Gaijin Gunpla

The day has come.

When Bandai announced this some jaws hit the floor and some eyeballs popped out of their sockets making Gunpla fandom look like something out of a zombie movie. I was able to contain myself, somewhat, when I saw this on display at the inaugural Gunpla Expo Australia.

And now the Plan 303E Deep Striker (Gundam Sentinel) or just Deep Striker for short, is here and on shelves, or more likely in piles on the floor, in stores throughout Japan.

One of them is also in my apartment in Sydney, Australia. Something my partner isn’t too thrilled about.

A quick measurement indicates this box is the same size as that of the PG Exia which means it’s big.

Big enough to put an image of the entire model on the back. Along with some text.

I find it interesting that a lot of the text is only in English, such as the part descriptors.

Except for this statement.

You don’t say!

When you open the top flap you’re greeted with a pretty cool image.

I love how they did these parts of the box on the Unicorn and Banshee and am glad to see it like this again.

Didn’t I just go through something like this?

Given the sheer amount of stuff I’m just going to take pictures of things of note as I pull runner bags out of the box, starting with the right side.

For example, here is the sticker sheet.

And white parts which are clearly part of the cannon.

There are two of these big runners in this bag.

Man, some of these parts are huge.

This looks interesting.

A cable and silver parts!

These bags seem tiny compared to the others.


Two poly-cap runners.

Anyone recognize this PC runner?

More frame parts.

What’s this?

MG S Gundam? That kit is from 2002.

Another one!

Now for some orange.

And an army of screws!

Large white parts with something else tucked in there.

A replacement shoelace. Right?

Now for the runner bags from the left side of the box.

More large parts!

And here are the foil stickers.

And more orange. This one has parts that look like something.

This stack of runner bags came out in one handful.

How many of them are there in this stack?

Oh, and more tanks.

So much white.

And here is the big stand needed to hold up this huge kit.

That’s all the runners, finally. Now I can look at this thick instruction manual.

Love the front image. One on the back is pretty decent too.

Runner list.

Muawhahahaha. (starts losing it.)

I usually cast a quick glance at this image in other manuals but I stopped to examine this one for a while.

Something tells me building this section will be time consuming.

Lots of text for fans of this Mobile Suit.

This will be fun.

Marking guide.

I guess it’s not a PG or Ver. Ka so we are black and white here.

35 pages!

And what is most astounding, I managed to get everything back in the box so I can close it up neatly again.

I’ll be opening it again soon!

Categories: Builds, Deep Striker, MG

8 Responses so far.

  1. Dan says:

    The kit looks great! Can’t wait to get it for my birthday next month. Looking forward to the WIP posts.

  2. irfan adnan says:

    Please do post the review for RG Banshee.

  3. Tony says:

    Thanks Syd, it looks amazing. Really looking forward to seeing you put it together. Did you get it from a retailer in Australia or shipped from Japan (HLJ)?

  4. Stephen says:

    I’d love to have my hands on this one!

  5. Paul Emical* says:

    Hello Syd,

    this kit won’t be available in Italy untile may, so I’ll have to wait (I preordered it, though).
    I’m not so into the “shoelace” as you called it, I think it may seem a bit on the cheap side. Guess I’ll try and replace it with some heat shrinking mesh tube and see if it’s better.

  6. Busterbeam says:

    I cannot wait to see the process for this. I haven’t been this pumped out for a kit since MG Tallgeese.

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