|With threezero/threeA slowly but surely going mainstream with their recent licenses, it won’t be long before they cover one of the most iconic robots ever…
As the company now joins the myriad of others who have released Mazinger Z in various shapes and forms. Now like most stuff from threezero, they often do their own renditions of the properties they license, and the same is true for Mazinger Z based on this teaser.
Their design adds a lot of angular detail to the otherwise rounder silhouette. It also gives a steampunk vibe with all those cables and rivets and whatnot.
No other information is given, including scale, price and release date.
|In 2001, Bandai released HGUC kits of mobile suits from Gundam Sentinel, including the S Gundam and its variation, the Ex-S Gundam. However, the S Gundam had more variants that didn’t get modern High Grades…
And this is where the third-party groups come once more as Hong Kong-based ACE Model is releasing a 1/144 scale snap fit, full color kit of the S Gundam Plan 303E "Deep Striker". The kit comes with a display base and what seems to be option parts to build the kit in the standard blue colors.
That said, Bandai did release a similarly-scaled Deep Striker in the Gundam Fix Figuration line.
|As much as resin kits are distinguished display pieces, the build process can be intimidating to inexperienced modelers. So companies tend to make the process easier by taking one or two steps away from the modeler, like this guy.
While this is a recast of a Volks kit from around 2006, E2046 has made sure that it retains the same details of the original release by having prepared and painted the parts themselves — minor assembly needed.
Display options include 3 extra manipulators (2 with beam sabers), beam rifle, shield and the default ‘beam bow’ to bring variation to the fixed pose kit.
|MegaHobby Expo 2013 Autumn was a product exhibit held by MegaHouse last Nov. 30 at UDX Akiba Square with participation from companies including Alter, Hobby Japan, Nitroplus, Kotobukiya and Revolve. [Official Website]
Still have like four episodes to watch before finishing Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince. Maybe getting this guy will make that process a lot faster?
Making out the details of this AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device) when watching the series was quite difficult because it was flying all over the place. Seeing this colored prototype allows much appreciation of the design. Pricing and release dates haven’t been revealed as of the moment.
|Hmmm… So the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt kits are not part of the HGUC line?
Apparently, they’re not. Despite being set in the Universal Century much like Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Gundam Thunderbolt is getting its own High Grade line, complete with box-arts based on the manga covers. Initially thought to only have three kits, more were revealed during the recently-concluded Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Japan.
While having its own aesthetic, the design still has similarities with the original Full Armor Gundam. It won’t be long before Bandai can crank out an HGUC kit of the Mobile Suit Variation version.