|Just when you thought Tamashii Nations is now streamlining their various product lines, they’ve yet added another one and while appreciated, it’s also a little redundant.
So over C3 AFA Hong Kong 2018, they revealed the new Soul of Chogokin Full Action line which are essentially larger Super Robot Chogokin figures with the standard height of 180 mm. This means more articulation and stylish proportions but sans the transformations and combinations.
On the other hand, the standard 180 mm height also means that these will display nicely with METAL BUILD figures and most 1/100 scale Gunpla. And with the recent Super Robot Chogokin releases standing at around 160 mm, these SOC Full Action figures should blend to an extent.
|Much like the Unicorn Gundam, and now the Gundam Local Type, it’s only a matter of time before Bandai cranks out all possible retools and recolors for the Crossbone Gundam with the HGUC Crossbone Gundam X-0 from Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam Ghost.
It’s essentially a silver variant of the X-3 with some changes and a different set of weapons. These changes include a new v-fin and torso exhaust unit. For weapons, it comes with the Butterfly Buster which transforms from gun to saber modes via parts replacement. It also comes with the anti-beam cloak but it’s better replaced with an actual cloth.
Here’s hoping they do the Ghost Gundam as well.
|Either this is a good reason to get the HG Gundam Local Type [North American Type] or they would hopefully release a lighter recolor of the Gundam FSD.
Nearing Unicorn Gundam levels of retooling, here’s yet another one for the HG Gundam Local Type and it is supposedly the upgrade of the latter’s North American Type as it shares the same color scheme. Changes for this guy include a new chest exhaust design, shield, and beam gatling gun unit that attaches to the right forearm unit.
Here’s hoping that they do that lighter color variant, though it would probably be an online exclusive.
|As if to complement the HGAC Leo announcement, Bandai Hobby will be releasing the RG Tallgeese EW and basically opens the flood gates for more Real Grade Endless Waltz kits. It also opens the possibility of expected retools and variants.
Despite the smaller size, this kit seems able to replicate the opening "super verniers" that the Master Grade had as a feature. The site also mentions that it will feature a locking mechanism as part of the armature that would hold the Dober Gun, allowing for more stable poseability.
It’s not often that this collector gets non-Gundam Real Grade kits, and this might be the first one.
|Following PG Gundam Exia, and quite the opposite in the Gunpla Evolution Project is the HGAC Leo, having the fourth Evolution Point as "Fine Build".
This translates to easy and fast assembly while still maintaining the quality expected from a modern High Grade. They’re also clearly marketing this kit for army-building thanks to how it was portrayed in Gundam Wing.
Much like the Zaku, the retool potential for the Leo is up there that other variants are likely in the pipeline. That said, it won’t help to get many copies of this guy, especially with the low price it will be selling at.