|Speaking of the Gundam Barbatos Lupus, Bandai has also released detailed prototype shots of the upcoming kit, including key features and gimmicks.
Like previous HG IBO kits, this one still has a fully functional inner frame allowing for great mobility and articulation. And while it will definitely use foil seals for some details, the Tekkadan logo on each shoulder armor and the blue v-fin crest are molded in the correct colors. Accessories include backpack arms, additional manipulators and its new signature weapon — the Sword Mace.
The first production run of this kit will also include a Try-Age card and booklet as bonus.
|And if the Build Fighters stuff aren’t enough, Tekkadan also returns in for the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS and of course there’s new Gunpla.
First and foremost, this isn’t just a numbered form of the Barbatos as it gets a new name. Introducing the Gundam Barbatos Lupus — "lupus" being the Latin for "wolf" as mentioned in Gundam.Info. Strictly speaking, the design doesn’t deviate much from the original Gundam Barbatos as the differences are more subtle. It also does away with the mace-type weapons and goes with a buster sword-like one.
Also included in the initial wave of new kits is what appears to be a yet-unnamed upgrade of the Gundam Gusion Rebake. Much like the Barbatos Lupus, this upgraded version still carries the same visual cues but with a much more angular design.
|This was somewhat unexpected and at the same time, somewhat expected as Bandai has included a 1/100 Hi-Resolution Model Gundam Barbatos 6th Form in its latest slew of online exclusives.
Unexpected because everyone is thinking that the HiRM line is a one-off thing, expected because Barbatos 6th Form is just the same banana with additional armor and weapons. In addition, Barbatos 5th Form (Ground Combat) can also be built as it’s essentially a combination of the 5th and 6th Forms.
Still don’t think that they’d continue the line beyond these two releases but this is Bandai, they can do anything they want.
|Having just built both HGUC Gundam Ground Type and HGUC Gundam Ez8, it would be nice to build this kit afterwards. Unfortunately the kit would most likely stay within HobbyLink Japan’s Private Warehouse for quite some time before being shipped so don’t expect an immediate build of this kit.
While in the same lineage as the aforementioned mobile suits, it doesn’t look like the HG Gundam Local Type kit would share the same engineering model kit-wise, probably just to an extent.
Also, got to give Bandai credit though for not shoehorning a Gundam early on the High Grade GUNDAM THE ORIGIN line and took them 10 kits before releasing one. Definitely looking forward to the eventual RX-78-02 Gundam kit.
|This might well be the final work-in-progress post for both HGUC Gundam Ground Type and HGUC Gundam Ez8 as both kits are essentially complete sans weapons. Really finding the weapons to be the most boring part of these kits.
Gundam Ez8 is a mostly white, or rather off-white, mobile suit so there’s not much detail that needed painting sans internal mechanics at the torso, leg, and ankle units. The included beam rifle also comes molded in the correct colors so that’s a definite plus. It was an okay build and for some reason, despite the modern engineering, the building Gundam Ground Type felt much more fun?
Still haven’t thought of the next kit to do after these two. Still hemming and hawing between the HGCE Aile Strike Gundam, or the HGUC Victory Gundam(s), or the HGUC RX-78-2 Gundam.