Posts tagged “Model Kits

BLOG: Max Factory – 1/48 "GARGANTIA on the Verderous Planet" Model Kits

Max Factory - 1/48 "GARGANTIA on The Verderous Planet" Model Kits 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

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BLOG: The Next Generation —PATLABOR— 1/48 AV-98 Ingram

The Next Generation —PATLABOR— 1/48 AV-98 Ingram 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.

  • 1/48 AV-98 Ingram
    Release Information: Sept. 2014 · ¥3,000
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: Bandai Reissues Patlabor Model Kits

Bandai Reissues Patlabor Model Kits 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.

BLOG: Kotobukiya – Ghost in the Shell ARISE 1/35 Logicoma

Kotobukiya - Ghost in the Shell ARISE 1/35 Logicoma 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.

  • 1/35 Logicoma with Motoko Kusanagi & Daisuke Aramaki
    Release Information: Sept. 2014 · ¥3,800
    Image via AmiAmi

BLOG: Today’s Robits – January 2014

Today's Robits - January 2014 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.

… and there hasn’t been any posts as mentioned above since January, but that doesn’t that there aren’t any robits in the pipeline since then. They weren’t just posted thanks to that frequently aforementioned busy work schedule.

The first two are from Kotobukiya’s 1/144 scale line based on the Muv-Luv franchise. Haven’t assembled a Kotobukiya kit since that 1/144 Linebarrel kit, but that’s any indication, these two should be a good build.

  • 1/144 | SHIRANUI SECOND [Yuuya Bridges Custom]
  • 1/144 | Su-47E BERKUT

Continue Reading: Today’s Robits – January 2014

BLOG: Danball Senki 056 – LBX Achilles II

Danball Senki 056 - LBX Achilles II So Danball Senki Wars already ended during Christmas 2013 and it is the final installment in the Danball Senki franchise. So would Bandai stop making these easy-to-assemble model kits?

No, at least for now as they’ll be releasing a game-exclusive unit as the LBX 056. As the name implies, Achilles II is an upgrade to the original Achilles LBX. The design itself isn’t much of a departure to the original as compared with Achilles D9. For weapons, it has the Twin Pile Lance and the Flame Defender.

It will also sport a movable plastic cloak instead of the instruction cut-outs that the older releases have.

  • LBX Achilles II
    Release Information: July 2014 · ¥1,500
    Images via TAG Hobby

BLOG: Nobunaga the Fool – "The Fool" Non-Scale Model Kit

Nobunaga the Fool - "The Fool" Model Kit During the recent Winter Wonder Festival, Max Factory has just announced their first mecha entry in the long-running Figma line – "The Fool" from Nobunaga the Fool. Those who aren’t convinced of Max Factory’s attempt at mecha figures, despite releasing Drossel and Charming Drossel, here’s a more traditional alternative.

Come this April, Bandai will release a non-scale model kit of the titular machine. It will be 15 cm tall and can be equipped with its Regalia (i.e. additional armor). Do take note that this machine has quite an ornamental design and knowing Bandai, they might resort to seals for these details. Will probably go with the pre-painted figure route with this one but there’s still a month or so to decide before this kit gets released.

  • Non-Scale "The Fool"
    Release Information: April 2014 · ¥2,700
    Image via TAG Hobby

BLOG: Kotobukiya – 1/100 Metal Gear RAY

Kotobukiya 1/100 Metal Gear RAY - Colored Prototype Shots In what appears to be a counter-marketing move, Kotobukiya has released colored prototype shots of their upcoming 1/100 scale Metal Gear RAY model kit just a couple of days after threeA released colored prototype shots of their much higher-end version.

Just like the previous Metal Gear REX release, this kit will feature snap-fit assembly and comes with special display bases that will allow the kit to stand despite its very small footprint.

As a bonus, the set will also include scaled versions of Old Snake, Liquid Ocelot and a trio of frogs.

  • 1/100 Metal Gear RAY
    Release Information: April 2014 · ¥8,400
    Image via Timeless Dimension

BLOG: Wave – Armored Trooper VOTOMS 1/35 Rabidly Dog

Wave - Votoms 1/35 Rabidly Dog In a move to release less expensive kits, Wave is again making the transition from resin to plastic with their Armored Trooper VOTOMS releases, this time in 1/35 scale.

First in this new line is the Rabidly Dog, a 4.137m tall machine which stands 118.2mm at 1/35 scale, perfect for the CATALOGUE. Those who build their kits OOB will be delighted as this features snap-fit assembly and uses multi-colored runners while poseability is achieved through polycaps.

Wave is releasing two versions of this kit. First is this one, the ST (Standard) version, to be followed by the PS (Pro Spec) version which can be built in "Standby Mode" as well.

  • 1/35 Rabidly Dog
    Release Information: March 2014 · ¥3,600
    Image via Wave Corporation

BLOG: Kotobukiya – Ghost in the Shell STAND ALONE COMPLEX 1/35 Tachikoma

Kotobukiya - Ghost in the Shell STAND ALONE COMPLEX 1/35 Tachikoma Kotobukiya has been consistent in dishing out model kits of mechanics/vehicles appearing in Ghost in the Shell STAND ALONE COMPLEX and its sequels. First was the Jigibachi AV attack helicopter, followed by the HAW206 Prototype multi-legged tank. The next kit would likely excite many as it is the Tachikoma.

