RG Sinanju: Looks great, but doesn't want to stay intact
Before addressing the downpoints of this kit, we must say that the Sinanju undeniably looks really cool. There is lots of excellent detail and the model is very accurate to the source material. It especially looks great on the Full Frontal action base. (Full Frontal is the pilot of this mobile suit.) When we bought our copy of the Sinanju, it was also pretty cheap. We don’t remember the exact price, but it was probably 2000 to 2500 Yen, about 22 Dollars, in the Japanese shop where we bought it. The articulation is also great, that is if you can manage to pose this thing without smashing it into a thousand pieces. But now for the bad parts.
A good-looking hand grenade
We kind of already spoiled it in the last paragraph, but this kit can and will fall apart on you. It feels like just blowing on it (or looking at it for that matter) will make it fall apart as shown in the photo below. Especially the torso connection is infuriating, because it is just a tiny peg and hole for the heavy upper body. The backpack also loves to disintegrate, because the connection between some parts is practically non-existent. Some tiny parts also love to get lost, such as one piece on the front of the torso. We couldn’t find it, so it is missing in the images. Admittedly, we built this model kit quite a while ago and it may be that the joints loosened up a bit, but the current state of this kit is unforgivable.
Surprisingly good articulation and 1/144 scale pilot
Ironically, the Sinanju actually has great articulation. The armor shifts and opens to reveal great looking detail and adds a cool touch to the overall look of the model. But the kit is still a pain to pose and falls apart all the time. The backpack can also extend and open, revealing lots of mechanical detail, but it is left closed most of the time. Panels and other bits just come flying off the kit and it is really frustrating. Next, the Sinanju, like many other Real Grades, comes with a tiny figure of the pilot, in this case Full Frontal. The cockpit also opens, which is really cool.
We think that you should buy this kit only if you absolutely need a Sinanju and are ready for a lot of pain (and using superglue). It looks astonishing with its shiny and glossy colors, but it just disintegrates way too easily. To be honest, if you’re looking for a red Zeon suit, you should get the Real Grade Sazabi. It is big, red, bulky, and looks great, although the red is a bit more matte there. So if it doesn’t have to be this exact model kit, you should probably not buy this.