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The word Gunpla is simply a combination of the words ‘Gundam’ and ‘Plastic’ and refers to a line of model kits created by Bandai. In a kit you get a bunch of molded plastic pieces which you can cut out and combine to create a scale model of a Mobile Suit from the Gundam universe.
Gunpla kits are popular because unlike traditional model kits, there is no need for glue or paint as the plastic is already the correct colour and the pieces simply snap together. Gunpla models aren’t just static either, they can be posed just like an action figure.
Check out our Gunpla Basics videos for tips on getting the best out of your kits
If the term ‘Gundam’ is lost on you then don’t worry too much. You can mentally exchange the word for ‘awesome looking Japanese style giant robot’. The Mobile Suit Gundam franchise has been around for 40+ years and is extremely popular in Japan and worldwide. Outside of Gunpla, you’re most likely to encounter Gundam in the various anime series released over the years.