Posts tagged “Bandai

BLOG: Plastic Crack – S.H.MonsterArts MFS-3 Kiryu/MechaGodzilla

This is Plastic Crack – posts, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.

Having watched the 2014 Godzilla reminded this collector of another S.H.MonsterArts release that still in the wishlist. This is MFS-3 Kiryu/MechaGodzilla as it appeared in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla back in 2002.

And yes, as dumb as it sounds, this machine is called "Kiryu" in the movie. Though after doing some research, Kiryu apparently translates to "machine dragon" so it makes some sense… but it still sounds dumb. Funny names aside, this figure looks totally awesome and would be a great addition to the CATALOGUE.

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BLOG: ROBOT Damashii <Side MA> Dragonar 1 Custom

ROBOT Damashii <Side MA> Dragonar 1 Custom It would have been almost a couple of years its reveal, but Bandai is definitely releasing their ROBOT Damashii Dragonar 1 Custom. As proof, Tamashii Nations has opened a page to showcase the figure, its features and gimmicks.

Those looking for accuracy to the animation model may be quite disappointed as liberties were definitely taken when this figure was designed. It loses the block design of the original and instead goes for a more stylized and angular look.

That said, this should hopefully be the first of more releases under the <Side MA> sub-line, assuming this one sells.

  • ROBOT Damashii <Side MA>
    Dragonar 1 Custom

    Release Information: Sept. 2014 · ¥5,940
    Article via Tamashii Web

BLOG: Bandai Hobby Online Shop Exclusive – MG 1/100 S Gundam Booster Unit

Bandai Hobby Online Shop Exclusive - MG S-Gundam Booster Unit Bandai released the Master Grade kits of both the S Gundam and the Ex-S Gundam in 2002 and 2003 respectively. At that time, the Bandai Online Hobby Shop did not exist (at least this collector thinks it didn’t).

That said, it will take them 12 years from the release of the original S Gundam kit to finally dish out the other, often forgotten, configuration of the mobile suit, the S Gundam Booster Unit from Gundam Sentinel. As many would have already expected, this exclusive is just the same S Gundam Master Grade kit with large boosters replacing the leg units.

Wonder how longer the HGUC kit would take before getting its own online exclusive.

  • MG S Gundam Booster Unit
    Release Info: August, 2014 · ¥10,584
    Pre-order via Premium Bandai

BLOG: 53rd Shizuoka Hobby Show – Gundam Build Fighters

53rd Shizuoka Hobby Show - Gundam Build Fighters The 53rd annual Shizuoka Hobby Show is currently ongoing from May 15 to 18 at Twin Messe Shizouka and features spring and summer hobby merchandise displays from various manufacturers. [Official Website]

Though only appearing in a couple of episodes, the demand for these two kits seems to be high.

As seen in the closing episodes of Gundam Build Fighters, the Gundam Fenice Rinascita now transforms to a flight mode like its original namesake (which has been dropped for its current name). On the other hand, Gundam Amazing Exia looks to be a complete recolor of Gundam Exia Dark Matter with the inclusion of a new shield.

  • HGBF Gundam Fenice Rinascita
    Release Information: Sept. 2014 · ¥1,800
  • HGBF Gundam Amazing Exia
    Release Information: Aug. 2014 · ¥1,800

Continue Reading: 53rd Shizuoka Hobby Show – Gundam Build Fighters


BLOG: 1/100 Gunpla New Category – “Reborn-One Hundred”

Gunpla New Category - "Reborn-One Hundred" For a week or so now, Bandai has been teasing a new Gunpla category that will be in 1/100 scale. The last time that an announcement like this happened was during the launch of the Real Grade. And with Real Grades further erasing the boundary between High Grades and Master Grades, it’s about time that Bandai innovates the 1/100 scale Gunpla once more.

As the 53rd Shisuoka Hobby Show closes in, images of the supposedly new Gunpla category begins to appear. The “Reborn-One Hundred” (RE/100) line promises three projects:

  • MSN-04 II Nightingale
  • MSF-007 Gundam Mark III
  • RX-89GP04G Gundam Gerbera

Yup, they’re finally making a 1/100 Nightingale that’s not resin. Will this be a line that focuses on more obscure mobile suits?


BLOG: Tamashii Nations Summer Collection 2014 – ROBOT Damashii

Tamashii Nations Summer Collection 2014 - ROBOT Damashii Tamashii Nations Summer Collection 2014 is held from May 10-11, 2014 at Ballesalle Akihabara and features recent and upcoming Spring and Summer 2014 products from Bandai’s Collector Division. [Official Website]

With the ROBOT Damashii line featuring figures with excellent poseability, it surprisingly took Bandai quite a while before releasing figures from Mobile Fighter G Gundam, where crazy fighting stances are the norm.

On display on the show floor are God Gundam and Master Gundam. If both figures turn out to be successful releases, it’s quite sure that the rest of the Shuffle Alliance will come eventually, including the Shining Gundam.

  • ROBOT Damashii <Side MS>
    God Gundam

    Release Information: Sept. 2014 · ¥4,800

Continue Reading: Tamashii Nations Summer 2014 – ROBOT Damashii


BLOG: Tamashii Nations Summer Collection 2014 – "Iron Man 3" S.H.Figuarts

Tamashii Nations Summer Collection 2014 - S.H.Figuarts Iron Man Mark 42 & Iron Patriot Tamashii Nations Summer Collection 2014 is held from May 10-11, 2014 at Ballesalle Akihabara and features recent and upcoming Spring and Summer 2014 products from Bandai’s Collector Division. [Official Website]

In a move that seems to give way to Max Factory’s figma Iron Man Mark 7, Bandai is skipping past The Avengers and goes straight to Iron Man 3 with the S.H.Figuarts Iron Man Mark 42 and Iron Patriot.

