Friday, July 31, 2009

Release Dates for Bandai Hobby Division's New Items in August

A tentative schedule for Bandai Hobby Division's new releases for August:

5th: HG 1/144 Gaddess [Anew's Unit] - 1,680 Yen (inclusive of tax).

5th: HG 1/144 Arios GNHW/M - 1,890 Yen (inclusive of tax).

6th: HGUC Jegan - 1,575 Yen (inclusive of tax).

6th: BB Senshi Sangokuden Nanban Knight Squadron - 525 Yen (inclusive of tax).

6th: BB Senshi Sangokuden Gaiden Ryuho Gundam - 630 Yen (inclusive of tax).

7th: BB Senshi Exia R2 - 840 Yen (inclusive of tax).

11th: MG Exia Ignition Mode (Reissue) - 5,250 Yen (inclusive of tax). *Still special pricing? ^^

17th: SHCM-Pro Gundam RX-78-2 Real Type Color Ver. - 8,190 Yen (inclusive of tax).

20th: BB Senshi Sangokuden Gaiden Shuutai Gundam - 630 Yen (inclusive of tax).

24th: 1/100 Gale Strike - 2,625 Yen (inclusive of tax).

24th: 1/100 Hail Buster - 2,625 Yen (inclusive of tax).

25th: BB Senshi Sengokuden Bushin Kourin Naoe Kanetsugu Gundam - 630 Yen (inclusive of tax).

Another two items with dates not specified are BB Senshi O Gundam (Type A.C.D.) - 840 Yen (inclusive of tax) and BB Senshi Sangokuden Mokaku Gundam, Shukuyu Gundam and Nanban Elephant Set - 2,100 Yen (inclusive of tax).

All 13 new releases next month (excluding MG Exia Ignition Mode), with 7 of them BB Senshi kits XD.

Also, the dates given are not accurate I believe, as the items are scattered onto too many separate dates to be released. For the benefit of the toy store, Bandai usually groups the different items into weekly cycles within the month, as you have seen in previous months.

The confirmed schedule from Bandai Hobbysite will only be available on August 5th.

Information from Hobbyist Rakuten Store.

Gunplas at ACGHK 2009

Plenty of Gunpla work on display at the 11th Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong (ACGHK) 2009, which will be on from today, July 31st till August 4th at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center.

Diorama of Keroro's room with Gunplas - another jaw-dropping piece of masterpiece O_O

Gundam Exia girls ^^

All images from Toysdaily.

Tamashii Web Shop Limited Robot Damashii Gaddess & Booster Unit New Images

New images of these three Tamashii Web Shop limited items announced yesterday. The release info for each of them is out as well.

Robot Damashii [Side MS] Gaddess [Anew's Unit] - 3,000 Yen

Booster Unit for Gaddessa, Garazzo, and Gaddess - Display base included. 1,800 Yen

Gaddess [Anew's Unit] with Booster Unit - Display base included. 4,800 Yen

Pre-order for each of them starts today (July 31st). December release.

All images from Tamashii Web Shop.

Chara Hobby 2009 Limited Gunplas

Larger images of the four limited Gunplas for this year's Chara Hobby:

MG Impulse Gundam Full Color Plating Ver. - 6,000 Yen (inclusive of tax).

MG Zaku II MS-06J Ver. 2.0 Extra Finish Ver. - 6,500 Yen (inclusive of tax).

HG 1/144 Overflag + Mr. Bushido's Customized Ahead Gloss Injection Ver. - 2,400 Yen (inclusive of tax). Special event prize: Mr. Bushido's paper mask.

BB Senshi Gundam World Set Luxurious Metallic Ver. - 3,800 Yen (inclusive of tax).

This year's Chara Hobby will be held on August 29th and 30th at Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex, same venue as the recent Wonder Festival [Summer].

Chara Hobby is another major annual event for Bandai to showcase its upcoming Gunpla offers. The prototype of MG Gundam Unicorn Ver. Ka and others were displayed in 2007's, MG Infinite Justice, prototype of HGUC Geara Doga and others debuted in 2008's. As this year's Tokyo Toy Show featured more display of new products from Tamashii Nation, maybe Bandai will let its Hobby Division have the limelight for Chara Hobby 2009? ^^

Then again, Bandai's own Gundam Big Expo will be on from August 21st till 23rd. I doubt that Bandai would keep any goodies in the bag, not showing them at their own event and leaving them till Chara Hobby instead. So, we might be seeing a lot of "not-new-anymore" new Gunplas at this year's Chara Hobby ^^;

All images from Gundam Dot Info.

Wave's 1/100 Valkyrie & Others from Wonder Festival [Summer] 2009

Closeups of a few mecha items at Wonder Festival [Summer] 2009, which were not being given much attention in my previous postings ^^;

[Wave] 1/100 VF-1S Valkyrie Battroid and Fighter Ver.

Both are scheduled to be released in Fall this year. Price TBA.

[Wave] Five Star Stories Construction Kits

1/144 Phantom (White)

1/144 Groon

1/144 Yen Xing

(Top) 1/144 L.E.D. Mirage V-3 Inferno Napalm, (bottom) 1/144 Engage SR3

* 1/144 Phantom (White) - 180mm tall. Wave Direct limited item. Pre-order period is between July 25th and September 30th. Late November release, 13,440 Yen (inclusive of tax).

* 1/144 Groon - 165mm tall. Wave Direct limited item. Pre-order period is between May 25th and July 31st. Late September release, limited deluxe version - 17,850 Yen, standard version - 14,700 Yen (inclusive of tax).

Except Phantom (white), all the other four Mortar Headd kits were announced back in February, and among the four, only Groon has its release date and price confirmed. ^^;

Five Star Stories' fans definitely need to be patience about the release of these kits. ^^

[Wave] 1/48 W.H.A.M.! Helldiver

Late September release, 15,440 Yen (inclusive of tax).

[Aoshima] 1/48 M9 Gernsback Sousuke Sagara Ver.

18cm tall. Painting required. Fully poseable, with movable cockpit hatch. Wide array of weapons and accessories included: 4 pairs of option hand units, Anti-Tank Dagger, Monomolecular Cutter, "Boxer" 57mm Shotgun, 57mm Gun, rifle cases and Assault Rifle (Sousuke Sagara Ver).

Late August release (postponed from July for your information), 3,990 Yen (inclusive of tax).

All images from Amiami and Moeyo