Taking Bandai Hobby Head-on: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] 100 Next Evolution

As preluded in a previous post, the SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] line is reaching its 100th release milestone and along with it are several announcements that would take the brand beyond your conventional candy toy offerings and could be right up the same alley as Bandai Spirits' Hobby Division model kits. But before going further, … Continue reading Taking Bandai Hobby Head-on: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] 100 Next Evolution

Road to SMP No. 100: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Genesis of Aquarion

In 2016, Bandai Candy's Super Minipla line took the simple Minipla kit concept and placed it on a level on par with Bandai Spirits' hobby products. And with its rebranding to SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] in 2021, the line took even more heights with its engineering and concepts, like the SMP Alternative Destiny sub brand. … Continue reading Road to SMP No. 100: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Genesis of Aquarion

I’m Also Down With THis Kit, I Think? SMP Alternative Destiny Dragon Jet & Super Giant Combination Set

As mentioned in my earlier post the SMP Alternative Destiny Brave Exkaiser set was announced together with Premium Bandai-exclusive complementary set that should allow you to build its final form, Great Exkaiser. Before I forget to mention, these versions of both King Exkaiser and Great Exkaiser were previously garage kits by Toshihisa Miyauchi who's now … Continue reading I’m Also Down With THis Kit, I Think? SMP Alternative Destiny Dragon Jet & Super Giant Combination Set

I’m Totally Down With This Kit! SMP Alternative Destiny King Exkaiser

I have repeatedly mentioned on this blog my choice to go with Kotobukiya's The Brave Fighter kits over Bandai's Super Minipla and SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] offerings. The main selling point of Bandai's kits is having great articulation while still including the nuances of the all the transformation and combination. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan … Continue reading I’m Totally Down With This Kit! SMP Alternative Destiny King Exkaiser

Really Appreciate the Engineering: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Granbird & Draias

When it comes to Brave Series kits, I've mentioned multiple times how I really prefer Kotobukiya's approach of sticking to aesthetics: focusing more on the proportion and articulation, and less on any combining features and gimmicks. That said, Bandai Candy is really doing great with their own Brave Series kits, especially when it can pull … Continue reading Really Appreciate the Engineering: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Granbird & Draias