Bandai's Newest Gundam Model Is Excellent For Posing

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The newly released Gundam Beyond Global model has enough points of articulation that a variety of very cool and humorous poses are possible.

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As Mecha Catalogue reports, this High Grade RX-78-2 Gundam is a completely new kit and is part of Gunpla’s 40th anniversary. Below are some examples of the articulation, which really makes this RX-78-2 highly expressive.

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How so? Well, take a look for yourself!

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

As someone who makes 3D models of humanoid mechs, I can tell you that making one this flexible while still retaining the robot look is a feat of engineering. It’s extremely hard to make limbs that have such a range of articulation when you have a crap load of rigid armor than can’t bend.

A lot of mech animes (evangelion and patlabor for ex) just skip the problem and have some flexible material covering the joints.