|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
Definitely getting this one, no questions asked.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
Too bad it’s quite large for the CATALOGUE, always been fascinated by these niche releases.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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!
|Remember turning novel characters into robots? Well, that concept doesn’t stop there as Plum is launching their Pla Act line, starting with the two most prominent figures from Japan’s Sengoku period – Sanada Yukimura & Masamune Date.
Historical figures are now becoming robot plastic models.
That being said, these two actually look great, with both designs based on their daimyo’s armors. Sanada and Date also comes in their classic red and blue colors respectively. Each kit stands at 130 mm and contains their signature weapons and accessories.
Seriously, they look too awesome to not pre-order. This one too.
|Work has started on the Mode Lock Prometheus-1 IMBER kit, again from iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia. As mentioned in the introductory post, most of the work here will involve masking and painting as the kit comes in all white.
And as seen, the kit only has two runners, two small runners for that matter. So what’s taking the build?
Upon starting, all spray cans with the necessary colors were unfortunately empty. And given the crappy work schedule, that took a while. Also, masking parts of the kit isn’t exactly exciting, so yeah.
Either way, this guy should (or rather, must) be finished by the end of the week or early next week. Then there’s the Lancelot Air Cavalry, wouldn’t want another year-long build similar to the 00 Raiser.
|After releasing the apparently limited Hyper Function LBX Achilles & AX-00 set, Bandai will be pushing through with the Real Grade-esque Hyper Function line for the other LBX units, starting off with Achilles and The Emperor. Please do note that this solo LBX Achilles release is exactly the same as the one in the limited set, sans AX-00.
For the uninitiated, kits in the Hyper Function line differ from the regular release as they have fully working Core Skeletons similar to the animation, with the Armor Frames molded in screen-accurate colors so painting isn’t necessary. These also with actual cloth capes and not cutouts from the instruction manual.
|It has been revealed through another batch of blurry magazine scans that there would be a new series following Danball Senki and Danball Senki W entitled Danball Senki Wars.
The new series will seem to follow a new set of characters and its connection to the previous productions, story-wise, remain uncertain. Of course with a new series comes new LBX kits, though oddly enough, they’re just named after single alphabet letters (or they’re just temporary name placeholders).
Can’t really make anything out of these scans, except that LBX D shares some similarities with the Proto I and Icarus Force/Zero units.
Release Information via CYBERGUNDAM BLOG:
|Still not working on the HG 00-Qan[T] kit but this is more interesting, well more of obscure.
Now this is more of a color study than an actual progress on the build (thus being part 0). For the uninitiated, Kotobukiya’s Mode Lock line are unpainted kits that use ball connections for actual assembly of the kit (not just for joints) instead of the usual pegs & holes.
Oh and by the way, this is a kit of the Prometheus-1 IMBER, the lead machine from iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia, a series while carrying the "iDOLM@STER" moniker doesn’t involve singing girls and whatnot. Click here for more.
And while unpainted, the design employs a mostly while color scheme with simple dark blue highlights and black and gray parts for the mechanics, so painting won’t be that much of a chore.
|The times that 70% of the total population spends in space…
When peaceful daily life was lost…
The boy meets forbidden “power”…
That’s pretty much what’s currently known about the plot of SUNRISE’s latest animated series Valvrave the Liberator that’s set for an April premiere. Based on the latest trailer, it’s looks like there’s an interstellar war going on where the protagonist uses the forbidden power — Valvrave.
More on the story when it actually airs as here’s a glimpse of the upcoming Valvrave model kit. All those clear parts definitely gives a ZegaPain-esque vibe to the design.
Head on to the jump for the latest trailer and series staff.