It’s here: the 40th anniversary Gunpla itself: the HG Gundam G40 Industrial Design Ver. We first saw this kit revealed at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show earlier this year. It’s designed by Ken Okuyama, and its standout feature is that it’s an HG kit that doesn’t use any polycaps.
The cover is a solid matte black with semi-reflective silver print for the kit name — a look that really makes an impression!
There’s only one panel dedicated to information about the kit. On one side it shows the Gundam in a dynamic pose with a bit of background on the model.
On the other half, we see the front and back of the completed kit and a preview of some of the concept art from the special booklet inside.
Speaking of special booklets: once you open the box, you’re greeted with a cardboard parts tray that can be pulled out to reveal the 28-page booklet beneath. This keeps it from getting and dents or scratches from the runners.
A: Yellow, dark grey, blue, red
B1: This looks white, but it’s actually a very pale green. There are no white or offwhite runners in this kit.
(Pardon the crooked photo!)
C: Pale green x2
The C runners are the parts that are going to build out the kit’s articulation in place of polycaps. Here’s part of the arm construction to demonstrate — and as you can see, we still have balljoints in the kit.
The typical beam effect parts in clear pink plastic and a few foil stickers to finish it off.
We don’t anticipate having extra stock left of this kit, but you can check it out on our website, too, if you’re interested!:
– 1/144 HG Gundam G40 (Industrial Design Ver.)