|"Let justice be done. Through the heavens fall."
This totally went under this collector’s radar. Busy work schedule not helping at all.
Anyway, a new mecha animation series from Nitroplus, entitled ALDNOAH.ZERO, was announced. Animation production will be handled by A-1 Pictures and TROYCA while the initial staff revealed includes Ei Aoki as director and Gen Urobochi for series composition. Gen Urobochi is mostly known for his intricate storylines and killing off characters, though the latter wasn’t the case in his last mecha series GARGANTIA on the Verderous Planet.
ALDNOAH.ZERO is slated to premiere some time within 2014.
|It hasn’t been that long since the recent RoboCop reboot was shown in cinemas. Not really sure how the movie fared in the box office, but that doesn’t stop designer toy company threezero from dishing out figures from the feature film.
After RoboCop 1.0/3.0 and ED-209 comes EM-208, the drones prominently seen in the movie and was used by OmniCorp for law enforcement before rolling out RoboCop.
As expected from threezero, the figure boasts copious amounts of detail with multiple layers of panels on top of a mechanical frame. Based on these images, the figure will come with two pistols for accessories.
Release and price information hasn’t been revealed as of yet.
Age of Extinction
|During the recent Winter Wonder Festival, Max Factory has just announced their first mecha entry in the long-running Figma line – "The Fool" from Nobunaga the Fool. Those who aren’t convinced of Max Factory’s attempt at mecha figures, despite releasing Drossel and Charming Drossel, here’s a more traditional alternative.
Come this April, Bandai will release a non-scale model kit of the titular machine. It will be 15 cm tall and can be equipped with its Regalia (i.e. additional armor). Do take note that this machine has quite an ornamental design and knowing Bandai, they might resort to seals for these details. Will probably go with the pre-painted figure route with this one but there’s still a month or so to decide before this kit gets released.
|In 2013, Bandai took a shot at the Marvel license by releasing Iron Man Mark 6 and War Machine in the S.H.Figuarts line…
One year later, Max Factory will try to do the same by initially releasing three figures from the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers. After Thor in July, August will see the release of Iron Man Mark 7, possibly one of the more expensive Figma releases to date. The figure will feature effect parts, replaceable panels for weapons, as well as an opening face cover to reveal a Tony Stark head inside.
There will also be a Good Smile Online Shop exclusive figma Iron Man Mark 7 Full Spec Ver. which will cost a thousand Yen more.
|Bandai did a favor to the Master Grade collectors by giving them the option to build either the original Exia or the Exia Repair with the Gundam Exia Ignition Mode release. Those getting the Real Grade ain’t so lucky as the inevitable Gundam Exia Repair parts will come as a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive.
That said, this is certainly a good reason to get two RG Gundam Exias, one built as normal, the other as the Repair. Well played Bandai, well played.
Another online exclusive is the HG GN-Arms [Real Color Ver.], a rerelease of the original HG kit.
|Today’s batch of blurry magazine scans have brought us something very interesting. Seen in this image is a prototype of what appears to be a kit from Gundam Build Fighters based off the Crossbone Gundam.
That’s right — "what appears to be" — because looking at this prototype shot doesn’t invoke any of the known variants of the Crossbone Gundam that have appeared in the original manga or its recent spin-offs.
What’s certain, though, is that an HGUC Crossbone Gundam is definitely on the horizon as part of Bandai’s HG All Gundam Project. Which is also perfectly timed after announcing (and just pre-ordering) the new ROBOT Damashii Crossbone Gundam X-1 Full Cloth. If it’s any consolation, that figure will have quite a number of accessories and effect parts which might not be present in its HGUC counterpart.
Here’s hoping that it just won’t have a gaudy color scheme (looking at you Exia Dark Matter).
|Here’s another awesome-looking Gathering kit from the fine folks at E2026. This is the Hi Nu Gundam in one of its many design variations.
