|The second season of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt has started with episode 5 being released online. It showed a bunch of new characters, new enemies, and of course — new mobile suits to make Gunpla from.
What’s not yet seen in the animation is the Gundam Ground Type S, which shouldn’t be confused with the Gundam Head, a Thunderbolt GM with a Gundam head for all its psychological effects. Now do take note that based on the released images, there are subtle differences between these two designs. Either those are because of the transition from graphic novel to animation or those are what makes the "Type S" variant.
|Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS is a currently running light novel from Sunrise’s Yatate Bunko imprint. It’s set after the events of Gundam Unicorn and revolves around two civilians participating in the investigation of the asteroid base Axis drifting outside the Earth Sphere. Now there have been rumors saying that it will get an anime adaptation following the broadcast run of IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS. Nothing’s confirmed as of yet, but what’s confirmed is that there will be Gunpla based on that story.
This is the HGUC Gundam AN-01 "Tristan" and from the get go, it looks like a mixture of various mobile suit designs. The extremities (i.e. arm and leg units) are quite the derivative from those of the Gundam NT-1 "Alex" then the main torso has similarities with that of the Nu Gundam. Heck, even the backpack unit resembles that of the Gundam Mk-II, especially with those beam saber racks.
|Kits from the side story Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS: STEEL MOON (or Moon Steel) will take the stage once more once the main series finishes this April. Following Gundam Vual would be the HG IBO Gundam Dantalion which is quite anticipated ever since its reveal in the card game Gundam Try Age. And yes, it comes with the T-Booster that transforms into large arm units.
The Astaroth will also get an upgrade a year after the original with the HG IBO Gundam Astaroth Renascimento which is Portuguese for ‘renaissance’, or at least that’s how the Katakana sounded.
Images via Bandai Hobby Site
|March 2017 is going to be quite a busy month for Bandai Hobby thanks to their slew of new releases and reissues. As far as box arts are concerned, and because this blog knows its priorities in packaging, some were already covered so to finish the list, here’s another round of packing art appreciation.
The original HGBF Super Fumina kit isn’t exactly the best out there when it comes to mecha musume releases, Kotobukiys clearly has the better ones in comparison. Yet Bandai never gives up and has produced multiple variants, two being Premium Bandai exclusives and now this. Its design is sort of a hybrid between a nurse uniform and the Qubeley from Mobile Suit Z Gundam, not to mention that this is the first Super Fumina design to have an exposed cleavage. Yep.
|Still on Super MiniPla, Dengeki Hobby was able to get a hold of the prototype shots for Assault Galient and Tetsukyojin, the next in the 80s robot category.
For Assault Galient, aside from being assembled from the Panzer Falcon and Strike Vehicle components, the combined form can also transform into its Big Falcon flight mode. This is essentially Galient bent forwards with wings on the arms. As they’re still gray prototypes, the color separation of these two is still questionable.
Also questionable is whether to get two copies of Assault Galient — one for their separate components and another for the combined form.