|Gunpla Expo (Gundam Plamodel Exposition) World Tour 2014 Japan is ongoing from November 21 to 24 at the Akihabara UDX and will feature upcoming Gunpla from the Bandai Hobby Division. [Official Website]
Just weeks after Tamashii Nation 2014, its Bandai Hobby’s turn to display stuff with the Japan leg of Gunpla Expo 2014. And with these events come event-limited kits.
When the HGUC ZETA plus came out in Gundam UC colors, many were expecting Bandai to release the kit (the A1 variant) in its original Gundam Sentinel colors. Technically they did, but as an event exclusive. Hopefully this won’t be plagued with molding errors unlike the original kit.
|As explained here, the Gundams appearing in the CATALOGUE will mostly include lead/titular ones, often coming in "parade colors" (i.e. white, blue, red, yellow, sometimes black).
That said, there are certain non-lead/titular Gundams that come close to having the same parade colors but are dominantly gray instead of white. These then give the same lead Gundam appeal to this collector regardless of their role in the source fiction.
Basically this is just an explanation for including such mobile suits in the CATALOGUE while seemingly in contrast to the Collection Definition.
But then again, there are instances when the color scheme won’t actually matter — i.e. #2007.
|Going straight to #2 for this Work in Progress series since this post pretty much covers what has been built before.
So yeah, finally got to resume building the HGAC Wing Gundam Zero after all the debacle and shenanigans that ensued thanks to this guy. To summarize, the current progress mostly involved preparation of parts for assembly and top coat. These then involved applying panel lines and painting the necessary details, though the former can’t exactly be seen because this collector likes those lines subtle… subtle.
Hopefully, the next part should have the lower section already done, with the remaining build to focus on its iconic wings and accessories.
|During the end credits of GUNDAM Reconguista in G, additional variants of the G-Self were revealed, including those that would actually change the color of its Photon Frame armor. Variable Phase Shift armor anyone?
On the left is a GN Arms-like mobile weapons platform that changes the blue parts of the G-Self to red, matching its dominant color scheme. Then on the right is a huge backpack deal that then gives the G-Self a Char Aznable-esque pink color. Both are still unnamed, but will most likely get stand-alone units, unlike the Space Pack because of their difference in colors.
This goes to show that Tomino has removed his previous grudges and is now embracing the Bandai marketing scheme, and is going with it pretty well.
|The next main Gundam series to follow the poorly received Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, GUNDAM Reconguista in G marks the return of original creator Yoshiyuki Tomino after doing ∀ Gundam, and his style is really apparent in these first two episodes.
Much like Tomino’s previous work, the pacing can be a little jarring with so much introduction and exposition. That said, the exposition was done naturally and didn’t felt like a huge information dump.
That said, the series has a much lighter tone than any previous entry, sans Gundam Build Fighters and has a very lively vibe. So yeah, this looks like to be a very promising series. Hopefully the same can be said once its FEATURE entry is being written down.