Gaijin Gunpla

I promised the wife that I would take some time during my week-long holidays and clean the ‘Work Room’ as we call it. We call it the Work Room but it’s just used to house all my Gunpla, Japanese books, Japanese Swords, some of the wife’s things and a lot of other stuff I throw in there because it has no other home. I used to refer to it as my study because I had my desk and computer and reference books in there but those got buried as well in piles of plamo. So the first course of action was to procrastinate and when the wife wouldn’t allow that the first real course of action was to remove the desk leaving this mess.

(Ya, it’s a mess but you should have seen it with the desk in there.)

Digging through the piles of boxes and I pulled out these things.

Air-soft guns! The top is the L96AWS bolt-action sniper rifle. It has a broken top rail so I have to replace that and sight in the scope again. The middle is an ACR Full-Auto Assault Rifle. The magazine it comes with doesn’t feed the pellets properly so I bought a different magazine (meant for an M4) last time I was in Akihabara and the pistol on the bottom is the 93R capable of single-fire, three round burst, and full-auto. Sometimes living in Japan can be fun.

I first cleaned out the far corner and then moved the book case over.

Incidentally, there are no books in that book case (unless you count Gunpla instruction manuals).

Now to do something with all the paint on, under, and around the Work Table. I fit them into two containers.

Move the Work Table into its new position.

Ya, the top is still a mess but I’ll get to that.

Oh. Found more paint.

I put the rifles behind the book case and the air-soft accessories on the top then moved the guitar in front.

Now to do something with all those Gunpla boxes. I think the first step is to consolidate.

MG Wing kits.

Real Grades.

Two of my first ever kits.

The two most recent SEED kits I finished.

Two HG Sinanju; one I painted, the other the Titanium Finish version.

These dudes.

All the completed, consolidated kits were put on the Work Table.

I then moved onto the kits that are test-built but have not been touched since. Some of the boxes aren’t complete as parts were used in other builds. When I considered these kits some more I realized these are kits I’m not going to be getting to any time soon. So I put them into the corner.

The next pile of kits are the ones that I plan on going back to and doing something with. I still have plans in my head for the likes of the MG Titus and Crossbone Ver Ka while the Zebracorn is kind of half done. These are kits I want to get to sooner rather than later.

And the next stack are kits that haven’t been built yet.

Ya, there’s another Sinanju, Epyon, and RG Freedom in that pile (not to mention variations of kits I’ve already built – MG Victory and 00 Gundam).

Next I turned my attention to the extra/spare parts that had been accumulating. I originally had just one box of these.

Now there are four.

I took out my side-cutters and proceeded to cut trim the excess gates that no longer had parts attached.

There were a lot of those.

Into the garbage they went.

I wonder what the garbage man will think when he swings by my house next week.

Speaking of garbage. Here’s a shot of the boxes I no longer needed.

Then I thought to myself, will they be able to identify the kit/box from the picture and then took it a step further and decided to have a mini-contest.

Yay, free stuff!

It’s not much really, but it is an unbuilt, still-in-the-plastic-bags Gundam kit.

Yup, the 1/144 HGUC RMS-179 GM II is being given away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment giving the name of one of the kits from that pile of boxes. Deadline is January 15th. On that day I’ll assign a number to each commenter and then do a random draw to award the prize. Then I’ll email the winner and send off the kit.

Here’s the picture again.

I’d like to show a picture of the cleaned up room but I kind of started work on the MG Nu and things got moved around again. That’s Gunpla life.

121 Responses so far.

  1. 0verlord says:

    mg blitz gundam!

    and dayummmmmm that’s a lot of paint

  2. Douglas says:

    Unicorn Gundam banshee mg!

  3. Tony says:

    Well, I’m not gonna go for the easy one with the GM, so I’ll say there’s a Master Grade Blitz Gundam. Not exactly a hard guess either, but not THE easiest. I need a work room…. and all that Gunpla. Also, isn’t there any way to get all those runners turned into the plastic used for Ecopla kits?

    • Tony says:

      Also, it’d be pretty great if you’d do a review of the MG Wing Zero…. I’m sure other reviews are out there but I like your reviews for their format, organized scoring system and because you make them pretty entertaining and funny. And yes, I might be buttering you up a little to try and get that review to happen…. still all true.

  4. seaslugs says:

    Hmm… I see… RG Freedom!

  5. fury-s12 says:

    I still cringe and feel sad when i see all those poor gunpla packed away in boxes instead on display, the downside to tiny Japanese houses 🙁

    oh and ill take the easy one (I hope lol) 1/100 MG Blitz Gundam aka BAN975702

    • Tony says:

      We should buy Syd a curio cabinet… I’ve already decided I’m gonna need to get one once I move out of the parent’s house finally.

