|Still on Super MiniPla, Dengeki Hobby was able to get a hold of the prototype shots for Assault Galient and Tetsukyojin, the next in the 80s robot category.
For Assault Galient, aside from being assembled from the Panzer Falcon and Strike Vehicle components, the combined form can also transform into its Big Falcon flight mode. This is essentially Galient bent forwards with wings on the arms. As they’re still gray prototypes, the color separation of these two is still questionable.
Also questionable is whether to get two copies of Assault Galient — one for their separate components and another for the combined form.
|With its upcoming release by the end of February, the Bandai Candy Staff Blog has been updated with a great article on how the decision to go Super MiniPla GaoGaiGar came into fruition, including the persons who spearheaded the project and any differences it may have from the currently offered kits in the line.
Explaining the details is N. Nishi who also works with the Super Sentai team within Bandai Candy. He mentions that in the overlap between the releases of Super MiniPla Xabungle and MiniPla Zyuohger, he realized that the Super MiniPla line can do more and was determined to develop something he wanted for quite a while — GaoGaiGar. He thought that a figure with the right balance between size, playability, and quality is still missing. So when Bandai got the license six years ago, together with the momentum of recent MiniPla releases, he thought — the perfect time has finally come.
|For the longest time, Tamashii Nations has been attempting to bring more Hajime Katoki designs into figure form. These stemmed from the original Gundam Fix Figuration line and its variants (i.e. 00 Region, Metal Composite), Composite Ver.Ka, and the ROBOT Damashii (Ka Signature) sub brand more recently. The Composite Ver.Ka line was a great way to release non-Gundam designs but ultimately failed in gaining traction. On the other hand, the Ka Signature releases are received well.
Because of this, Tamashii Nations decided to inject non-Gundam designs to the line, and possibly a new category of ROBOT Damashii figures with the introduction of the Huckebein in its first appearance colors. No other details have been released aside from this prototype but it definitely looks good.
|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.