|The Calamity War backstory of Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS suggests that 72 Gundam-type frames were built during the conflict. It’s sort of unlikely that all 72 Gundams will appear in the series but as of now, three have been revealed. Going by their model numbers, Gundam Barbatos is the 8th, Gundam Gusion is the 11th, and Gundam Kimaris is the 66th.
As for the kit, it’s monochromatic color scheme looks to be composed of only three shades of purple. Hopefully this would allow Bandai to release a color-accurate kit out of the box with minimal stickers needed. Sans beam weapons, this guy wields a huge lance, and a blade that can be folded and stored on its rear.
|Bandai Hobby has updated their special Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN page with tons of information about the upcoming MG RX-78-02 Gundam [Gundam THE ORIGIN Ver.] release.
There’s still speculation going whether this kit was based off the Ver.2.0/3.0 model kit or an entirely new mold. Aesthetic differences aside, this version of the original Gundam has included effect parts for the chest/forearm weapon hatches, and is also compatible with the Bandai LED units to light up the head unit.
Oh and this kit also boats great poseability to reproduce those iconic scenes from the manga.
|Those who have 1/144 scale models of the Gundam, Guncannon, and Guntank (or just have the HGUC Operation V set) may have, in one way or another, aspired of building an in-scale diorama of the White Base catapult.
Easier said than done… Not anymore as Premium Bandai is selling a 1/144 scale White Base Catapult Deck as part of the Realistic Model Series. It can be built in either TV or movie versions and can be extended up to 1,000mm (i.e. 1 meter). It’s also compatible with the Builders Parts 1/144 System Weapons and Builders Parts HD 1/144 MS Figure 01 sets.
|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.