Posts tagged “Bandai

BLOG: HGFC Shining Gundam – Work in Progress #2

HGFC Shining Gundam - Work in Progress #2 Capping off 2013 on the hobby front is the last work in progress post for the HGFC Shining Gundam. Now most of the time for this build went to pre-painting the parts before assembly and top coating.

This included the gold Super Mode parts in the shoulder, forearm, and leg units; as well as the black and gray accents throughout the model. As for assembly, what remains are the manipulators, feet, Core Fighter unit and the weapons. And yeah, the blue on the legs are different from the rest of the body, just think of it as another shade or something.

As for the next kit to be built, there are quite a number of options to choose from (thank you humongous backlog). It could either be the HGUC Victory Gundam or some LBX kit.

So this pretty much closes 2013. Happy New Year!

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BLOG: Today’s Robits – November 2013

Today's Robits - November 2013 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.

Happy Holidays to everyone! And what better way to celebrate than to showcase the robits that came from the previous month! Yes.

So after hunting for quite some time, this collector has finally gotten these two thanks to AmiAmi’s Pre-Owned Items catalog. Probably due to their design and earlier release schedule, these lead machines from Fafner in the Azure were hard to come by.

  • ROBOT DAMASHII <Side FFN> | FAFNER MARK ELF
  • ROBOT DAMASHII <Side FFN> | FAFNER MARK SEIN

Continue Reading: Today’s Robits – November 2013


BLOG: HGAC Wing Gundam Zero – Colored Prototype Shots

HGAC Wing Gundam Zero - Colored Prototype Shots After being revealed in last month’s Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Japan, Bandai has released several colored prototype shots of the upcoming HGAC Wing Gundam Zero. This is probably the same kit that appeared in that show so it isn’t really something new.

What’s new however is that these shots also show Wing Zero in its Neo Bird Mode. From the get go, people immediately noticed one thing — those obvious hinges on the wing binders — as spoiled by the smaller ones of the ROBOT Damashii and the more recent Proto Zero Master Grade kit. Also of note is how the feet will tuck into the leg units from the transformation. The Proto Zero went with a much simpler transformation so until the kit comes out, it’s all just speculation.

  • HGAC Wing Gundam Zero
    Release Information: March 2014 · ¥1,680
    Images via Timeless Dimension

BLOG: HGFC Shining Gundam – Work in Progress #1

HGFC Shining Gundam - Work in Progress #1 As much as it looks like it, Iron Man over here didn’t lay waste on Shining Gundam.

On the contrary, the HGFC Shining Gundam is being constructed, though more on being prepared for construction. While the kit comes more or less in proper colors, the Shining Gundam design had these dark lines/accents all over its body that would be too numerous for seals and as such, needed paint.

So pretty much it’s just painting for most of this Work in Progress post, not to mention that the last two weeks have been quite a bummer with more work responsibilities. But the latter is done and more time could be allotted to build this guy.

Oh and by the way, should be posting the Robits that came during November within the week.


BLOG: HG 1/144 Full Armor Gundam [Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.]

HG Full Armor Gundam [Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.] 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.

  • HG Full Armor Gundam
    [Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.]

    Release Information: Dec. 2013 · ¥2,700
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: The Existence Through Destruction of G-SAVIOUR – An Introspect

Existence Through Death of G-SAVIOUR A minute into episode 8 of Gundam Build Fighters saw the introduction of new character Nils Nielsen on a simulated Gunpla Battle with a Gundam-type mobile suit — the G-SAVIOUR.

To those unaware, G-SAVIOUR was infamous for the negative response it got from both the fanbase and original Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino. This resulted in Bandai/Sunrise seemingly denying its existence, and absence in any official material since 2002.

While most likely just to reissue the HG G-SAVIOUR kit (currently sold out), could there be other implications to its appearance? While the source material is horrendous, the suit design isn’t. Will G-SAVIOUR eventually get out of its "black sheep" status and become a novelty? Will Bandai capitalize on this and produce new kits? Probably not, but seeing it beautifully animated with today’s technology is definitely a treat.


BLOG: HGBF 1/144 Star Build Strike Gundam Plavsky Wing

HG Star Build Strike Gundam Plavsky Wing In episode 6 of Gundam Build Fighters, the Build Strike Gundam Full Package was completely trashed after battling against Tatsuya Yuuki’s Zaku Amazing. And when the lead Gundam of a series is destroyed, the mid-season upgrade makes an entrance.

As seen in this year’s Gunpla Expo, that upgrade comes in the form of the mouthful Star Build Strike Gundam Plavsky Wing. Noticeable changes in the Build Strike Gundam include the torso, legs and shield. What’s completely different is the new Universal Booster which manipulates Plavsky Particles to generate a feathered wing-like appearance.

