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BLOG: Non-Scale Machine Caliber x3752 Striker

Non-Scale Machine Caliber x3752 Striker Just under a couple of months after Machine Caliber Chamber was released (that totally went under the radar), Volks has put up its companion piece — Machine Caliber Striker — on pre-order during Hobby Round 11 held last April 20.

The figure will stand at 140 mm and is made from colored resin pieces that would require some assembly and polishing. Additional marking decals are also included for added realism.

For those who missed the event, the kit will be displayed for general release in Volks showrooms all over Japan starting May 3, 2014.

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BLOG: Today’s Robits – March 2014

Today's Robits - March 2014 This is Today’s Robits – posts that showcase CATALOGUE-related acquisitions for the entire duration of the covered period. In other words, it’s all about this month’s hobby loot.

First and foremost, this is what happens when multiple shipments from various periods arrive during the same month, or at least the claim slip is given at the same month. Thanks local customs office! #sarcasm

Anywho, these two came as part of Bandai’s HG All Gundam Project. Two releases which many 1/144 collectors though that will never arrive due to their relatively small size. The V-Dash Gundam and/or Victory Gundam Hexa would be really appreciated Bandai.

  • HGUC 1/144 | F91 GUNDAM F91
  • HGUC 1/144 | LM314V21 VICTORY TWO GUNDAM

Continue Reading: Today’s Robits – March 2014


BLOG: E2046 – Gathering Genesic GaoGaiGar Head Bust

E2046 - Gathering Genesic GaoGaiGar Head Bust Hot on the heels of Bandai’s Super Robot Chogokin Genesic GaoGaiGar, E2046 is offering the more hardcore fans a treat by offering this gorgeous head bust a a discounted price.

For 28 more days as of this post, this 2.5 Kg display piece will be sold for $279.99, 30% off its regular price of $399.99. Much like other Gathering kits, this will require minor assembly and no painting. It will also be delivered within a sturdy shipping package for added protection.

  • Gathering Genesic GaoGaiGar Head Bust
    Discounted Price: $279.99
    Order via E2046

BLOG: Variable Action E.S.Dinah

Variable Action E.S.Dinah Teased during Wonder Festival Winter 2013 as a poster, MegaHouse finally reveals details about their upcoming E.S.Dinah figure from the game Xenosaga III and piloted by KOS-MOS.

The figure features movable rear binders, a deployable X-Cannon, and can transform into its flight mode. With E.S.Dinah being one of machines without foot units, the set includes a display stand to prop up the figure.

With that price tag, expect the figure to have top notch detail and paintwork. That said, stability is still an issue with figures from the Variable Action line, add to that the fact that E.S.Dinah is a transformable unit.

  • Variable Action E.S.Dinah
    Release Information: August 2014 · ¥12,800
    Article via CollectionDX

BLOG: Mobile Suit Gundam UC #07 – Trailer #2

Mobile Suit Gundam UC #07
Over the Rainbow

Worldwide Premiere
May 17, 2014

Official Website | Official Facebook Page
© 2010-2014 SUNRISE, Sotsu Agency


BLOG: Happy 35th Anniversary, Gundam!

"Last Shooting" © 2007 Morishita Naochika

On this day, 35 years ago, Mobile Suit Gundam aired its first episode and started what will be one of the greatest mecha franchises in history.


BLOG: Today’s Robits – February 2014

Today's Robits - February 2014 This is Today’s Robits – posts that showcase CATALOGUE-related acquisitions for the entire duration of the covered period. In other words, it’s all about this month’s hobby loot.

Still playing catch-up with a month’s worth of plastic purchase procrastination, here are the robits for February.

These first two items touch upon the feminine side of the mecha genre as both come from fiction with female protagonists — Aim for the Top! 2 Diebuster and Sakura Wars. That said, their similarities end there as their aesthetics hail from the opposite sides of the spectrum.

  • RIO:BONE | BUSTER MACHINE NO.7
  • VARIABLE ACTION | KOUBU [Sakura Custom]

Continue Reading: Today’s Robits – February 2014


BLOG: Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy) – Iron Man

Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy) - Iron Man So even though Captain America: The Winter Soldier has just been released in theaters, and is an awesome movie by the way, Hasbro already has pre-orders up for the next Marvel flick.

The introductory movie for the Guardians of the Galaxy will not feature Iron Man, though he has been a member of the team’s latest iteration. And that means Hasbro has another shot of releasing another Iron Man figure.

That said, the figure is a retool of the Heroic Age Iron Man mold with new shoulder armors and head sculpt. It will also be part of a Build-A-Figure Collection for Groot, another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy) Iron Man
    Release Information: June 2013 · $21.99
    Images via Amazon.com

BLOG: E2046 – Gathering 1/100 MSN-04 SAZABI Ver. Patch Work

E2046 - Gathering 1/100 MSN-04 SAZABI Ver. Patch Work The end of 2013 saw one of the most anticipated Master Grade releases in quite a while — MG Sazabi Ver.Ka. That said, those who wanted a Sazabi whose details are on steroids are in for a treat with this E2046 Gathering kit.

