Mega Size

Mega Size kits are even larger than Perfect Grades, standing at a whopping 1/48 scale (that’s three times larger than an HG), approximately 37.5cm tall. These are similar in detail to an HG, but at a huge scale. They also do not require nippers to separate the parts from the runners, much like the Entry Grade.


By far the highest grade from Bandai. These Perfect Grade kits are 1/60 scale (around 30cm), and achieve the highest level of detail, articulation and realism possible for a plastic Gundam kit. Signature features include metal joints, LED lighting kits and advances in plastic-moulding technology. The Perfect Grade Unleashed RX-78-2 includes advanced MS-joints (pre-moulded articulated inner frame parts) and multiple stages of construction, starting with the inner frame and building outwards.

Master Grade

Master Grade Gundam are larger than HGs, standing at 1/100 scale, around 18 cm tall. They also include a higher level of detail and an articulated inner frame, allowing for a greater range of motion. Master Grade kits may also include extra accessories such as additional decals. In 2002, a new line of MGs was introduced, subtitled Ver. Ka. which are kits depicting Gundam in the signature realistic style of mecha designer Hajime Katoki. The MGEXline was introduced in 2020, containing additional gimmicks such as LED lights, and metallic plated parts. Master Grades are the way to go if you’re after a larger scale model.


Real Grade was a grade introduced in 2010. Often regarded as having the high level of detail of an MG within the size of an HG. These 1/144 scale kits have an even higher level of colour-separation, pose-ability, number of parts, and sticker details. Because of the increased level of surface detail, they are deemed as more “realistic”, hence the name Real Grade. Because of the level of detail at a smaller size, RGs can be quite intricate, but they are widely renowned for being the best kits available both in terms of build quality and aesthetic.


High Grade Gundam are 1/144 scale, meaning they are 144th the size of the actual size of the Gundam depicted in the series which is around 12.5 cm (the life sized Unicorn Gundam which you can visit in Odaiba, Tokyo Japan stands at 19.5m to give you an idea of just how huge these are meant to be). They were introduced in 1990 and provided a higher range of articulation, as well as colour-separation compared to the original retro kits from the 80s that required glue and paint. Now it is the standard grade for Gundam and are usually the first grade new mobile suits are released in. It also makes for a great starting point, as they are far less expensive than the other grades available.


SD stands for Super-Deformed, and is its own series of Gundams with chibi-style proportions. Consider these as baby versions of Gundam, around 8cm tall and on the same level of build complexity as a high grade. The SDWand SDBB series depict Gundam as characters from mythology and history, and are great for practising painting techniques. In 2022 we saw the announcement of a brand new line, the MGSD with the first entry being the Freedom Gundam! This kit will feature the same proportions as an SD but with the added inner frame and articulation potential of a Master Grade! While technically not labelled an SD, Gunpla-kun is a brand new character developed by Bandai starring in a series of shorts to teach young kids about the world of Gunpla. The Gunpla-kun set is also made from a new eco-friendly alternative plastic called LIMEX.





Gunpla, short for "Gundam Plastic Model," refers to a line of plastic model kits based on the iconic Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. These kits allow fans and hobbyists to build highly detailed and articulated replicas of the various mechs (Mobile Suits) featured in the Gundam universe.

Why Choose Hobbyco for Everything Gunpla

At Hobbyco, we take pride in being the official Bandai distributor in Australia. As passionate enthusiasts ourselves, we understand the importance of quality and authenticity when it comes to building your Gundam collection. By choosing Hobbyco, you can trust that you're getting genuine Bandai products, backed by our commitment to excellent customer service and support.

FAQS About Gunpla

1. What skill level do I need to build Gunpla?

Gunpla kits come in various skill levels, ranging from beginner-friendly to advanced. We recommend starting with Entry Grade (EG) kits for beginners, as they offer a balance of detail and ease of assembly. As you gain experience, you can move on to more challenging grades like High Grade (HG) or Master Grade (MG).

2. Do Gunpla kits require glue or paint?

Most Gunpla kits are snap-fit, meaning they can be assembled without the need for glue or paint. However, some builders choose to customise their kits with additional paint and detailing for a more personalised look.

3. Can I customise my Gunpla kits?

Absolutely! Gunpla kits are highly customisable, allowing you to modify and personalise them to your heart's content. From panel lining and decals to kitbashing and custom paint jobs, the possibilities are endless for creating your unique Gundam masterpiece.

4. Where can I find tips and tutorials for building Gunpla?

Our blog section offers a wealth of resources like expert tips, step-by-step guides, and inspiration to take your Gunpla skills to the next level. Our knowledgeable staff members are also available to answer your questions and provide guidance on building techniques and best practices.

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