I’m Totally Down With This Kit! SMP Alternative Destiny King Exkaiser

I have repeatedly mentioned on this blog my choice to go with Kotobukiya's The Brave Fighter kits over Bandai's Super Minipla and SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] offerings. The main selling point of Bandai's kits is having great articulation while still including the nuances of the all the transformation and combination. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan … Continue reading I’m Totally Down With This Kit! SMP Alternative Destiny King Exkaiser

Pre-order on Day 1! Hobby Next Phase 2022 Spring: RG GaoGaiGar

Bandai Spirits' Hobby Division has started their Hobby Next Phase 2020 Spring week-long new model kit reveal extravaganza. And right off the gate, we're treated to one heck of a reveal with the next non-Gunpla Real Grade kit. And this is stretching what Real Grades are supposed to be as we delve into the super … Continue reading Pre-order on Day 1! Hobby Next Phase 2022 Spring: RG GaoGaiGar

Really Appreciate the Engineering: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Granbird & Draias

When it comes to Brave Series kits, I've mentioned multiple times how I really prefer Kotobukiya's approach of sticking to aesthetics: focusing more on the proportion and articulation, and less on any combining features and gimmicks. That said, Bandai Candy is really doing great with their own Brave Series kits, especially when it can pull … Continue reading Really Appreciate the Engineering: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Granbird & Draias

New Kotobukiya “The Brave Fighter” Reveals: Baan Gaan, Da Garn-X, and Dino Geist

As I mentioned in a previous post, Kotobukiya has revealed a new set of upcoming kits for their "The Brave Fighter" line up, and I didn't expect any of them. First up is Baan Gaan from The Saint of Braves Baan Gaan which, to those unfamiliar, was supposed to follow GaoGaiGai as the next Brave … Continue reading New Kotobukiya “The Brave Fighter” Reveals: Baan Gaan, Da Garn-X, and Dino Geist

It’s Back! Shizuoka Hobby Show 2021: Kotobukiya & Aoshima

Moving on to the next vendors on the show floor, we have upcoming releases from Aoshima and Kotobukiya. Now, I'll be upfront and say that I'm quite underwhelmed with what Kotobukiya has on display, unless they still have some surprises left like Bandai Spirits has. Most of their teases were Megami Device kits so if … Continue reading It’s Back! Shizuoka Hobby Show 2021: Kotobukiya & Aoshima