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

My first Macross, among other things…

November 26, 2008 at 00:46 | Posted in Random rants | 5 Comments
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It’s been a slow month for me, in terms of gunpla progress. The cold weather’s not helping with things either. Add that to the fact that there’s not been any Gunpla release that I’m too keen on. That was until last week, when I came across this kit:

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As far as I know, Bandai isn’t well known for producing Macross kits, and most of the Macross models are the horrendously overpriced, ready-made ones. So that’s the reason why I haven’t really ventured into Macross stuff. Now that Bandai has produced something that I can build and eventually customize, I might actually be looking forward to more releases (which I’m sure will happen, knowing Bandai’s evil marketing strategies).

I ended up buying Ozma Lee’s VF-25S for 3300yen, 1200yen cheaper than the retail price. I wasn’t too interested in the Alto version, mainly coz it looks kinda plain, plus it was somehow more expensive. The kit came with 2 sets of decals, the sticker type and water-slide decals, both with identical designs. I’m not sure why, but I’m not complaining. Since its in 1/72 scale, I can use my leftover aircraft decals on this one, too.

That was last week. Today I went to the local bookstore and picked up the January 2009 issue of Dengeki Hobby Magazine which came with 1/144 scale Gundam Rasel. Not that I’m crazy over Gundam 00 mecha designs, but I figured why not? The free kit looks horrible without proper painting and modifications. Instead of making the modifications from scratch, why not get a 1/144 HG with proper articulations and just ‘cut & paste’? LOL, sounds easier said than done.

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Inside there’s some info on the upcoming MG Sinanju. Apparently, for the gold engravings, the kit will be supplied with gold foil stickers AND yellow-colored water-slide decals with the same pattern. The warning decals will be supplied as dry transfer decals. Makes me wonder, wouldn’t it be easier painting the gold parts?? Pardon the poor image quality, I don’t have a scanner at home.

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And here’s the last bit. It seems they’ll release a bazooka for the MG Sinanju together with volume 8 of the Unicorn novel. It’s due to be released April next year. Hopefully I can get my hands on one of those.

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DISCLAIMER: what I’ve posted above might NOT be accurate information, since I still can’t read Japanese properly yet.

With that said, don’t hope for me to get started with those 2 kits either. I still haven’t finished my 1/100 Overflag (did I mention I bought an Overflag?) and some HCM Pro models. Anyway, I’ll have plenty of Gunpla and Macross-pla (????) to keep me occupied during the coming cold season. Cheers!

48th All Japan Model & Hobby Show

October 21, 2008 at 16:59 | Posted in Events | 3 Comments
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So this was the 2nd hobby show I went to, after the one in Shizuoka. This time I had to venture further, coz it was held at the Makuhari Messe which is about 45min train ride from Tokyo station. And unlike the one in Shizuoka, this one had a 1000 yen entrance fee, which I duly paid. As I made my way inside, I noticed that all booths were in one single hall:

My first excursion was to the Bandai booth, where the main attraction is much awaited MG Sinanju:

My first impression was WOW… Aesthetically pleasing, bad-ass looking, this MG should be on everyone’s Christmas list. But the lack of dynamic poses makes me worry that it might share the same fate as MG Unicorn : looks good on the outside but with severely limited joint movements, i.e. just good for a standing pose. Compared to the weapons for the Unicorn, Sinanju’s weapons looks limited to a rifle and some beam ax/sabres, which was disappointing.

The rifle has some sort of gimmick though, if you can see the bottom left of this pic:

The gold engraved patterns on the chest, wrists and knee areas look set to be molded in black and supplied with gold stickers. This might prove tricky for those Out-Of-Box (OOB) builders, but painting it might prove less of a hassle (I hope).

And finally here’s a pic of the box art, with the standard Ver. Ka white background. The dude in the background? That’s just Amuro Ray, he works for Bandai now :p

Moving on to the next MG lineup, is another Zaku variant, Shin Matsunaga’s Zaku II. As much as I love Zakus, I think I’ll pass on this one. The boxart looks cool, though.

The next MG on show was the Infinite Justice. No comment on this one, since I’m not a huge fan of Seed

For the HGUC lineup, the only kit on display was the Geara Doga. Considering how much I love grunt units, especially green ones, I’m quite tempted to get this one, even though I’ve already bought the HCM Pro version. It definitely needs a paintjob though, if you compare the OOB version below:

with the painted ones here:

For the UC Hardgraph fans, the next release seems to be this tank. Sorry I don’t know the full name

And here’s a pic of the next (presumably) Gundam Fix Figuration release, Zeta Plus

Next was the Gundam 00 section. Here’s the Gundam Raziel which will come as a free gift in the coming issues of Dengeki Hobby magazine.

Here’s what it should look like fully painted:

Other than the previous lineup of 00 models such as this:

there were some soon to be released kits like the 1/100 Gundam 00, complete with LED(?) gimmicks for the shoulder things.

And there’s the 1/144 GN-XIII, which looks nicer than its predecessor, except for the lance. It reminds me too much of Code Geass’s Knightmares. I prefer the rifles of the original GN-X.

And then there’s this abomination: Ahead. Looks like something out of Gurren Lagan, if you ask me.

And that’s it for the Gundam related section. There were some stuff on sale, like this Gundam beam sabre. It just makes sound effects as you swing it around. I just don’t get the point of buying one of these

They were also selling a limited alternate color version of the 1/100 Exia, called the Roll-Out version. Its just grey in color, just like the Phase-Shift off version in Seed

There were the familiar booths in the show, like Kotobukiya, Hasegawa, Tamiya etc… as well as a section dedicated to remote control stuffs. I learned my lesson since the last hobby show, and came ready with a fully-charged camera battery this time. So here’s some pics that I thought were interesting:

This was the Evangelion spark plug, or whatever plug you call it. Its actually quite huge, almost the size of a baseball bat.

And there’s this cute little fella. Can’t remember the name, forgive my ignorance

Some Zoids stuff,

Armored core stuff,

Plenty of Super Robot Wars stuff,

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A lot of Macross stuff, particularly from macross frontier,


And some very nice macross art:

Also some models from Code Geass

plus some Geass eye candy :)

Some Linebarrel mechas and figures. Haven’t seen the show so I don’t know what to comment

And now some random figures. WARNING: Some images might not be worksafe

Tired of these anime figurines? Here, have some real girls instead :)

And that concludes my report. I was quite disappointed there weren’t many ‘new’ stuff, since most exhibits were similar to the one in Shizuoka. But this time there weren’t any booths for local gunpla hobbyists to show off their work. Instead there was a museum-like exhibit on the history of scale-modelling in Japan.

I didn’t manage to buy any model kits, just bought some Hasegawa aircraft decals (again), Yellow-Submarine joints, epoxy putty (they were selling it cheap) and got some free postcards.

Considering the entrance fee and the taxing journey I had to make, I really have to think twice before going to the next Hobby show in Tokyo. In conclusion, it was a good experience, just. Anyway, enjoy the pics and wipe the drool off your monitor :)

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