|Bandai Hobby has opened a slew of pre-orders for their upcoming model kits, and as such, better images of these were kits available online. These included higher resolution ones for the HG Atlas Gundam, a kit looked forward to by this collector, and definitely raised curiosities.
Curiosities in a sense that while it’s expected this kit will have a certain level of marking seal dependence, it still begs to question how the color separation will be given the pinstripe design. The Atlas Gundam is supposedly an amphibious mobile suit and will come with its special rail gun, blade shield and sub legs. The latter two can be combined into a sled of sorts and can be mounted to an Action Base for display.
|The Real Grade Gundam Exia is probably one of those kits that Bandai can easily re-purpose with the addition of new parts. There’s the Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive Exia Repair parts, then third-party group FPM did their Exia Repair III conversion kit. To complete the ‘Repair Trifecta’, Bandai will also release the RG Gundam Exia Repair II as an online exclusive.
Now while the Exia Repair was an option parts set, it’s not really sure if the Exia Repair II will be the same. Judging by the price, however, suggests that this might be a full release, similar to the recently released RG 00 Gundam Seven Sword. Premium Bandai will start accepting reservations on January 13, 2017.
|Was really hoping that the Gundam Bael would be the replacement mobile suit for Mikazuki Augus after he wrecked the Gundam Barbatos Lupus battling the mobile armor Hashmal. It made a quick appearance in the episode that followed as it’s apparently under McGillis’ safekeeping.
Much like any other Gundam frame in the series, the Bael has its share of similarities with the Barbatos/Lupus. That said, Bael is the only Gundam frame, of those revealed so far, to have rear wing binders. As for the Barbatos’ mid-season upgrade, it will be revealed at the Gunpla × Iron-Blooded Orphans Exhibition from Jan. 20 to Feb. 13 at Nagoya Farco.
|This month’s issue of Gundam Ace has been released and will feature the next chapter in the manga side story Gundam Build Fighters Amazing Ready which will feature the debut of the Lunagazer Gundam. Now if the box art looks like it jumped from the pages of a manga, that’s because it was made by Kiyoshi Konoyo, the illustrator for the aforementioned side story.
Dengeki Hobby Web’s article also suggests that the Lunagazer Gundam is unique in that it combines the Hyaku Shiki and the Stargazer Gundam, getting the best of both the Universal Century and Cosmic Era timelines respectively.
And like previously mentioned, it will come with marking seals so simulate the Voiture Lumiere system as either activated or deactivated.