Monday, September 01, 2008

Chara Hobby 2008 Part 2

Was a bit rushed in the first posting about Chara Hobby 2008 the other day, so the few upcoming postings will cover more of the mecha and future merchandises on display at the event. A huge section of Chara Hobby 2008 is about figurines, but for someone with little knowledge in that area, you won't be seeing too many of them on this blog. Sorry ^^;

Let's start with the Master Grade and Gundam Double O.

The chest verniers are 'radically' different from the 1/100 version, while the leg seems to be just as slim as any other SEED/Destiny MGs. It should be featuring similar sliding thigh armor and linked-movement knee articulation as well.

The green stripes on the chest and interior of the groin thruster are molded into separate parts, as expected from the details of the SEED/Destiny series, but smaller parts like the interior of the front skirt armors (also green) are omitted though, so there will still be some detailing to be done.
Not sure about the thrusters behind the legs though.
Also, look at the silver part on Fatum-01's wing unit. Seems like plenty of colors are used for this MG ^^

The four CIWSs on the cheek need no painting for sure. ^^ Notice that there's a little gray part on the side of the mask as well. Such design is similar to that on Justice Gundam's face, but is totally absent in the 1/100 scale version.
Unless another part is given, I have no idea how the two beam sabers are supposed to be combined the hinge as seen on Freedom and Strike Freedom's beam sabers are missing.

Killer pose! ^^ And all the separate colors for the beam rifle are molded.
October release, 5,250 Yen (inclusive of tax).

While Johnny Ridden's High Mobility Zaku II added new parts to the Black Tri-Star version, like the new 'cap' on the forearm armors near the elbow joint and new shoulder armor (excluding the spikes), Shin Matsunaga's version 'inherited' these two changes and added in some of its own features like the verniers(?) on its right shoulder and new front armors.
And that's how Zaku II Ver. 2.0's variation line goes on and on XD

I would go for this Zaku II's colors. A white Zaku ^^
Currently under planning.

Zaku Tank - for display only, but I'm not sure if that's going to be changed to 'under development' and then finally get released in the future. ^^; The only connection it has with the rest of Zaku II Ver. 2.0 variations is the head ^^;

1/100 00 Gundam - The weight put onto the shoulder GN Drives mounted with the blade shield doesn't look good at all. Some serious improvement is needed to increase the strength of the joints, else we'll getting another case of Virtue and his GN Bazooka.
But the good news is, Bandai is finally throwing in a pair of 'credible' fist for the weaponless pose ^^
November release, 2,730 Yen (inclusive of tax). - 300 Yen more expensive than Exia.

HG 1/144 Ahead - The idea of fusing Tieren's body size into GN-X's design turns me off the first time I saw this MS, and the feeling still stays ^^;
I'm wondering what specialties it has as compared to GN-X.
November release, 1,050 Yen (inclusive of tax).

HG 1/144 00, Arios, Cherudim and Selavii - the same bunch we saw in the recent Gundam Expo Tokyo 2008. XD Disappointingly, there's no photo showing Selavii's backpack XD
HG 1/144 00 - October release, 1,050 Yen
HG 1/144 Cherudim Gundam - October release, 1,260 Yen
HG 1/144 Seravee Gundam - October release, 1,890 Yen
HG 1/144 Arios Gundam - December release, 1,575 Yen

HCM-Pro 00 Gundam - September release, 2,940 Yen.

HCM-Pro Cherudim Gundam - November release, 3,000 Yen.

HCM-Pro Arios Gundam - I can see a bit of his head poking out beneath the MA. I think the head and body will be as exposed as Kyrios ^^;
Currently under development

HCM-Pro Seravee Gundam - The one among the four that hold the most secrets eh? ^^;
Currently under development

Robot Damashii 00 Gundam - See the hinges and sockets on the shield? The simple joint mechanism of 00's shield is out of the bag now ;-)
Maybe I'm the last one to notice that?! XD
Late October release, 2,625 Yen

Robot Damashii Cherudim Gundam - That huge transformable rifle looks cool. I hope the Gunpla version would be just as big ^^
Late November release, 2,940 Yen

Robot Damashii Arios Gundam - The feet design is totally from Kyrios!
Late October release, 2,625 Yen

Robot Damashii Seravee Gundam - Release date & price TBA

Robot Damashii GN Flag - No news of its Gunpla version at all :(
Late November release, 2,310 Yen

HGIF Gundam Double O Characters B-sides - Kinue appears to be on the background picture. I wonder if she will be included in the future release from this series as well.
October release, 300 Yen each.

Images above are from:
- GA Graphic
- HobbyStock
- Mimibukuro Diary