Shizuoka Hobby Show 2016 (Part 2)

May 19, 2016 at 09:47 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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For the next part of my Shizuoka Hobby Show 2016 coverage, I’ll show photos from the modellers circle section. Last year saw plenty of Neo Zeong kits; this time I noticed alot of PG Unicorn/Banshee variants.
I liked some of the very creative and unexpected builds there. For example the takoyaki Ball, Su-shield and Tenga WeGos. Here’s some of my other favourites:

And here’s the rest of the photos I took. Enjoy…

Shizuoka Hobby Show 2016 (Part 1)

May 17, 2016 at 01:39 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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As I was writing this post, I noticed there’s some parallels with last year’s Shizuoka Hobby Show. The RG reveal was another red suit: the RG Sinanju (last year was Astray Red Frame). Regarding the RG Sinanju, there wasn’t anything on show to convince me to get one, since I already have the HGUC version.  The gold trimmings are separate chrome parts, though. Also noticed the display kit was incredibly glossy for some reason.

Another similarity was the Hyaku Shiki. Last year we had the MG version; this year it’s the HGUC Hyaku Shiki Revive version. The plastic is not chrome plated, but a rather cheese-yellow hue. It’s good news given the last chrome plated kit I had (HGUC Delta Gundam) was such a fingerprint magnet.

Other planned releases were not so interesting: MG Fullarmor Gundam (Thunderbolt), HGUC Full Armor Unicorn (Red Psychoframe), HG Gundam Local type(?) (Origin MSD) and some strange Figurise Busts from Gundam Ironblood orphans.

In fact, the P-Bandai releases seemed more interesting. There’s gonna be a RE/100 Efreet Schneid, MG Hyaku Shiki Kai, MG Powered GM, some real-type HGUC kits (Gouf, RX-78, Guncannon), RG Astray Gold Frame, among others.

The Little Armory section at the Tomytec booth had some pleasant surprises. There’s the already announced future releases: AA-12 and M870 shotguns, M24 sniper rifle and Type 89 assault rifle. Next on the list seems to be the M134 minigun and a mortar. I wasn’t expecting a motorcycle though, but there it was: a 1/12 scale KLX250 (JSDF use).

I don’t want to stuff this post with too many photos, so I’ll continue with the rest from the modeler’s circle in the next post.

Shizuoka Hobby Show 2015

May 19, 2015 at 19:39 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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This year’s hobby show in Shizuoka saw a lot of red, starting with the MG Red Warrior, which I have no interest in. The RG Astray Red Frame? Now we’re talking. Although I was partially disappointed that we’ll have another RG from the Alternate Universe (following RG Wing Zero & RG 00 Riser), I was glad it was the Astray. The inner frame seems to be already molded in red and white, so custom painting this one may not be so easy. Then there’s the Revive Guncannon, which actually looks better than the pics in the internet so far.

Non red kits include the MG Hyaku Shiki 2.0. The Mega Bazooka cannon and Balutte system pictured here will be sold separately (P-Bandai). The RE/100 Dijeh also looks good; if it were 1/144 scale I might consider it. From the Gundam Origin series, we’ll have another Black Tristar Zaku II, this time with the giant axe. Then there’s the Mobile Worker and Prototype Goufs. Other than Gunpla, there was some Star Wars stuff and some new Little Armory 1/12 scale weapons.

And now to the modeller’s gallery. This year I noticed that there were quite a few Neo Zeong builds. Despite the gigantic size, it seems quite popular among Japanese modelers. There were plenty of very nice ‘standard’ Gunpla & military model kits on display, but there were also some unique builds like a half body RX-78 made from spare runners, a wooden Gouf Custom, papercraft Unicorn, to name a few.  So anyway enjoy the pics:

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