Posts tagged “Gunpla

BLOG: Box Art Extravaganza Neunzehn

Box Art Extravaganza Neunzehn As noted in previous blog entries, they’ve decided to reclassify the Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory kits as high grades. This totally makes sense as the previous releases have great color separation and articulation that rivals or even exceeds Gunpla models of similar grades.

The better question here is, would they release more Full Metal Panic! kits or they’ll just do these 4 and stop altogether, similar to what they did with the Pacific Rim Uprising High Grade kits.

Regardless if they’ll do the same, it looks like Good Smile Company is willing to pick up and release kits for the less popular designs under their MODEROID line. They already have the Savage Crossbow and are doing other recolors as well. Kotobukiya is also releasing similarly-scaled kits but with aesthetics much more akin to the manga.

  • HG Laevatein (Invisible Victory)
    Release Information: Oct. 2018 · ¥3,600

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BLOG: 58th All Japan Model & Hobby Show – Bandai Spirits – High Grade

58th All Japan Model & Hobby Show - Bandai Spirits - High Grade The 58th All Japan Model & Hobby Show is Japan’s premier showcase of upcoming hobby and model-related products. It went from Sept. 29-30 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. [Official Website]

This year’s All Japan Model & Hobby Show wasn’t really that interesting for this collector, though there are some surprises here and there.

While Gundam Build Divers has recently concluded, the last episode introduced a bunch more mobile suits and designs that would automatically translate to upcoming Gunpla kits. Such is the case for the HGBF GBN Base Gundam which was explained as the GBN Guard Frame with the RX-78-2 Gundam armor. The design is a modern take on the classic but the prototype on display looks totally different and has this pastel color that looks ‘squishy’ for a lack of a better term. Hopefully this gets changed to a more standard color scheme before release.

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BLOG: Box Art Extravaganza – Blue Bandai Edition

Box Art Extravaganza - Blue Bandai Edition To those unaware, Bandai was split into two entities. The red Bandai being dedicated to boys/girls toys, candy toys, and others. Then there’s the blue Bandai or Bandai Spirits dedicated to the adult consumers — including Tamashii Nations and Bandai Hobby. That said, it’s only starting with this month’s releases (at least for the hobby division) that the blue Bandai Spirits logo is appearing.

Starting this list is one of the more anticipated kits for the latter of 2018, the HGUC Moon Gundam from the manga of the same name. Being an HGUC kit, it uses the orange color coding used by ZZ Gundam which featured the infamous Moon Moon Colony. Not really sure how that’s related to the story of Mobile Suit Moon Gundam but regardless, this is one interesting kit.

  • HGUC Moon Gundam
    Release Information: Sept. 2018 · ¥3,000

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BLOG: HGBD Gundam Shining Break

HGBD Gundam Shining Break Both Gundam Build Fighters (and its spin-offs) and the currently airing Gundam Build Divers have featured mobile suits from various Gundam series. However, neither has featured a design that’s a straight derivative of something from G Gundam. That’s about to change as the side story Gundam Build Divers Break would introduce the Gundam Shining Break, to which its inspiration should be quite obvious.

Totally departing from its close combat origins, this redesign is more conventional with the shield and rifle set up. It’s also transformable, which essentially means the Gundam just lying on its front with its shield as the nose cone. And admittedly, it does looks much better than the designs from the TV series.


BLOG: New Gunpla Announcements – C3AFA Tokyo 2018

New Gunpla Announcements - August 2018 Days ahead of C3AFA Tokyo 2018 this weekend, Bandai Spirits Hobby has already made announcements of upcoming kits via their Twitter account. These include the following:

  • RG 1/144 Full Armor Unicorn Gundam
  • HGUC 1/144 Dijeh
  • RE/100 1/100 Gun-EZ

The RG Full Armor Unicorn Gundam is already expected, and the HGUC Dijeh being a great choice especially with the eventual Gundam Narrative recolor coming sooner than later.

What caught most by surprise is the RE/100 Gun-EZ as there hasn’t been any recent 1/100 releases of V Gundam designs outside of the Ver.Ka Master Grades. This also comes after the recent release of the Vigna Ghina, another small design, in the RE/100 line. Would this mean a whole wave of late UC designs getting RE/100 kits?