Gundam Bearbrick 2

February 20, 2013 at 18:22 | Posted in Etc | Leave a comment
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After the first round of Pepsi-Gundam Bearbricks, there was another round of these little critters. This time I managed to buy all 16 types (attached to the same disgusting beverage) from the supermarket. Not all at the same time, obviously. It must’ve been ages since I bought them, but only now I felt like taking a few photos.

So here’s the complete list of the 16 types:

1) RX-78-2 Gundam 5) Gogg 9) Guntank 13) Kycilia Zabi
2) Zaku II 6) Amuro Ray 10) Gyan 14) Garma Zabi
3) Zeong 7) Char (A) 11) Zakrello 15) Lalah Sune
4) Zaku I 8) Char (B) 12) Bright Noa 16) Fraw Bow

And here’s the whole cast:

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Just the characters:

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The mobile suits:

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Playing dead…

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Two Freddies vs 6 Zeeks…?

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The Zabis & a Char in between

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White Base crew..

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Bright slap!!!

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Two Chars and a Lalah

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Here’s some pics with the previous set of Bearbricks…

The complete White Base crew

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The White Base mobile suits (with the GM lurking behind)

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The Pink Char Quartet

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And finally…the Zakrello making a fuss during the Zeon photoshoot

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System Weapon 001 and 002

June 29, 2012 at 10:27 | Posted in 1/144 scale, Etc | 3 Comments
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Since I have quite a few 1/144 scale model kits, I thought having more optional weapons for them would be a good idea. That’s why I bought the System Weapon 001 and 002 for ~1000yen each.

First, a general description. Each box includes two different class of weapons with swappable parts to convert into different configurations.The main weapon of each class comes pre-built with decals, whereas the swappable parts are on runners. It also includes a weapons stand:

So let’s start with System Weapon 001:

The main weapons in the box are the Gatling gun and the Zaku machine gun. The Gatling gun and Zaku machine gun are each capable of being modified into 3 configurations, as follows:

However, because the main body of the weapon (the one with the grip) is limited, you can only have 2 gatlings and 1 machine gun complete at the same time. The good thing is that you can mix and match the option parts to make the weapon of your choice. I chose these configurations for the Gatling gun and Zaku machine gun:

And now on to System Weapon 002:

The main weapons are the Gelgoog beam rifle and the Zaku heat hawk. The beam rifle can be attached with 2 different types of long barrels while the heat hawk can be transformed into a twin axe and a huge axe, like so:

As with system weapons 001, you cannot have all three configurations simultaneously; at a given time you only have enough parts to make 1 beam rifle and 2 heat hawks, and I preferred these configurations:

You may have noticed I added some details to the weapons. In fact, I sprayed them all with German Gray and handpainted some parts on the heat hawks. I applied some water-slide decals and added M.S.G pink transparent parts to the rifle sensor/scope. To add a bit of weathered effect, I applied dry brushing using silver paint, some weathering pastels and finally a spray of flat topcoat.

And here’s some pics of the weapons in the hands of some of my completed 1/144 kits:

I must say these weapons really suit the Jesta and Zeon suits. Oh, I should add that the weapons may not fit nicely on the hands of existing models. Thankfully, System Weapon 002 includes several pairs of hands which can properly grip the weapons and they come in both designs: Federation (sharp & squarish) and Zeon (rounded) finger designs. Unfortunately they are all molded in black so some painting may be necessary for those hands to match your kit color scheme.

Pros: Well-detailed and nicely designed weapons; ability to customize the weapon; comes with weapon stand and hands.

Cons: Although 3 configurations of each weapon are possible, you are limited to having at most 2 weapons at the same time; some building & possibly painting required.

The final word: Although I was quite irked by the cons listed above, I didn’t regret the purchase. At least the leftover parts can be used to modify other weapons (actually I did that already for my RG Launcher Strike). So if you have some 1/144 scale kits and you find their weapons rather inadequate, you might consider these System Weapons. For me, I’m actually looking forward to System Weapon 003.

Gundam Bearbrick

July 20, 2011 at 21:20 | Posted in Etc | 1 Comment
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One of the nice things about Japan is you can get nice Gundam-related stuff like these Bearbricks. This may be old news but they came as freebies with the Pepsi Nex which is a foul, sugar-free concoction. They have  strings on top for you to attach to cellphones et cetera. There’s 16 types altogether, which meant that theoretically I have to buy 16 bottles of that nasty soft drink.

Anyway here’s the list of all 16 types: You may notice they’re all mobile suits or characters from the 1st Gundam series.

1) RX-78-2 Gundam 5) Char’s Zaku II 9) Acguy 13) Sayla Mass
2) Guncannon 6) Z’gok 10) Dom 14) Char Aznable
3) GM 7) Char’s Z’gok 11) Char’s Gelgoog 15) Gihren Zabi
4) Zaku II 8) Gouf 12) Amuro Ray 16) Ramba Ral

In the end I only managed to get 13 types from the supermarket. I was missing the Gelgoog and two Z’goks. Eager to have all 16, I searched & bought the other 3 from Yahoo Auctions (without the soft drink thankfully). Although up to 3x(!) the normal price, but at least now I have all 16.

So I decided to have fun with my new camera and an old lens (OM Zuiko 50mm f1.8) so here’s the outcome:

Here’s all 16 of them

Just the mobile suits

Federation suits

Now with more bokeh

Can our heroes get out of this sticky situation? Stay tuned next week

Maybe not. Zeig Zeon!

Band of Zeon

Amphibious suits

Gelgoog & Dom

They’re mine…all mine….

So who’s the father?

Pilot & his Gouf

Must be the beans I had last night…

Where’s waldo?

So there you have it. They’re colorful little things, but there’s not much else you can do with it. Now I have to think about those bottles of Pepsi in my room.

*For the second set of Gundam Bearbricks, see here

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