Shizuoka Hobby Show 2009 (Part I)

May 17, 2009 at 20:16 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Despite my waning interest in gunpla lately, I decided to have a look at this year’s 48th Shizuoka Hobby show. Armed with my new camera (and my old one as backup), I took plenty of pictures this time. So much that I had to split my coverage into 2 posts. This first part will focus on the vendor booths (Bandai et al.) and in the second part I’ll post the works of various modelling circles in Japan.

Right, I’ll start off with the headline news (I suppose): the MG Gundam Exia

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In addition, Bandai will release an ‘Ignition Mode’ version which will come with an extra damaged head, cape (which looks like pre-molded from rubber), LED parts for the GN drive and metallic parts for the swords.

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And then there’s this nice 00 diorama:

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And the cool boxart for the HG Exia and 0 gundam:

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And finally for the 00 Gundam section, there’s the 1/100 Double 0 riser with the custom decals (which you can already buy separately anyway).

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Bandai’s latest PG release was the Astray red frame, and boy were there plenty of Astrays. These are the baby ones:

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And then comes the daddy Astrays:

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With all these different colored versions of the Astray, I won’t be surprised if they teamed up and formed a super-sentai group (e.g. power rangers).

For UC fans, there’s the MG Gouf ver.2 to look forward to. Perhaps gouf custom ver2 might not be too far away either.

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And you can make cool dioramas like this:

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Bandai’s offering for the HGUC series are the Hi-Nu and Jegan

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And the next SHCM-Pro model will be the RX-78 Real Type:

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And here’s some displays for the UC Hardgraph and MS Igloo series

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And don’t be surpised if you see RX-78 ver2 and G-armor combo released in different colors (G3 & Realtype)

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The HGUC-sized Ksatriya and MG Guntank:

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Some PG-sized models on display, including a lighted-up Unicorn:

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And there’s the jumbo size 1/12 scale Zaku and Gundam:

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And some random models and pics from the Bandai booth:

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And finally the last Gundam-related pics : Nu-Gundam and Hyaku Shiki bicycles. Yes you heard me, bicycles. Specifically, the foldable type called oritatami jitensha.

Here’s the Nu-gundam bike (psycommu sold separately)

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and the Hyaku shiki (all you need is a pair of Quattro Bageeena shades)

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Taking a break off Gundam stuff, here’s some Evangelion-related pics:

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Yes, the plugs (I’m sooo tempted to call them butt plugs) are back, two of ’em this time.

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Now I will commence a Macross flood, starting with Yamato’s displays:

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A dash of Mospeada…

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and next are some of Hasegawa’s macross:

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and lastly macross frontier by bandai:

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Now that’s done with, here’s a topview of the vendor’s exhibits:

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There’s also a section filled with gas-powered bb guns of various types, like this sniper rifle. Looks like fun

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And finally (for Part I at least), here’s some random pics of figurines.

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And that concludes part I of my coverage. For Part II, click here

This is MADNESSSS!!!!!111

July 28, 2008 at 13:08 | Posted in Random rants | Leave a comment
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Okay, so I was on the way home from the summer festival (that’s another story) and stopped by Sumiya (kinda like a deparment store) to buy a roll of Tamiya masking tape. Normally the gunpla there is kinda expensive, but at one corner they had a stack of MSIA and HCM-Pro stuff on sale. The HCM-Pro models were selling at 1000yen each so I grabbed 4 boxes: Ez-8, Gundam Ground Type, Zaku II and Geara Doga. I thought that was the end of my Gunpla spending for the month, but it doesn’t end there…

The next day I went to another department store to buy some stuff when lo and behold, my most coveted item, the HCM-Pro Sazabi Special Painted version was on display on the shelves. It cost  around 3800yen but still cheaper than the online prices I saw. It didn’t take take me long to contemplate buying it. In fact, I’m not sure I was even thinking when I made my way to the cashier.

And so ladies and gentlemen, those were the events that conspired to deplete me of my Gunpla budget for the next 2 months. I’ll leave you with the picture of my HCM-Pro shopping spree. They’ll most likely stay inside their boxes until I finish off my Gelgoog (95% complete) and Zaku minelayer (inner frame complete).

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