BLOG: Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 Winter – High Grade

Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 Winter – High Grade Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 Winter is ongoing from November 19 to 23 at Akihabara UDX, Akiba Square and will feature upcoming Gunpla from the Bandai Hobby Division. [Official Website]

As for the High Grade kits, many were expecting that Bandai would be announcing the next one to receive the ‘Revive’ treatment so it came as a surprise when they have this HG Accelerate Evolution Zeta Gundam. Is this line an offshoot from the current High Grades and if so, how will it differ?

Just from the display alone, it doesn’t look that much different that it may very well be a ‘Revive’ HGUC Zeta Gundam. That said, curious eyes will have yet to see what these HG Accelerate Evolution kits offer.

  • HG Accelerate Evolution Zeta Gundam
    Release Information: Spring 2017

Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 Winter – High Grade Around September, Sunrise has launched its Yatate Bunko light novem imprint. Named after their Hajime Yatate staff pseudonym, the imprint is now home to the latest Gundam novel — Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS.

Going back to Gunpla Expo, on display are two prototype kits from the aforementioned novel, one being a Zaku III variant while the other is a still unnamed Gundam-type mobile suit. At first glance, it seems that this Gundam-type takes design cues from multiple Gundams — with the leg units having similarities with that of the Alex.

Not much is known outside of these displays. Though this opens the possibility of more kits produced from novels / light novels thanks to the Yatate Bunko imprint.

  • HGUC (Unnamed Gundam Type)
    Release Information: Spring 2017
Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 Winter – High Grade This one took them quite a while but it looks like Bandai is now doing an HGUC Crossbone Gundam X3 and as expected, it will be a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive.

The kit itself is just a recolor of the X1 with parts likely taken from the HGBF Crossone Gundam Full Cloth GBFT, sans the whole full cloth deal. There isn’t that much to say about this kit except that this completes the HGUC Crossbone Gundam trifecta, unless of course they do the weirder ones from Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam Ghost or the latest one, Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam Dust

  • HGUC Crossbone Gundam X3
    Release Information: Feb. 2017 · ¥2,000
Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 Winter – High Grade Bael is the name of the first demon in Ars Goetia and as such, the Gundam sharing the same name might have more significance in the Post Disaster timeline.

This is the HG IBO ASW-G-01 Gundam Bael and for some reason, it has some similar design cues with the Barbatos Lupus. Not to mention that looking at the shoulder armors reveal the same ‘power symbol’ as the original Barbatos. Does this hint of a mid-season upgrade instead of the multiple forms used in the first season?

It’s still too early to tell but it’s not bad to keep an eye on this guy.

  • HG IBO Gundam Bael
    Release Information: March. 2017 · ¥1,500

Images via @amiamihobbynews on Twitter


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