Wednesday, December 31, 2008

More on Gundam Expo Hong Kong 2008

Question: What do you notice in the photo above?
(A) The Gundam girl
(B) It's Gundam RX-78-2 this time, not 00 Gundam as shown the other day
(C) Someone is zooming the shot right onto the Gundam girl's face
(D) All the above, nothing else.

Just kidding XD

Not to mislead you, the photo is just one of the many from Quentin's awesome coverage on Gundam Expo Hong Kong 2008, currently still going on at the Metropolis Mall. A few days left before it ends on the 4th of January. Get over there and enjoy yourself ^^

1/144 Daizengar & DX Chogokin 1/60 VF-25S

Some updates from Kotobukiya on the recently released SRW OG 1/144 Daizengar.

We don't get to see many sites reviewing this kit at the moment, so this update from the company helps to reveal some of its features.

Three types of face expressions included. The clear yellow parts for the eyes look pretty good.

Sliding armor action for the upper arm ^^

Unlike the PG line from Bandai, you have to assemble the hand finger by finger.
That's good news for those who love assembling tiny parts.

The gray part beneath the knee joint has spring inside, so they can flip automatically when the knee is bent.

The armors on the back can be opened to reveal the thrusters beneath them.
Some painting for the thrusters is required it seems, if you're following the color guide.

Those three thrusters under the rear skirt armor are stuff you don't get in the non-scale version.

Metal plate beneath the feet.

'Claws' beneath the feet to help the model to stand well (?)

All images from Kotobukiya.

On the other hand, a review on the just released DX Chogokin 1/60 VF-25S Ozma Lee's Unit by Gamu-toys.

I'm more used to Ozma Lee's unit in Armored Pack ^^;

All images from Gamu-toys.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gundam 00 Deformania & Volks's Linebarrel

Gundam 00 Deformania figures under development ^^

The design of these figures is based on their appearance in Vol 7 of the DVD release of Gundam Double O Season 1 (released on July 25th). All 12 characters planned. Information on the release date and price not available at the moment.

Images from Sukichika Blog.

On a (completely) separate note, images of the prototype of 1/144 Full Action Figure [N.E.X.T] Linebarrel from Volks:

The armor plate on the shoulder is movable to allow the movement of the arm without moving the shoulder.

The elbow joint is designed to be retractable from the forearm, for added articulation of the arm.

1/144 Full Action Figure [N.E.X.T] Linebarrel is only available through pre-order from Volks. More information about that in this previous posting.

Images from Linebarrels of Iron Webryblog.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Closing Down of SuperModelers

Dengeki Hobby's Super Modelers has put up an announcement regarding the closing down of hobby shop SuperModelers in Akibahara by February 1st 2009.

SuperModelers just celebrated its 1st anniversary not long ago, after started business on December 14th last year. I remembered that well, because it was during one of the events at the opening ceremony of SuperModelers that the audience voted Kshatriya over Sinanju as the next MG after Unicorn through a show of hands. See this previous posting.

The reason for the closing down was not being mentioned in the announcement, and it mentioned about a big announcement in the new year (新年には大きな発表をおこなう予定です。). Maybe the shop is shifting to a new location?

I believe it's better not to be too pessimistic about the news before further information is out ^^

MG Sinanju Ver. Ka Japanese Sales & Updates on GFF

I wanted to post this earlier, but the priority went to the few postings you see these few days. Back to our favorite MG Sinanju Ver. Ka. ^^ Moeyo has the report of the commence of its sales in Japan on Christmas day.

Dozens of this MG waiting for fans to pick them up. ^^
Also, note the height of 1/144 Daizengar's box on the far left as compared to Sinanju's O_O

Definitely in the limelight right now ^^

Gundam Decal 57 for Sinanju is also be released on the same day. Seems that the markings are being separated into two sheets, for convenience in cutting them out?

A twin poster featuring Sinanju and Unicorn.
Could this be the same poster giveaway for this MG at Gundam Expo Hong Kong 2008?

The many masked men in the Gundam universe XD

Remember to get both Hobby Japan and Dengeki Hobby February issues to compliment the purchase of this MG.
There should be tutorials in the two magazines showing you how to deal with those golden emblems.

