|Tamashii Feature’s Vol.7 is from August 31 to September 1, 2013 at InnoCentre, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong and will feature displays mainly focused on the ROBOT Damashii figure line.
After a Kamen Rider-centric Vol.6, it’s all robots now as ROBOT Damashiis take the show floor in Vol.7 starting with this one. Yes, the big, green, Jegan-killing machine is getting the ROBOT Damashii treatment.
And by big, it means the need for quite a number of Tamashii Stages to get those huge binders up. So those who don’t want to build the earlier-released HGUC kit can surely go for this figure, as well as it’s price tag.
|When talking about Gundam model kits, or Gunpla, Bandai often makes the most out of the Zaku molds and has released every variant possible. For ROBOT Damashiis, they seemed to have found that analogue.
Not too long ago, Bandai released ROBOT Damashii Leo, that well-blown up grunt from New Mobile Report Gundam W. Afterwards, they released the Leo Option Set and the Tamashii Web Exclusive Leo Space Type.
Those army-building this guy will have a blast through this release of the Leo Flight Type, which is essentially the same Leo with a new flight pack. As such, previously-released weapons and option set parts are compatible.
|Still on Bandai Collector Division stuff, they’ve also revealed an additional sub-label to their ever expanding ROBOT Damashii line. From the 1893 series Round Vernian Vifam is the titular machine Vifam, the first <Side RV> release.
As expected from a ROBOT Damashii release, the figure will be filled with copious amounts of detail coupled with excellent articulation. It will also feature an opening front cockpit in the same vein as seen in the animation.
Being a sucker for titular machines, expect this one to eventually land in the site as a CATALOGUE Entry.
|The upcoming Tamashii Feature’s Vol.7 (Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at InnoCentre, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong) will be pretty much focusing on ROBOT Damashii. Though a few Chogokin-related news would still be appreciated, especially this one.
It’s the ultimate God of Destruction, Genesic GaoGaiGar from the OVA King of Braves GaoGaiGar FINAL! Ever since Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar was released a couple of years back, people have been clamoring for this guy for one reason. It’s Genesic GaoGaiGar! That’s reason enough for this collector!
Guess GaoFighGar here will have to take the back seat for the time being.
|With Gundam Build Fighters, not only does Bandai have opportunities of releasing new High Grade kits as part of the HG All Gundam Project, it also meant that they can reuse existing ones.
Next in the line of retooled kits is the HG Build Gundam Mk-II which, as the name suggests, is based on the HGUC Gundam Mk-II. As seen in this
Similar to the Build Strike Gundam, it utilizes a custom backpack unit that has vestiges of the original FXA-05D G-Defenser design. It will be sold separately as the Build Booster Mk-II, part of the HG Build Custom lineup.
|Capping of this slew of prototype kit reveals is this anticipated release despite the retcons that Bandai/Sunrise did.
So here’s MG Wing Gundam Proto Zero EW which in every way, shape and form screams Wing Gundam Zero as it originally appeared in New Mobile Report Gundam Wing. Hajime Katoki made some design liberties to keep the consistent aesthetic with the current Endless Waltz stuff such as the shield and wing binders.
Other than said aesthetic changes, this version still retains most of features the original Wing Zero had.
|While the second season of Valvrave the Liberator is due to start in October, Bandai is continously dishing out the model kits to finally complete the four units revealed in season one.
Prototypes of the fifth and sixth Valvrave units, the one with the massive shields and hacking skills respectively, are revealed. Similar to the previous releases, these two still share the same core body and with differences coming from the arm/leg and head units.
|Next on the list of gray prototype reveals is the RG Strike Freedom Gundam. Like Freedom Gundam that came before it, the Real Grade version of this mobile suit has more modern design cues that correct some of the issues that plagued the original High Grade release.
Aside from much better proportions and much more detail, noticeable in this solicitation is the increased price tag at ¥3,000. It can be attributed to the gold-colored Advanced MS Joint being used by this kit. Possible use of chrome-plated gold in other parts?
Calling it right now! Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive Full Burst Mode effect parts!
|When the HG All Gundam Project was first announced, the three initial releases as part of this were revealed. It was also said that after the initial three, releases will continue on a monthly basis. After HGUC Victory Gundam, the next slated kit is the HGUC Gundam F91.
Prior to this, Gundam F91 never had a model kit in the 1/144 scale due to its small nature. Many who wanted to get a similarly-sized representation settled on the ROBOT Damashii release.
The kit includes accessories to replicate the various features and attacks Gundam F91 was seen in the film Mobile Suit Gundam F91, including the iconic VSBRs and radiator fins.
|Along with a couple of solicitation images, Bandai has been promoting the upcoming release of the LBX Dot-Blastriser which is, going by name and aesthetic, seems to be the upgraded form of LBX Dot-Phasor — the main protagonist machine in Danball Senki WARS.
Judging by the video, this LBX seems to have a transformation gimmick which is very reminiscent of the Unicorn Gundam where its glowing internals are revealed when parts of the armor shifts.
Now’s probably a good time to start getting those Danball Senki WARS kits.
|Remember this guy? Well thanks to a great work schedule, as well as procrastination galore, it was finished only last week — and all that’s needed to be done are the core fighter and two beam sabers. Needless to say, getting that done and an enthusiastic Twitter feed was enough push to actually do something about that enormous Gunpla backlog.