  6. Asian1skill says:

    Blitz!!!! GM!!!! rg freedom!!!! mg unicorn banshee!!!!

  7. agent says:

    I also have no room. My gundams are in boxes as well. I see: GM, Blitz,freedom, banshee, rezel and a strike noir?

  8. wallz says:

    I think I will go with one that no one has mentioned, so im going to say MG Banshee.

    I was trying to figure out what the smallest box was but I just cant seem to get it.

  9. Carl C. says:

    MG Blitz

  10. Arif says:

    I see a box for the MG Banshee! 🙂

  11. shika89 says:

    MG Rx-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee!

  12. arjimy quinsay says:

    mg banshee!

  13. erik51 says:

    hmmm.. MG ReZEL!!

  14. theodore says:

    i saw MG Rx-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee

  15. neo says:

    MG RGM-79 GM

  16. Mark says:

    I seez MG Blitz gundam :3

  17. Kyle says:

    Hey Syd, your room is similar to mine, always too many great things to cluster up a room. I noticed that Jehuty kit in your pile, how was it to build. I have been looking at it for a while and have been curious. I’ve only built Bandai kits, and that one is Kotobukiya right? I have just wanted to hear someones opinion on it before I go for it.

  18. Jeff says:

    MG Banshee ova version

  19. Dan says:

    I spy the MG Blitz and MG Banshee. Good luck with the clean up.

  20. Rodin says:

    MG Blitz!!

  21. Hypnos says:

    i spy with my little eye …. an MG BLITZ !

  22. Hypnos says:

    i might be moving soon … i´ll have space to have my work table and everything inside my room but the fact that i have to move all my gunpla …it gives me the creeps xD

  23. Ariff Amran says:

    MG Blitz Gundam!!

  24. Josh! says:

    dayummmm that’s a lot of spraypaint…and Blitz Gundam MG!

  25. Darth Mingus says:

    MG Blitz, MG Banshee, MG GM V2, MG ReZel

  26. Aaron says:

    MG Unicorn Banshee

  27. xEik says:

    That looks like the box of a SD BB Strike Noir.
    It is heartbreaking to see all those models put in a box. Thankfully, all of mine are in a display cabinet in the living room so I get to see them every day. 🙂

  28. AL says:

    I see the MG Blitz Gundam box.

    hey Syd, have you think of building a shelf to display some of your Gunpla?

  29. cipher says:

    ohhh~ those unbuild kits..soo many
    i wish i can hold my beastly hands and keep like 5 unbuild kits..
    syd when you pick the winner can you tell me what that HG looking box is?i’m curious

    • xEik says:

      It was bothering me too but I think I found it. I think it is Advanced Grade AGE 1 Normal.

      So the list is: MG Blitz, MG Banshee, MG Rezel, MG GM ver 2.0, RG Freedom, BB Strike Noir, AG AGE 1 Normal.

      • syd says:

        Good eye! it is the AG AGE-1 Normal. Bought it so Gai-Gun Jr and I could build something together.

      • Tony says:

        How are the AG’s? Are they too easy for adults getting into Gunpla to bother with? Rephrased – should an adult just getting into gunpla/plamo skip right to HG or is it worth it to build at least one AG?

      • syd says:

        They are very simple and aimed at children. I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone who is above 10 years old.

  30. Davidss says:

    I see the most underrated MG of all, the MG Rezel 🙂

  31. GNSquacker says:

    MG Blitz

    Side note, will you be painting MG Nu?

  32. Rohan says:

    Mg Blitz

  33. Miguel says:

    i see a Mg Full Armor Unicorn Gundam ver.ka

  34. Trevor says:

    I see the 1/144 RG Freedom Gundam :).
    Oh and hey Syd, do you have any Gundams that you put on display around the house?

    • syd says:

      After the big earthquake 21 months ago I learned a lesson about displaying gunpla.

      • Tony says:

        While I doubt it would do anything to prevent quake related movement, I’ve found that (depending on the “value” of the surface) a bit of sticky tack on the feet of a kit makes it stay steady without being blatantly obvious.

  35. Jynloon says:

    MG Blitz.

    You could build a gunpla with all those runners.

  36. Yuri Barbosa Ordeste says:

    I see a MG Rezel, which I think it turned into an Iron Man. And my god, I thought I was running out of space D:

  37. atom3 says:

    i can clearly see a mg blitz (cause its on the top)

  38. ClayCannonII says:

    A GM for a GM

  39. Josh Jacobson says:

    I see:
    -Master Grade Banshee
    -Master Grade Blitz Gundam
    -Master Grade RGM-79 GM.

