I know its hard to believe, but some of us can’t buy shiny new Japanese toys every month. So, in times of desperation, us poor kids have little choice but to take the old and make it into something new.
Enter the Mobile Suits in Action (MSiA) RX-78, version 1. It has the distinction of being the first MSiA figure ever made, beginning a lineage that would allow poor collectors and completists alike to horde cheap PVC likenesses of their favoritee MS’. It also had the “distinction” of being a complete and utter piece of crap. Even when the series first started, this figure was known to suck. With the release of the Second Version RX-78, the craptacular nature of the original figure became even more apparent.
I’m not quite sure why, but one day, while browsing the local toy shop in my neighborhood in Japan, I saw the original MSiA RX-78 and decided it would be agood idea to buy it. It wasn’t until afterwards that the regret set in and…anyway, since I (and I’m sure a lot of other people) have this rubber turd in the collection or in a box in a dark corner somewhere, I’ll show you a EASY mod so that you too can have a classic Gundam moment on your shelf!
The first thing you want to do, as illustrated in the pictures is remove the left arm — this will be easy as the joints are loose on this toy. Secondly remove the head. Since the head plug is inside of the body of the 1st RX-78 as opposed as mounted on a ball-joing in the 2nd version, this might take some effort.
Got it? Okay, I’ll wait…
Now? Okay, finally put the beam rifle in the figures right hand and turn the arm completely up so that the rifle is pointing to the sky.
Congratulations! you’re now the proud owner of your very own Last Shooting Gundam as seen in the last TV episode or in Gundam III.
(Yes, I know this wouuld look cooler with the recently released “Battle Scarred” RX-78, but do you really want to buy ANOTHER Gundam?