I haven’t gotten myself a copy of MODEROID Raijin-Oh as I’ve still hemming and hawing how to go along with it, together with Bakuryuu-Oh given my build strategy. And when I say build strategy, it’s essentially foregoing all transformation and combination gimmicks for stability and getting mulitple copies of each kit to represent each transformation and combination. It’s an costly and repetitive strategy but hey, works for some of my transforming Gunpla. Anyway, Good Smile Company has announced the follow up and it’s no other than MODEROID Ganbaruger from Energy Bomb Ganbaruger.
While all of these images are CG renders, they give a good representation of how the kit would look completed, assuming all seals and pre-painted parts are included. Ganbaruger is also a combination of three individual machines though a bit different from Raijin-Oh.
These three made up the individual components of Ganbaruger: Go Tiger, Mach Eagle, and King Elephant. Normally for a similar super robot, you’d expect them to transform and combine as usual. But these three are different.
Because each individual machine also has a humanoid form transformation which already complicates the engineering of a transforming action figure, much more an assembled model kit. To demonstrate that, here’s a snippet from Good Smile themselves of what we can expect from this kit.
高難度！ 2段変形×3体合体！ 果たして合体できるのか!? 「MODEROIDガンバルガー」変形合体動画 6月6日 #生フィギュア放送中 にて生配信！ 配信情報⇒ bit.ly/2XX3OGk… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
田中 ヒロ (@gsc_hiro) June 05, 2020
Yes, we’re essentially building a full transformation model kit, which I’m not really a fan of and can go horribly wrong in many ways — I’m looking at you RG Zeta Gundam. But let’s give the designers at Good Smile Company the benefit of the doubt as they might actually pull this of. Which also leads us to another question, the price tag. I believe in the live stream they did last weekend, one of the discussion points for this kit is balancing between the engineering, color accuracy with parts separation, and the cost. The kit will come with runners of seven colors made from PS, ABS, and POM plastics, as well as pre-painted parts.
December 2020 / ¥6,182