Have you gotten yours? Just like my MG Unicorn, it's confirmed that I'll have to wait till 2009 to get my hands on Sinanju (new year is just two days away from now anyway).

All images from Moeyo.

On the other hand, a couple more magazine scans I missed this morning. From Hobby Japan, the focus this time is on the GFF series:

Devil Gundam "Bloody Mary" has a demon head! ^^;

Kyoshiro Maniax Mini Fig Vol. 1 is available now on Hobby Search. All 9 types, including 4 normal colors, 4 alternate colors and 1 secret type. From the scan, the nine are FA Gundam (Blue - Green), Devil Gundam "Bloody Mary" (Red - Blue), Guncarrier (white - dark gray) and Skull Head Zaku I (different numbering on the head). The so-called "secret type" is another Skull Head Zaku I it seems.

Each set will contain 12 figures, each one of them is about 9 to 11 cm tall. 735 Yen each (inclusive of tax).

Also shown in the scans is GFF Metal Composite #1005 Z Plus [Red]. Late February release, 18,900 Yen (inclusive of tax). Same release date and price for the limited Blue version.

Magazine scans are from Toysdaily.

More Updates from Hobby Magazines February Issue

Plenty of images to burden your Internet connection again. ^^

[Model Graphix & Hobby Japan] MG G Fighter Operation V for Gundam Ver. 2.0 - January 28th release, 5,880 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Model Graphix] MG GM Ver. 2.0 - February release. 3,675 Yen (inclusive of tax).

Images from Toysdaily: G Fighter, GM.

[Model Graphix] PG Astray - March release, Price TBA

[Model Graphix] Gundam Double O Gunplas:

1/100 Cherudim - January 22nd release, 2,730 Yen (inclusive of tax).
It's "amazing" to see that even for the 1/100 scale version, the beam pistols/axes are still molded in a single color ^^;

HG 1/144 O Raiser - January 28th release, 840 Yen (inclusive of tax).

HG 1/144 GN Archer - January 8th release, 1,260 Yen (inclusive of tax).

1/100 Arios - February release, 2,730 Yen (inclusive of tax).

HG 1/144 GN-XIII E.F.F. Color Ver. - January 22nd release, 1,260 Yen (inclusive of tax).

HG 1/144 Exia Trans-Am Mode - 1,260 Yen (inclusive of tax).
HG 1/144 Dynames Trans-Am Mode - 1,260 Yen (inclusive of tax).
HG 1/144 Kyrios Trans-Am Mode - 1,575 Yen (inclusive of tax).
HG 1/144 Virtue Trans-Am Mode - 1,575 Yen (inclusive of tax).
* All January 22nd release.

HG 1/144 Gadessa - January 8th release, 1,575 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Model Graphix] HGUC Rezin Schnyder's Customized Geara Doga: January 15th release, 1,890 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Model Graphix] HGUC Zaku Ground Battle Set: February release, 2,310 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Model Graphix] UCHG 1/35 E.F.F. Type 61 Tank 5 "Semovente Corps": January 22nd release, 9,450 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Model Graphix] BB Senshi Sangokuden Gunplas:

Emperor Ryuubi - Already released, 2,100 Yen (inclusive of tax).
Koumei ReGZ & Chouun Gundam "Battle of the Red Cliff" Set - Already released, 1,260 Yen (inclusive of tax).
Rikuson Z Plus - January 15th release, 630 Yen (inclusive of tax).
Zhang He Zaku III - February release, 630 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Model Graphix] SHCM-Pro Exia:

March release, 5,040 Yen (inclusive of tax). DX version is of the same release date, 7,560 Yen (inclusive of tax).

Images from Toysdaily.

[Hobby Japan & Model Graphix] HCM-Pro

HCM Pro 62-00 G-Box 00 Raiser Set - Already released. 4,725 Yen (inclusive of tax).
HCM Pro 65-00 O Raiser - March release. 1,785 Yen (inclusive of tax).

HCM-Pro 63-00 G-Box Arios + GN Archer Set - January release, 4,200 Yen (inclusive of tax).

