The High Grade Universal Century (HGUC) RX-78-2 Gundam is a 1/144 scale kit released in 2001.


  • RX-78-2 Gundam
    • 2 Beam Sabers
  • Beam Rifle
  • Shield
  • Bazooka
    • Adapter piece for Bazooka
  • Non-transformable Core Fighter

Kit Features & Gimmicks

  • Shoulder parts can be pushed frontwards for slightly extra articulation.
  • Chest joint can tilt from left or right if slightly pulled up.
  • Beam Saber hilts can be optionally removed from the backpack as handheld weapons.
  • Beam Rifle's foregrip & sensor can swing left and right.
  • Bazooka can mount onto the rear waist armor via an Adapter.
  • The Shield can attach onto the backpack.

Tips & Tricks

  • For better results, most/some of the details are needed to be applied/panel-lined with Gundam Markers and/or Mr. Color paints.
  • The Dengeki Hobby Magazine (July 2001 issue) exclusive Mechanism Sticker set for HGUC RX-78-2 Gundam decal sheet can be applied on this kit.
  • Due to the kit possessing it's own unique Beam Saber parts (complete with slightly thick pegs), We recommend that you do not use the Beam Saber parts from the SB-6 & SB-13 runner, which can tighten the assembly between the hilt & the effect parts (or in a worst case scenario, the Beam Saber effect part's peg may break off from the hilt while attempting to remove it.).

B-Club related customizations



Store Front sample

  • A store front sample (with monochrome packaging) is available as a display for Hobby Shops and shopping malls in Japan, though this was entirely not for sale until it was popped up to several online auctions. 
  • Later reissues includes the backpack (with latch joints) & the modified foot parts included in the G-Armor (RX-78-2 Gundam + G-Fighter) kit.
  • The Gunpla is also released in the US under the "Skill Level 3 Model Kits" line with a similar-but-different packaging. This release also omits the Hyper Bazooka and the Core Fighter accessories.

Standard Releases

Limited Edition

  • RX-78-2 Gundam (with Gunpla DVD Catalogue) - An unchanged release of the kit comes with a DVD containing a Gunpla catalog. 

Exclusives (Event, Prizes etc)

Cancelled Items

Notes & Trivia

  • Several of the designs, including the stout arms and legs, had taken cues from the MG Gundam Ver. 1.5 kit.
  • Vintage releases of the kit comes with a limited edition Gundam Weapons: HGUC RX-78-2 Gundam Special Book.
  • There is a common problem for the first version of the kit: the backpack somehow does not hold the Beam Saber handles well.


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