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, usually of video reviews, that continuously stimulate the collector passion through demonstration of a figure’s features. More importantly, these mainly comprise of items in the CATALOGUE wishlist.
Technically this isn’t really part of the CATALOGUE wishlist since it has been purchased from the great people at HobbyLink Japan. Unlike the original HG Force Impulse Gundam where two copies were purchased, the initial plan for this one is to get only one. Was really hemming and hawing for the longest time if the opening shield gimmick via partsforming warrants another purchase. Didn’t really the felt the ‘transformation’ mechanism and eventually decided to get another copy altogether. Now the case is the opposite with the original High Grade. The initial plan was to construct one kit as the combined mobile suit and the other as its separate components. The simple transformation doesn’t really warrant a duplicate kit and so, the other one will be used just to build the shield in either open/closed mode. [via Dalong’s Gunpla Review]
|Being built in parallel with the 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam "Ver.Ka" is yet another variant of the original Gundam. This time it’s the HGUC G-3 Gundam, a straight recolor of the ‘Revive’ HGUC Gundam.
Given the simplicity of this kit, building it will likely be a breeze and would serve as a perfect parallel build with the aforementioned third-party kit. Speaking of which, all that remains for that one are the knee armor, manipulators, and weapons. Both kits are targetted to be finished within the next week.
As would be built after this? Not really sure, was thinking of either the HGCE Aile Strike Gundam or even the HG Gundam G-Self, the latter being a long overdue one. If only those details in the head unit were easy to paint.
|Speaking of the HGBF Scramble Gundam, oh yeah orange. As previously mentioned, not really a fan of the color on mobile suits so here are a couple of initial studies for replacing its color scheme.
The Scramble Gundam has a very simple color layout — orange and white with yellow highlights. Not really making drastic changes here except to separate the feet and v-fin crest from the main colors then do the palette swap.
Of the three color schemes here, the first two are more traditional while the last is a derivative of the Kamiki Burning Gundam. Will probably go with the middle one, darker blues to differentiate from the clear parts then match with the red feet/crest.
|Going back to Gundam Build Fighters Try ISLAND WARS, here’s the Scramble Gundam. Not sure where it got its name but there are a few interesting aspects about this mobile suit, ergo model kit.
The design is a clear derivative of the Zeta Gundam and as past releases may have dictated, this could very well foreshadow an upcoming ‘Revive’ HGUC Zeta Gundam. That said, the transformation is, as expected, just a Gundam lying forward with knees bent in the wrong direction. Despite the good design, one glaring thing about this kit are the colors. And while the color layout is simple, orange doesn’t really work well for this collector. Getting this kit would automatically mean that a repaint is in the cards.
|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.