|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.
|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.
|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.