|Just noticed this but Bandai Hobby has been sequentially releasing variants of the Gundam 00 Real Grade kits starting with the RG 00 Gundam Seven Sword, followed by the RG Gundam Exia Repair II, and now with the RG 00 Qan[T] Full Saber to finish this trilogy of releases.
Not too long ago, a third party kit of the Full Saber add-on parts for the RG 00 Qan[T] was released. Quality is of course questionable for these kits so it’s always better when Bandai releases an official one. That said, it is an online exclusive so you know the drill when it comes to these releases. In fact, the April release batch is already full and reservations will now go up for the May batch.
|Okay, Bandai has released prototype shots of the HG Atlas Gundam a while back and they have indeed tweaked the design a little to make it look less ornamented — i.e. more solid blocks of color instead of just highlights that would be hard to replicate on a High Grade kit.
That said, several sections, particularly on the torso, still need paint coverage for color accuracy. Making things more difficult is that it’s yellow over a dark color, well a darker shade of yellow but same banana nonetheless.
Now going to the actual box art, it is illustrated by Naochika Morishita so it definitely looks amazing. It also follows the same animation style packaging that the more recent HG Gundam Thunderbolt kits have. If Bandai doesn’t intend of reissuing the older kit with manga style packaging, then those might be considered rare?
|If Gundam Kimaris was a child, then Gundam Vidar is that child who doesn’t know what to do with his life. Then when that kid decides on what he wants to do, this happens — the Gundam Kimaris Vidar. It’s really like the Gundams in Iron-Blooded Orphans represent the growth of their pilots as they get upgrades.
Anyway, here’s the final form of the Kimaris piloted by Gaelio Bauduin and his rekindled resolve. Going back to its primary melee weapon, it now wields a massive "Drill Lance". Still on the drill motif, it can also deploy large drill bits on its knee armors. Finally, it has two sub-arms that can hold one shield each.
Looks like skipping Vidar was a good choice.
|Following their ‘Master Grade’ release of the Strike Freedom Gundam based on the Metal Build design, third party company Dragon Momoko teases their next kit and it has received quite the interest.
With Bandai focusing on the Endless Waltz versions of the main five from Gundam Wing, Dragon Momoko makes the logical choice by shifting into the television versions of the aforementioned mobile suits, starting with the Gundam Deathscythe Hell. It’s not the vanilla design seen from the series and instead has the stylized Metal Build aesthetic, or something from the Hi-Resolution Model line.
No pricing or release information has been revealed though this is one kit that many would look forward to build.
|Before Norba Shino ‘Ryusei-Go’-ed the Gundam Flauros and gave it his signature pink, the Gundam had much more muted, albeit still bright, colors.
Bandai Hobby knew that people will be repainting their kits based on a quick shot of its original color scheme so they did what they always do, release an online exclusive based on that. Colors aside, this variant also has different rear mounted cannons, and includes a pair of Assault Knives.
Also notable is that the solicitation doesn’t show the Shelling Mode feature of the Ryusei-Go version, possibly hinting that the original didn’t have that gimmick.