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The Mobile Suit Gundam Model Series (also known as First Gundam) is a line of Gunpla kits of the Mobile Weapons from the TV series Mobile Suit Gundam. Released in 1980 following the end of the series' initial broadcast run in Japan, the line introduced fans to the hobby of Gunpla. Compared to modern Gunpla kits, these require glue and paint to complete, and articulation and detail are very limited.[1]

Modelers refer to these kits as "Old kits" (旧キット Kyū kitto?) when comparing them to more recent Gunpla releases.

Mobile Suit Gundam

For the first line of Gunpla kits, nearly early every mobile suit, vehicle, and ship in the anime series and movie compilations has been produced in model kit form. In recent years, many of these kits were reissued under the Best Mecha Collection (BMC) (ベストメカコレクション Besuto Meka Korekushon?) banner, which also included kits from Super Robot and tokusatsu series. For safety reasons, all reissues of the RX-78 Gundam have the V-fin antenna redesigned with "flags" on the tips, much like their High Grade counterparts.

The kit numbers listed below are for the Best Mecha Collection line.

Mobile weapons

BMC # Scale Model Yen Price Release Date Notes
4
RX782 1980Boxart
1/144 RX-78 Gundam ¥300 1980 July First Gundam model ever released.
N/A
OldGundam-100
1/100 RX-78 Gundam ¥700 1980 July First Gundam kit to have a functional Core Block System. Also includes a dummy frame to display the upper and lower torso separately with the Core Fighter, and a spring-loaded rocket launcher.
5
OldMusai
1/1200 Musai ¥300 1980 August First ship kit ever released. Includes display stand.
6
10005537
1/144 MS-06S Char's Zaku II ¥300 1980 September
9
OldGouf
1/144 MS-07 Gouf ¥300 1980 November
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 OriginalDom box
1/100 MS-09 Dom ¥800 1980 November
10
OldZ'Gok
1/144 MSM-07 Z'Gok ¥300 1980 December
N/A
OldWhiteBase-1200
1/1200 White Base ¥1,000 1980 December Includes display stand and 1/1200 scale RX-78 Gundam, RX-77 Guncannon, RX-75 Guntank, and Gunperry.

BMC # Scale Model Yen Price Release Date Notes
11
OldZaku
1/144 MS-06 Zaku II ¥300 1981 January Color variant of BMC-06.
13
Gunpla 1-1200 CharMusai box
1/1200 Char's Musai ¥300 1981 February Includes display stand
N/A
OldZeong
1/144 MSN-02 Zeong ¥600 1981 March Includes display stand.
N/A
OldCharGelgoog-100
1/100 MS-14S Char's Gelgoog ¥800 1981 March
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 Guncannon box
1/100 RX-77 Guncannon ¥700 1981 March
15
OldWhiteBase-2400
1/2400 White Base ¥300 1981 April Includes display stand.
16
OldGundamWeapons
1/144 Weapons for Mobile Suit ¥300 1981 April Set of Gundam, Zaku II, and Gouf weapons. Includes two Gundam Hammers, a Hyper Bazooka, a Zaku Bazooka, two Zaku Missile Pods, two Cracker grenades, a Beam Javelin, a Heat Hawk, and a Heat Saber.
17
RGM79 1980Boxart
1/144 RGM-79 GM ¥300 1981 April
18
Gunpla 1-144 Guncannon box
1/144 RX-77 Guncannon ¥300 1981 May
19 
OldGogg
1/144 MSM-03 Gogg ¥300 1981 May
N/A
OldGuntank
1/144 RX-75 Guntank ¥600 1981 May
N/A
OldRickDom
1/144 MS-09R Rick Dom ¥500 1981 June
N/A
OldCharGelgoog
1/144 MS-14S Char's Gelgoog ¥500 1981 June
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 OriginalGelgoog box
1/100 MS-14 Gelgoog ¥800 1981 June
20
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalGyan box
1/144 MS-15 Gyan ¥300 1981 July
21
MSM07S 1980Boxart
1/144 MSM-07S Char's Z'Gok ¥300 1981 July
22
Gunpla 1-144 Agguy box
1/144 MSM-04 Acguy ¥300 1981 July
N/A
OldCharZaku-100
1/100 MS-06S Char's Zaku II ¥700 1981 July
N/A
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalZock box
1/144 MSM-10 Zock ¥600 1981 August
26
Gunpla 1-144 Ball box
1/144 & 1/250 RB-79 Ball ¥300 1981 September
27
OldBigZam
1/550 MA-08 Big Zam ¥400 1981 September Includes display stand.
28
OldBigro
1/550 MA-05 Bigro ¥300 1981 September Includes display stand.
N/A
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalG-Armor box
1/144 G-Armor ¥1,000 1981 September
29
Gunpla 1-550 OriginalGrublo box
1/550 MAM-07 Grublo ¥300 1981 October Includes display stand.
30
MAN-08 Elmeth Box
1/550 MAN-08 Lalah Sune's Mobile Armor Elmeth ¥300 1981 October Includes 10 Bit units. Comes with 1/550 scale MS-14 Char's Gelgoog.
32
MS05 1981Boxart
1/144 MS-05 Zaku I ¥300 1981 October
N/A
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalDodaiYS box
1/144 Dodai YS ¥500 1981 October
N/A
OldGouf-100
1/100 MS-07 Gouf ¥800 1981 December
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 CharsZGok
1/100 MSM-07S Char's Z'Gok ¥800 1981 December

