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General Examples

The Model Kits (Gunpla)

  • Broken Base:
  • 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.
  • 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?"
    • In some extent, "Real Grade (RG) When?"
  • Memetic Loser:
    • When it comes to unreleased/yet-to-be made kits: 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. This is not helped by the fact that Bandai released the FAZZ from Gundam Sentinel as the Ver. Ka kit beforehand.
  • 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 (while losing faith to the company) to the die-hard international fans.
      • The aforementioned MG G-Self is one of the worst offenders, as many fans (fruitlessly) waited for its production several years after it won the poll.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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