  • HGBF Star Build Strike Gundam
    Plavsky Wing

    Release Information: January 2014 · ¥1,575
    Images via AmiAmi Blog

BLOG: Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Japan – MG Gundam Build Fighters

Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Japan - MG Gundam Build Fighters Gunpla Expo (Gundam Plamodel Exposition) World Tour 2013 Japan is ongoing from November 21 to 24 at the Akihabara UDX and will feature upcoming Gunpla from the Bandai Hobby Division. [Official Website]

Whatever happened to the MG Gundam AGE-3 prototype Bandai displayed… as it’s totally ditched in favor of Master Grades from Gundam Build Fighters! The three here are retools of existing kits so they’re easier to produce and not risky unlike… MG Gundam AGE-3.

  • MG Build Strike Gundam Full Package
    Release Information: Jan. 2014 · ¥4,200
  • MG Build Gundam Mk-II
    Release Information: Feb. 2014 · ¥5,000
  • MG Sengoku Gundam Astray
    Release Information: Feb. 2014 · ¥5,000

Images via AmiAmi Blog


BLOG: Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Japan – HG All Gundam Project

Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Japan - HG All Gundam Project Gunpla Expo (Gundam Plamodel Exposition) World Tour 2013 Japan is ongoing from November 21 to 24 at the Akihabara UDX and will feature upcoming Gunpla from the Bandai Hobby Division. [Official Website]

After January’s HGUC Victory 2 Gundam, the HG All Gundam Project moves forward to February with the very familiar Aile Strike Gundam, now an HGCC release as part of the standardized HGUC numbering scheme.

As mentioned before, this kit is essentially the HGBF Build Strike Gundam with the normal Strike appendages and accessories. Still wondering how’s the engineering for the exposed frame bits at the shoulder units.

  • HGCE Aile Strike Gundam
    Release Information: Feb. 2014 · ¥1,365

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BLOG: Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Japan – Real Grade GN-001 Gundam Exia

Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Japan - Real Grade GN-001 Gundam Exia Gunpla Expo (Gundam Plamodel Exposition) World Tour 2013 Japan is ongoing from November 21 to 24 at the Akihabara UDX and will feature upcoming Gunpla from the Bandai Hobby Division. [Official Website]

So much for an RG Force Impulse Gundam?

Anyway, this year’s Gunpla Expo in Japan kicks off with the announcement of the next Real Grade. Moving beyond the Universal Century and Cosmic Era timelines, the line expands to the Anno Domini calendar with Gundam Exia from Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

That said, it would be safe to assume that Bandai will be eventually release Real Grades of the 00 Raiser, and to an extent, the 00-Qan[T]. Not sure about the other Celestal Being Gundams though.

  • RG GN-001 Gundam Exia
    Release Information: April 2014 · TBA
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: HGUC Victory 2 Gundam – Colored Prototype Images

HGUC V2 Gundam - Colored Prototype Images More colored prototypes images are coming (this time, official) as Bandai has released those for the HGUC Victory 2 Gundam slated for a January 2014 release.

Similar to earlier kits in the HG All Gundam Project, this one will also use the same jointing system for compatibility across multiple kits. Though for this release, they changed the elbow joint to use animation-accurate components, something that the upcoming HGUC Victory Gundam doesn’t.

Consequently, Bandai still doesn’t confirm nor deny if the set will include "Wings of Light" effect parts. It will be a major bummer if they don’t.

  • HGUC 1/144 Victory 2 Gundam
    Release Information: January 2014 · ¥1,300
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: Today’s Robits – October 2013

Today's Robits - October 2013 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.If you’re one of those looking for the RIOBOT Delphine 2nd Form figure (i.e. the first RIOBOT figure), chances are you’ve long realized that it has been long discontinued and demanding ridiculous prices in the after-market. Then AmiAmi recently opened its store for pre-owned items similar to Mandarake on a smaller scale. And the rest is as seen here.

Oh and there’s the 1/144 Valvrave I Hito model kit too, because it’s from Valvrave the Liberator — that’s enough reason to get the kit.

  • MECHANIC COLLECTION | RM-011 VALVRAVE I HITO
  • RIOBOT | DELPHINE 2nd FORM

Continue Reading: Today’s Robits – October 2013


BLOG: Tamashii Nation 2013 – Chogokin Hello Kitty

Tamashii Nation 2013 - Chogokin Hello Kitty In a move that seemingly counters Kaiyodo’s announcement of a Revoltech Hello Kitty, and to celebrate the 40th anniversaries of both the Chogokin and Hello Kitty brands, Bandai and Sanrio have collaborated to release a mechanized version of this well loved feline.

Chogokin Hello Kitty can transform into either Land, Air and Water modes and even has its own version of a rocket punch! The figure will also have replacement eye units for a "Pouting Mode" expression as well as a Hello Kitty mini figurine that can be mounted inside the robot.

