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BLOG: Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (NT)

Earlier today, Sunrise revealed their next Gundam animation production and it’s definitely not related to the recent Gundam 00 ‘sequel’ stuff. It is a return to their roots with the Universal Century timeline and is under the "UC NexT 0100 Project", but more on that later.

Set in UC 0097 and a direct sequel to Gundam Unicorn is Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (NT). Still unsure whether this would be an actual series or a theatrical feature but it tells the story past the "Laplace Conflict" and the collapse of the Neo Zeon remnants "The Sleeves". Suddenly, the third Unicorn Gundam unit — Phenex — believed to be missing two years prior has again made an appearance…

Writing the series is Harutoshi Fukui who (obviously) did Gundam UC with mechanical designs handled by Hajime Katoki no less.

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BLOG: 1/12 Scale Collectible Figures – ASTRO BOTS

Astro Bots - Apollo & Argus There’s an up and coming line of 1/12 robot figures that started out as 3D-printed creations. Created and designed by Aaron Thomas, Astro Bots tells the story of a Robotic Space Colonization Force of the same name. For more on the fiction and lore, head on to their Facebook page and read the first issue of their graphic novel.

The more interesting bits lie on the 1/12 scale action figure line, starting with the first two releases — Apollo and Argus. They contain over 50 points of articulation, highly detailed paint and sculpt work, as well as LED light up features. Both figures can now be reserved via Toy Notch.

  • Astro Bots 1/12 Apollo
    Release Information: July 2018 · $59.99
  • Astro Bots 1/12 Argus
    Release Information: July 2018 · $59.99

BLOG: Box Art Extravaganza IV

Box Art Extravaganza IV First and foremost, nope — these box art posts aren’t switching from awesome German numbering to Roman numerals. "IV" here represents Invisible Victory as in Full Metal Panic – Invisible Victory, the fourth animated series in the franchise. As previously mentioned, the initial wave of 1/60 kits will consist of three kits — Arbalest, Gernsback, and Gernsback Commander Type with their packaging style as seen.

It’s still a puzzle how Bandai determines if a kit should be ‘graded’ or not. Case in point the Pacific Rim Uprising kits being given the HG treatment while these ones aren’t. That said, these kits do have better part separation than High Grades, hence the probable omission.

There’s also a question of whether the line will cover more designs as Invisible Victory is only a 12 episode series and is set to premiere on April 13, 2018.

  • 1/60 Arbalest [IV]
    Release Information: Apr. 2018 · ¥2,800

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BLOG: Bandai Hobby Online Shop Exclusive – HGUC Gundam Pixie

Bandai Hobby Online Shop Exclusive - HGUC Gundam Pixie Of all the kits teased in the Next Phase Gunpla section of The Gundam Base Tokyo ever since it started, the only one that hasn’t gotten a confirmed release is the Gundam Pixie. That is, until now as Bandai has released solicitations for the HGUC Gundam Pixie. Unfortunately, like most of the recent announcements, it’s also exclusive to the Premium Bandai web shop.

It comes from the games Mobile Suit Gundam Cross Dimension 0079, and Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories – Missing Link sporting darker colors in the latter. For weapons, it includes a couple of sub-machine guns, beam daggers that can be stored in the side armors and beam effect parts.

  • HGUC Gundam Pixie
    Release Information: June 2018 · ¥2,000
    Reservation via Premium Bandai

Damn it Premium Bandai!

BLOG: MODEROID God Mars – Features / Articulation / Transformation

MODEROID God Mars - Features / Articulation / Transformation Good Smile Company’s Mecha Mono Blog has been updated with a post providing details on the second release in the MODEROID line — God Mars. Based on their previous blog entries, it will be a fully transformable and combining set comprised of six smaller machines… or is it? More on that later.

To the unfamiliar, God Mars is composed of Gaia, Sphinx, Uranus, Titan, Shin, and Ra. While God Mars is a non-scale kit, it will stand at 190 mm when fully combined — significantly taller than their initial offering, Mazinkaiser at 145 mm.

Color separation and accuracy outside the box is difficult to confirm as it’s unknown whether the sample used in the post is an unpainted kit or not. Regardless, it does look great. But the question is, being a fully transforming and combining kit, can it move?

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