Like HAW206, Tachikoma is in 1/35 scale and despite its small size, at 65x85mm, the kit will feature internal detail where an included Mokoto Kusanagi figure can fit in. Speaking of figures it also comes with Batou and Miki (as seen in episode 12 of SAC). All are unpainted.

Also included are additional parts for its weapons and a clear stand.

  • 1/35 Tachikoma
    Release Information: March 2014 · ¥3,465
    Image via AmiAmi

BLOG: Today’s Robits – October 2013

Today's Robits - October 2013 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.

If you’re one of those looking for the RIOBOT Delphine 2nd Form figure (i.e. the first RIOBOT figure), chances are you’ve long realized that it has been long discontinued and demanding ridiculous prices in the after-market. Then AmiAmi recently opened its store for pre-owned items similar to Mandarake on a smaller scale. And the rest is as seen here.

Oh and there’s the 1/144 Valvrave I Hito model kit too, because it’s from Valvrave the Liberator — that’s enough reason to get the kit.

  • 1/144 | RM-011 VALVRAVE I HITO

Continue Reading: Today’s Robits – October 2013

BLOG: Combat Armors MAX Dougram

Combat Armors MAX 1/72 Dougram After teasing for quite sometime through hobby shows and magazine features, Max Factory has finally revealed release information on their first foray to the plastic model kit market.

First in their aptly named Combat Armors MAX line is the titular machine from the series Fang of the Sun Dougram. To compete with the veteran plastic model kit manufacturers, this 1/72 scale representation of the Dougram will come in colored plastic and features snap fit assembly utilizing polycaps for joints.

For display options, accessories will include its arm-mounted Linear Cannon, the Turbo Sack backpack as well as option parts to display the cockpit with either open or closed hatch. Waterslide decals are also bundled for those who want more realism in their kit.

  • Combat Armors MAX Dougram
    Release Information: Dec. 2013 · ¥3,800
    Image via figma blog

Definitely getting this one, no questions asked.

BLOG: 1/144 Valvrave I 火人 Full Impact

1/144 Valvrave I 火人 Full Impact It’s just a couple of days away from the second season premiere of Valvrave the Liberator and as such, Bandai has started solicitations of the upcoming model kits.

Starting things off is what appears to be the upgraded version of the titular machine, Valvrave I 火人 Full Impact. Unlike how "mid-season upgrades" work in Gundam, this one consists of additional parts on the arms, legs and back of the unit.

As of this post, the base Valvrave I kit has seen two releases — first as the original machine seen throughout the first season, and second as the Innocent Zero version prior to its activation.

Valvrave the Liberator Second Season starts on October 10, 2013.

  • 1/144 Valvrave I 火人 Full Impact
    Release Information: Dec. 2013 · ¥3,990
    Image via MECHA GUY

BLOG: One Piece Best Mechanic Collection – General Franky (Shogun)

One Piece Best Mechanic Collection - General Franky (Shogun) With the immense popularity of One Piece, Bandai Hobby Division released highly-detailed model kits of the Going Merry & Thousand Sunny, and more affordable kits of the other ships as part of the Grand Ship Collection. That said, people following the series aren’t exactly the model-building crowd like their counterparts in the Gundam franchse.

But when General Franky took the stage, Bandai saw the opportunity and thus released the humanoid robot, first as a Chogokin figure, and then as a model kit. Expect that most of the gimmicks seen in the more expensive Chogokin release will be present, though it will require more work for this one.

  • Best Mechanic Collection General Franky
    Release Information: Dec. 2013· ¥3,800
    Image via Hobby Search

BLOG: 1/35 POWER DoLLS Power Loader X-4 + (PD-802) – Colored Prototype Images

1/35 Power Loader X-4 + (PD-802) 装甲歩兵 - Colored Prototype Images With September fast approaching, PLUM has revealed some colored prototype images of their upcoming 1/35 Power Loader X-4 + (PD-802) 装甲歩兵 from the OVA POWER DoLLS.

Shown here is the kit built & painted by a professional modeler and most likely will not look like this out of the box. Nevertheless, with a mostly white color scheme, painting those blue accents and gray internals will be a breeze.

  • 1/35 Power Loader X-4 + (PD-802)

    Release Information: Sept. 2013 · ¥8,000
    Article via Timeless Dimension

Still not getting this one due to its size unfortunately. On a totally unrelated note, this collector should definitely start getting those 1/144 Muv Luv Alternative kits.

BLOG: 1/144 Valvrave V 火打羽 & Valvrave VI 火遊 – Prototype Images

1/144 Valvrave V 火打羽 & Valvrave VI 火遊 - Prototype Images 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.

  • 1/144 Valvrave V 火打羽
    Release Information: October 2013 · ¥3,500
  • 1/144 Valvrave VI 火遊
    Release Information: November 2013 · ¥3,500


BLOG: 1/144 Valvrave I 火人 White Version

1/144 Valvrave I 火人 White Version 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.