For more information, here’s the press release that Bandai had for Chogokin Hello Kitty.

  • Chogokin Hello Kitty
    Release Information: June 2014 · ¥4,400
    Image via Tamashii Nations

BLOG: ROBOT Damashii <Side RV> Vifam – Official Images

ROBOT Damashii <Side RV> Vifam - Official Images Initially revealed last August, Bandai has released official images of their upcoming Vifam figure, under the ever-growing ROBOT Damashii line.

These also revealed some of the gimmicks and accessories that this figure will feature. Apart from its beam gun and shield, the set will also include the Sling Pannier, a backpack flight unit to recreate aerial poses as seen in the series. The cockpit hatch also opens to reveal a removable core unit.

The figure stands at 12.5cm and will be made from ABS and PVC plastic.

  • ROBOT Damashii <Side RV> Vifam
    Release Information: Feb. 2014 · ¥5,000
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> Crossbone Gundam X-1 Kai Kai "Skull Heart"

ROBOT Damashii <SIde MS> Crossbone Gundam X-1 Kai Kai "Skull Heart" Today’s batch of blurry magazine scans revealed an anticipated yet unexpected figure.

Recently, Tamashii Nations have been releasing updates of past figures from various lines, starting with the Ultra-Act, S.H.Figuarts lines. And while this iteration of the Crossbone Gundam X-1 isn’t exactly the same one as the first release, it features changes that both account the "Skull Heart" upgrade and improvements to the figure engineering.

As to whether this will include parts for the "Full Cloth" configuration is still up in the air. Though it will be a bummer if Bandai decides to go Tamashii Web Exclusive with those.

  • ROBOT Damashii <Side MS>
    Crossbone Gundam X-1 Kai Kai
    "Skull Heart"

    Release Information: TBA

BLOG: Tamashii Nation 2013 – Chogokin 1/35 Kuratas

Tamashii Nation 2013 - Chogokin 1/35 Kuratas Tamashii Nation 2013 is an annual event featuring current and upcoming releases from Bandai Collectors Division. It will be from November 1 – 3, 2013 at Akihabara UDX 2F AKIBA_SQUARE / 4F Gallery. [Official Website]

Remember Kuratas, that Votoms-inspired real robot manufactured and sold by Suidobashi Heavy Industries for $1,353,500? If that seems too expensive (not only seems, it IS expensive!), those who like the design may actually get one as Bandai has it covered.

Yes, Bandai has it covered as they revealed a prototype Chogokin Kuratas as part of the upocoming Tamashii Nation 2013 exhibit. The figure will be at 1/35 scale, which will stand at roughly 11.4 cm after doing the math — which is also perfect for the CATALOGUE!

Yeah, another automatic get!


BLOG: "High Grade" Line Designations – An Introspect

HG Acronyms & Abbreviations - An Introspect Consistency has always been a paramount priority for this collector, and that carries on to the smallest of details. Such is the case for product line names and designations.

Take Bandai’s High Grade 1/144 Gunpla lines. When they use HGUC to refer to the High Grade Universal Century line, people started doing the same to every other High Grade line that comes out. High Grade Gundam SEED became HGGS; High Grade Gundam 00 became HG00; and more recently, High Grade Gundam AGE became HGAG.

While this comes as the most trivial of matter to some, this introduces confusion as to how identify and differentiate High Grade lines from one another. So what’s the best way to know the correct abbreviation of a High Grade line?

On the lower left corner of Gunpla boxes, other text are located beside the ‘BANDAI <YEAR> MADE IN JAPAN’ note. And though they’re mostly Japanese, a portion of it mentions the name of the mobile suit preceded by the correct designation of that particular High Grade line.

As seen here, those coming from the HG Gundam SEED/00/AGE (and possibly future series-based HG lines) are simply designated as HGs and those using the so-called HGUC numbering scheme, as well as those coming from Gundam Build Fighters, use the proper acronyms.

So yeah, all of this just for the sake of consistency.


BLOG: Metal Build ARX-8 Laevatein Revealed

Metal Build ARX-8 Laevatein Revealed Straight from the official Twitter account of Bandai Collectors Division (Tamashii Nations), it was revealed that the next Metal Build figure is not a Gundam.

Despite not appearing in any animated production, the ARX-8 Laevatein from Full Metal Panic! is set to be the next in the Metal Build line.

The Metal Build line is currently comprised of 1/100 scale Gundam releases, the most recent being the upcoming Destiny Gundam figure. As to which scale would the Laevatein be is still unknown, though it would most likely be sized to match its Gundam counterparts.


