|In a recent article from Akiba Souken; Hiroaki Tanaka, who started the Super Minipla line over at Bandai Candy Toy Division, is now with Good Smile Company working on the MODEROID kits. This is the reason why these have the same passion project feel as Super Minipla.
And so, the next projects in the line are Mazinkaiser Haoh and God Mars. Both kits look amazing, with the former an enough reason already to warrant a purchase of their Mazinkaiser model kit. And the latter is a fully transformable God Mars as a model kit. They will reveal more of God Mars during Wonder Festival Winter 2018 this coming Feb. 18.
The direction this line is going is really interesting and it is great that they are actually letting the hobbyists in with the development blog.
|Just when you thought Tamashii Nations is now streamlining their various product lines, they’ve yet added another one and while appreciated, it’s also a little redundant.
So over C3 AFA Hong Kong 2018, they revealed the new Soul of Chogokin Full Action line which are essentially larger Super Robot Chogokin figures with the standard height of 180 mm. This means more articulation and stylish proportions but sans the transformations and combinations.
On the other hand, the standard 180 mm height also means that these will display nicely with METAL BUILD figures and most 1/100 scale Gunpla. And with the recent Super Robot Chogokin releases standing at around 160 mm, these SOC Full Action figures should blend to an extent.
|Along with the announcement of a new series is of course the reveal of the accompanying Gunpla, this being the new High Grade Build Divers line.
The first kit in the line isn’t the protagonist’s but it appears first as part of the prologue episode, the HGBD Gundam AGE II Magnum. For those who thought the Gundam AGE-2 got the short stick during its series, this is total redemption and it looks really cool.
Much like the original, it can also transform to what’s now the Phoenix Mode. It comes with four F Funnels which form the side binders as weapons, as well as the standard beam weaponry including the Hyper DODS Rifle Magnum.
|Looks like Bandai / Sunrise decided to move away from Gundam Build Fighters and start anew with Gundam Build Divers. It still features the same core gimmick of Gunpla battles but with a different in-universe setting and dynamic.
They’ve posted a prologue episode to get the feel of the series out there and it is interesting. It looks like it incorporates network gaming technology allowing online Gunpla battles. Called the “Gunpla Battle Nexus Online”, the characters can have avatars similar to those of Sword Art Online. Also notable is features mobile suits from Gundam 00 and beyond — including the Gundam 00 Diver and the Gundam AGE-2 Magnum.
Gundam Build Divers is set to premiere sometime in Spring 2018.
|Much like the Unicorn Gundam, and now the Gundam Local Type, it’s only a matter of time before Bandai cranks out all possible retools and recolors for the Crossbone Gundam with the HGUC Crossbone Gundam X-0 from Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam Ghost.
It’s essentially a silver variant of the X-3 with some changes and a different set of weapons. These changes include a new v-fin and torso exhaust unit. For weapons, it comes with the Butterfly Buster which transforms from gun to saber modes via parts replacement. It also comes with the anti-beam cloak but it’s better replaced with an actual cloth.
Here’s hoping they do the Ghost Gundam as well.