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Gunpla TV – Episode 76 – Syd’s Top 5 Master Grade Kits!

Syd’s Top 5 Master Grade kits! A couple episodes back someone asked Syd what his top 5 MG kits would be. Since then he hasn’t been able to think of anything else and so, after some deliberation, he gives you his top five in this episode of Gunpla TV.

Kits featured in this video:

Some Master Grade Zaku II 2.0s
A popular Wing Gundam kit.
Something surprising.
A version Ka.
Syd’s favourite.

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Gunpla TV host from the beginning, until 2017. You can keep up with his current gunpla projects at gaijin-gunpla.com.


  1. ah man i shouldnt of watched that episode i now wish to purchase pretty much all 5 but especially your top two syd, the sinanju looks amazing but as a ms and a kit and the sword impulse with its dual swords, love.

    have you build the red frame syd, its by alot of accounts one of the top MGs out and from what i saw its a great mix of sinanju for parts,gimmicks etc and the dual sword wielding smaller frame of the impule

  2. Hey Syd,
    Have you ever built the Ex-S Gundam? I just got done building it and was
    Pretty impressed at how menacing it was. I know it has the articulation of a brick, but Syd, I want to know your opinions on the kit. Thank you.

  3. A noob question here~
    i know that all the MG 2.0 kit contains inner frame , but is there a way to know if the kit is 2.0 or not when you look at the box?

    btw , your top 5 kits r also my top 10 kits, lol

    good show!! keep up the good work!!

  4. I may get all of these, may get the sinanju first

  5. ReZEL
    AGE 1 
    Zeta 2.0

  6. Here’s my top 5:
    5: MG Infinite Justice
    4: MG 00 Gundam 7 Sword
    3: MG Epyon
    2: MG Strike Freedom
    1: MG Blue Frame Astray R2

  7. Hi Syd,

    Love your show! You mentioned that HLJ will be restocking the MG Sinanju waterslide decal, but it is still listed as “Discountinued” on your store site. Do you know how long we should wait until we can order these decals? I’ve been searching for this set of decals for a long time and cannot wait to order one! Also, do you know if there are any other MG water slide decal sets that Banda plans on re-releasing? Thank you and keep up the great work!

    • Hi Douglas,

      At the time of the filming we had them in stock, but I didn’t realize that it was a one time thing. My guess is bandai put them out to just prior to the release of the MG Banshee because just before that date the Sinanju and Unicorn MG decal sets were seen in shops and now they are gone again.

  8. Hi Syd, do you build HG kits too and if so do you have a top 5 as well?

  9. Do you have an order for favorite Zaku, Syd?

  10. 1. Acguy
    2. Zeta 2.0
    3. Victory Gundam (and the Core Booster, I suppose)
    4. RX78-2 2.0
    5. Zaku II 2.0

    Also, you got me so excited about the Sinanju decals, Syd. Shame on you.
    Shame on you.

  11. Hi Syd,

    Thank you for the reply! I guess it was too good to be true! I’m not surpised that the decal sets were snagged up almost instantly. Have fun building the RG Titan, it looks very promising! Looking forward to your review 🙂

  12. Hey Syd, just wondering if you could do some tutoring on hand painting? I mean hand painting over large surface (not detailing tho) using acrylics and enamels and how to thin them? (what exact ratio). A bit sad that the yellowbird lose to MG Sword Impulse =(

  13. hi Syd

    I have been modeling for a year now and I am thinking of getting my third mg I have already built the “shin musha” and the “unicorn” gundam and I’d like to know what you would recomend for my next mg? Thanks keep up the great work!

    • If you’ve already built the Unicorn I think you’re well prepared to build any MG. For you I’d say try the Sinanju as it is a similar build but also is the Unicorn’s enemy in the anime. The two look great together.

    • I’d recommend any kit shown in this video. 😉

  14. Great choices Syd, Force/Sword Impulse is an impressive kit. When It first came out I really wanted it too. But I held back my wallet. Love the Force Impulse more, I’m a sucker at flight packs lol. (Aile Strike etc.)

    In my life time, the MG kits I got are limited in quantity, as a kid, you don’t have a lot of money and no way to import … When I got the chance to go to Hong Kong, buy buy buy with what little cash I have.

    I’ll label my top MG kits that I own.

    1. GAT-X 105 Strike Gundam (My lovely painted build)
    2. ZGMF X19A Infinite Justice Gundam + Clear Parts (still boxed)
    3. RX-78 Gundam – One Year War (Game version)
    4. Gundam GP03S
    5. MSN-04 Sazabi

    Remaining MGs that I owned.
    ZGMF X20A Strike Freedom Full Burst Mode (Boxed…)
    RGM-79Q GM Quel
    RX-178 Gundam (AUEG) (Not the 2.0)
    Chars Zaku IIs (The really old one! But its gone now when my dad accidently broke it years ago hahaha… ;_; Replaced with the RG 😛 )

    May have had more, I don’t remember how many MGs I had to bin (if any) or give away. I hope I didn’t lose the RX-178 Gundam … got to check that the next time I full sweep clean my room … (I binned all my HG 1/144s 1/100s and some SDs – they were really old…)

    Looking forward to the new GAT-X MG line. they’re gonna replace my current top 5. Most likely pushing Strike to 4th place or 5th depending how much I like Buster Gundam. Aegis would probably take my #1. 😛

    Here’s a question for Syd, (Ryan too if you want to have a go)
    I’ll put you in my place, imagine you have a fairly small room. You have Gunpla stocked away, old and new. You are cleaning your room, throwing away items, new or old, useful or not, resourceful or not.