  • 1/144 Valvrave I 火人 White Version
    Release Information: Sept. 2013 · ¥2,400

BLOG: Max Factory x Dougram – 1/72 Model Kit Details

Max Factory x Dougram - 1/72 Model Kit Details Max Factory got to showcase some more information regarding their upcoming 1/72 Dougram model kits. As of the moment, they have (L to R) Roundfacer, Blockhead and the titular Combat Armor Dougram.

From these prototype shots, they look really clean — with no visible seam lines and sharp sculpting. Furthermore, it’s shown that these models, at least the Blockhead, could accommodate in-scale pilot figures.

Whether these would have Master Grade-like inner frames or any other gimmicks are still unknown. Despite no release information given, this collector is definitely looking forward to getting one of these kits.

BLOG: 1/144 Valvrave III 火神鳴

1/144 Valvrave III During the premiere episode of Valvrave the Liberator, it was revealed in the opening credits that there are actually five Valvrave units to appear in the series. And of course, that means multiple model kits for Bandai to shove in our suffering wallets.

Here’s Valvrave III and based on the aforementioned opening credits, it’s the yellow colored one with two massive manipulator-like structures that double as cannons.

And with the series getting a second season with an October 2013 premiere, it looks like Bandai will be spreading the release of these model kits to cover the entire series run. Unless of course they introduce a lot more stuff by then.

  • 1/144 Valvrave III 火神鳴
    Release Information: June 2013 · ¥3,150

BLOG: 1/35 POWER DoLLS Power Loader X-4 + (PD-802)

PLUM 1/35 POWER DoLLS Power Loader X-4 + (PD-802) Here’s something for those who go for the obscure and lesser known stuff. POWER DoLLS was a 90s turn-based strategy game that pits an all-female defense force to battle using robots called Power Loaders. It spun quite a number of sequels as well as a two-episode OVA.

Fast forward many years later and PLUM releases these CAD images of their 1/35 Power Loader X-4 + (PD-802) 装甲歩兵. The kit stands at 18cm at 1/35 scale and appears to be loaded with details based on this image.

  • 1/35 Power Loader X-4 + (PD-802)

    Release Info: September 2013 · ¥8,000
    Article via PLUM

Too bad it’s quite large for the CATALOGUE, always been fascinated by these niche releases.

BLOG: Max Factory 1/72 Dougram Models

Max Factory 1/72 Dougram Models Back in the Winter 2013 Wonder Festival, Max Factory revealed it’s injection kit project which will cover the series Fang of the Sun Dougram.

Fast forward a few months in the Spring 2013 Miyazawa Model Expo and they’ve got to show them again, this time in full color. And yes, they look very promising for a company’s first foray to the injection kits.

Can’t say much about these at the moment as aside from these images, no information has been revealed yet. Though for one thing, doing the math for Dougram, standing 9.63 meters at 1/1 scale and bring it down to 1/72 brings the kit to around 13 cm. And that is pretty much perfect for the CATALOGUE.

BLOG: Today’s Robits – March 2013

Today's Robits - March 2013 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.

Starting off this month’s robits are double copies of the HGUC Gundam Delta Kai… and there’s a somewhat valid explanation regarding this. As most Gundam modelers know, HGUC kits aren’t exactly the pinnacle of perfect transformation. More often than not, especially with the Zeta Gundam design lineage, this is achieved with additional parts.

That being said, the OC nature of this collector compels that instead of repeated part-swapping, one kit will be built permanently in MS mode while the other in Waverider mode, thus the two kits.


Continue Reading: Today’s Robits – March 2013

BLOG: Kotobukiya 1/400 EVANGELION 01 Model Kit

Kotobukiya 1/400 EVANGELION 01 Model Kit For the whole time that the Evangelion franchise has been dishing out an endless stream of merchandise, model kit enthusiasts turn to those Bandai model kits by default simply because no other manufacturer does them… until now.

Not to knock on Bandai’s kits, but despite releasing newer EVA models, their engineering remained more or less the same since the very first ones back in 1996. Those wanting a new approach now have an option with Kotobukiya’s take on the iconic mecha.

Standing at 19cm (and at 1/400 scale, a real EVA should tower at ~76 meters), this kit has the flexibility and articulation expected of a slender humanoid mecha. It also has the standard accessories of EVANGELION 01, as well as extra manipulators to hold them.

BLOG: Mode Lock Prometheus-1 IMBER – Build Complete

Mode Lock Prometheus-1 IMBER - Build Complete Wasn’t able to document much of the build process as the camera battery was borrowed during the time of assembly. But needless to say, this kit is finally complete — after breaking three ball joints.

Painting and top coating the primary ball joints wasn’t a good idea, especially if they’re the plastic-on-plastic kind. If unavoidable, sand down the ball joint first and then apply the layers of paint/top coat, to prevent unnecessary thickening of the said joints.

But alas, they broke off and had to be repaired… with metal pins! As simply cementing the contact points wasn’t enough, additional reinforcement had to be applied. So while the joints themselves aren’t movable (both elbows and the top torso joint), their connections are strong.

So yeah, definitely back to Gunpla after this!


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