Gundam Style

I was very surprised to find out none of the big LEGO blogs picked up the next featured model on the Manifesto.  I didn’t bother to cover it when it was posted because I figured you’d be seeing this model everywhere and it would rack-up hits like Ichiro Suzuki.  While the number of views are respectable, the rest of the metrics simply do not reflect the greatness of the model.  The builder responsible for this mighty “GUNDAM RX-78-2” is JAN LEGO, it is a name that should be familiar to both hardcore and casual mecha enthusiasts.  Gundam style robots don’t typically do it for me, but this one is so perfectly constructed that I could not resist blogging it.  There are enough Lego versions of this “mobile suit” design out there to easily fill an Omnibus posting, but I don’t think many of them can match this Gundam.  Like so many of the best models our hobby has to offer, this one crosses that glorious threshold where it ceases to look like a Lego construct at all.

For many mecha builders it is the flexibility of a model that separates the good from the great, they value poseability as much as form.  This Gundam checks that box too, it can hold a rifle and strike a pose with the best of them.  Normally I would throw something in here about specific details that stand out, but I wouldn’t know where to start on this one.  From head to toe this mech is packed with impressive technique and detail, I am at a loss for even a nitpick.  Perhaps if I was more familiar with the subject matter I could provide some suggestion for improvement but I somehow doubt it.  As a constant reader you know that I judge all mecha by their feet and although they look surprisingly feminine from the back, the feet are great.  They look like big metal boots.  Giant robot is GO!



19 thoughts on “Gundam Style

  1. I have to say that I absolutely love the fact that there isn’t a single decal in sight. Not that I am opposed to them, but this thing’s scale is so perfectly suited for the precise color blocking afforded by a simple 1×1 plate. And those shoulders are perfect with the built angle of negative space. His techniques are brilliantly flowing to where I don’t give a shit how he built this, I’m just glad it’s here.

    Not a real hardcore fan of Gundam as it always seems absurd to copy the human form in something large scale in “real” life. Just a really poor design with so many flaws. But I think a lot of us builders of a certain age have a special place in our hearts for this having grown up with 80s cartoons like Robotech and Voltron, plus all the varied incarnations thereof that followed. The Anime lover in all of us cannot dismiss the standard no matter how cheesy, weird, or just plain confusing and/or convoluted the shows/movies were. Even if they were voiced by Casey Kasem. Actually, that made it weirder, half expected a corny top 40 countdown to follow full of insipid puns and mind-numbing anecdotes.

    Sad that it didn’t get the proper love in the blogoshpere.


  2. GUNDAM RX-78-2 nails the Gundam Style. Beyond dispute. I have never clutched into the esthetic. Giant robots with people up in the head. But that is just a question of taste (a taste I lack).

    The skill apparent in this build is remarkable. This model, like many of the best Gundam MOCs out there, is so well proportioned and articulated that it invokes in my mind, those wooden statues that you pose for sketches? I forget what they are called, but you know what I mean. A classic artist tool. The wooden guys… rowntRee! What are they called? They gotta have a name, and you gotta know it!

    Any way, this Gundam robot is not as interesting to me as the Gundam “figure”. The fingers, wrists, and overall pose ability. How much emotion can you suggest with this guy? LOTS and lots, that’s how much! And I dig it! In that respect, this becomes an excellent model not of a GUNDAM RX-78-2… but rather a model of GUNDAM Style itself! A powerful specimen of the entire genre.

    I guess my biggest complaint would be that display rod… which looks… down right painful. I wonder if I am correct in concluding that this beast can not stand on it’s own two feet?

    Opa Gundam style! (looks like he is ready for that same unfortunate display rod)


    1. Articulated mannequin. Not very exciting, eh? I never used one because they were ridiculously lifeless. Much like Jan-Michael Vincent.


      1. You’re right. Oh, Jan-Michael, how can we ever think you only had two ranges of scowl and grin. Forgive me, Stringfellow.


      2. Mmmm… such a counter intuitive name. I thought they were called something cool like… Tyree or maybe Mordechai!

        Can I call you Mordechai?


    2. I’m with Michael, the need for a support or like in this case a rod up the … spoils even the best mecha build!
      Despite this the model is excellently built. Colors and their blocking although given by the inspiration are way out perfect. The proportions and detail lift this one far beyond the vast mass of Gundam builds out there.
      For me the kneeing pose is the best. It gives the illusion of being able to self support it’s weight and it is full of life.


      1. The support rod didn’t trouble me until you guys started complaining about it, now it’s all I can see. Thanks alot, you’ve ruined the model for me! It’s always great to see a comment from you Marco, I agree with you about the kneeling pose, it really separates the model from the other mass of Gundams.


      2. Sorry Keith, I didn’t want to ruin the model. It’s really outstanding. Still for me a mecha model has to stand free on it’s own. I had a few builds which were not standing stable due to balancing problems. So I put them into some kind of maintenance unit to showcase on conventions. All the ones unable to support themselves just went to the recycle bin…


      3. That’s all right, Marco, I’ll get over it. I share your belief that a great mech should be able to stand on it’s own two feet, but this one looks o good I’m willing to give it a pass. Those stands look so awkward in person, although there is probably not another category of model that is so prone to being knocked over on public-day.


  3. Not a giant robot guy, it was before my time and from a practical standpoint, square-cube law, cost effectiveness, and vulnerability to conventional attack reign supreme.

    That said, this is a very nice robot. I do not have a single bad thing to say about it. Lovely color blocking, giant stomping boots, nice proportions, and lots of flexibility. There are a few studs and common parts peeking through to show that yes, this is actually Lego! If we had these in real life, it would get me to change my position completely.


  4. I’ve not much to say about the build, it’s the kind of thing that doesn’t really attract my attention.

    But regarding that pole… I generally dislike figs that need the slightest support, better go with a simple pose that doesn’t require it. Even the tiniest transparent support looks intrusive to me. And then there’s my favorite: the gigantic black dildo support. I’ve seen this phenomenon in other media as well… there’s nothing cooler than a superman statue with a pole up it’s ass:


      1. This has to be one of my biggest pet peeves in art/sculpture. The support is in my eyes a warning sign saying that this sculpture was not entirely engineered correctly or, worse, the creator of this piece allowed the concept to take over the skill level and/or trust in the medium. And that is a failing on the builder’s part. With that Superman, if the artist wanted to give the idea that he was in flight, then engineering the entire sculpture to “float” off a single point of contact like an extended toe would have made it even more dynamic. AND of course more challenging. But if that isn’t the point of doing it, then it disregards skill, engineering, and the medium as merely subservient to the concept. That is just plain disrespectful and lazy; it’s what drives me bat shit crazy about modern sculpture. The least that could be done here is photo edit it out. I wouldn’t have known any better given the other dynamic poses, standing upright should be easy. It’s not like it’s being photographed in a wind tunnel. Plus, the proportions are on for it to do so with substantial feet an legs.


      2. You really have a hate-boner for bad sculpture, rountRee, I dig it! Like that statue of some kind of beast outside the university in Orem…we couldn’t drive past that thing without you shaking your head and muttering under your breath.


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