HG 1/144 RX-78-2 GUNDAM [PR ambassador of the Japan Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai].


What is RX-78-2 Gundam [PR ambassador of the Japan Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai]?

From October 1st, 2021,"2020 Dubai International Exposition" will be held in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
From the 192 countries around the world that have announced their participation, Gundam has been selected as the PR ambassador for the Japan Pavilion.
This time, the color scheme is not the usual tricolor,
but rather a commemorative scheme for the Dubai International Expo,
designed by Kunio Ōkawara, Japan's first mechanical designer for animation works who has created numerous mobile suits.
This special Gundam has been consolidated into a 1/144 scale GUNPLA with new molds and stickers.


In the 41 years since the launch of 'GUNPLA' until now, it has gone through a variety of histories.



The Birth of GUNPLA

As part of the "Best Mecha Collection" series, a 1/144 scale GUNPLA was released.
Since then, various scales, such as the 1/100 and 1/60 series, were developed.


Launch of Real Type Series

A series of existing 1/100 kits with new molding colors and original decals included.
Considering MS colors and markings that were not depicted in the anime series,
the kits were recreated from the military perspective.
It featured a large number and variety of decal designs.


MSV series launched

The settings that did not appear in the main animated series were commercialized


Realization of "IROPLA"

Multi-colored molding, which incorporated multiple molding colors in a single runner, was realized.
This technology, named "IROPLA", succeeded in reproducing a finish close to the set colors
just by assembling the models.


The appearance of HG
(High Grade)

In commemoration of the GUNPLA 10th anniversary, the first GUNPLA was renewed using new technologies.
Based on the 1/144 scale, this brand pursued the balance between price and size that can be easily collected.
The most extensive product lineup.


Introducing MG
(Master Grade)

MG was launched in commemoration of the GUNPLA 15th anniversary.
A grade that aims for high quality GUNPLA based on 1/100 scale.
The goal is to achieve both precision in detail and movable joints. Later, this grade improved again and again.
In 2002, Ver.Ka produced by Katoki Hajime was launched in MG series.


Introducing PG
(Perfect Grade)

The best peak brand based on 1/60 scale. Equipped with the latest technology,
it aims to embody the ultimate form of GUNPLA.
In the first PG Gundam kit, different materials such as metal parts were adopted to precisely recreate the inner mecha.


Introducing FG (First Grade)

A brand with a concept of low price
and easy assembly.
It is characterized by the BOX art with the package design for its motif.
In addition to the Snap-fit technology cultivated in 20 years, the shapes of the kit are as beautiful as PG series.


It appeared in HGUC(High Grade Universal Century).

In 1999, HGUC series was launched.
Based on the 1/144 scale, the reproduction of the images in anime series was improved.
2 years later, in 2001, Gundam was released as the 21st of the series.


Introducing RG (Real Grade)

RG was launched in commemoration of the GUNPLA 30th anniversary.
The brand is based on 1/144 scale.
In pursuit of "authenticity, it has a detailed parts composition and texture expression.


Mega Size was released to commemorate the 30th anniversary as well.
It was based on 1/48 scale, which was the largest class in the GUNPLA history.
Reproducing the shape of the life-sized Gundam statue, it pursuits both high detail and easy assembly.


35th Anniversary -REVIVE-

In commemoration of the GUNPLA 35th anniversary, "RX-78-2 GUNDAM" has been revived from the HG series using the technology cultivated until then.


PG 1/60 UNLEASHED Appeared

As a milestone of the 40th anniversary of GUNPLA,
it is a pure and innovative product that is beyond all previous definitions and restrictions.

Introducing EG (Entry Grade)

Gundam appeared in the plastic model series that can be easily assembled like a puzzle.
While it adopted Touch Gate that enables easy assembly, it thoroughly pursuits the articulation capability.


Gundam becomes Japan Pavilion PR Ambassador at Dubai International Exposition

Gundam has been selected as the PR ambassador for the Japan Pavilion.
This RX-78-2 Gundam with special specifications has been recreated in the 1/144 scale.

Feel the accumulation of 41 years of history


Special interview

First mechanical designer for animation works. Kunio Ōkawara Special interview


Kunio Ōkawara

Born in Tokyo on December 26th, 1947, he is the first to have designed mecha for animation works.
He is known for Mobile Suit Gundam (1979), and he keeps creating countless other mecha designs.

