|Tamashii Nations in continuing the Gundam SEED trend for their ROBOT Damashii releases, this time further expanding through the OVA Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E.73 STARGAZER with the Strike Noir Gundam.
Seeing as this is essentially a variant of the Strike Gundam, there have been contentions as to whether there have been improvements made aside from the obvious retools as some had issues with the original figure. Nonetheless, the Strike Noir always looked amazing in whatever form it took. This also opens the possibility for the Blu Duel and Verde Buster, though those would likely be Tamashii Web Exclusives.
|So Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations decided to release the HGCE and ROBOT Damashii versions of the Freedom Gundam relatively at the same time.
While this collector prefers (and bought) the HGCE, the ROBOT Damashii has its fair share of quirks, including the animation accurate proportions and use of multiple shades. Though the face just doesn’t do it, looks dumb. Speaking of faces, the HGCE one looks great, it even has the side parts molded in separate plastic! Normally those would easily be stickers or just left to be painted.
Looking forward to more of these ‘revive’ kits!
|Completing the ROBOT Damashii triad of ZAFT first generation Gundams, appearing at the end of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, is the Providence Gundam. For some reason though, they’ve decided to make it a Tamashii Web Exclusive.
Like Freedom and Justice before it, Providence will also feature a two-tone color scheme. It will also include DRAGOON System effect parts simulating their deployment. Aside from being an online exclusive, it also doesn’t help that it’s quite expensive at 10,000 yen. Still looks amazing though.
Apparently covering ToyCon is now becoming an annual deal despite posting this particular feature article one month after the event concluded. For 14 years in a row, people have been gathering every June to celebrate the pop culture event that is ToyCon and this year is no exception. To the uninitiated, ToyCon 2015 (or The 14th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention) celebrates pop/geek culture through a 3-day event which includes toy displays and exhibits, live bands, cosplay competition, and of course the dealer room. Most collectors probably are looking forward to the dealer room because of the opportunities to further expand their collection, as well as discounts. So if they’re doing this for 14 years straight, how come people never get tired of it? Furthermore, what makes people come back year after year? Continue Reading: 14th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention
|The Art of Gundam just opened and much like any other art exhibit, there are pieces that are worth a fortune. Two ROBOT Damashii figures made from pure gold and silver will be released, because Gundam is luxurious.
Both pieces are made by Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K.K. using 1000g 24 karat gold and 500g SILVER950. They will cost around ~$160,000 and ~$5,200 respectively. Yikes.
Article via TAG Hobby