BLOG: 53rd All-Japan Model & Hobby Show – High Grade Gunpla

53rd All-Japan Model & Hobby Show - High Grade Gunpla The 53rd All Japan Model & Hobby Show is Japan’s premier showcase of upcoming hobby and model-related products. It is ongoing from October 11 to 13 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. [Official Website]

The fifth entry in Bandai’s HG All Gundam Project is the HGUC Victory 2 Gundam as it appeared in Mobile Suit V Gundam, primarily known for its Wings of Light.

Like the HGUC Victory Gundam, it doesn’t transform into its Core Fighter, Top Fighter and Bottom Fighter components though it will include a separate Core Fighter for display purposes. Just hoping that Bandai doesn’t pull an RG Destiny Gundam with the Wings of Light effect parts.

  • HGUC 1/144 Victory 2 Gundam
    Release Information: January 2014 · ¥1,365

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BLOG: 53rd All-Japan Model & Hobby Show – Master Grade Gundam X

53rd All-Japan Model & Hobby Show - Master Grade Gundam X The 53rd All Japan Model & Hobby Show is Japan’s premier showcase of upcoming hobby and model-related products. It is ongoing from October 11 to 13 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. [Official Website]

The Master Grade line has well expanded beyond the Universal Century with releases covering Mobile Fighter G Gundam and most recently Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, heck even Turn A Gundam had a kit. But there’s one more series that doesn’t have a Master Grade representation… until now.

After War Gundam X finally scores its first MG kit with none other than the titular suit — plain and simple, no unnecessary redesigns.

  • MG 1/100 Gundam X
    Release Information: January 2014 · ¥3,800
    Image via Timeless Dimension

BLOG: 1/144 Valvrave I 火人 Full Impact

1/144 Valvrave I 火人 Full Impact It’s just a couple of days away from the second season premiere of Valvrave the Liberator and as such, Bandai has started solicitations of the upcoming model kits.

Starting things off is what appears to be the upgraded version of the titular machine, Valvrave I 火人 Full Impact. Unlike how "mid-season upgrades" work in Gundam, this one consists of additional parts on the arms, legs and back of the unit.

As of this post, the base Valvrave I kit has seen two releases — first as the original machine seen throughout the first season, and second as the Innocent Zero version prior to its activation.

Valvrave the Liberator Second Season starts on October 10, 2013.

  • 1/144 Valvrave I 火人 Full Impact
    Release Information: Dec. 2013 · ¥3,990
    Image via MECHA GUY

BLOG: One Piece Best Mechanic Collection – General Franky (Shogun)

One Piece Best Mechanic Collection - General Franky (Shogun) With the immense popularity of One Piece, Bandai Hobby Division released highly-detailed model kits of the Going Merry & Thousand Sunny, and more affordable kits of the other ships as part of the Grand Ship Collection. That said, people following the series aren’t exactly the model-building crowd like their counterparts in the Gundam franchse.

But when General Franky took the stage, Bandai saw the opportunity and thus released the humanoid robot, first as a Chogokin figure, and then as a model kit. Expect that most of the gimmicks seen in the more expensive Chogokin release will be present, though it will require more work for this one.

  • Best Mechanic Collection General Franky
    Release Information: Dec. 2013· ¥3,800
    Image via Hobby Search

BLOG: HGUC Full Armor Gundam [Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.] – Prototype Images

HGUC Full Armor Gundam [Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.] - Prototype Images As the 4-year OVA Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn draws to a close early next year, Bandai is now finding other Universal Century-based fiction to source their HGUC lineup. And before Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN hits the kits, Bandai has decided to give the manga Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt the HGUC treatment.

Leading these is the Gundam Thunderbolt version of the Full Armor Gundam. Nowadays, it seems like the definition of a Full Armor mobile suit goes beyond the additional armor and more of the Heavy Weapons type. Weapons include a large beam cannon, a missile pod, a twin beam rifle and four shields. Yes, it trumps Full Armor Unicorn Gundam’s three-shield configuration.

  • HGUC Full Armor Gundam
    [Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.]

    Release Information: Dec. 2013 · ¥2,700
    Images via CYBERGUNDAM BLOG

BLOG: Box Art Extravaganza Drei

Box Art Extravaganza Drei Seeing this box art sometime gives the shivers as a couple of years back, most 1/144 scale Gunpla collectors could only wish of such a kit as the final titular Gundam from After War Gundam X now has a proper High Grade 1/144 scale rendition.

Prior to this, the only available modern version of the Gundam Double X was the ROBOT Damashii figure. And while the figure looks great, transforming into the Twin Satellite Cannon mode meant a lot of part swapping, even to the opening limbs on both arm and leg units.

As far as the box art goes, it looks great. It’s just that with these HGUC-styled packagings, Bandai tends to put the series logos all over the place. Just a minor nitpick for consistency but do know though that this release is very much appreciated.

  • HGAW Gundam Double X
    Release Information: October 2013 · ¥1,700

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