Box Art Extravaganza: March 2021

March 2021 may be a relatively dry month for new Gunpla, but Bandai Spirits does make other stuff besides Gunpla and they just revealed some cool box arts for these. So here we go!

HG 1/144 L-Gaim
March 2021 / ¥2,300

As part of the upcoming Premium Bandai HG L-Gaim Mk-II this April, Bandai Spirits reissued the old High Grade L-Gaim kits from 2001. Yes, that’s a 20-year gap between kits so they decided to so some updates. The original HG kits got some tweaks but the general construction is still more or less circa 2001. What’s not circa 2001 are the new box arts these kits are getting. They still have the same visual style, including the white bar on the left and basically copy-pasted the stats, albeit inside a shiny embossed box. I’ve included the packaging of the old HGHM L-Gaim below for reference, which I enlarged using some of the free AI upscaling tools online so it might look fuzzy.

This is the case for all reissued HG L-Gaim kits, including the HG Aug and HG A-Taul. As for me, I’m perfectly fine with my Robot Spirits figures and am actually planning to detail my L-Gaim, which also includes the Spiral Booster so more points to that set.

1/144 A-Class Heavy Metal Set
March 2021 / ¥3,500

Still on L-Gaim, they also released the 1/144 scale A-Class Heavy Metal Set. Unlike the updated HG kits from 2001, these are straight reissues of the old 1/144 scale kits from 1984. This means they are not color accurate and actually requires glue for assembly. But, if you’re the type who wants to get some L-Gaim nostalgia going on, then this set is perfect for you.

As I mentioned in a previous post, they are also doing the same treatment with the old HGAB Dunbine kits, though these are just straight reissues with no updates to articulation or construction. Well, at least that’s what I’m getting from the solicitations. In any case, they have put up the pages for these kits and included higher resolution images of these old box arts. So this is just me appreciating packages of old High Grades. I am anticipating that they’ll drop the HGAB moniker for these kits and will just release them as vanilla HG kits with updated packaging.

HGAB 1/72 Dunbine
July 2021 / ¥1,300

HGAB 1/72 Billbine
July 2021 / ¥1,500

It will be odd that the HG Sirbine is all new engineering while the Dunbine, Billbine, and the rest of the old HGAB 1/72 kits will remain… well, old. I guess Bandai Spirits is just too lazy to give these Aura Battlers new kits. Thus, I’m also sticking to my Robot Spirits figures, especially after I gave them a good flat top coat last December.

MG 1/100 Gundam Mk-V
June 2021 / ¥8,000

This last one is part of an uncommon practice Bandai Spirits has been doing lately. We’re all very much familiar with the monochrome packaging that online exclusive kits come in. Because they’re basically cheaper to produce, especially for these made-to-order kits. But once in a while, they do release these online exclusives in full color packages and illustrations like any retail kit. Not sure why, maybe some markets will get these kits are regular releases? But either way, the upcoming MG Gundam Mk-V is getting the colored packaging treatment and it looks gorgeous.

I do understand that not everyone knows the fiction this guy comes from, Gundam Sentinel, hence the online exclusive status. But I do think this will allow them to more known variants like the Silver Bullet or the darker colored Silver Bullet Suppressor as regular retail kits.

Thoughts?

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