“I really wanted to include kanji.”

  • First mechanical designer for animation works. Kunio Ōkawara Special interview
  • First mechanical designer for animation works. Kunio Ōkawara Special interview

──Gundam has been appointed as the PR ambassador for the Japanese Pavilion at the 2020 Dubai International Expo, right?

I have already designed several Gundams for international events, but this time the concept is for it to be an ambassador introducing Japan to the world, so I was a little nervous.

──The EXPO 2020 Dubai Japan Pavilion PR Ambassador Gundam has an impressive white, red, and yellow color palette. What was the concept that inspired this design?

It was our national flag. The base color palette is the same as the Japanese flag: a red circle over a white background. The first draft was a little bolder and had the red circle covering its chest and shoulder, as I imagined Gundam to carry the Japanese flag. Afterward, I took the team’s opinions into account and modified the design, and we decided on using the version in which the red circle is placed over Gundam’s left chest.

──The shield emblem, with a logo made of the Japanese flag’s red circle and “Japan” written in Japanese kanji characters, is impressive as well.

It was my first time including bold kanji characters in the design, so I really wanted to do it this time. Not many countries have kanji characters as part of their culture, so conversely, they look exotic in the Middle East and in other countries. I wanted to try that.

“In my opinion, Gundam’s face is a samurai’s face. ”

  • First mechanical designer for animation works. Kunio Ōkawara Special interview
  • First mechanical designer for animation works. Kunio Ōkawara Special interview

──The head of RX-78-2 Gundam has a perfect design that has not changed since that time. A robot’s head is the most important part of its design; what are the main features of the Gundam’s face?

For all the mecha designs, including the Mobile Suits, I would prepare drafts and the animation director, Mr. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko would finish them up. In my opinion, Gundam’s face is a samurai’s face. he sensor on the top of his head is like a topknot, and the V-shaped antennas are like the front of a samurai helmet.

──The theme of the Japan Pavilion is “Where ideas meet,” and it makes sense that the Gundam’s face was also created when ancient traditional Japanese designs came together. This kit includes original marking stickers that faithfully recreate your illustrations. What do you pay extra attention to when designing markings, including the ones for the EXPO 2020 model?

I always make a point not to ruin the Gundam’s image. As the areas whose colors we can change to an original palette and apply markings are limited, We humbly finished up the EXPO 2020 Dubai Japan Pavilion's Gundam with a humble Japan-inspired design.

──Lastly, could you please send a message to the fans all over the world who love Gundam and GUNPLA?

GUNPLA started when the 1/144 Gundam was first released as a product about a year after Mobile Suit Gundam was aired on TV in 1979. Both BANDAI and SUNRISE are still producing them with unchanged passion, and I want them to keep on creating that unique world.
Then I thought about the reason Gundam became such a big hit, I realized it might be because it showed us in video form the precariousness that all people on Earth share. It’s a story that resonates with people from all over the world and has a continuity with the current reality. What should we do in order not to make this world so uninhabitable that we’ll have to spend many generations on space colonies? I think watching Gundam also gives us a chance to think a little about that. But basically, I want to tell you all to have fun watching Gundam and playing with GUNPLA (laughter).

*The detailed contents of this interview are included in the product as a special leaflet.


Product point


Detailed shapes and coloring were designed by Mr. Ōkawara, which is reminiscent of Japanese colors. New molds have been used to recreate the original shape and coloring of the figure. The parts are divided for easy sticker application.


The basic shape is based on HG 1/144 RX-78-2 GUNDAM released in 2015.


  • Package
  • Package

Beautiful packaging design with a motif of "soft Japanese shape" and "hemp leaf pattern" image of the Japan Pavilion.
Delivered in a special limited edition package of full-color print and red foil stamping.


Marking sticker

Japan-inspired marking stickers designed by Kunio Ōkawara are included.
Kanji characters are used for the sticker design.
The sticker design uses kanji characters to create a Japanese feel.


  • Leaflet
  • Leaflet

Includes a special leaflet with a special interview with Kunio Ōkawara about "Gundam" with the Dubai International Expo Japan Pavilion PR ambassador specifications.

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HG 1/144 RX-78-2 GUNDAM
[PR ambassador of the Japan Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai].
JPY 2,200 (Tax excluded)

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