BMC # Scale Model Yen Price Release Date Notes
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 OriginalGyan box
1/100 MS-15 Gyan ¥700 1982 January
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 Gogg
1/100 MSM-03 Gogg ¥800 1982 March
35
Gunpla 1-1200 Gau p01 front
1/1200 Gaw Attack Carrier ¥300 1982 April Includes figurines of two Zaku IIs, two Z'Goks, and two Dopps.
36
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalMagellaAttack box
1/144 Magella Attack Tank ¥400 1982 May
N/A
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalGelgoog box
1/144 MS-14 Gelgoog ¥500 1982 May
37
OldAdzam
1/550 MAX-03 Adzam ¥400 1982 June Includes a Leader unit and figurines of the RX-78 Gundam and a Magella Attack.
N/A
OldZ'Gok-100
1/100 MSM-07 Z'Gok ¥800 1982 June
N/A
OldZakrello
1/250

1/550

MA-04X Zakrello ¥500 1982 June Consists of two kits of different scales. Includes display stand and 1/250 scale RX-78-2 Gundam + B-Parts.
N/A
OldBrawBro
1/550 MAN-03 Braw Bro ¥700 1982 June Includes display stand and 1/550 scale RX-78 Gundam.
42
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalAgguguy box
1/144 MSM-04 Agguguy ¥400 1982 July
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 Zaku I box
1/100 MS-05 Zaku I ¥700 1982 July
43
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalCoreBooster box
1/144 FF-X7-Bst Core Booster ¥300 1982 August Includes two Core Fighters; one with its wings folded as half of the Core Booster unit. Released to coincide with the theatrical release of Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space.
N/A
Gunpla 1-144 OriginalJuaggu box
1/144 MSM-04G Juaggu ¥500 1982 August
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 OriginalGM box
1/100 RGM-79 GM ¥700 1982 August
47 
OldAgg
1/144 EMS-05 Agg ¥300 1982 September
N/A
OldZaku-100
1/100 MS-06 Zaku II ¥700 1982 September
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 Agguy box
1/100 MSM-04 Acguy ¥700 1982 September
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 OriginalAgguguy box
1/100 MSM-04N Agguguy ¥800 1982 September
N/A
Gunpla 1-100 OriginalAgg box
1/100 EMS-05 Agg ¥700 1982 October
48 
OldZogok
1/144 MSM-08 Zogok ¥400 1982 November
N/A
Gunpla OldZogok-100 boxart
1/100 MSM-08 Zogok ¥800 1982 November

BMC # Scale Model Yen Price Release Date Notes
53
Gunpla 1-2400 OriginalGwazine box
1/2400 Gwazine ¥300 1983 March
54
Gunpla 1-2400 OriginalZanzibar box
1/2400 Zanzibar ¥300 1983 March
55 
OldMidea
1/550 Medea ¥400 1983 January Comes with three 1/550 scale MS-09 Dom units.
56
Gunpla 1-1200 OriginalSalamis box
1/1200 Salamis ¥400 1983 January
N/A
Gunpla 1-1200 OriginalMagellan box
1/1200 Magellan ¥500 1983 March
N/A
Gunpla 1-250 OriginalG-Armor box
1/250 G-Armor ¥600 1984 August Marketed as a "Super Injection Model", which featured one parts runner molded in four colors. Includes RX-78 Gundam with transformable Core Fighter.

Diorama sets

Diorama sets replicate famous battles from select episodes of the series. All of the boxes feature two different variants for the artwork.

# Scale Model Yen Price Release Date Notes
A
Diorama-RambaRal
1/250 Ramba Ral's Suicide Attack ¥700 1981 July Includes MS-07 Gouf, MS-06 Zaku II, and RX-75 Guntank.
B
Diorama-Jaburo
1/250 A Downfall in Jaburo ¥700 1981 July Includes MSM-07S Char's Z'Gok, MS-06 Zaku II, and RGM-79 GM.
C
Diorama-Texas
1/250 The Duel in Texas ¥700 1981 August Includes RX-78 Gundam, MS-14S Char's Gelgoog, and RX-77 Guncannon.
D
Diorama-Abaoaqu
1/250 Space Fortress: A Baoa Qu ¥700 1981 August Includes RX-78 Gundam, MSN-02 Zeong, and MS-09R Rick Dom.

