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General Examples

The Model Kits (Gunpla)

  • Better Than Canon: "Third Party" Gunplas, depending on who you ask.
  • Broken Base:
    • Katoki's RX-78-2 redesign.
    • The Reborn-One Hundred (RE/100) line: Fans view it as a needless sub-line for the Master Grade kits, while others think that the lineup is a cost-effective way to produce large/expensive/obscure units.
    • Which decals are better? Normal, dry-transfer, or water-slides?
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Proportionally speaking, the Master Grade line of model kits sells incredibly well in most foreign countries like Australia and the US. This was very likely due to the line's plethora of gimmicks, which consists of inner frames (If you don't count even older ones), poseable fingers, excellent color separation (current kits), the usage of clear parts, etc.
  • Hype Aversion: For some, one would say that a new Gunpla that disinterests them is passable.
    • Depending on who you ask, one of them may eventually lose interest to the entire Gunpla line given Bandai Hobby's questionable marketing strategy, sometimes to the point of opting for other model kit brands (such as Kotobukiya) instead.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks:
    • At least you can find one fan who is completely tired of Bandai repeatedly milking of several molds (MG/HG SEED Astray/Unicorn Gundam kits).
    • The fans also had this reaction on most of the Iron-Blooded Orphans kits.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "MG (X Mobile Suit) When?"
    • To some extent, "Real Grade (RG) When?"
    • "Top 10 Betrayals in 2020" is used to describe the MG Wing Gundam Zero Custom being the next Ver. Ka instead of the G-Self.
  • Memetic Loser: When it comes to unreleased/yet-to-be made kits:
    • At least three from Gundam AGE: The MG Gafran, AGE-3 Normal, and AGE-FX, gained their notoriety as an unreleased item after 7 years of their reveal at Gunpla Expo World Tour 2012 Japan.
    • The YG-111 G-Self from Gundam: Reconguista in G ultimately takes the cake: Despite the unit winning first place in Gundaminfo's official "Next MG Ver. Ka" poll in 2017, the kit has yet to receive an MG Ver. Ka treatment 3 years later. G-Self's reputation later increased ever since the release of the MG FAZZ Ver. Ka, and the reveal of the Wing Custom Zero being the next Ver. Ka in the Bandai Hobby Next Phase.
  • Never Live It Down
    • According to many foreign Gunpla builders, Premium Bandai exclusive model kits are just unnecessarily-rare and expensive releases that could have been sold as general retail instead. This ignores how Premium Bandai is often used as a way to give mobile suits or add-ons that would otherwise be impractical for regular release (either because of the suit's popularity or release circumstances) a way to get into the market.
      • Recolors are popular for P-Bandai because most people who already bought the original release may not be interested in buying what is essentially the same kit and most new molds released through P-Bandai tend to be of very obscure mobile suits or ones that have legal issues tied to them that limit their capacity for mass production. Having a more limited production run based around how many pre-orders are made helps to make this less of a problem.
    • The fact that Bandai Hobby mostly prioritizes the development of recent AU Gunplas other than some of the niche units from the Universal Century (and especially Reguild Century) timeline may have left a very sour taste to the die-hard international fans.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny
    • Foil stickers: In spite of the improvements in most modern kits regarding molded detail and color separation, Many fans are sick of some kit's uncolored details being compensated with those stickers.
    • C-clip connections, especially when it breaks if one handled them roughly.
  • The Scrappy
    • The High-Grade Universal Century 1/144 RX-78AN-01 Gundam AN-01 "Tristan" Gunpla from Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight Axis. In-series, the "Tristan" was built from the remains of the RX-78NT-1 Gundam NT-1 "Alex" from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. Apparently, Bandai decided to do the same with its model. The end result is a 2017 model using 2004 parts, and had the articulation to match. While it isn't uncommon for Gunpla to reuse old runners, as many of the Gundam Build Fighters-based series have done, Bandai got lazy and reused the A-Runner from the old kit. The problem is that this is the runner that defines the kit's articulation. The Tristan actually lost functionality compared to the original Alex, as it couldn't hold its beam rifle well (which is also inexplicably incorrectly colored, something Bandai can do because the HGUC Nu Gundam is identical and color-accurate), no longer had the snap-on Chobham Armor, and couldn't use the Alex's signature wrist-mounted gatlings. All this and the figure's MSRP was higher than the Alex.
    • The High-Grade After Colony Gundam Geminass 01, mainly due to the C-clip joint being used on the elbows, which can weaken over time after many poses or carrying heavier weapons. Not helped that the kit is also released as a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive.
  • Snark Bait: Again, Bandai Hobby also earned its scorn from the fanbase for a variety of reasons.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • The Bandai Hobby Next Phase Week reveals that the Wing Gundam Zero Custom of all units is confirmed to be made as to the next Ver. Ka MG instead of what the fans hoped: G-Self. (Though this was likely due to the show's (Gundam Wing) 15th anniversary.)
    • The Master Grade Extreme (MGEX) Unicorn Gundam, which is another (and newly molded) 1/100 scale iteration of the titular unit.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Some fans felt that the 1/100 Zaku II Kai/FZ kit would've been a Master Grade (which also results in a simultaneous production with the 2.0 version of the MG Alex kit) instead of a Reborn-One Hundred kit, though this was averted and slowly warmed up.
      • The Nightingale from CCA: Bertorchika's Children also gets this reaction, as some believed that Bandai would've revived the previously unreleased MG.
    • Five words: Master Grade G-Self (Ver. Ka).
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