|Just noticed this but Bandai Hobby has been sequentially releasing variants of the Gundam 00 Real Grade kits starting with the RG 00 Gundam Seven Sword, followed by the RG Gundam Exia Repair II, and now with the RG 00 Qan[T] Full Saber to finish this trilogy of releases.
Not too long ago, a third party kit of the Full Saber add-on parts for the RG 00 Qan[T] was released. Quality is of course questionable for these kits so it’s always better when Bandai releases an official one. That said, it is an online exclusive so you know the drill when it comes to these releases. In fact, the April release batch is already full and reservations will now go up for the May batch.
|Okay, Bandai has released prototype shots of the HG Atlas Gundam a while back and they have indeed tweaked the design a little to make it look less ornamented — i.e. more solid blocks of color instead of just highlights that would be hard to replicate on a High Grade kit.
That said, several sections, particularly on the torso, still need paint coverage for color accuracy. Making things more difficult is that it’s yellow over a dark color, well a darker shade of yellow but same banana nonetheless.
Now going to the actual box art, it is illustrated by Naochika Morishita so it definitely looks amazing. It also follows the same animation style packaging that the more recent HG Gundam Thunderbolt kits have. If Bandai doesn’t intend of reissuing the older kit with manga style packaging, then those might be considered rare?
|If Gundam Kimaris was a child, then Gundam Vidar is that child who doesn’t know what to do with his life. Then when that kid decides on what he wants to do, this happens — the Gundam Kimaris Vidar. It’s really like the Gundams in Iron-Blooded Orphans represent the growth of their pilots as they get upgrades.
Anyway, here’s the final form of the Kimaris piloted by Gaelio Bauduin and his rekindled resolve. Going back to its primary melee weapon, it now wields a massive "Drill Lance". Still on the drill motif, it can also deploy large drill bits on its knee armors. Finally, it has two sub-arms that can hold one shield each.
Looks like skipping Vidar was a good choice.
|Man, why do these figures have to be in the 7 inch scale?
Sen-Ti-Nel’s display at Wonder Festival Winter 2017 isn’t done as they’re adding an yet additional two figures to their fast increasing RE:EDIT IRON MAN line.
First is the H.O.M. Armor, which is essentially the armor that Iron Man had during the House of M event. Many would recognize it for its huge backpack. The other one is dubbed as Modular Iron Man. Not really sure where this design is derived from but many know the Modular Armor as the one appearing in the Iron Man animated series back in the 90s.
Would totally buy these guys if they were in the 6 inch scale.
|For the most part, Sen-Ti-Nel’s RIOBOT line has been geared towards the more ‘super robot’ end of the mecha genre spectrum with upcoming releases like Mazinkaiser so it’s good to know that they haven’t gone totally away with ‘real robots’ whenever they make announcements like these.
Similar to Max Factory, Sen-Ti-Nel is also doing their own take on a fully transformable 1/12 scale VR-052T M.O.S.P.E.A.D.A.. And knowing Sen-Ti-Nel, this will probably have more complicated engineering between the two.
Between this and the Figma, it is expected that the RIOBOT figure would be more expensive and will have a more premium feel. But given how Figma prices shoot up for these kinds of releases, it’s still early to tell which will be more affordable.