Mechanic Model

These Gunpla kits are designed with removable armor parts to display the internal mechanism, plus light-up LED camera eyes and weapons (LED bulbs sold separately). Each kit comes with a display base and a blueprint background.

# Scale Model Yen Price Release Date Notes
1
OldGundam-72
1/72 RX-78 Gundam ¥2,500 1981 November
2
OldCharZaku-72
1/72 MS-06S Char's Zaku II ¥2,500 1981 November

Characters

Please note that character names printed on the box covers may have changed over the years, as the English names had not been standardized at the time of the kits' release.

# Scale Model Yen Price Release Date Notes
1
CharaColle-AmuroRay
1/20 Amuro Ray ¥200 1981 June
2
CharaColle-CharAznable
1/20 Char Aznable ¥200 1981 June
3
CharaColle-MatildaAjan
1/20 Matilda Ajane ¥200 1981 June
4
CharaColle-SaylaMass
1/20 Sayla Mass ¥200 1981 June
5
CharaColle-KaiShiden
1/20 Kai Shiden ¥200 1981 August
6
CharaColle-FrawBow
1/20 Frau Baw ¥200 1981 August
7
CharaColle-GarmaZabi
1/20 Garma Zabi ¥200 1981 October
8
CharaColle-IcelinaEschonbach
1/20 Icelina Eschönbach ¥200 1981 October
9
CharaColle-BrightNoa
1/20 Bright Noah ¥200 1981 October
10
CharaColle-LalahSune
1/20 Lalah Sone ¥200 1981 October
N/A
CharaColleBox
1/20 Gundam Chara Colle Box ¥2,000 1995 Clear remold of all 10 character figures in one set.

Real Type

From 1982 to 1983, Bandai reissued select 1/100 Gunpla kits in alternate color schemes. This line was the precursor to Mobile Suit Variations (MSV).

# Scale Model Release Date Yen Price Notes
RealtypeDom
1/100 MS-09B Dom 1982 February ¥800
RealtypeZaku
1/100 MS-06 Zaku 1982 February ¥700 Labeled as "Zaku" instead of "Zaku II".
RealtypeGundam
1/100 RX-78 Gundam 1982 March ¥700
RealtypeGelgoog
1/100 MS-11 Gelgoog 1982 April ¥800 Incorrectly labeled as "MS-11" instead of "MS-14".
RealtypeGuncannon
1/100 RX-77 Guncannon 1982 April ¥700
RealtypeZakuI
1/100 MS-05 Old Type Zaku 1983 April ¥700 Labeled as "Old Type Zaku" instead of "Zaku I".
RealTypeGM
1/100 RGM-79 Gimm 1983 April ¥700 Labeled as "Gimm" instead of "GM".

Iropla Series

In July 1983, Bandai released four 1/250 scale Gunpla kits using the System Injection - also known as "Iropla" (イロプラ, "color plastic") - process to minimize the need to use paint during and after assembly.

# Scale Model Release Date Yen Price Notes
1
OldGundam-Iropla
1/250 RX-78 Gundam 1983 July ¥200
2
OldCharZaku-Iropla
1/250 MS-06S Char's Zaku II 1983 July ¥200
3
OldZaku-Iropla
1/250 MS-06 Zaku II 1983 July ¥200
4
OldGouf-Iropla
1/250 MS-07B Gouf 1983 July ¥200

Full Color Model

In 1988, Bandai remolded seven kits from the original 1980 series using the System Injection process to minimize the need to use paint during and after assembly. These kits were reissued in 1989 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam.

# Scale Model Release Date Yen Price Reissue Cover
1
OldRickDom-FullColorModel
1/144 MS-09R Rick Dom 1988 July ¥800
2
OldGuncannon-FullColorModel
1/144 RX-77 Guncannon 1988 September ¥500
OldGuncannon-FullColorModel2
3
OldCharZ'Gok-FulColorModel
1/144 MSM-07S Char's Zugock 1988 September ¥500
OldCharZ'Gok-FullColorModel2
4 1/144 RX-78 Gundam 1988 September ¥500
OldGundam-FullColorModel2
5
OldZ'Gok-FullColorModel
1/144 MSM-07 Zugock 1988 October ¥500
6
OldGouf-FullColorModel
1/144 MS-07B Gouf 1988 October ¥500
OldGouf-FullColorModel2
7
OldGM-FullColorModel
1/144 RGM-79 GM 1988 October ¥500

Yen price excluding 5% tax (8% from 2014 onwards).

See also

References

  1. Gunpla Taizen - First Gundam