Gunpla Expo 2014

November 24, 2014 at 14:22 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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The star of this year’s Expo is undoubtedly the PG Unicorn. Only a poster was presented at the last hobby show, so this time we get to see the real thing. At first glance, it looked no different from the MG version, but what really separates them (apart from the obvious size) is the LED gimmick. With the amount of lighting it has, you can swap it for your Christmas tree for the coming festive season. It also appears to have a better articulation than the MG counterpart. If you’re wondering what the third mode is, it’s called ‘Destroy Unchained’. Basically it’s just some extra flaps that open on the head, forearms and legs.

From the HG section, there were some HG kits from the newest Gundam series (Reconguista in G) as well as some Build Fighters kits. Also seen were the prototypes for Char’s Zaku and Guntank from Gundam: The Origin, HGUC V-Dash Gundam and HGUC V2 Assault Buster Gundam. The previously announced RG Wing Zero was also on display. The next RG is disappointingly the the 00 Gundam with the Double 0 Riser. 

The RE/100 lineup had the Mk-III Gundam as well as the prototypes of the GP04 Gundam and Dijeh.  The next MG release seems to be the Double X Gundam and the Exia Dark Matter. The Premium Bandai section had some extra goodies for the soon-to-be-released kits, like a stand and feather effects for the RG Wing Zero Custom and Full Armor parts for the PG Unicorn. Perhaps the most unexpected surprise was the MG Zeta 3B (Gray Wolf) and MG Zeta 3C (Red Zeta) from Gundam Evolve.

And finally there’s Gunpla Builders World Cup entries from Japan. There were plenty of very amazing works and visitors get to vote their favourite entry. I voted for the Phenex GFT diorama but the winner was deservedly the very detailed and green Byarlant Custom.

Gundam Origin Head Display Base

September 24, 2014 at 18:05 | Posted in Other scales | Leave a comment
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This head display base came with the October 20111 issue of Gundam Ace magazine. It’s based on the RX-78-2 design from the manga Mobile Suit Gundam : The Origin. The whole thing came as white plastic, so painting is necessary. I didn’t modify anything except for sharpening the v-fin.

After priming the entire thing with dark grey surfacer, proceeded to paint it with Full Armor Gundam colors, i.e green, orange-yellow and gray. The internal part that made up the vulcan cannons and side vents were painted with gunmetal. For the eyes and camera sensors, I attached a reflective sheet (Hasegawa Mirror Finish) and handpainted clear yellow for the eyes and clear blue for the sensor. After adding some decals I finished it off with flat topcoat.

From my personal viewpoint, I don’t find this Gundam Origin head very ‘handsome’. My favorite RX-78 head design has to be the ver. Ka. Another disappointing thing is that it doesn’t come with a stand. There’s two holes at the back but I’m not sure if it is compatible with existing stands. Anyway, it will make a good paperweight.

 

 

 

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