59th All Japan Model & Hobby Show

September 30, 2019 at 22:26 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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I had another excuse to visit Tokyo, this time for the All Japan Model & Hobby Show. The event was at Tokyo Big Sight Aomi exhibition hall in Odaiba, but I made the mistake of going to the actual Tokyo Big Sight one station away.
Anyway, once I finally made it there, I went straight to the Hasegawa section to find some aircraft decals. Unfortunately the selection this time was quite limited, so I left empty-handed as I wandered around to other sections.

At the Bandai section, the upcoming MG release is the FAZZ ver. ka. It looks thicc, and comes with a hefty pricetag as well: 11,000yen.

Another bulky-looking item was the HGUC Penelope from Hathaway’s Flash. Not sure what this mode is supposed to be. Bird-mode?

And surprise, surprise… we have another RX-78 variant. This one’s called the Industrial Design ver., or G40 after the upcoming 40th anniversary. There was a promo video highlighting the design aesthetics but so far I’m not too impressed.

What’s quite impressive is the Metal Structure RX-93 Nu Gundam. At 1/60 scale, it’s a ready made figure with intricate details. Also comes with an eye-watering pricetag: approx. 100,000yen.

The rest of the stuff there were mostly P-Bandai, like the PG Perfect Strike, RG Phenex, MG Destiny etc. Other stuff that caught my eye was the cute Kei truck.

And what’s this? Some collaboration with Nissin ramen? Soon we’ll be scratch building some ramen toppings…

At the Little Armory section, there’s some upcoming releases, but it’s mostly variants of existing kits. The M16A4 and chainsaw looks interesting though…

There were a lot of anime girl kits at the Kotobukiya section, I’m just highlighting this female Ludens from Kojima Productions.

So that’s about it for the highlights. The rest of the photos are below. Enjoy…

58th All Japan Model & Hobby Show

October 1, 2018 at 20:29 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Despite the risk of getting caught in typhoon no. 24, I still decided to venture to Tokyo for the All Japan Model & Hobby show. At the Bandai section, I noticed there’s a lot more Premium Bandai releases this time.

The MG releases include MG F91 ver 2.0, MG V2 Assault Buster ver. Ka, MG Ex-S/S Gundam, and the MG Hyaku Shiki Crush. The latter two kits look interesting, but I have too many MG kits in my backlog. The new PG kit will be the 00 Gundam Seven Sword, which totally doesn’t interest me.

Some new grunt units from the upcoming Narrative Gundam series looks interesting: Jesta with A,B,C type equipment, Gustav Karl, & the Jegan D-type Escort.

Here’s some other pics from other sections of the hobby show:

Like last year, the Kotobukiya section has a lot of cool-looking stuff, but I don’t really follow most of it.

The most disappointing part was the Junk City section. There wasn’t any spare gunpla parts at all this time; just some old car & military scale model kits. But I did manage to get a Limited Little Armory G36C/K kit and the P90 TR type that came with a how-to booklet.

56th All Japan Model & Hobby Show

September 26, 2016 at 22:18 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Rather than staying indoors all weekend due to rainy weather, I decided to have a look at this year’s All Japan Model & Hobby Show. Instead of heading straight to the Bandai section like always, I detoured towards the Junk City section to look for gunpla spare parts. Then I navigated towards the Hasegawa section to buy some aircraft spare parts and waterslide decals. Also managed to grab a 1/72 scale VF-1 Valkyrie Battroid kit. Now that shopping’s done, I could finally take a leisurely stroll with my camera.

The Kotobukiya section was dominated by Frame Arms Girls, with some Zoids kits as well.  At the Max Factory section, there’s the 1/350 scale Cherno Alpha and Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim. It’s gonna be a plastic model kit instead of a ready-made figure so I’m looking forward to its release. The Little Armory section has the upcoming MP7A2 and M134 minigun kits on display, which will be followed by MP5 SD6 and M4A1+M203 kits. Still no release date for the KLX250 motorbike though.

And then finally I made my way to the Bandai section. I was greeted by a plethora of Iron Blooded Orphans (IBO) kits, possibly to coincide with the 2nd season of the anime. Also there were the same stuff seen during the previous C3Hobby show, namely the RG Build Strike, HG Guncannon, HG Zaku I Origin (Char), HG Bugu, HGUC GM Ground Type, RE/100 Bawoo and MG Psycho Zaku.
Then there’s the pleasant suprise which was the MG GM Sniper II. I would’ve been happy with a RE/100 version, but an MG kit is even better.
Finally there’s the Premium Bandai stuff: HG Sword Impulse, MG Nu H.W.S pack, and extra armor & weapons for the MG Fullarmor Thunderbolt Gundam.  Someone should tell Bandai they managed to misspell ‘hangar’ twice: ‘hanger’ on the background art, and ‘hunger’ on the boxart. It’d be hilarious if they kept the spelling error on the official box art.

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