Like most of their kits in the Gathering line, this requires no painting and very minor assembly. For accessories, it includes hyper detailed versions of its beam rifle and shield. No beam tomahawks though but it comes with a Char Aznable bust as well as a display base to more than compensate.

The kit is expected to be release by end of April so those who want to pre-order can just click the link provided below.

  • Gathering 1/100 MSN-04 Sazabi
    Ver. Patch Work

    Release Info: April 2014 · AU$324.50
    Pre-order via E2046

BLOG: Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar – AmiAmi Initial Review

Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar - AmiAmi Initial Review

Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar
Release Information: July 2014 · ¥8,100 | Article via AmiAmi Blog


BLOG: HGBF Crossbone Gundam Maoh – Colored Prototype Shots

HGBF Crossbone Gundam Maoh - Prototype Shots After getting some action in the final episode of Gundam Build Fighters, Bandai has finally revealed colored prototype shots of the HGBF Crossbone Gundam Maoh and it looks gorgeous! Initial blurry magazine scans suggest that this kit will be dominantly gray with highlight strips akin to the Gundam X Maoh. Fortunately, these clearer images reveals its blueish hue that makes the color scheme much better.

What sets this mobile suit apart from the original design is the exaggerated skull in its torso which houses the new Skull Satellite Cannon. Aside from the plethora of Crossbone Gundam weapons, this variant comes with a pair of Crossbone Guns/Swords which, when crossed with the torso skull, will form the signature skull emblem.

  • HGBF Crossbone Gundam Maoh
    Release Information: April 2014 · ¥1,800
    Article via TAG Hobby

BLOG: Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar – Prototype Shots

Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar - Prototype Shots Bandai finally released some prototype shots of their upcoming Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar figure and like the recently-released Genesic GaoGaiGar, this guy looks awesome.

For starters, GaoFighGar is primarily known for the deployable wings from Stealth Gao III — these are faithfully replicated with the use of green effect parts. Same is true with its Phantom Ring and Protect Wall attacks.

As a bonus, this set will include parts that allows GaoFighGar to shake hands with Genesic GaoGaiGar as seen in the OVA GaoGaiGar FINAL. For those who got GaoGaiGar and Genesic GaoGaiGar, getting this release is a definite no-brainer.

  • Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar
    Release Information: July 2014 · ¥7,500
    Article via TAG Hobby

BLOG: Today’s Robits – January 2014

Today's Robits - January 2014 This is Today’s Robits – posts that showcase CATALOGUE-related acquisitions for the entire duration of the covered period. In other words, it’s all about this month’s hobby loot.

… and there hasn’t been any posts as mentioned above since January, but that doesn’t that there aren’t any robits in the pipeline since then. They weren’t just posted thanks to that frequently aforementioned busy work schedule.

The first two are from Kotobukiya’s 1/144 scale line based on the Muv-Luv franchise. Haven’t assembled a Kotobukiya kit since that 1/144 Linebarrel kit, but that’s any indication, these two should be a good build.

  • 1/144 | SHIRANUI SECOND [Yuuya Bridges Custom]
  • 1/144 | Su-47E BERKUT

Continue Reading: Today’s Robits – January 2014


BLOG: HGCC Turn A Gundam – Box Art

HGCC Turn A Gundam - Box Art Seriously Bandai, there have been three kits of the Turn A Gundam prior to this release (excluding SDs) and all of them have the mobile suit in the same freaking pose. This illustration probably has the widest stance, but come on! Turn A Gundam is one of those very dynamic mobile suits and all it can do in these box arts is stand?

Ranting aside, here’s the packaging for the first, in hopefully more kits, in the HGCC line. Those wanting a matching HGCC Turn X may have to wait for quite a while as the Master Grade is yet to be released.

That said, there haven’t been any new kits announced for the HG All Gundam Project after this. It doesn’t look that Bandai will just stop here so it’s still up in the air as to which lead Gundam will get the modern High Grade treatment.

  • HGCC Turn A Gundam
    Release Information: April 2014 · ¥1,400
    Image via TAG Hobby

BLOG: ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> Full Armor ZZ Gundam

ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> Full Armor ZZ Gundam Now this is a perfect example of what a ‘Full Armor’ mobile suit should be, back in the day where additional armor is actually placed rather than just slapping a cr*pload of weapons.

This ZZ Gundam got this upgrade during the final episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ because while the base unit has high power and performance, it was structurally unstable due to the transformation systems.

Now the original ZZ Gundam doesn’t include any transformation gimmick, and this Tamashii Web Exclusive gives more justification to that.

