engineering and fit are excellent, IMHO and they even included a nice
> upturning head/neck so it can do the flying pose. Extra hands including beam
> sabre holders, splayed fingers and articulated fingers are a welcome addition.
> You can even remove all the funnels! Now I'm thinking about the best way to
> display the funnels in flight. Maybe a clear disc like the AMT/Ertl Star Wars
> and Star Trek flight displays? Or perhaps a thin wire to allow the funnel to bob
> around a bit?

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Prabal Nand » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 02:56:18


Quote:
> Best:  Kampher
> Worst:  HGUC MSG Gundam US release without core fighter (the "other"
> worst would automatically end the thread..;)

   My MG Kampfer looks great though I don't know how many years it will be
before I have a chance to actually build the durn thing! So my vote for Best
Kit would have to go to the HGUC Gundam: Clean design, great proportions,
awesome flexibility, and FINALLY, a decent 1/144 scale Gundam kit! (It only
took, what, 20 years?) My #2 is still going to be the Kampfer though. The
Patlabor would easily take one of the top two spots if it wasn't for the
allegedly too-tight joints and restrictive seamy joint covers.
    For worst: HGUC "Char's Zaku".... eugh!

MSIA Best:
    The Gundam Version 2.0... no question about it, extreeme poseability +
every accessory you could ever need and a rock bottom price for it all!
    Runner up: Kampfer! Big bold blue and beautiful with tons of weapons,
great details, and pretty good poseability. Sheer bad guy bad-ass stylings!

MSIA Worst:
    Gundam "Real Type". The worst mold in the series just KEEPS COMING BACK!
But he's got to share it with:
    Zaku Desert: I know it's Okawara's color scheme, but it's his colors
from the 70's and it SHOWS... Whoever thought this pastry is what camo looks
like needs to be beaten with a stick and tied up in front of any army
surplus store!
    Runner up: EZ8: Decent design, great accessories, but hampered by one of
the ugliest, stomach-turningest, eye-hurting-est bad color schemes EVER. Why
couldn't they have made a color variation on this spoiled-mayonnaise yellow
armor? This loses points not so much for technical reasons as for sheer
disappointment factor.

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Doug Ker » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 04:10:56


This is hard, a lot of really nice kits came out this year.

Top Three best (sorry I can't chose one):  Qubeley, Zeta Plus and the
Kampfer

Worst: Easily the HGUC Char's Zaku II


Quote:

> Best:  Kampher
> Worst:  HGUC MSG Gundam US release without core fighter (the "other"
> worst would automatically end the thread..;)

> Mark Wilson

> The Sleeping Giant has awoken....

> http://home.earthlink.net/~mmwilson2/

> RAAM FAQ:
> http://home.earthlink.net/~mmwilson2/RAAMFAQ/index.html

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Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Mark Wilso » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 04:29:02


On Sun, 06 Jan 2002 05:07:53 GMT, Mark Wilson

Quote:

>Best:  Kampher
>Worst:  HGUC MSG Gundam US release without core fighter (the "other"
>worst would automatically end the thread..;)

>Mark Wilson

>The Sleeping Giant has awoken....

>http://home.earthlink.net/~mmwilson2/

>RAAM FAQ:
>http://home.earthlink.net/~mmwilson2/RAAMFAQ/index.html

Actually, I'm going to modify mine:

Best:  My trip TO Japan that got me the Kampher (among many others)!

Thanks to Hiro for that!

Mark Wilson

The Sleeping Giant has awoken....

http://home.earthlink.net/~mmwilson2/

RAAM FAQ:
http://home.earthlink.net/~mmwilson2/RAAMFAQ/index.html

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Eric Hardi » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 05:58:02



Quote:
>My nominations:

>Best: Any and all MSiAs released last year and the PG Mk. II (of
>course)
>Worst: USHGUC Char's Zaku (new designation I came up with for the
>kits/figs released in the US), USHGUC Gundam (AAARRRGHH!), and a few
>other USxx releases.
>In-between: HGUC Xeku Eins (although it really wasn't THAT bad),
>USMSiA GM Custom, USMSiA Gundam 2.0/Core Booster, HGUC S Gundam, MG
>Zetaplus A1

>Other than Gundam:

>Best: MG Ingram(s), ZOIDS Cannon Tortoise, ZOIDS Command Wolf AC,
>ZOIDS Zabat, those Anime Collectors thingies that Bandai released
>(Escaflowne, Big-O, that series)
>Worst: none that I can remember right now
>In-between: ZOIDS Gunsniper, the only Big-O model kit, all the new
>Transformers

>Mecha:

>Best: all 2001 MSiA, PG Mk. II, MG Ingram(s)
>Worst: SOME US-released Gundam kits
>In-between: US-released Zoids and Transformers, K'Nex BattleMechs
>(give 'em SOME credit)

>2001 has been quite the year for us mech/model freaks...

The various toy lines you have mentioned are not Gunpla...

Eric

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Boaz » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 07:37:29




Quote:
> My MG Kampfer looks great though I don't know how many years it will be
> before I have a chance to actually build the durn thing! So my vote for Best
> Kit would have to go to the HGUC Gundam: Clean design, great proportions,
> awesome flexibility, and FINALLY, a decent 1/144 scale Gundam kit! (It only
> took, what, 20 years?) My #2 is still going to be the Kampfer though. The
> Patlabor would easily take one of the top two spots if it wasn't for the
> allegedly too-tight joints and restrictive seamy joint covers.
> For worst: HGUC "Char's Zaku".... eugh!

Dude, five years later when they got something better you'll say they don't
have a decent 1/144 Gundam again. The HG Gundam was pretty surprising back
in 1990.

--
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Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Boaz » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 07:38:19




Quote:
> With that in mind the HG 1/100 Wing Gundam 0 was the biggest turkey I've
> seen...

