Posts tagged “Bandai

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

Continue Reading: Box Art Extravaganza IV


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: Tamashii Nations "DARLING in the FRANXX" Initial Releases

Tamashii Nations "DARLING in the FRANXX" Releases As previously mentioned, Tamashii Nations has revealed their initial wave of releases covering the DARLING in the FRANXX. There weren’t much, but they what they have is probably what everyone wanted in the initial wave.

THE ROBOT SPIRITS <Side FRANXX> Strelizia has been announced, but displayed along with it is <Side FRANXX> Delphinium as well. Also on display were their respective Pistils or the negative side of their dual pilot system. Namely Zero Two and Ichigo, both part of the S.H.Figuarts line.

Strelizia has been given a retail price of ¥4,800 and the rest were given ‘display only’ tags.

BLOG: Soul of Chogokin GX-79 Voltes V (Full Action)

Soul of Chogokin GX-79 Voltes V (F.A.) Tamashii Nations has revealed some of their August 2018 releases and they include Soul of Chogokin GX-79 Voltes V (F.A.), the first in this "Full Action" figures.

To those unfamiliar, Soul of Chogokin figures tagged with the "Full Action" moniker are essentially larger Super Robot Chogokin figures and don’t have any transformation/combination gimmicks. It continues the current SoC number scheme, this being GX-79 which follows GX-78 Dragon Caesar/Dragonzord.

These will be similarly sized at 180 mm, more portable than previous SoC releases and again begs the question if these will eventually replace the SRC line. This collector really hopes it won’t.

  • Soul of Chogokin GX-79 Voltes V (F.A.)
    Release Information: August 2018
    Images via Tamashii Nations

BLOG: Bandai Hobby Online Shop Exclusive – HGUC Gundam TR-6 [Woundwort]

Bandai Hobby Online Shop Exclusive - HGUC Gundam TR-6 [Wound Wort] With the last HGUC Advance of Zeta release more than 12 years ago, and the apparent success of the MG Hazels, it was unexpected when Bandai teased that an HGUC Gundam TR-6 [Woundwort] was in the works. One quarter into 2018 and they have finally confirmed release plans for this anticipated kit. Unfortunately it’s a Premium Bandai release but that’s quite expected.

It’s appeal comes from the very unusual design which has multiple configurations, including what they call rifle mode, crow mode, and its mobile armor mode — the latter to be done via additional parts. (i.e. Totally getting two copies.)

  • HGUC Gundam TR-6 [Woundwort]
    Release Information: June 2018 · ¥1,800
    Reservation via Premium Bandai

Will Bandai also do its crazier variants?