Back in 2012 when I was really sinking my teeth into the hobby, I remember getting giddy about all the new MG releases of the year (the Buster.. Marasai, all the AGE line kits, Heavyarms and of course the Nu). This continued on through 2013, and I remember that feeling of “I can’t wait to see what comes next”.
So what happened in 2014? Reboots? What?
The MG line has been really disappointing for a while now and it’s a real shame. It looks to me like the focus has very much changed with the advent of GBF and it’s new HG ‘system’ of being able to swap out parts. Great idea from a marketing point of view since we have certainly seen a huge influx of new people enter the hobby (and somewhat diluted it’s talent, but that’s another story), but pretty disappointing to those of us waiting on the next ‘cool MG release’. Don’t get me wrong, I am no MG slut – I love HG’s, RG’s and the new RE/100’s and it’s marvellous to see continuing releases through all gundam universe timelines being released, but MG’s are just that something special.
Realistically, there were only 3 unique, new MG releases in 2014. (Hi-Nu, Turn-X, Gundam X) which is a damn shame. We did of course, get the hotly denied and gloriously spectacular PG Unicorn (bias) but it’s got little to do with my point.
I really hope this is not a sign of things to come.. I think I have every MG I am interested in now and I would prefer not to have to resort to expensive resin kits, or conversion kits to get something exciting back on my workbench.
With talk of MG 2.0’s being murmured throughout the community I remain hopeful that the line will be back on form, especially with the upcoming Origin OVA and the recent announcement of an updated Hyaku Shiki 2.0. Let’s hope this really is not the end of the MG, as we know and love it.
I do, very much wish to see an MG Dreissen.. Jegan.. and so many more, but I won’t speculate further nor ask that you respond with your request list, as this is one of those irritably dull, ultimately subjective social media questions with a thousand responses that Bandai will never in a million years look at. Instead remain hopeful on the success of the Origin OVA, which I speculate will play a key part in the line’s future, much like the Unicorn OVA did, keeping alive the UC timeline for which most MG models derive. It gave us the Jesta don’t ya know, and 341 variations of the Unicorn.. Keep your fingers crossed gunpla fans.