And so, this collector is restarting the Gunpla-building train with an easier kit that won’t introduce stress and procrastination. There won’t be much masking to be done as the kit is molded more or less in the correct colors, just panel lines and a flat top coat.
Will probably go either with remastering an older kit or build the 00 Qan[T] thanks to that ROBOT Damashii ELS Qan[T] purchase.
|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.
No, this featurette will not turn to "Today’s Books" or something to that effect.
Vertical Inc. has released the second volume to their Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN hardcovers and the quality has been consistently top notch all throughout.
This second installment covers the White Base as they land in Zeon-controlled territory in America and their treacherous journey to reach the Earth Federation base in Jaburo.
|With the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY HD Remaster going full swing, this release is more or less expected and only a question of when.
Along with the much more anticipated reveal of the MG 1/100 Sazabi Ver.Ka., also shown at Gundam Front Tokyo is a prototype of the RG Strike Freedom Gundam. With the RG Freedom Gundam kit released a year prior, Bandai only has to do some tweaking on its Advanced MS Joint (i.e. inner frame) to match this design.
That said, this collector would also appreciate a Force Impulse Gundam in Real Grade form as the original HG kit doesn’t really do the design justice when compared to the MG.
|MECHA CATALOGUE #3014
ROBOT Damashii <Side HERO>
|During Tamashii Nation 2012, Bandai teased a Gundam Double X + G-Falcon set. The former is scheduled for release this July, so where’s the latter?
Those familiar with Bandai’s merchandising techniques should have seen this as a sign that the G-Falcon is most likely a Tamashii Web Exclusive… and they just confirmed it.
That said, with a HG 1/144 Gundam Double X in the horizon, is it possible that they would also release G-Falcon as a model kit? Though if so, it may well be an online exclusive as well.
|Before everyone starts throwing rotten tomatoes at Bandai, Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu Mina Custom is still getting the regular release and not to be confused with this one.
To those who can’t tell the differences, Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu doesn’t have the "Totsuka no Tsurugi" Swords, the "Tsumuha no Tachi" Triple Claws and the spiked feet design.
It’s still unknown if the old parts of this kit, and the Amatsu Mina Custom, will be gold plated or just the newer type of gold plastic Bandai uses in their more recent releases.
|The first season of Valvrave the Liberator has come and gone, but there are still quite a few model kits Bandai has to release to cover the Valvrave units.
Remember the initial teaser videos where they showed Valvrave I as a mostly white machine with red highlights? As it turned out, that was its apparent color scheme before activation, afterwards it turns mostly black.
Those who wanted the white version but are too lazy to paint (this collector included) may now do. Bandai is releasing a white recolor of the 1/144 scale Valvrave I model kit. And while not shown, it’s assumed that this kit will contain the same accessories as the regular version.
|Starting August 3, DOME-G in Gundam Front Tokyo will be showing a new animated feature that will also be the debut of the third Unicorn Gundam unit, dubbed
Unicorn Gundam 03 Fenix will sport a gold color scheme with the exposed Psycho Frame in green. Similar to the Banshee Norn, this variation uses two Armed Armor DE units as rear binders.
Likewise, Bandai is going to release a Gundam Front Tokyo-exclusive HGUC model of the mobile suit starting August 3.
|MECHA CATALOGUE #3013
Big Foot Player
|Remember back in 2011 when Gundam-creator Yoshiyuki Tomino announced that he’s working on a new project codenamed "G-RECORD"? It seems like that project is in full motion as it’s included in the Gundam 35th Anniversary celebration together with Gundam Build Fighters.
Bandai/Sunrise has also revealed several projects in line with the celebration set for 2014-2015.
These include the much-awaited conclusion to Mobile Suit Gundam UC that has been going on since 2010. The episode, entitled "Over the Rainbow", is set for a Spring 2014 release. There’s also a tidbit about the anime adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN and it will most likely premiere after Gundam UC.
Looking forward to more for this celebration!
|For a 1/144 scale lead Gundam model kit collector, this has got to be one of the best announcements Bandai ever made!
Those expecting an intense war story for the next Gundam series are pretty much disappointed right now thanks to the announcement of Gundam Build Fighters. But hey, there’s still Mobile Suit Gundam UC as well as the green-lit Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN adaptation.
Anyway, it was confirmed that mobile suits outside the Universal Century, such as variations of the Wing Gundam and Gundam X, will appear in Gundam Build Fighters. With the series focusing on the 1/144 scale, Bandai is expected to release model kits of these variants.
That being said, it is very unlikely that Bandai will not release model kits of these mobile suits in their original versions. Thus, the HG All Gundam Project, begins.
|A couple of hours ago, Bandai/Sunrise revealed the next Gundam video project — Gundam Build Fighters. It is essentially the OVA Gunpla Builders Beginning G that goes beyond the Universal Century stuff and sees the appearance of kits from Gundam Wing and Gundam X among others.
The lead Gundam for this series is called the Build Strike Gundam, a direct derivative of the Strike Gundam. With the series focusing on 1/144 scale Gunpla, Bandai will release 1/144 scale HG "Build Fighters" and "Build Custom" kits, with the latter being accessories and add-on parts for customization.
Then, the announcement got more exciting when Bandai revealed its "HG All Gundam Project"…
|MECHA CATALOGUE #2014
High Grade GUNDAM 00
GN-0000 + GNR-010
00 RAISER [Designer's Color Ver.]