|The Bandai Shokugan / Candy Toy division is quite busy recently with their upcoming Super MiniPla Galient releases (with this collector unfortunately missing pre-orders) when they decide to show this guy all in its prototype glory.
To the unfamiliar, this is Zambo Ace, the core unit of Zambot 3. While they haven’t shown the latter, it won’t make sense if they didn’t eventually show Zambot 3 itself. Regardless, here’s Zambo Ace and the engineering they’ve put into the kit. It transforms into Zambird via parts-forming and while expected, what’s not is that the set also comes with dedicated parts to build Zambird itself. This allows the display of both Zambo Ace and Zambird simultaneously.
Really looking forward to this guy now and here’s hoping for wider pre-order windows.
|This guy totally went under the radar and not a single work-in-progress post was made for it. In an attempt to rush a new build after the long delayed one of the Super Minipla Xabungle, immediately started afterwards was the HGUC Gundam Mk-II from 2015, or the "revive" one.
For all intents and purposes, it was an easy build, with challenges mainly in the multicolored weapons that came only in this light gray color. All vents were painted in either gray or black, with those in the chest and head units being the hardest due to just being small.
And so to continue this build momentum, the next kit from the backlog is the HGUC Zeta Gundam, the one from 2003 and not part of the Gunpla Evolution Project. Two copies will be built, permanently in their mobile suit and waverider modes.
|Ever since Bandai stopped producing Advance of Zeta kits in the HGUC line, the hopes of getting more designs in model kit form disappeared as well. So much so that third-party kits have started appearing, with Cute Cube’s 1/100 Gundam TR-6 [Woundwort] the most recent.
So it really came as a surprise when they announced that they’re doing the MG Gundam TR-1 [Hazel Custom] albeit being an online exclusive. It also answers whether Bandai really has licensing issues with producing kits from the aforementioned side story.
The new question now is, would they continue doing more High Grades or will they just focus on Master Grades?
|Bandai Hobby has revealed more details — well, except the name — of this new Gundam from the upcoming Gundam Build Fighters GM’S COUNTERATTACK special.
As previously mentioned, it definitely has the same design lineage as the Build Burning Gundam and the special might explain how that Gunpla was created. Supporting this theory are the accessories, which include multiple pairs of manipulators that also come with the Build Burning Gundam.
There’s still no premiere date for GM’S COUNTERATTACK but it’s probably around the same time as ISLAND WARS last year.
|Okay, those who are thinking twice or having a wait-and-see attitude towards the RG Unicorn Gundam may have to reconsider, at least if packaging art is much of a concern.
This is because through the power of packaging variants, the first production run of this kit will feature the Unicorn Gundam in Unicorn Mode. Yep — no bonus parts, no price differences — just the box art is different.
This is perfect for those who wanted to get two copies of this kit, to display in both Unicorn and Destroy modes. That said, those who wanted to get the standard Destroy Mode packaging may have to wait until the first production run copies are gone.
Image via Bandai Hobby Site