Speaking of design variations, this one can be pretty familiar to some as it was the basis for Model Comprehend’s 1/144 Hi Nu Gundam (or Gundoom). But then again, that was in 1/144 scale so 1/100 scale collectors will be pleased with this one.
Like most E2046 Gathering releases, this kit will feature top notch detail and paintwork as evident in the white to purple gradient on the fin funnels. It will also come with a display stand though it looks like the fin funnels can’t be deployed.
|Wasn’t able to immediately post this thanks to being out of town this past weekend, as well as this thing called work. Anywho, here’s something unusual that’s going to appear in the TRANSFORMERS Age of Extinction figure line.
Try to imagine how Generation One Optimus Prime whould appear in the live-action movies and this is probably how it will look. This is Optimus Prime Evasion Mode, one of the Voyager-Class figures revealed in the recently-concluded Toy Fair 2014. Not really sure if this will appear in the upcoming film but regardless, the figure is quite interesting.
So yeah, will probably get this guy for the nostalgia?
|No, this ain’t the revival of the TRANSFORMERS Device Label line though this will be a very fitting release under the now-defunct line.
As the Transformers license further spreads to various manufacturers, it’s no surprise that it has landed on high-end toy company Sen-Ti-Nel. That said, their use of the property is quite unique. Instead of doing another Optimus Prime, they’ve chosen the Decepticon tyrant — as Mega Drive Megatron, a classic game console.
Megatron’s alternate mode will be based on the Sega Mega Drive (also known as the Sega Genesis in the West). The release will be a collaboration between Sen-Ti-Nel and two other entities so expect top notch quality once it arrives, whenever that may be.
|It’s that wonderful time of the year again as Wonder Festival Winter 2014 has rolled in. At the Max Factory front, aside from their usual figma teases is this guy.
To the unfamiliar, this is the aptly named "The Fool", the sort of titular machine from the new series Nobunaga the Fool. What’s peculiar is that the figma name is plastered on this guy. Though the figure line has expanded outside anime girls, with RoboCop and Spider-Man among others, mecha is a totally different story.
Then again, their recent attempts to get a market share in the genre (i.e. Combat Armors MAX) makes this announcement less far-fetched. Will figma become a viable option in the mecha-based action figures scene together with Bandai’s ROBOT Damashii or Kaiyodo’s Revoltech?
|More than half a year after its announcement, MegaHouse releases colored prototype shots of their Variable Action Red Five as it appeared in Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince.
From the get go, it is a busy design. And for a machine named Red Five, it is mainly white with highlights of red and other complementing colors mixed in. Its silhouette is mainly comprised of curves with several hanging pieces that further complicate the design.
Now MegaHouse has this tendency to be a hit or miss with their Variable Action releases. So here’s hoping that this will be quite solid as it’s probably the only figure that would come out of this design.
|This is probably the same piece that was displayed during Gunpla Expo late last year but still looks good nonetheless. By now, while still unorthodox, the design of Turn A Gundam has should have grown on more people. With its irregular silhouette, copious amounts of panel lines, and that mustache — building this kit should be a treat.
It will come with the standard accessories as seen in the self-titled series, as well as an extra chest piece for the opened missile silos. What it will not come with are the Moonlight Butterfly effect parts which have been confirmed to be a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive.
|A couple of months before its April release and Bandai teases more with these prototype shots of the upcoming Real Grade Gundam Exia.
It’s still the same Gundam Exia that many came to like when it debuted in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 but with a slight change in proportions. Most noticeably in the lower extremities where it gained some width which in turn allowed for a better appreciation of the amount of detail this kit has.
Still true to its "Seven Swords" moniker, this release will include the GN Long/Short Blades and, hopefully, multiple beam saber effect parts.
So yeah, another kit on the Real Grade backlog…
|It is less than a week before the 2014 reboot of RoboCop hits theaters and because of this, threezero has been dishing out colored prototype shots of their upcoming movie-based figures.
