|It was long after releasing the Strike Freedom Gundam, and after completing the original GAT series mobile suits, Bandai finally decides to do the Freedom Gundam (and eventually the Justice Gundam) as part of the ROBOT Damashii line.
Everyone should be familiar with the Freedom Gundam by now and this figure is expected to be a great representation of the mobile suit from its proportions to poseability.
There’s not much to say about this release so yeah. Oh and wait for the eventual Justice Gundam announcement.
|Bandai released a promotional video for their upcoming Villkiss figure from CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angels and Dragons.
Now they’ve shown from previous promotional material that the figure can transform between Flight and Assault Modes and has all the details and ornaments expected from a ROBOT Damashii figure. What caught most by surprise is its price, which at around $70 before shipping is more expensive than most figures in the line. But then again it actually transforms so… yeah.
Oh and as a bonus, the set will come with a clear blue Ange figurine that can sit on Villkiss in Flight Mode. Don’t know if it would still fit in Assault Mode.
|Premium Bandai has opened pre-orders for their upcoming ROBOT Damashii Ka Signature Penelope release. They also revealed that it will come in two variants. First is the standard one with the usual Ka Signature stuff (i.e. warning decals). Then there’s the Marking Plus Ver. which will come in a two-tone color scheme highlighting the hexagon patters placed all over the armor. The latter will be almost ¥5,000 more expensive than the standard version. The Fixed Flight Unit can be removed from both versions revealing the Odysseus Gundam as its core unit.
|Tamashii Nations has opened a special page for CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angels and Dragons and features the Villkiss as the first release in the <Side RM> sub-brand.
Despite what many are saying about Cross Ange (damn it Fukuda!), the Villkiss is actually a good design — if not very reminiscent of the Strike Freedom Gundam as well as the Gundam AGE-2 Normal for its flight mode.
There are many Para-mails and Ragna-mails in the series, even the Villkiss has three color variants. Some might get regular releases like Saramandiine’s Enryugo while most will probably be Tamashii Web Exclusives.
|So Tamashii Nations and Bandai Hobby Division decided to release their V-Dash Gundam figures/model kits consecutively. Both have done a Victory Gundam set previously and while the HGUC is a newer mold, the ROBOT Damashii has been updated to more modern standards.
Personally, this collector is biased towards building the Gunpla and this choice boils down to price and aesthetics — which is a good idea for a lengthy discussion, but that’s for a later time. But of course, not everyone has the time and effort to build model kits so figures are a great alternative.