BLOG: Box Art Extravaganza Siebzehn
|There’s a lot of stuff getting released this April, and on multiple fronts of this hobby. Add to that the theatrical release of PACIFIC RIM Uprising, which in itself has spawned multiple merchandise possibilities. Tamashii Nations has released their figures of the Jaegers so it’s now Bandai Hobby’s turn.
As previously posted, Bandai Hobby has announced a trio of HG kits from the movie, chief being the hero machine Gipsy Avenger. Still debating on whether to get this one after purchasing THE ROBOT SPIRITS figure but this is kind of a novelty item for this collector, especially how Bandai Hobby doesn’t really give the ‘grade’ designations to non-Gunpla kits.
Gipsy Avenger comes in two versions, the standard release and a DX set with the latter including a display stand and an LED unit.
|Still on PACIFIC RIM Uprising, here’s the Jaeger unit that has raised a lot of mystery — Obsidian Fury. It has been shown in the trailers that it will be an antagonistic figure for Gipsy Avenger but there’s that feeling that it won’t be that case for the rest of the movie.
It’s got this very organic design with musculature panels, giving it a great sense of agility and movement. It also appears to have a pair of chain saws attached to the forearm units, a good contrast to the chain swords that Gipsy Avenger has.
It doesn’t get a DX set like Gipsy Avenger though it’s still up in the air whether it’s able to use the LED set that Bandai is releasing for these kits.
|The least appealing in this wave of PACIFIC RIM Uprising kits, at least to this collector, is Bracer Phoenix. That said, it does give the vibe of a heavy hitter machine and would definitely appeal those who like its grunt-like aesthetic.
Now, metallic finish versions of these kits have been going around and being reviewed, with the general consensus that these kits have more similarities in engineering and build to the Star Wars 1/12 character kits than Gunpla kits. This is completely understandable due to the more organic designs.
Here’s also hoping that Bandai also gets the license of the first film. Whether it may be Bandai Hobby or Tamashii Nations, those designs definitely deserve the same treatment these ones are getting right now.
|Going back to more traditional Gunpla, here’s the box art of the "revive" HGUC Blue Destiny Unit 3. All these kits, including the upcoming "revive" HGUC Gundam Ground Type all came from the HGUC GM Ground Type and started this wave of updated versions. Not that these aren’t appreciated but there are certainly other kits that would’ve better deserved the updated treatment.
In any case, it saves this collector of getting the older version.
|Opening the High Grade Build Divers line from Gundam Build Divers is not the protagonist machine but, rather, the machine that inspired the protagonist — and appeared in the prologue episode — the HGBD Gundam AGEII Magnum.
This box art may look different from those seen in the promotional shots where a huge chunk of it is pretty much saying the premiere date of Gundam Build Divers. This is probably the version that would appear in later release runs.
At the moment, this collector has cancelled all pre-orders coming from the line as there’s no immediate need for them, and there would likely be abundant of these at local stores.
|Capping off this packaging display is probably one of the more anticipated Master Grades in the next month or so. And having seen it personally during Gunpla Expo Philippines 2018 adds more weight to that statement.
Going in the same thread as the HGUC Gundam GP03 Dendrobium is the MG Plan 303E Deep Striker, which is a more heavily variant of the Ex-S Gundam. Not sure how stable this kit would be, but ruling out any form or articulation, this should present as an intimidating display piece.
All images are via Bandai Hobby Site.