HCM-Pro 64-00 Seravee - The hidden manipulators inside the knee cannons can be revealed (part-swapping) just like the Robot Damashii version. And has 4 beam sabers? February release, 4,200 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Hobby Japan] HCM-Pro Robot Damashii

- 00 Gundam + O Raiser Trans Am Color Ver. - Just released (27th December), 4,200 Yen (inclusive of tax).
- O Raiser - Just released (27th December), 1,365 Yen (inclusive of tax).
- Seravee - Late January release, 4,987 Yen (inclusive of tax).
- Ahead Mass Productive Type - Late January release, 2,625 Yen (inclusive of tax).
- Mr. Bushido's Customized Ahead - Late February release, 2,625 Yen (inclusive of tax).
- GN Archer - Late February release, 2,625 Yen (inclusive of tax).
- Turn X - Late February release, 3,150 Yen (inclusive of tax).
- Gadessa - March release. 2,940 Yen (inclusive of tax).
- Garazzo - March release. 2,940 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Hobby Japan] SDX Full Armor Gundam- Late March release. 6,090 Yen (inclusive of tax).

Images from Toysdaily: Link 1, Link 2.

[Hobby Japan] Gashapons, capsule toys and prize items:

FW Gundam STANDart "A" White x "C" Red - All four types, featuring Nu Gundam and Sazabi, each with a normal and metallic paint scheme. Each has different marking design for both versions. Nu Gundam can be displayed mounting two sets of Fin Funnels on its backpack (two Nu Gundams required).

10cm tall each. Early January release, 998 Yen each (inclusive of tax).

More images, including the box art of each in this previous posting.

Prop Plus Petit Gundam Double O 2nd Season Vol. 2 - All 10 types, 4cm tall each. Early March release, 473 Yen each (inclusive of tax).

The mysterious character turns out to be "alternate" Tieria in gown. ^^;
I bet nobody guess that right back in early November XD

S.O.G.F. Vol. 3 - 7cm tall each. All 9 types including Gundam Deathscythe Hell Custom, Gundam Sandrock Custom A & B, Gundam Nataku A & B, V Gundam Dash & Hex, Gunbuster and Gun-EZ. Late February release, 420 Yen each (inclusive of tax).

More images in this previous posting.

Magnetic Scout Gundam (M.S.G.) Gundam Double O - Featuring all four Gundams from Gundam Double O Season 2. Gundam 00 has normal and Trans-Am mode coloring. All 5 types, 6cm tall each. Late February release, 200 Yen each.

SD Gundam Impact Vol. 3 - All 7 types featuring ZZ, Qubeley, Musha Gundam, Johnny Ridden's Customized High Mobility Type Zaku II, 00 Gundam and O Raiser. 3cm tall each. Mid January release, 100 Yen each.

00 Gundam and O Raiser are the unknown types when this merchandise was first announced back in October.

Zeonic Eyes - First announced back in early October. All 5 types featuring the most famous Zeon MSs from One Year War: Zaku II, Char's Zaku II, Dom, Acguy and Gouf. 5cam tall each. Not only the mono-eye camera for each of them is movable to the left and right, they can light up as well.

Late January release, 300 Yen each.

Gundam Double O Season 2 Soundrop - Key chain with sound - lines spoken by their respective seiyuu. All 6 types featuring the four Meisters, Mr. Bushido and Patrick Colosawar. Late March release, 200 Yen each.

Banpresto's prize items:

* Kiba Gundam Gaiden Real Type Figure Knight Gundam with horse - All three types (Two different weapon sets: lance & sword, and his horse). 10cm tall. Late January release. (More images in this previous posting)

* Gundam Head Display Series 4 - Featuring Strike, Ground Type Gundam, F91 and Devil Gundam. 10cm tall each. Mid January release.

* Gundam Seed series Deformania Collection Vol. 2 - All 3 types featuring Cagalli, Meer and Lunamaria. 10cm tall each. Late January release.

* Gundam Double O DX Heroine - All 4 types featuring (re-released) Sumeragi, Wong Liu Mei, Feldt and Christina. 18cm tall each. Late March release.

New design for Mega Block Gundam's frame - Much smaller tan the usual ones, but with increase articulation it seems. More details yet to be announced.

Images from Toysdaily.

[Gundam Ace] Celestial Beings new space cruiser from Gundam 00F: CBC-68 Euclides.

"Euclides" references "Euclid of Alexandria", the Father of Geometry from ancient Greek I think.

Image from Toysdaily.