Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018

May 16, 2018 at 22:06 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment

I was looking forward to this year’s Shizuoka Hobby show after missing last year’s edition. There’s just something charming about it compared to other hobby shows I’ve been to in Japan. Maybe it’s the highschool brass band playing anime songs, or the JSDF vehicles parked at the entrance that gives it a carnival-like atmosphere.
Anyway, back to the Bandai booth, I finally got an up close look at some of the upcoming releases. The MG Jegan looks a bit underwhelming; it looks too much like the HGUC version. The same can’t be said for the RG Sazabi, though. There’s enough details to differentiate it from the HGUC and MG version. If I hadn’t already bought the MG, I would’ve gotten this one instead.
A bunch of HGUC GM variants are coming: GM Guard (regular release), GM Sniper Custom (P-Bandai), GM Cannon and GM Interceptor. Gotta catch em’ all. The HGUC Sinanju Stein also looks interesting, not sure about the Moon Gundam. The P-Bandai section included a HGUC RX-79[G] Parachute set, with a newly designed GM head. I guess Bandai listened to the unhappy customers complaining about the HGUC GM Ground Type head.

Non-Gunpla stuff included some Full Metal Panic, Pacific Rim, and Mazinger kits. There’s also some weird mecha kits with cats and Aoshima’s VF-31 Variable Fighter Girl.

There’s a whole bunch of mecha musume type kits at the Kotobukiya section, I just can’t keep up with it.

And finally, some pics at the modelers section. As always there were plenty of very interesting builds, but I didn’t notice an overall theme this year. But there was a whole row of MG Perfect Zeongs.

So anyway, enjoy the pics.


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.

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

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