Gaijin Gunpla

Review prep days fall on weekends. That’s when I get the natural lighting in my apartment and can take better pictures. However, those days are also the days I’m watching a certain soon-to-be-three-year old. Until recently she would nap for a couple of hours each day but that has been happening less and less. This past weekend was one of those no-nap days but I also was ready to go ahead with the photography on the newest review. I didn’t want to lose a weekend and push back photography so I decided, for the first time ever, to try to take photos with a certain someone else awake and in the room with me. Naturally, this wasn’t a smooth process with the other person wanting to be involved. The result is, for this review, I didn’t get as many quality pictures as I would have liked and in some pictures I have something I’ve never included in a review before but you know what, I’m going to go with it.

Behold, the MG Jegan review!

Overall Look: 9/10

That pictures or this one?

It’s a grunt suit which, normally I’m not a huge fun of unless it’s a Zaku II, but the Jegan works for me. I like the shoulders and the head.

He’s a mono-eye!

He’s got a decent backpack with some character.

I find I like the look of the legs, as well.

The lack of front skirts stands out for some reason.

But now that I think about it, the reason I like the Jegan may be because it reminds me of this.

The Type 98 AV Ingram. Can anyone else see the resemblance? No? It’s just me?

Colors: 8/10

or this?

Let’s face it. There really isn’t much to speak of when talking about the Jegan colour scheme. It’s basically green and… not much else.

Sure you’ve got some red on the chest and skirt and some yellow on the shoulders.

I’m grasping here. But at the right angle you see more of that colour on the backpack and legs.

And a second green which you see mostly around the head.

But others have rocked all green and done well for themselves.

So why not the Jegan, too?

Weapons: 8/10

That’s pretty standard stuff there. The rifle has a cartridge than can detach.

An extra hand is provided to attach to the grip so you can get your Jegan holding it.

I find it tough to get that hand in the right position but once you’re close it’s not going anywhere.

Pew pew!

I do like the simplistic look of the shield.

Flip it over and you’ll find a simple setup is used to connect it to the hollow in the back of the Jegan’s arm.

Two Beam Sabres complete the set but you’ve only got one saber handle on your Jegan.

Articulation: 8/10

The design of the Jegan gives it a fair amount of articulation. Then the armour impedes it.

He can bend forward.

But only so far.

I guess that’s enough to show off those nice thrusters.

He can tilt sideways at the waist as well.

But can’t take the stretch much further at the shoulder.

His feet move somewhat.

Until they run into that thruster.

I found some good bend in the knee.

But trying to use it all by posing it kneeling meant getting to a point with the other leg where the armour on the thigh started splitting.

It took a lot of effort to get him to stay in this position.

I guess it doesn’t help that the bottom of his foot is mostly one big piece.

Well, the end of the foot does move but it doesn’t really seem to be able to help anything.

The best articulation is found in the joint for the shoulder.

He can pull off the Ferrigno.

Build Design: 8/10

Build is quite simple and the kit lacks any major gimmicks. I guess that’s not unexpected for a model of a grunt suit but when you compare it to the other MG’s that have come in the recent past it does make this one seem plain.

The side skirts each feature a different design and can flip open but you’ll only really utilize the beam saber holding side.

(throwing this in)

And the hatch opens but that’s nothing remarkable. It would be an interesting exercise to find which Master Grade kits don’t have an opening cockpit hatch.

Fun Factor: 8/10

I would say that I did a good job of making this build fun. I built the frame completely first and got to experiment with its articulation before putting all that armour on. This extended my time with the kit and made it more engaging. Given how simple it is, if I went for a straight OOB from start to finish, the build may only take several hours. Compare that with several days some other MGs seem to take.

Extras: 8/10

You’re given plenty of extra hand parts along with the standard stand adaptor.

I am just noticing now that I don’t have a picture of a pilot figure. Is there no pilot figure? Better check my box before I throw any used runners away.

The best thing about this kit may be the extra they give you which is the sticker sheet.

Look at all those numbers! You can give it almost any designation, number-wise, you like. An S2 would be easy.

My Jegan, as you’ve seen, has another little ‘extra’ that no other Jegans have.

This kit is going to get an average or below score here on Gaijin Gunpla and that is mostly because of how simple it is compared to most other MGs out there. That said, I found I enjoyed my time with it more than I thought I would. It’s not spectacular, and if you’re short on cash and have to be choosy you’ll likely look at other MG kits before this one, but it still has that Master Grade feel to it and that’s enjoyable in its own way.

Haven’t used this pic so might as well!

11 Responses so far.

  1. Marc says:

    This is a great blank slate for custom work. What a good-looking kit it is!

  2. Stephen says:

    Foam ball for scale.

    The lack of details is a bit disappointing, but it’s a grunt suit (and a Feddie one at that), so it isn’t too bad.

  3. Guille says:

    Now, the real question is, Jegan or Jesta?

    • Paul Emical* says:

      Well, that’s an easy one: get both!
      Seriously, depends on what you’re looking for.
      The Jesta is surely more complex and more satisfying in terms of building. But if you’re into the Jegan, go for it and you won’t regret it.

  4. Buzzard says:

    Fun fact,the reason the Jegan and Ingram look so similar,is because they were designed by the same fellow. Izubuchi,I believe. I might have butchered the spelling.

  5. Alberto from Italy says:

    If I can give my two cents… When I read the (always great, let me say it at once) review, I understand this simplicity of the Jeagan is regarded as a minus. In my opinion, when simplicity provides great results, it is more than welcome, as for me. I will never forget in my life how overcomplicated the original F91 was, above all in some areas where I always got the idea things could have been made much, much easier… Shall I remind also what a bundle of madness the 2.0 Corefighter is? Well, an easy guy doing all it does is a masterpiece, in my humble opinion, even if adding some working pistons instead of fakes would have made a greatest difference.
    As for the armour hindering some movements, zi think we must never forget these are robots with an armour around them and what they should do is mainly what we see on the screen: if they’re designed with enormous shoulders, we can’t expect them to lift their arm too much. But that’s not a true fault in the model, provided the movement range is respectful of what we are lead to expect after watching the series.
    Long made short: the Jeagan looks great, but it lacks details on the inside frame. That’s present day’s temdecy: I can’t explain it, but I wish some more pistons/piping/hidden cranks would be back soon!

  6. ThePlasticWerks says:

    Well of course there’s a resemblance. Izubuchi Yutaka is the original designer of the Jegan, AV-98 Ingram, and the GM Command (and all of the other designs in their respective series). If you put the MG Jegan and GM Command together you can really see how one became the other.

  7. Bocalt says:

    The thing that bothers me is that the mg line for 2018 can be summed up by the f91 2.0 and this kit.

    Of course there were other “releases”.

    This feels very strange compared to some past years.

    • Paul Emical* says:

      We also had the Deep Striker and the GM Command, with the Qan[T] Full saber coming out now.
      Still, we’re far from the golden years when we had one MG per month…

  8. Troy Buttke says:

    I got this kit a couple weeks ago. It goes together lightning fast and there isn’t a lot of panel lining. In the end, it ends up being a pretty nice, if a little boring build. There were no surprises. A nice kit, nonetheless, though. I am really hoping Bandai gives us the Stark Jegan and Jegan D type. We had a billion different Zaku variants (not complaining, I have two and plan to get at least two more), so giving us a couple more Jegans would be nice. Especially given just how popular Unicorn was.

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