Still ditching 2.0, here are RoboCops 1.0 and 3.0 in their painted prototype glory. As expected from threezero, the figures are exploding with detail, especially on RoboCop 3.0 despite its matte black color scheme.
On the other hand, RoboCop 1.0 is all about nostalgia with its silver and black armor that clearly homages the classic RoboCop design. threezero is expected to release these two figures sometime in 2014.
|After the last wave of blurry magazine scans, Bandai finally released official images of this highly-anticipated ROBOT Damashii release.
Now as mentioned before, this version of the Crossbone Gundam X-1 "Full Cloth" uses a different mold from the original Crossbone Gundam X-1, one of the earlier figures in the line. The updated version has better engineering and proportions to keep up with modern ROBOT Damashii standards.
And being the "Full Cloth" configuration, this release will come with the slew of accessories and effect parts that will give a lot of display options. So until the HGUC version comes out, whenever that may be, this will definitely do.
|Whoever thought of this pose during the production stages of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is full of awesome.
No one thought back then that there will be an HGCE Aile Strike Gundam, or any Gundam SEED mobile suit to be included in the so-called HGUC numbering scheme. But here it is now, in a box art that perfectly homages that now-iconic pose from the series more than a decade ago.
Based on earlier prototype shots, this version of the Aile Strike now has accurately-colored exposed inner frame parts, especially in the shoulder armors. This solves one of the major hassles the original kit had, at least for casual/busy modelers (this collector included).
Still waiting for that HGCE Force Impulse Gundam, Bandai!
|Ashley Wood and the World of 3A website has revealed some more details regarding their 1/6th scale The Invincible Iron Man figures.
According to his latest Q&A session, the figure will be available in four variants — Classic, Silver Centurion, Stark Industries Prototype, and Stealth. The Prototype version will only be available to 3AA members or those who’ll get the mega 4-pack display box edition.
The Invincible Iron Man will be on pre-order on threeA’s Bambaland Store this February so pricing information may be soon revealed as well.
|Now here’s something interesting coming from the great people at E2046. Back when Kotobukiya started releasing Super Robot Wars kits, one of the earlier ones was the Huckebein and its variations/support units. Though the same can’t be said with the AM Gunner as there was no kit of it produced.
Then here comes E2046 with its take on the Huckebein MK III Gunner as part of its Gathering line. Like most releases in the line, this kit is pre-painted and requires minimum assembly. The exact scale isn’t mentioned, but this will definitely be a great display piece next to the Huckebein MK III and Huckebein Boxer kits.
|As their release dates approaches, NECA Toys has released shots of the paintmasters of Coyote Tango and Cherno Alpha from Series 3 of the Pacific Rim line.
In a little bit of coincidence, the two Jaegers in this wave share a commonality. Both were designs inspired from the classic Mobile Suit Gundam series. Coyote Tango was inspired by the Guncannon with its rear-mounted shoulder cannons while Cherno Alpha takes design cues from the Zaku II grunt mobile suit.
Here’s to hoping the NECA actually makes improvements in this figures, especially in the poseability.
|When TRANSFORMERS Prime started, Hasbro released the "First Edition" line which featured figues with great quality and engineering. It set the tone for the main line figures which didn’t exactly matched up with the First Edition ones.
For the upcoming TRANSFORMERS Age of Extinction movie, Hasbro will be doing the same with this First Edition Optimus Prime figure. Speculations arise as to whether this is the figure seen at New York Comic Con, or if this is will be different from the supposedly mass retailed Leader-class figure under the Generations line.
These images were first seen in an Amazon listing but was taken down soon after.
|DAMMIT BANDAI, DAMMIT!
Was originally intending to get this version of the Gundam Mk-V when it appeared in a Tamashii Nations display, as told buy this Today’s Robits entry. But lo and behold as Bandai actually pushed it through, just after the original went out.
This is essentially the same mold as the prior release, just with a better color scheme and with a new beam rifle.
After securing a pre-order of this guy, the original release will definitely go on sale.