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BLOG: AVENGERS Age of Ultron – Iron Man Hulkbuster Armor

Thanks to Hydra, the AVENGERS Age of Ultron teaser trailer was released… And god that was spine chillingly awesome!
Everyone also got to see Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor that was teased sometime ago to appear in the film. The thing seems to be loaded with a number of Arc Reactors.
Tamashii Nations, please consider releasing this under your S.H.Figuarts line because that would be sweet!

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BLOG: HGUC Crossbone Gundam X1 – Box Art

HGUC Crossbone Gundam X1 - Box Art Just a little tidbit. The "cvphased" part of the site name is actually a distant derivative of "Crossbone Vanguard" to which this mobile suit comes from. So yeah, everyone should know how this collector feels about this release.

Much like any High Grade kit from non-animated fiction, no series logos are present in the packaging. Bummer. Peculiarly, the X1 is also designated as an S.N.R.I. prototype rather than Crossbone Vanguard’s. If it’s the former, shouldn’t it be referred to as Gundam F97?

Totally unnecessary nitpicking aside, it’s always good to see the Crossbone Gundam X1 looking bad ass. Hopefully Bandai continues to milk this mold to produce the X3, or even a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive Full Cloth option set.

  • HGUC Crossbone Gundam X1
    Release Information: Nov. 2014 · ¥1,800
    Images via Hobby Search

BLOG: Super Robot Chogokin Mazinkaiser SKL – Reissued!

Super Robot Chogokin Mazinkaiser SKL - Reissued! When the Super Robot Chogokin line started, one of the earlier figures was Mazinkaiser SKL. Released in 2010, it was a tie-in to the Mazinkaiser SKL episode 1 DVD, which makes it very hard to come by and quite expensive on the after market nowadays.

Five years later, Bandai comes to the rescue by reissuing this guy as a regular release! What’s more, the said rerelease will include additional accessories and (possibly) a better paint job.

That said, it is quite smaller than Super Robot Chogokin Mazinkaiser and is as tall as Mazinger Z from the same line. But if that isn’t an issue, then look forward to getting this guy next year.

  • Super Robot Chogokin Mazinkaiser SKL
    Release Information: March 2015
    Images via Tamashii Nations

BLOG: Gunpla Expo World Tour 2014 Japan – HGUC ZETA plus [Test Colors]

Gunpla Expo World Tour 2014 Japan - HGUC Zeta Plus [Test Colors] Gunpla Expo (Gundam Plamodel Exposition) World Tour 2014 Japan is ongoing from November 21 to 24 at the Akihabara UDX and will feature upcoming Gunpla from the Bandai Hobby Division. [Official Website]

Just weeks after Tamashii Nation 2014, its Bandai Hobby’s turn to display stuff with the Japan leg of Gunpla Expo 2014. And with these events come event-limited kits.

When the HGUC ZETA plus came out in Gundam UC colors, many were expecting Bandai to release the kit (the A1 variant) in its original Gundam Sentinel colors. Technically they did, but as an event exclusive. Hopefully this won’t be plagued with molding errors unlike the original kit.

  • HGUC ZETA plus [Test Colors]
    Event Exclusive · ¥2,400
    Images via Gundam.Info

BLOG: Tamashii Nation 2014 – ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> G-Self

Tamashii Nation 2014 - ROBOT Damashii G-Self Tamashii Nation 2014 is an annual event featuring current and upcoming releases from Bandai Collectors Division. It will be from October 31 – November 2, 2014 at Akihabara UDX 2F AKIBA_SQUARE / 4F Gallery. [Official Website]

In a somewhat expected move, Tamashii Nations has revealed that they are releasing the G-Self as it appeared in GUNDAM Reconguista in G as part of the ROBOT Damashii line.

Much like its High Grade counterpart, the figure also boats using clear parts to replicate the photon battery components of the mobile suit. Whether or not it will come with any of its option packs is still up in the air. But then again, there’s always the Tamashii Web Exclusive route to make things more difficult and expensive.

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