Gundam models, also known as Gunpla, are plastic model kits that depict the robots and vehicles from the Gundam anime and manga franchise. These models are typically made of plastic and require assembly. The kits range in size and complexity, with some being simple snap-together models and others requiring glue and paint for completion.
Gundam models have become increasingly popular in recent years, with a wide range of fans, from children to adults, enjoying the hobby. Many fans enjoy customizing and painting their models, and competitions are often held for the most beautifully detailed and painted kits.
The Gundam franchise itself began in 1979 with the anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam," which featured giant robots called mobile suits that were piloted by humans in a futuristic world. The franchise has since grown to include numerous anime series, movies, and manga, as well as video games and merchandise.
The most popular and iconic mobile suit in the franchise is the RX-78-2 Gundam, which served as the protagonist mobile suit in the original series. Since then, many other mobile suits have been introduced in the franchise and many have been made into models.
Bandai is the main company that produces Gundam models. They release various series of kits, such as the High Grade (HG), Master Grade (MG), and Perfect Grade (PG) lines. Each line represents a different level of difficulty and detail in the models. HG are the simplest and easiest to build, while PG are the most advanced and detailed.
In addition to the standard model kits, Bandai also releases limited edition kits and exclusive kits that are only available at specific events or through certain retailers.
Overall, Gundam models are a fun and exciting hobby for fans of the franchise and for those who enjoy building and customizing models. With a wide range of kits available, from simple snap-together models to advanced and detailed kits, there is something for every skill level and interest.