Monday, June 09, 2008

MG Zaku II Ver. 2.0 Katsumi Kawaguchi Ver. EDITED

EDITED: Added more images from Toysdaily.

A special MG Zaku II Ver. 2.0 Katsumi Kawaguchi Ver. is coming in July, according to Toydaily. No information on the price though.

Images from Toysdaily.

Images of Kawaguchi are from Thai Gundam.

If you're a Gunpla fan, and you don't know who Katsumi Kawaguchi is, you should really go and shoot yourself. XD Kawaguchi-senshe is the most important person behind the success of Gunpla in today's market. Thanks to him, the Master Grade line has pretty much becomes the crown jewelry of the Plamo industry in Japan nowadays. Also, tons of credits to him for all the advancement in the technology and quality of the Gunplas we are getting today as well.

This particular MG Zaku II Ver. 2.0 seems to be based on Kawaguchi-senshe's own work he submitted for a special MG Zaku II Ver. 2.0 competition between employees from Bandai, Sunrise, Dengeki Hobby and several other departments. His work, called "African Front 0079 | Afterglow of Africa" was featured in Dengeki Hobby 2007 July issue.

On the other hand, if you're thinking that this would be just another one of those repainted MG release, then you're wrong. ^^; More weapons are going to be included, all which seems to be from MG Kampfer XD. The special marking on the shoulder shield and the white stripes on the legs should be coming in as decals.

EDITED: The markings come as clear stickers instead.

360mm Giant Baz, Jagdgewehr shotgun and Panzer Faust are all weapons of MG Kampfer.

Images above are from Kawaguchi's blog.

Also, for your information, this is not the first Katsumi Kawaguchi's customized MG actually. There was a special Kawaguchi styled Gundam Ver. 1.5 released in September last year at 3,000 Yen (without tax).

Image from Atmart.

All these special MGs are listed as exclusive "Pro-Shop" merchandises (not really sure what that means ^^;), so I'm too no sure if you can really get one if you're interested.