Shizuoka Hobby Show 2012 (Part 1)

May 23, 2012 at 12:58 | Posted in Events | 1 Comment
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I guess I should write about this while things are still fresh in my mind. Anyway, last weekend I went for my annual trip to the Shizuoka Hobby Show. As I did last year, I’ll just write a brief summary of what’s interesting in the Bandai booth and let you guys see the pics for yourselves. So here goes:

Master Grade: From the SEED series there’s the upcoming MG Blitz Gundam. From what I saw, it’s looks very similar to its 1/100 version, so I’ll pass. But what I won’t pass is the MG Buster Gundam, which is next on the line and displayed as a grey prototype at the show. For UC fans, there’s the MG Marasai which you can attach a green LED monoeye & ballute system (both sold separately). For AGE, I guess there’s MG AGE-2  (or was it 3?) coming up, but I didn’t pay much attention to it.

Real Grade: On display were the current Mk-II models, as well as the upcoming RG Justice Gundam. Not my cup of tea, but if you have the RG Freedom, I guess you might need its ‘partner’. Typical of Bandai, they’ll be releasing the greyed-out Phase Shift Down version on the Bandai Hobby Site. Anyone wanna guess what’s the next RG kit?

High grade: From the Unicorn OVA there’s the HGUC Ankusha. It looks kind of nice in MS mode, but I have soft spot for the Asshimar. Then there’s the HGUC Zaku Marine and the ReZEL Type-C Defenser b-unit. I kinda like the orange-grey color scheme of the ReZEL but one ReZEL is enough for me. There’s also the Base Jabber which is a UFO-like mobile suit carrier featured in the Unicorn OVA. Oh and how can I forget the flying space stingray: the HGUC Hambrabi. The design is too funky for me but I’m sure its fans will rejoice. Of course there’s also HG kits from the AGE series but nothing interest me.

Bandai Hobby Site items: On display were the stuff that you can only get from Bandai’s Hobby Site, such as clear plastic versions of HGUC Jesta & Delta Plus. Also displayed were the G-Defensor & Flying Armor for the RG Mk-II. There’s also recolored versions of existing kits like an orange-grey version of the plain ol’ HGUC ReZEL, Full Frontal use HGUC Geara Doga & the Phase Shift Down RG Justice/Freedom.

Option parts: Interestingly, Bandai will release some option parts in 1/100 and 1/144 scale. These include various shaped pink beams for more interesting beam rifle shot effects; spikes for Zaku shoulders, verniers and some hands. Some of these are already available by Kotobukiya et al. but it’s nice to have some options. As a follow-up to the 1/144 scale System Weapons, the third edition will feature beam rifle for 0083 Stardust Memory Gundams and shields for the MS 08th Team era mobile suits.

Other than Bandai stuff, I also took photos from other sections but I won’t be elaborating on them too much. What I’ll say is that for AGE gundam fans, Hobby Japan & Dengeki Hobby Magazines will release some add-on parts for modification into AGE-2 Artemis & AGE-1 Razor.

With that, I wrap up my report for this years Shizuoka Hobby Show. The next part of my report which features various works by Japanese modelling circles can be found here.

51st All Japan Model & Hobby Show (Part 1)

November 15, 2011 at 17:04 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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I should’ve posted this sooner, but there were other things that require attention. Anyway, after missing the last two, I decided to pay this year’s hobby show a visit. FYI, you can get a 300yen discount on the entry ticket by printing a coupon from the hobby show website. I’ll start off with some Gunpla stuff and in the next post I’ll put up a gallery of other stuff from the show.
So to kick things off, here’s some pics of Bandai’s latest Gundam anime, Gundam AGE. From what I’ve seen so far (the anime & gunpla), I’m definitely not interested. But for those of you who are, there’s plenty of AGE gunpla for you:

The above are the HG releases, but it didn’t take too long for them to release a 1/48 mega size scale:

Here’s some stuff from the Gunpla Builder’s section, some of which were published in Hobby Japan magazine:

And here’s some Limited edition stuff on sale for the Gunpla Expo in Akihabara. Too bad I couldn’t attend it. From what I saw there’s a RG Strike Rogue, a pink Bearguy, clear RG RX-78 & Exia, a shiny AGE and PG RX-78. Hmm, not so interesting…

But here’s something I might look forward to: weapons set in 1/144 scale. Currently there’s the gattling guns for the Unicorn & some Zaku machine guns. Also, a fancy display base will also be on sale soon. It seems to fit 1/144 scale models, but it can expand to accomodate the smaller MGs (Wing series, Crossbone).


Next is the Gundam Unicorn section. From the HGUC series, there’s the Zee Zulu and Dra-C, and you can see them in action on Vol.4 of Gundam Unicorn. Hopefully Bandai will release a remake of the Kapool. There’s also clear versions of the Sinanju and Ksatriya, but I’m not sure if they’re limited items or not.

Then there’s the MG Full Armor Unicorn. The amount of weapons attached is bordering on the ridiculous. For sure assembling all of them will keep you occupied for quite some time.

Moving on to the Gundam SEED section, where there’s been a sort of a revival. The first few SEED Gundams (Strike, Aegis, Buster, Duel, Blitz) will be re-released with some minor changes: 1) The box art will be different; 2) an adapter peg for the Bandai Action  Base will be included; 3) the color of the plastic will be slightly different; 4) marking stickers will be attached.

But the main attraction is undoubtedly the RG Freedom. If I didn’t already have a MG Freedom, I would have bought this RG version. I’ll probably skip this one and wait what’s next on the RG production line. A Zeta perhaps?


Here’s some B-club releases: Turn-X, Nemo & Gelgoog


And finally here’s some pics from the Gundam Wing section. Headline news is the already released MG Sandrock, which looks cool. Might get one in the future. But my main interest is in the upcoming MG Heavyarms. I already have the HG 1/100 from the Endless Waltz OVA, but I’m definitely getting this MG version. What’s next on the line? A MG Tallgeese perhaps?

And there you have it. All the Gunpla-related items from the 51st All Japan Model & Hobby Show. Photos from other exhibits can be found in Part II here.

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