  40. Erik Fury says:

    I see a ReZel on the bottom along with a Banshee

  41. John says:

    I’m going for the low hanging fruit: MG GM.

  42. ClayCannonII says:

    Question: do you ever use you air soft guns to create damage on your kits

    • Tony says:

      I once used one to create damage on the back of our garage…. accidentally of course, that didn’t make my dad any less ticked off lol.

  43. stargazer says:

    Mg Blitz

  44. Amarillo says:

    MG Blitz gundam!

  45. Victor says:

    I see the MG Rezel, MG GM, MG Blitz and RG Freedom (all of which have been guessed already). I can’t figure out the other box. You have another MG wing gundam (TV ver.) unbuilt? I would really like to build one because of the good reviews I have seen so far.

  46. Tadych says:

    I see an MG Banshee box! along with a couple others like the GM and I think an SD strike noir? That’s a ton of kits there! I just cleaned out my work area too, such a pain to just get messy again!

  47. Kefka says:

    MG Rezel

  48. Ryan says:

    Mg Blitz.

    Curious to know your thoughts on the V Dash, i have one in transit to me as we speak. I’m a big fan of the two Underrated Tomino Gundam series, namely Victory and Turn A. Victory Gundam is one cool looking and for a long time highly underrated Gundam as V2 got all the attention.

    And what’s happened to poor Jehuty?


    • syd says:

      I’ve already built the V Gundam and really liked it, though the parts are quite small so you have to be pretty careful. The V Dash should be more of the same.

      • Ryan says:

        In terms of value for money you really get a lot with the V Dash, the 4 core fighters are a brilliant addition. Some companies would only give one. I’ve heard the kit is very loose and can be difficult to pose. Would you agree?

    • Woodfish says:

      If you get problems like loose parts it can be fixed pretty easy by adding a thin layer of super glue or something thin. Sure, paint or some kind of varnish can help too. Basically whatever gives you that thin layer of film will be good. As for V Dash notoriety with loose parts curse that everyone keeps mentioning, I’m sure you just don’t care about hear-say stuff since it’s being shipped to you anyway. Same goes for me. MG V Dash both with MG Turn A Gundam are very high on my “buy this model next” list. Too bad there’s no MG Turn X though…

  49. Zeon_Two_Six says:

    Y throw the parts that are still in the runners? I collect those parts, throw them in the “salvage yard” (The term I refer to my unused parts bin), then just throw the empty runners away…

    Who knows when you might use them again…

  50. RacerFan says:

    MG Blitz! I have one of those too and its awesome!

  51. TagrasticF91 says:

    That’s quite a bit of unbuilt kits and stuff. Good luck getting through them, and I can’t wait to see some of the completed stuff. Oh and for the contest, I see the MG Blitz Gundam.

  52. GunplaFan says:

    I don’t know if it counts, but I see the prize itself, the HGUC 1/144 GM in the photo.

  53. David Goldie says:

    i saw the master grade GM and Blitz, and maybe a BBsenshi strike noir?

  54. Kikomachi says:

    I see MG ReZel, MG Blitz, MG Unicorn Banshee, SD Strike Noir & RG Freedom…

  55. Grant Hoh says:

    Master Grade Blitz!

  56. Wil says:

    MG Blitz Gundam

  57. Mathai says:

    MG GM, MG Blitz and RG Freedom! 🙂

  58. c-ordinator says:

    I see mg blitz gundam, cos i have the exact same box lying on my pile too lol.

  59. ace says:

    i see a force impulse

  60. Regalia says:

    I see a MG RGM-79 GM

  61. steven says:

    MG blitz gundam!

  62. NoobSauce says:

    Hiya Syd,

    Have you paid any attention to Girls Generation’s recent Korean releases? And MG Blitz just in case I get lucky.

  63. Shaun says:

    a SD strike noir spotted!

  64. Otonashi says:

    MG GM 2.0, ReZel, Blitz Gundam, Unicorn Banshee.
    You don’t keep the boxes?

  65. Ringo says:

    MG Blitz, Banshee, GM, Rezel, RG Freedom. Wondering what that small box is.

  66. Joe says:

    MG Blitz
    MG ReZEL
    MG Banshee
    MG GM Ver 2.0
    RG Freedom
    SD Blitz (I think)
    And that last box… it’s just a lid and it’s hard to tell… but I think it’s the AG AGE-1 Normal?

