Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018

May 16, 2018 at 22:06 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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I was looking forward to this year’s Shizuoka Hobby show after missing last year’s edition. There’s just something charming about it compared to other hobby shows I’ve been to in Japan. Maybe it’s the highschool brass band playing anime songs, or the JSDF vehicles parked at the entrance that gives it a carnival-like atmosphere.
Anyway, back to the Bandai booth, I finally got an up close look at some of the upcoming releases. The MG Jegan looks a bit underwhelming; it looks too much like the HGUC version. The same can’t be said for the RG Sazabi, though. There’s enough details to differentiate it from the HGUC and MG version. If I hadn’t already bought the MG, I would’ve gotten this one instead.
A bunch of HGUC GM variants are coming: GM Guard (regular release), GM Sniper Custom (P-Bandai), GM Cannon and GM Interceptor. Gotta catch em’ all. The HGUC Sinanju Stein also looks interesting, not sure about the Moon Gundam. The P-Bandai section included a HGUC RX-79[G] Parachute set, with a newly designed GM head. I guess Bandai listened to the unhappy customers complaining about the HGUC GM Ground Type head.

Non-Gunpla stuff included some Full Metal Panic, Pacific Rim, and Mazinger kits. There’s also some weird mecha kits with cats and Aoshima’s VF-31 Variable Fighter Girl.

There’s a whole bunch of mecha musume type kits at the Kotobukiya section, I just can’t keep up with it.

And finally, some pics at the modelers section. As always there were plenty of very interesting builds, but I didn’t notice an overall theme this year. But there was a whole row of MG Perfect Zeongs.

So anyway, enjoy the pics.

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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.

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