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
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
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
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!