Pre-Xmas loot

December 15, 2013 at 16:57 | Posted in Random rants | 1 Comment
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Something big and red arrived at my doorstep today. No, it’s not Santa. It’s the MG Sazabi ver Ka. This is by far the biggest MG box I’ve ever had. Yes, I know there’s other MG kits with bigger boxes than this. But just to show you how big is, I placed my RG Strike on the left side of the box:


Just some additional info about the kit in case you don’t know already:

  • it comes with stickers AND water-slide decals.
  • there’s space for an LED gimmick for the monoeye, but the LED unit is sold separately
  • the armor can be split open to reveal the internal armor but there’s no clear psychoframe parts like the MG Nu ver Ka.
  • beam weapons are neon green
  • comes with two rifles: beam shot rifle and long rifle (pictured in boxart). And get this: you can attach the MG Sinanju bazooka to the bottom part of the long rife

I’m in no rush to build this one and I still haven’t decided whether to custom paint it or leave it in red.  But one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a massive undertaking.

And that’s not all in my pre-Xmas loot drop:

msg-weapons29-32These are the latest M.S.G weapon units by Kotobukiya. From the left it’s the Hand Gatling gun, belt feed for the Gatling gun, Assault rifles and katanas. Unlike the previous Gatling gun by Kotobukiya (see MG Heavyarms), this one looks a bit smaller and maybe more suitable for 1/144 scale kits. But the barrel looks underwhelming, so I’m thinking of replacing it with the Gatling barrel from Bandai’s System Weapon 005.

The Assault Rifle set comes in two flavors: modeled after the HK416 and AK12 assault rifles, respectively. Both come with grenade launcher attachments too. And finally, the katanas also come in twos: a long and short blade. Here’s where Kotobukiya is being a little bit cheeky: unlike the image, the blades come in dark-grey, unpainted plastic. Also, the blades won’t go all the way into the sheath. Instead there’s a separate part that includes the hilt and a truncated part of the blade which is meant to be inserted inside the sheath.

And this is probably my last rant for 2013. To all readers and subscribers, have a great Xmas & New Year!

53rd All Japan Model & Hobby Show

October 16, 2013 at 18:26 | Posted in Events | Comments Off on 53rd All Japan Model & Hobby Show
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Let’s start with the main attractions in the Bandai booth:

The much anticipated MG Sazabi Ver. Ka was on display, and it sure looked nice. It may not be clear in the photos, but the plastic has two shades of red and a green LED monoeye can be attached (sold separately). The box itself looks huge but the boxart looks a bit underwhelming. Another MG release will be MG Gundam X.

From the RG front, there’s the RG Strike Freedom. Only the wing bit will be bling-bling gold while the rest of the joints will be the cheese-yellow color. Sold separately on Premium Bandai is the wing of light. No news on the next RG though, but hopefully it’s a Zeon suit.

There’s far more HG releases this time, starting with the Gundam Build Fighters. They’re basically a mishmash of existing designs and attached with awful names like Zaku Amazing. There’s also a HGUC Silver Bullet and Zaku II Johnny Ridden custom. Also on display are HGUC kits from the Gundam Thunderbolt manga: GM, Zaku and Full-Armor Gundam.

Other stuff include PG Astray Blue Frame, armed with just a huge bazooka. System Weapon 006 will include 2 types of bazookas and sturm faust grenades. On sale at Premium Bandai site will be MG Astray Red Frame (lite version), MG Astray Noir, MG Crossbone Gundam X3, HGUC ReBawoo and Unicorn recolors of MG Zaku Cannon & Zgok.

Japan loves Char Aznable so much that they customized a Char car (Toyota Auris). There’s also Char Golfbag, Char Shoes, Char bags and Char printer.

And here’s the rest of the photos I took of other booths. Of interest is the latest M.S.G Weapon Unit by Kotobukiya: Japanese swords, assault rifles & a gatling gun. As a follow-up to Metal Gear Rex, Metal Gear Ray will be released next year. A new feature in this year’s show is a section called Junk City. It’s where spare parts of Gunpla & other plamo are sold. Parts like weapons, hands & joints of various MG & HG kits were there and the price ranged from 200-900 yen. I bagged myself a few RG joints, MG Jesta hands & Zudah sniper rifle.

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