  67. LaserBeam says:

    I’ll take my chance you gave me Syd, only one gundam, i see the most clearly box, and it’s gundam blitz ha ha

  68. Lifesquasher says:

    I’ll pick my guess on the MG unicorn banshee, haha goodluck with the cleaning! I know i also need to do that

  69. asukashin says:

    I see mg blitz gundam box. Happy new yeargaijin gunpla

  70. Jonny says:

    I see MG Force Impulse 🙂

  71. Dave says:

    Wow, now I don’t feel so bad about my unused spray paint collection. 🙂

    Also, I love how the MG Blitz looks like it’s mooning you…

  72. Guile says:

    Amazung stuff! 😀

    I’m starting a blog with some of my realizations.
    Don’t hesitate to give feedback!


  73. Striker says:

    SD Strike Noir, MG Blitz, RG Freedom, MG GM, and a few others I can’t recognize…

    Man, I wish I had the funds to buy all that gunpla…

  74. ChexGuy says:

    Fun fact: The Beretta 93R was the basis for Robocop’s pistol.

  75. moralizer says:

    MG Blitz is what i see

  76. Bocalt says:

    Strange I’m sure i saw a MG Duel Assault Shroud there, there’s a MG unicorn Banshee too i think and a RG Aile Strike, I guess I see what i want to see… MG Blitz, SD Master Gundam…

  77. Complexity says:

    I spy a MG Blitz.

  78. Tommyzhu says:

    SD Strike Noir

  79. finnnjake says:

    I spot the mg oo raiser…

  80. Chris M says:

    MG Blitz, looks like a SD Strike Noir, and a MG RGM-79 GM

  81. mykman05 says:

    MG Banshee
    RG Freedom
    MG Blitz

  82. Nakadale says:

    hmmm.. just how i do with my gundams here. but for me.. what i did is. i bought plastic containers that fits exactly one unit in it. but nice effort to clean up your “study room”. hehehe

  83. Kirito says:


  84. Lawrence says:

    I see a box for the MG Blitz Gundam! 🙂

    and by the way, great job cleaning up!

  85. Cris Bernard says:

    Just wondering, does bandai have a project regarding recycling empty runners.
    1kg of empty runners = HG Gunpla
    10kg of empty runners = MG Gunpla
    and so on..

    Hehehe the idea just pops-out of my head after seeing all the empty runners going to trash.

  86. Calvin says:

    MG Blitz. Hope I win :))

  87. John Richard says:

    MG Blitz Gundam

  88. Alex says:

    I see in the pile of unused boxes…. :
    – MG ReZel
    – MG Blitz
    – MG Banshee
    – MG GM
    – RG Freedom
    – SD Strike Noir
    – Advanced Grade Gundam Age-1 Normal

    am i right? :3

  89. Stephen says:

    MG Blitz Gundam

    • Stephen says:

      On that note, anyone have suggestions for a first kit?

      • Woodfish says:

        HG Beginning Gundam! As for me it’s one of the best HG kits for someone who’s just starting, by far. Nice challenge, great limb articulation. Painted it gets that much better. I just finished it a few days ago, was blown away.

      • Woodfish says:

        Best of all, it’s still on a 50% discount at HLJ reaching measly 800 Yen price tag.

  90. JimmyC says:

    Well I know there is an RG Freedom there…but more importantly…you are THROWING OUT BOXES! Sid that is criminal! Get creative and start stacking them inside each other and then put them in a corner and stack them till they reach the roof! Then start another pile!

    Cleaned out the man-cave for the arrival of my daughter…old suits got tossed to make way for Gunpla boxes in the cupboard! It’s how we roll 🙂

  91. ufo says:

    MG Blitz
    hope I win 🙂 Donate another box for prize so we have more chance! 😛

  92. Goose says:

    Hey Sid,

    Long time reader first time poster!

    MG RGM-79 GM

    I love GM kits I’m not sure why I have a collection of 1/144 and 1 MG GM SNIPER!

  93. BAP says:

    MG Banshee and MG Blitz – 2 of my favorites 🙂

  94. wiley hudson says:

    rx-0 unicorn gundam 02 banshee

  95. dann99 says:

    Blitz MG and banshee MG

  96. Jeanie Hudson says:

    rx-0 unicorn gundam 02 banshee

  97. Omega says:

    MG RGM-79 GM

  98. refined77 says:

    A quite a collection i must say. A lot of cool re-painted kits also . Sad to see how ours works must spent it time in boxes , out of light. Could i see Altron gundam you painted in dark grey closer?

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