This is part one of the article regarding the RGM 89 Jegan mobile suit.
Part one will compare the changes between the old kit design, the baseline, the Stark-variant and its distant design-relative.
Up first is the original kit from 1988 which I’ve bought in 1996 when I was studying that time and its my first ever grunt/mass-production kit. Now it’s has been long retired from (my) service and in its place is the RGZ-95C (TK401).
Eversince I’ve bough the 1988 Jegan, I always longed for Bandai to redo the model. Guess what? They did, with the HGUC version in 2007. Not much was change between the old kit and the new except for some proportion and articulation changes.
The HGUC version introduces waist, shoulder and elbow articulation, as the original’s torso was a single-piece affair.
One of my biggest gripe, why did they made the elbow only bent to the sides? This severely limits its’ coolness factor.
The new 2007 HGUC made the backpack more sturdy and enlarged the central thruster bell. Also, the two vernier arms (a design cue from the RX-178) on top is more thicker and solid.
The calf design is moreless the same except the old one is more pronounce for the calf’s vernier. As for the foot, the 2007 lengthen it a bit. By the way, I’d used a mixture of poster colour and ordinary office glue mixture for paint of the old kit. At that time (1997) information and resources are scarce for me.
The old kit’s vernier bells can be tilted up and down whereas the new one don’t. Nothing of value was loss. By the way, the old kit runners only came in minty green and dark blue, unlike the new one.
The vernier arms on the old kit is very thin and had to “paint” the “verniers” there with a marker pen.
Note the design of the arm and elbow joint…
The 2007 HGUC had made the rifle more larger, menacing and more of a weapon.