Their earlier Iron Man Mark 6 and War Machine releases were one of the best renditions of those robotic armors, so expectations are once again high for these couple of figures.

Oh and Bandai, please include that couch with Iron Man Mark 42!


BLOG: Tamashii Web Exclusive – Tamashii SPEC Layzner Mk-II

Tamashii SPEC Layzner Mk-II Layzner was one of the first figures released in the Tamashii SPEC line back in 2007, though it took Bandai 7 years to follow up with its upgraded version. Layzner Mk-II was designed as the supposed upgrade to the Lazyner but didn’t make it as the series was cancelled early at 38 episodes. Yup, they’re releasing a figure of a machine that was never realized in fiction.

One major difference between the Layzner Mk-II with its predecessor is its transformation to flight mode — which was sort of a thing for robots in the 1980s. It’s still unknown whether this release will have the same ‘Sound System’ (i.e. display base with sound box) as the first one. Apart from those, expect the same high quality as any Tamashii SPEC release.

  • Tamashii SPEC Layzner Mk-II
    Release Information: Sept. 2014 · ¥9,180
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: HGUC Neo Zeong – Colored Prototype Shots

HGUC Neo Zeong - Colored Prototype Shots Ever since the Neo Zeong was revealed in the earlier Mobile Suit Gundam UC teasers and those blurry magazine scans, it has created such a buzz due to its massive size. Not really sure if this trumps the HGUC Dendrobium, but standing at 860 mm makes this kit the tallest 1/144 scale kit Bandai has ever released.

Take Char’s original Zeong, and combine that with the Alpha Azieru and Dendrobium and this is what happens. Do take note that this is still a High Grade, so expect large pieces when assembling this kit. Though it will most likely have an inner frame of sorts to support that huge structure. It will also include an HGUC Sinanju to dock with the mobile armor.

  • HGUC Neo Zeong
    Release Information: June 2014 · ¥27,000
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: HGFC God Gundam vs Master Gundam – Hyper Mode Set

HGAW God Gundam vs Master Gundam - Hyper Mode Set Once these two got their respective releases, everyone’s basically expecting that a set like this will soon follow suit. Only that it took Bandai like three years to actually do it.

Similar to their Master Grade counterparts, Bandai is releasing both HGFC God Gundam and Master Gundam in their Hyper Modes. Likewise, all those chrome-plating extend to the accessories of each kit — which means that they could be used by other kits in the HGFC line, providing more display options (and bling).

  • HGFC God Gundam vs Master Gundam
    – Hyper Mode Set

    Release Info: August 2014 · ¥6,480
    Pre-order via Premium Bandai

BLOG: HGAW Gundam Airmaster – Prototype Shots

HGAW Gundam Airmaster - Prototype Shots As the first "alternate century" to branch out of the HGUC line, the HGAW saw a halt after the release of both Gundam X and Gundam X Divider. Now that the HG All Gundam Project has kicked in, the line continued with the Gundam Double X. With the titular mobile suits done, is Bandai done with the line as well?

Nope, as the Gundam Airmaster gets the modern High Grade treatment. Part of the protagonist triad in After War Gundam X, this dual-wielding mobile suit is known for its transformation to flight mode (as its name suggests).

  • HGAW Gundam Airmaster
    Release Information: July 2014 · ¥1,800
    Images via TAG Hobby

That said, with the release of the HGCC Turn A Gundam, is the HG All Gundam Project done as well?


BLOG: ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> Unicorn Gundam [Shield Funnel Equipment]

ROBOT Damashii Unicorn Gundam [Shield Funnel Equipment] And more Unicorn Gundam stuff comes your way as the highly-anticipated episode 7 of Mobile Suit Gundam UC gets closer. The figure will be a Tamashii Web Exclusive and the first to have a green Psycho-Frame. Based on these images, this release will use the "Full Action" version as base to provide better poseability.

As an added feature, the included Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode] figure is compatible to the earlier released Full Armor Unicorn Gundam [Unicorn Mode] to assemble the Full Armor Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode].

  • ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> Unicorn Gundam [Shield Funnel Equipment]
    Release Information: Sept. 2014 · ¥5,940
    Image via Premium Bandai

So… How many variations of this ROBOT Damashii figure are there?


BLOG: HGUC Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode] "7-Eleven Color"

HGUC Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode] "7-eleven Color" Aside from the RX-78-2 Gundam and the Zaku II, probably one of the most reused Gunpla molds are those from the Unicorn Gundam. Whether the Master Grade or the HGUC, Bandai has found quite a number of ways to sell the same kit over and over again.

And now they’re at it again, teaming up once more with 7-Eleven to bring this special deco of the Unicorn Gundam. Granted, the colors doesn’t deviate that much thanks to the green Psycho-Frame of the mobile suit and non-obtrusive markings placed at various locations.

  • HGUC Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode]
    "7-Eleven Color"

    Release Information: May 8, 2014 · ¥1,944
    Image via TAG Hobby

So… How many variations of this High Grade kit are there?


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: Happy 35th Anniversary, Gundam!

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: 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: 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: 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

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