Thursday, October 04, 2007

MG Sazabi Metallic Coating Ver!

When I saw the news on Gunota Headlines, my eyes almost pop out in amazement. Plenty of really awesome stuff coming this December, and Christmas will never be the same anymore (either you receive the best Gundam gift ever when your friends give you one of the following, or your wallet is bombed dry for getting these stuff yourself).

First off, a few merchandises from Char's Counterattack and its subsequent story, Gundam Unicorn:

MG Gundam Unicorn Ver. Ka - December, 5,250 Yen (around RM185). The extension of "Ver. Ka" is really unnecessary in my opinion, since the original designer of Gundam Unicorn is Hajime Katoki himself. This ultimate MG is said to be fully transformable between the Normal mode and the Destroy mode, down to the reveal of the conventional Gundam head and the splitting of the V-fin. To be able to achieve all this in 1/100 scale might be a huge challenge to Bandai yet. So far, all the updates we get are CG designs which doesn't explain much. Unfortunately there's no image of the final prototype yet, but as soon as the rumors can be confirmed, this MG is sure to be on my wish buy list.

MG Sazabi Metallic Coating Ver. - December, 14,700 Yen (around RM515). Anyone saw this coming? Imagine if your friends give this to you as Christmas present, what would you think? Although it's understandably the original MG in a special coating release, the sheer size of the model and the love for Sazabi is enough to guarantee that this is going to be a big hit at the end of the year.

HCM-Pro Hi-Nu Gundam - December, 4,410 Yen (around RM155). I thought the MG version will be the last time I see this huge mecha being made into affordable merchandise. Apparently not. This smaller HCM-Pro version is almost identical to the MG version except the size, and I expect all the functions or features of the MG version will be available as well. The price most certainly denotes the prestige and exclusiveness of Hi-Nu Gundam.

Image from Happynet Online

With all these Char's Counterattack mecha coming out, when the attention is seeming shifted towards to HGUC line of that anime movie, I just can't get rid of the feeling that this might hints something bigger, something like... MG Nightingale. Could it be so? Could it be that the upgraded version of Sazabi is in Bandai's planning next year? I'm most certainly looking forward to that.

From Char's Counterattack, we shift the attention towards more Gunplas from Gundam 00. The highlight this time is the 1/100 scale version of Exia.

HG 1/100 Gundam Exia - November, 2,415 yen (around RM85). Now this is what I've being waiting for. In a much bigger scale, the details of the model is quite astonishing, just look at the lines on the knee armors and the details behind the shield. The articulation shouldn't be an issue anymore, since Bandai can do so much even for the 1/144 version. Now I'm wondering what's Bandai's plan for a future MG release if the details are so rich even for a HG version.

Image from Happynet Online

HG 1/100 Gundam Dynames - December, 2,415 yen (around RM85). Same price with 1/100 Exia, should be of the same level of details as well. No image available.

HG 1/144 Gundam Virtue - December, 1,575 yen (around RM55). Too bad there's no image, but apart from the huge cannon he's carrying, the double shoulder twin-cannon should be pose-able as well, a feature which is not available for the FG model.

HCM-Pro Gundam Kyrios - December, 3,150 yen (around RM110). Can you imagine such a small (1/200 scale) finished item to be so much more expensive than the 1/144 scale version, and I bet the 1/100 model of Kyrios won't be this expensive as well. Transformable as it is, this is definitely not on my list.

Image from Happynet Online

HCM-Pro Gundam Virtue - December, 3,990 yen (around RM140). As above, with that price, I would go for a MG Gundam Mk-II Ver.2.0 Ver. AEUG instead.

Image from Happynet Online

Finally, the confirmation of the release of two more SD Sangokuden models:

Sonken Gundam - November, 525 yen (around RM19). I'm beginning to enjoy guessing the Chinese equivalent of these Sangokuden characters ^_^ If you have previously released Liu Bei Gundam and Cao Cao Gundam, how can you miss out on the King of Wu?

Image from Happynet Online

Ryofu Tallgeese - December, 2,100 yen (around RM74). Ryofu, or Lu Bu is more expensive than the rest of his SD gang because of his horse, which is transformable into a bike for him to ride on. No image for Lu Bu, but you can check out my previous posting to find out more about him.