  • ROBOT Damashii <Side MS>
    Full Armor ZZ Gundam

    Release Information: August 2014 · ¥7,560
    Images via Tamashii Nations

BLOG: Mobile Suit Gundam UC #07 – Trailer #1

Mobile Suit Gundam UC #07
Over the Rainbow

Worldwide Premiere
May 17, 2014

Official Website | Official Facebook Page
© 2010-2014 SUNRISE, Sotsu Agency


BLOG: Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN I – Blue-Eyed Casval

With Mobile Suit Gundam UC set to end this May, Sunrise has revealed details about the next adaptation they’ll do as part of the Gundam 35th Anniversary celebration — Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN.

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga will be adapted into a four-episode feature starting with Blue-Eyed Casval, which will tell the story of Casval Rem Deikun (Char Aznable) and Artesia Som Deikun (Sayla Mass) in UC 0068, before the events of the One Year War.

The first episode is set to be released in Spring 2015 while volume 5 of the on-going English hardbound manga releases by Vertical Inc. was just released this March.


BLOG: GUNDAM Reconguista in G

Bandai, Sotsu Agency, and Sunrise announced three main projects as part of the Gundam 35th Anniversary celebration, one of which marks the return of original series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino whose last Gundam-related work was the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation compilation trilogy back in 2006.

Premiering in 2014, GUNDAM Reconguista in G will be set in the "Reguild Century" and takes place after the Universal Century. It will focus on Beruri Zenamua, a pilot trainee for the Capital Guard, an organization protecting the Space Elevator.

Confirmed credits include Kenichi Yoshida (Eureka Seven) for character design, Kimitoshi Yamane (Overman King Gainer) for mechanical design and Yuugo Kanno (NOT Yoko Kanno) for the musical score.


BLOG: Danball Senki 056 – LBX Achilles II

Danball Senki 056 - LBX Achilles II So Danball Senki Wars already ended during Christmas 2013 and it is the final installment in the Danball Senki franchise. So would Bandai stop making these easy-to-assemble model kits?

No, at least for now as they’ll be releasing a game-exclusive unit as the LBX 056. As the name implies, Achilles II is an upgrade to the original Achilles LBX. The design itself isn’t much of a departure to the original as compared with Achilles D9. For weapons, it has the Twin Pile Lance and the Flame Defender.

It will also sport a movable plastic cloak instead of the instruction cut-outs that the older releases have.

  • LBX Achilles II
    Release Information: July 2014 · ¥1,500
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: Gundam Build Fighters – Crossbone Gundam Maoh

Gundam Build Fighters - Crossbone Gundam Maoh Almost a month back, the prototype of an upcoming kit based off the Crossbone Gundam surfaced, though it’s tagged under the High Grade Build Fighters line. While it presented the definite possibility of an upcoming HGUC Crossbone Gundam, it still remains as to what would be of this mobile suit and who would use it.

So after the cameo-fest that is Gundam Build Fighters episode 23, it’s revealed that this is the Crossbone Gundam Maoh. It is a fitting mid-season (or rather, end-season) upgrade for the Gundam X Maoh, still with the ‘X’ motif.

It is a cool design, though not really digging the gray color scheme and would probably paint it white.


BLOG: Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar – Officially Announced (Finally!)

Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar - Officially Announced (Finally) Bandai originally teased this figure during Tamashii Nation 2012 though it would actually take them a couple of years before actually releasing this guy.

Not sure what’s with the delay but nonetheless, Bandai is finally releasing Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar as part of the Chogokin 40th Anniversary. The figure is set for a July 2014 release but other than that, no other information has been revealed as of the this posting.

With this, everyone can now replicate that scene in that King of Braves GaoGaiGar FINAL opening sequence where the three units are there side-by-side.

  • Super Robot Chogokin GaoFighGar
    Release Information: July 2014
    Article via Tamashii Nations

BLOG: E2046 Crazy Removal Sale

E2046 Crazy Removal Sale MECHA CATALOGUE partner E2046 has some crazy announcement for all garage kit builders out there! They are planning to move their China-based offices and warehouse to a new location, and in the process, they need to clear items from the current stock.

As such, they’re launching this Crazy Removal Sale that would last until 12:00 AM (GMT + 8) March 24, 2014. The sale would include up to 1000 items with discounts up to 50% off. Please take note that these will only include in-stock items and counted based on the time of order. Supreme VIP and VIP discounts are still applicable though other ones won’t.

And the sale includes everything, not just Gundam and/or mecha stuff so grab this great opportunity and order now!


BLOG: Gundam 35th Anniversary Kicks Off!

Gundam 35th Anniversary Kicks Off! “Rise! The World is Moving.”

A little under a month before Gundam officially celebrates its 35th anniversary, Sunrise has launched the official portal site gundam35th.net.

The site doesn’t have much content as of yet, though it says that there will be an announcement regarding the next Gundam project on March 20 at 5:00 PM JST. And with Mobile Suit Gundam UC ending in May, speculations kick in as to what would that project be.

Will it be the anime adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN, or Yoshiyuki Tomino’s G-Reconquista, or is it something else. Either way, everyone would be eagerly awaiting for the said announcement.


BLOG: ALDNOAH.ZERO

ALDNOAH.ZERO "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.


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