    Either for making space for more or its showing its age etc. If you had a reason to throw it.

  15. And here’s a video for Syd,

    With many memorable scenes with his #1 Gundam.

    (Watched it so many times ^^;)

  16. Noticed there is a 1/48 ANA Megasize RX78 available, will Ryan be having a go at this one? Also I have seen a 7 Eleven HG 6 in 1 clear set that is now available, any news on this one Syd? I haven’t seen any pictures of the kit contents yet.

  17. syd can you maybe review “HMM kootbukiya zoids berserk fuhrer” when it come out?

    and here’s my top 5 MG
    3.wing zero EW

    i only got 5 so it;s easy to pick

  18. Well , Since the facebook page is kind of dead – I’ll copy paste what I wrote there here 🙂

    Amazing episode BTW…

    Hi Guys,

    I really enjoy the show and recently got back to building some Gundam models with my wife.
    It’s a hobby we picked in NY around 8 years ago when we saw it, decided to give one a try and fell in love with.
    It’s been dormant since it was very hard to get kits for a decent price shipped to Israel , But now with International shipping at a decent price – were back 🙂

    I was looking at the following White Base model:
    We are not into painting and heavy gluing at this stage and I was wondering how much gluing and painting this kit requires ?
    Could you show it’s contents in one of the episodes?

    Thanks in advance and keep on the amazing work 🙂


    • Hi Liviu,

      We’re not dead, just in the middle of holidays and vacations. I did see your comment and I thought it would be a great idea to show some kits from the line you are asking about as we haven’t featured them yet. I’m going to add it to the list and we’ll try to have something for everyone soon.

  19. Hi guys,

    I notice this year Shizuoka Hobby Show is coming soon, will you guys be covering the event there? I notice that this year Hasegawa is going to be showing a few thing I’m very interested, like the 1/72 Shinden II, several re-colour kits from Virtual-On.

    But the one I am very intrigued is their that the CG images of a completely brand new kit for the Virtual-On series will be reviewed in the show.

    Also looking very exciting on Bandai front are model kits featuring characters from the anime Accel World. Their relatively low price point makes me wonder about their actual scale and size.

    • Hi Raymond,

      Hobbylink.tv is already planning the Shizuoka Hobby Show coverage. Stay tuned.

  20. Hey Syd,
    I was wondering if u knew of any panel lining marker brands that were sold in the US. If u knew of any please let me know.
    on a side note, you guys should review more gundam wing kits
    keep up the good work guys!

  21. Hi, i have a question can you do a panel wash with tamiya arcylic paint and thinner?

  22. Syd,
    Of the Seven Swords Gundam or the 00Raiser, which do you like more? I like the Seven swords because of the GN Buster Sword II, but Id like your opinion.

    • I really like the Raiser so am leaning towards to 00 Raiser kit but I still have yet to build the Seven Swords so my opinion may change.

  23. Amazing top 5 syd. Love the zaku II ver2.0.
    Top 5
    5. Qubeley mk. II
    4. Sandrock EW ver
    3.char’s Zegok
    2. Deathsythe EW ver.
    1. Astray blue frame 2nd Rev

  24. hi syd,
    how are you doing?,been watching all the gunpla tv episode and it really helps thanks!!!,i was wondering is there any competition come in up cause i like to take part??,I just finis built the MG AGE-! normal its a great kit and here are my top 5
    5.Mg oo raiser
    4.Mg infinite justice
    3.Mg Age-1 normal
    2.pg Strike gundam
    1. this is my favourite of all time the MG Freedom gundam.

  25. Hi Ryan & Syd

    I would like to ask a question about ordering, if i order 2 products first is written “in stock” and the 2nd is “backordered” and i checkout together will the “in stock” product be affected by the “backordered” product?

    • For questions regarding orders please mail us at questions@hlj.com. The people there will be able to give you a much more thorough answer than I can.

  26. sword impulse! nice! i was actually surprised by that.

    here are mine:

    5. OYW RX-78-2 Game Colour
    4. Infinite Justice
    3. Impulse
    2. Mark II ver. 2.0
    1. Sinanju

  27. Zali on 05/15/2012 at 03:20hi syd, how are you doing?,been watching all the gpnula tv episode and it really helps thanks!!!,i was wondering is there any competition come in up cause i like to take part??,I just finis built the MG AGE-! normal its a great kit and here are my top 5 5.Mg oo raiser 4.Mg infinite justice 3.Mg Age-1 normal 2.pg Strike gundam 1. this is my favourite of all time the MG Freedom gundam.


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