Because of its wings and all that?  ;-)

--
Boaz
ProjectV at mindspring dot com
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Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by George Caswel » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 07:38:47


Quote:

> Best:  Kampher
> Worst:  HGUC MSG Gundam US release without core fighter (the "other"
> worst would automatically end the thread..;)

   What are the criteria, here?  I mean, a lot of people are listing the
recolored HG Zaku as a "worst of 2001"...  I -guess- recolors are considered
new releases...  But when I look at the HG Zaku I see it strictly as a mid-90s
HG release.

   I think feddies are dumb, so I'd second the Kampfer vote.  And I have an
ongoing grudge against the way Izubuchi designs are being re-interpreted
Katoki-style, so my "worst" would be MG Sazabi, which I think is one of the
more offensive deformations.  (Kampfer suffers, as well, of course, but I love
the kit.  What a bargain, too!  :)  )

   And we shouldn't forget the other highly worthwhile non-Gundam releases of
last year:  Hasegawa Valks for starters.  Now that I got my Macross box set
(I'm starting to like the show a lot more than the campy, disco-beat MS
Gundam, though I will always be a fan of Haro and the Zeonic designs..) it may
be time to finish my SDF-1 and build a Valk or two..

   Odd, but it seems like Gundam and Macross keep beating each other out of
how, in my perception, they handle the subject of war...  First I was into Mac
Plus, and the G-Wing stuff I saw seemed goofy and overblown (MS Gundam was way
too old-looking, of course), then I got into Gundam and the whole notion of
-transforming- giant robots was a bit too much, mobile suits made more
sense...  then I got the Macross box set and it seemed like a much more
thoughtful and mature approach (in how stories and opposition are handled, and
in the fact that the hero's machine is pretty much the same as everyone
else's..) and the MS Gundam tradition of "monster of the week" and such, while
campy good fun, seemed too goofy.  <shrug>  Oh, well, it's all still fun.  :)

   That Macross theme song is almost exactly what I would have pictured Mr.
Color's theme song being like. :)

---GEC
Projects page: http://home.maine.rr.com/tetsujin/
(M-x depeche-mode)
"Must...  Finish...  Zaku..."

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by George Caswel » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 08:05:21


Quote:

> > before I have a chance to actually build the durn thing! So my vote for Best
> > Kit would have to go to the HGUC Gundam: Clean design, great proportions,
> > awesome flexibility, and FINALLY, a decent 1/144 scale Gundam kit! (It only
> > took, what, 20 years?) My #2 is still going to be the Kampfer though. The
> Dude, five years later when they got something better you'll say they don't
> have a decent 1/144 Gundam again. The HG Gundam was pretty surprising back
> in 1990.

   It certainly has its own character, design-wise.  Sort of like the MG
Gundam 1.0.  It's nice in some ways, nice lines on the legs, kind of a more
"brutish" look to it overall than the older and newer versions of Gundam.  And
it lays on the gimmicks extra-thick.  :)  Personally, though, I think HGUC
Gundam captures the look of the anime version quite well, better than the old
HG, maybe better than the MGs, except for those big over-thick forearms.
I think in terms of overall form, for me anyway, FG may beat them all.  :)
But that's just because the HGUC Gundam has been striking me as a bit too
chunky in places lately - like those big forearms.  FG Gundam has problems, of
course, I just happen to like some of the retro-conned design elements from
the MG/PG Gundams, and the interpretation of shape and proportion in the FG.

   Of course, feddies are dumb anyway.  I'll stick to Zakus for a while.

---GEC
Projects page: http://home.maine.rr.com/tetsujin/
(M-x depeche-mode)
"Must...  Finish...  Zaku..."

 
 
 

Any nominations for Gunpla best and worst of 2001?

Post by Boaz » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 20:57:31




Quote:

>>> before I have a chance to actually build the durn thing! So my vote for Best
>>> Kit would have to go to the HGUC Gundam: Clean design, great proportions,
>>> awesome flexibility, and FINALLY, a decent 1/144 scale Gundam kit! (It only
>>> took, what, 20 years?) My #2 is still going to be the Kampfer though. The

>> Dude, five years later when they got something better you'll say they don't
>> have a decent 1/144 Gundam again. The HG Gundam was pretty surprising back
>> in 1990.

> It certainly has its own character, design-wise.  Sort of like the MG
> Gundam 1.0.  It's nice in some ways, nice lines on the legs, kind of a more
> "brutish" look to it overall than the older and newer versions of Gundam.  And
> it lays on the gimmicks extra-thick.  :)  Personally, though, I think HGUC
> Gundam captures the look of the anime version quite well, better than the old
> HG, maybe better than the MGs, except for those big over-thick forearms.
> I think in terms of overall form, for me anyway, FG may beat them all.  :)
> But that's just because the HGUC Gundam has been striking me as a bit too
> chunky in places lately - like those big forearms.  FG Gundam has problems, of
> course, I just happen to like some of the retro-conned design elements from
> the MG/PG Gundams, and the interpretation of shape and proportion in the FG.

> Of course, feddies are dumb anyway.  I'll stick to Zakus for a while.

> ---GEC
> Projects page: http://home.maine.rr.com/tetsujin/
> (M-x depeche-mode)
> "Must...  Finish...  Zaku..."

Slept very bad today and woke up 5 in the morning. Half consciously reading
your message. What I got is:

"dlah dlah dlah... big forearms...dlah dlah dlah... big forearms..."

:-)

I like the FG look too, but unlike the FG/HG Zaku pair I think HGUC Gundam
is good enough by itself comparing with FG. Hmm, when will we have a 1/144
kit with system-injection endoskeleton?

--
Boaz
ProjectV at mindspring dot com
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