|Prior to Kotobukiya announcing their non-scale kit of RED FIVE from Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince, those who wanted a representation of this machine would have to opt for the Variable Action release. But thanks to their quite disappointing quality control issues, this announcement is very much appreciated.
As mentioned, the kit is non-scale but stands at around 160mm. It also comes with the weapons and accessories seen in the series (including parts to form its Full Burst Mode), and a display stand.
The first production run of this kit will also include parts as seen in the "Battle of Ceres" episodes.
|It has been a year since GARGANTIA on the Verderous Planet and a second season has also been announced. That said, outside of Ledo or Amy, there hasn’t been many figures for the other character of the show – Chamber.
Max Factory is set to change that as they are going to expand their model kit offerings with these Machine Calibers (i.e. Chamber and Striker). These will be in 1/48 scale and if the floating images around the internet are correct, they should be the same size with their 1/72 Combat Armors MAX line – and are therefore, perfect for the CATALOGUE.
Be prepared to paint though as these Machine Calibers are quite colorful machines. Unless Max Factory is willing to do crazy parts separation, like Real Grade levels of crazy
|There’s more from The Next Generation —PATLABOR—, and here’s the reason for all those model kit reissues. Peculiarly, Bandai went 1/48 scale with this release, not too big like the 1/35 Master Grades and not too small like the 1/60 kits. Though for reference, it could size-up quite nicely with 1/100 scale Gundam kits.
As with anything making the transition from animation to live-action, this version of the AV-98 Ingram has much more detail but still retains those key design notes from the original. And Bandai has done a great job replicating these, especially if there’s a 1/1 scale replica that exists for comparison.
|In line with the upcoming release of the new 1/48 Ingram kit seen in The Next Generation —PATLABOR—, Bandai is rereleasing their old Patlabor releases, including the 1/35 scale Master Grades and the older 1/60 scale kits.
These 1/60 kits are along the lines of 1/144 scale Gundam kits in terms of size. To replicate the look of the cloth-covered joints, these kits come with rubber tube-like assemblies where the actual plastic joints are inserted into.
Do take note that these are still late 90s kits so color separation and poseability aren’t at par with today’s standards. The 1/35 Master Grade and 1/60 kits will be rereleased in August and September respectively.
|Not really planning on watching Ghost in the Shell ARISE but apparently, those lovable Tachikomas everyone has come to appreciate doesn’t appear in this prequel. In its place instead are the red Logicomas (i.e. Logistics Conveyer Machine).
Standing at 47.5mm (that’s quite small), the kit has multiple display options including extending appendages, deployable manipulators and opening hatches. It will also come with unpainted in-scale figures of Motoko Kusanagi, Daisuke Aramaki and this blonde-haired girl in a running pose (gotta love fiction familiarity).
This will be a perfect companion piece to the previously released Tachikoma kit.