57th All Japan Model & Hobby Show

October 2, 2017 at 21:48 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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So I was back in Tokyo for the All Japan Model & Hobby Show at Tokyo Big Sight. At the Bandai booth, the only big reveal was the PG Exia, slated for a December 2017 release. It has plenty of LEDs, but not as gimmicky as the PG Unicorn. Other than that, most of the new things were P-Bandai.

There’s the HG Zaku Cannon test type, which is almost identical to the standard Zaku Cannon except for the lower legs. And MG ZZ ver.Ka will be getting some expansion pack.

Some new Little Armory kits were also revealed, including a M2 Browning, the WW2 grease gun and a shooting range. Some of the new releases are variations of existing kits, like the M134, Kriss-Vector & M24 sniper rifle.

But if there’s a winner at this show, it’s most likely Kotobukiya. They have a nicer looking display booth, which included a 10:1 scale of Gourai Frame Arms Girl. The new Hexa gear series also looks quite interesting.

Like previous years, there’s the Junk city section where some spare Gunpla parts are sold. But unfortunately this year, most of the stuff was actually junk to me.

I did manage to get some waterslide decals from the Hasegawa section. Other booths were not that interesting, but there was a Frame Arms Girl bus. Not operational of course, but knowing Japan, I wouldn’t be surprised if I see it on the road.

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C3AFA Tokyo 2017 Part II

September 5, 2017 at 20:53 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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So here’s the rest of the photos I took during the C3 AFA inTokyo. Nothing much to write about here, but I notice there’s a lot of thicc figures this time. Anyway enjoy the pics

C3AFA Tokyo 2017 Part I

September 4, 2017 at 22:21 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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I arrived at Makuhari Messe on a Sunday morning for the C3AFA hobby show, and was greeted with a long queue. No doubt most of them (and myself included) were headed to the Marketplace to buy resin kits.
Some of the kits were the same as last year’s, but there’s also plenty of new ones. As expected, the popular kits were the first to be sold out, so I took my time browsing at the leftovers.

I eventually purchased these two bricks: 1/144 HiZack Vanargand and a 1/100 Jegan.

After that I went to have a look at other exhibits, starting with the Bandai section. There’s several new HG kits, including a Zaku Half Cannon, Kycilia’s Zaku I, and Blue Destiny Unit 2. The next RG kit is Johnny Ridden’s Zaku. On the MG side, there’s the upcoming ZZ ver.Ka and the GM Sniper Custom. The frame looks like the RX-78 ver.2 and follows the old-school MSV look. And then there’s several P-Bandai stuff like the MG Hazel, MG GM Command and MG Sandrock Custom.

There wasn’t too many interesting gunpla-related stuff, other than the Hobby Japan section. There’s some really nice custom builds, including the Thunderbolt version Acguy.

I took plenty of non-gunpla photos, but to prevent overloading this post with pics, I’ll upload them in the follow-up post.

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