|The title might sound more divine than usual, but this is indeed the search for both Providence and Legend… Gundams. Started this ever since the epiphany that is Gray’s Gundams.
So how’s it going? Well searching for the HG Providence Gundam wouldn’t be much difficult if it weren’t for the ‘Remaster’ versions of the kits as it made looking for the original release more difficult. And while the newer one is better in terms of having an Action Base 2 connector part, the darker gray colors might look too dark when compared to the ones of the HG Legend Gundam (which wasn’t ‘remastered’).
In the end, managed to snag one from Mandarake as even from there the kit is difficult to find. Also got the Hobby Japan HG Gundam SEED custom kit set for use with the Providence.
All that’s left is Legend…
|For those unaware, this collector has a particular OCD when it comes to model/figure line names. So much so that a similar blog post has already been written a couple of years ago. Then why another post? Well just because.
To recap, the previous "rule" suggests that kits released under the expanded HGUC line are usually referred to as HG** with ** being the calendar used their respective fiction. Outside of these, kits are just referred to as HGs, which are the case for the HG GUNDAM 00, HG GUNDAM THE ORIGIN and HG Reconguista in G kits. And no, there’s no such thing as HGRG!
Then the Gundam Build Fighters stuff came and were given their own HGBF/HGBC designations, with the latter for the option sets. Oh and there’s the HGPG designation solely for the four Petit’gguy releases.
Using this stipulation, upcoming kits from Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS should be designated as HGs. But apparently, this isn’t the case as it looks like they’ll follow the same naming scheme as the Build Fighters releases. Kits of actual mobile suits are released as HG IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS (HG IBO) and option sets as HG IRON-BLOODED ARMS (HG IBA).
So why point these out? Well this is mainly for how these kits will be presented in their respective CATALOGUE entries. For example, Gundam Barbatos will be designated as ‘HG IBO 1/144 | ASW-G-08 GUNDAM BARBATOS’.
All of these are still for the sake of consistency.
|Good Smile Company currently has a triad of releases tied to the 2014 feature Expelled From Paradise. This includes GSA New Arhan, figma Angela Balzac, and PLAMAX Frontier Setter.
While figmas are technically non-scale figures, this 1/12 model kit fits perfectly in scale with the upcoming Angela Balzac release. The kit is snap fit and comes molded in color though it does come with stickers for those finer details (hopefully NOT as sticker-heavy as PLAMAX Bravenwolf X). It will also include an alternate red head part which when used requires painting the kit in a darker color scheme.
Those hollow parts look really bad though, time to learn how to use putty.
|Sans GN-Drive, weapons, and manipulators, the HGBF Transient Gundam is more or less complete. Despite being mostly white, there were quite a few spots that needed gray paint. And on that note, forgot to apply gray on the lower part of the torso unit. Oh well.
So what’s with the RX-78-2 Gundam on the left? That’s actually the core of the HG Forever Gundam kit, which is G30th Version, same with CATALOGUE Entry #2001. Wasn’t really satisfied with how the current #2001 turned out and decided to build a new one. Resorted to take the one from the Forever Gundam as it’s currently hard to get a hold of the G30th High Grade kit.
And finally, what’s with the old High Grades… the very first ones? Someone in the MAHQ Facebook Group has been posting pics of these kits and they were very enticing. Not even sure if these will be assembled but whatever.
|The 55th All Japan Model & Hobby Show is Japan’s premier showcase of upcoming hobby and model-related products. It went from Sept. 25 to 27 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. [Official Website]
When the MG Victory Gundam Ver.Ka was released back in 2009, many were already thrilled with the possibility of a Victory 2 Gundam release. However Bandai took five years before getting the mid-season upgrade out.
Like the MG of its predecessor, the Victory 2 Gundam can also split and transform into three components. Unfortunately the set won’t include any ‘Wings of Light’ effect parts and will be Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusives. The next thing to look forward to are the Assault and Buster option parts, whenever those may be.