|Bandai Hobby has opened a slew of pre-orders for their upcoming model kits, and as such, better images of these were kits available online. These included higher resolution ones for the HG Atlas Gundam, a kit looked forward to by this collector, and definitely raised curiosities.
Curiosities in a sense that while it’s expected this kit will have a certain level of marking seal dependence, it still begs to question how the color separation will be given the pinstripe design. The Atlas Gundam is supposedly an amphibious mobile suit and will come with its special rail gun, blade shield and sub legs. The latter two can be combined into a sled of sorts and can be mounted to an Action Base for display.
|Still under the code name "Jupiter", Amazon Canada has updated their listing for the TRANSFORMERS The Last Knight Voyager Class Optimus Prime with detailed images of the upcoming figure. This will released with the ‘Premiere Edition’ sub branding though that doesn’t really equate a better figure overall.
What’s better is that it doesn’t have all the kibble that the previous Leader Class version had. While the overall transformation is relatively the same, the way it handles all the kibble is similar to the Age of Extinction Galvatron figure. It comes with the standard sword and shield as weapons though the blue colors of the latter doesn’t really work, at least for this collector.
|The Real Grade Gundam Exia is probably one of those kits that Bandai can easily re-purpose with the addition of new parts. There’s the Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive Exia Repair parts, then third-party group FPM did their Exia Repair III conversion kit. To complete the ‘Repair Trifecta’, Bandai will also release the RG Gundam Exia Repair II as an online exclusive.
Now while the Exia Repair was an option parts set, it’s not really sure if the Exia Repair II will be the same. Judging by the price, however, suggests that this might be a full release, similar to the recently released RG 00 Gundam Seven Sword. Premium Bandai will start accepting reservations on January 13, 2017.
|Was really hoping that the Gundam Bael would be the replacement mobile suit for Mikazuki Augus after he wrecked the Gundam Barbatos Lupus battling the mobile armor Hashmal. It made a quick appearance in the episode that followed as it’s apparently under McGillis’ safekeeping.
Much like any other Gundam frame in the series, the Bael has its share of similarities with the Barbatos/Lupus. That said, Bael is the only Gundam frame, of those revealed so far, to have rear wing binders. As for the Barbatos’ mid-season upgrade, it will be revealed at the Gunpla × Iron-Blooded Orphans Exhibition from Jan. 20 to Feb. 13 at Nagoya Farco.
|Last November, Comicave Studios announced that they were cancelling production of the Omni Class Iron Man Mark 39 “Starboost”, one of the designs this collector was looking forward to, as no one has made such figure in the 1/12 scale.
Looks like the troubles still continue as they’ve just announced the cancellation of their Omni Class Iron Man Mark 7 and 21 “Midas” figures. For both instances, development cost inefficiency was cited as the primary reason for this move.
This also means that at the moment, there are only four figures left in active development for their Omni Class line — Iron Man Mark 44 “Hulkbuster”, Mark 30 “Blue Steel” (originally slated for a Nov. 2016 release), Mark 25 “Striker”, and Mark 26 “Gamma”.
Would these be a case of taking a bite of more than they can chew?