Posts tagged “Bandai

BLOG: 56th All Japan Model & Hobby Show – Super MiniPla

56th All Japan Hobby & Model Show - Super MiniPla The 56th All Japan Model & Hobby Show is Japan’s premier showcase of upcoming hobby and model-related products. It went from Sept. 23 to 25 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. [Official Website]

With the commotion out from the show floor done, here are a couple of takeaways from the show. First is the direction that the Super MiniPla line is taking. After releasing Xabungle and Ideon, both from the 1980s, the line takes a turn a decade later to release a couple of 1990s designs. First, as already teased, is a transformable (likely partsforming) GaoGaiGar set. Then there is Daizyujin, a design getting lots of attention nowadays thanks to this and an upcoming Soul of Chogokin release. Now Bandai Candy has been doing Super Sentai MiniPla kits for a long time so it’s interesting to see how this treatment differs from their usual offerings.

BLOG: Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 Winter – RG 00 Gundam Seven Sword

Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 - RG 00 Gundam Seven Sword A week late but still significant, Bandai announced their latest exclusives for the Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2016 Winter and aside from usual metallic and clear variants, also included is the RG 00 Gundam Seven Sword.

For everyone outside Japan and still wanting to get this kit, fret not as it will be released outside the event by December, albeit being a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive. It’s still a bummer but at least it won’t be a one-time event-limited release.

  • RG 00 Gundam Seven Sword
    Release Information: Dec. 2016 · ¥3,000
    Images via Dengeki Hobby Web


HI-METAL R Dougram September 2015 saw the launch of the HI-METAL R series, the third re-branding of the line that originally started in the 1980s as just HI-METAL, then focused on the Macross franchise as VF HI-METAL. While initial HI-METAL R releases were mostly from Macross, it seems like they’re trying to return to its roots with the next figure — Dougram.

Standing at 160 mm, the build is as expected from a figure made from ABS, PVC and die-cast metal. It also features great articulation coupled with some gimmicks, including an opening canopy with a pilot figure inside. It also comes with the Turbozak, it’s signature linear cannon that can be mounted at the rear of the combat armor.

  • HI-METAL R Dougram
    Release Information: Feb. 2017 · ¥12,800
    Image via Tamashii Web


METAL BUILD Gundam F91 When Tamashii Nations started the METAL BUILD line, the focus was mainly on mobile suits coming from either Mobile Suit Gundam SEED / DESTINY or Mobile Suit Gundam 00. So it came to a surprise when they announced that the next METAL BUILD figure is the Gundam F91. The line is known for stylized takes on existing mobile suit designs which aren’t directly applicable to those from the Universal Century because of their simpler and grounded aesthetics. This is probably the reason they picked up something from the late UC, with the redesign credited to Kunio Okawara.

A sample is currently on display at the 56th All Japan Hobby & Model Show but more information will be revealed at Tamashii Nation 2016 by the end of October.

  • METAL BUILD Gundam F91
    Release Information: TBA
    Image via Tamashii Web

BLOG: ROBOT Damashii <Side MS> Full Armor Gundam ver.A.N.I.M.E.

ROBOT Damashii &lt;Side MS&gt; Full Armor Gundam With all the brouhaha and commotion surrounding the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt version of the Full Armor Gundam, Tamashii Nations has not forgotten the original design and put it in the ver.A.N.I.M.E. sub-brand of the ROBOT Damashii line.

This is the original Full Armor Gundam as seen in the Mobile Suit Variation design series, moss green armor and all. Aside from its excellent articulation, the figure comes with a bunch of weapons, accessories, and effect parts for various display options. And with Bandai Hobby currently not planning on releasing a High Grade of this guy, getting this kit is a great alternative.

  • ROBOT Damashii <Side MS>
    Full Armor Gundam ver.A.N.I.M.E.

    Release Information: Feb. 2017 · ¥6,000
    Images via Tamashii Web