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!