Thoughts on Gunpla: January 2012
Posted by Tom on January 23, 2012
Oh Bandai. Just when I said I was going on a break, you come out of nowhere with these announcements that makes my wallet cringe… Anyways, on to news, I haven’t done these in a while haha. First big news, Master Grade Unicorn Banshee! I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who saw this coming, but I’m also pretty sure that this is the OVA version since it comes with the claw and the cannon. (is it a cannon?) Still not sure if it comes with the beam magnum and shield. Pictures are not clear enough to see if the psycoframe will be in clear orange or a frosty orange. Since I haven’t picked up the Full Armored Unicorn yet, this will be a worthy replacement. This comes out in march for 5500 yen.
Second big news is the next Real Grade, the RX-178 Gundam Mk 2. Going by the line art, it’s looking very nice. It’s not yet known if it’s the Titans or AEUG colors, but I have a feeling that it may be in AEUG colors. And of course, Bandai can then release the Titans colors, and I wouldn’t be surprise if they also decided to include the flying armor and g-denfensor (or whatever it’s call) in the future. April release for 2500 yen.
And to crush some people’s dreams, I have a very good feeling that a Real Grade Zeta Gundam will NOT be in the works. Why? Because if you make a RG Zeta that can fully transform as people will want it to, then it will be the most fragile kit in the world. It’s a loss-loss situation for the RG Zeta. If they can pull if off, I’ll be one of the first to tell you that I was wrong. On to HGUC stuff…
HG Delta Gundam looks very nice. And it will be gold plated I’m assuming. April release for 4400 yen. Truth be told, if it was molded in plain yellow, and at a nice 2500 yen, I might consider picking it up… :/
A new grunt suit for those who love grunt suits. The HGUC Nemo actually looks very nice. I’m considering picking this up and one or two different GMs and make my own custom grunt suit. ^^ Also to note that it will be in the colors that was shown in Gundam Unicorn episode 4. April release for 1500 yen.
The old HGUC Marasai and Zaku 1 Sniper are getting some recolor love to match their appearance in Gundam Unicorn episode 4 along with some different accessories. Both are march release for 1500 yen.
The HG Juagg, which was teased in december, is now shown in gray prototype. Aaaand… I still really hate this design. There’s just something that I don’t really like… >.> For those that do like this, it’s a march release for 1700 yen.
More photos of the new BB Legends Command Gundam, Musha Gundam, and Knight Gundam. I still would like the Knight Gundam in Master Grade though. Release and prices are still in the air.
Speaking of SDs, the new SD Gundam AGE-1 Normal looks really really nice. Man, the new SDs are looking better with every release. March release for 1000 yen.
With the first generation of Gundam AGE coming to an end, and the second generation coming soon, comes new model kits from Bandai. The Mega size Gundam AGE-2 Normal looks pretty nice, although I’m surprise at how expensive it is. It’s about 9000 yen for a kit that’s a blown up HG! For that price, it better had transform. Also a march release.
The new Gundam AGE-2
00 Raiser Double Bullet looks very cool in my opinion. I really like the AGE-2 Normal’s design so I’m excited to see how the next form will look after this. I haven’t seen any pics of this guy transformed, so it may not suppose to transform when in Double Bullet form. March release for 1500 yen.
The HG Adele from Gundam AGE also looks very nice. It sorta has a Jesta feel to it. I’m pretty sure if the blue was a little more darker, then it would looker even cooler. Another kit I would like to get my hands on. February release for 1200 yen.
The HG G-Bouncer looks cool, a nice upgrade from the G-Exes. Although it sorta looks like it uses the Sparrows legs, slightly different but still. Kinda cool how it has a blade boomerang on the shield like the Infinite Justice. Also G-Bouncer? Really? Couldn’t call it G-Exes Mk2 or something… And I don’t really care for the Genoace II. Both are february release, G-Bouncer for 1500 yen, and Genoace II for 1200 yen.
The HG Zeidora might not look out of place in Evangelion or something. I really dig the design though. But I’m kinda holding back since some pics makes this look kinda chubby and not as cool looking as it’s line art. February release for 1200 yen I think.
Another UE mobile suit, the Dorado. Looks to me the UE are now getting rid of the dragon mode that the old suits had, and are now sticking to more conventional (if that’s the right word to use on such designs) mobile suits. And it’s purple! Awesome right! :D 1200 yen and it’s being release in the next couple of days.
Finally got some nice images of the Master Grade Gundam AGE-1 in it’s Titus and Sparrow form. Both looking pretty nice, although I noticed that the hands of the Titus are the swappable kinds, like the MG Wing kits. Sorta disappointing but whatever. Titus is a march release for 3500 yen, and the Sparrow is an april release for 3500 yen I’m assuming.
Speaking of Master Grade Age-1, a box art is finally shown for the MG Gundam AGE-1 Normal. And although it looks nice, I’m kinda getting tired of the I’m-gonna-strike-a-pose-and-shoot-my-beam-rifle-with-one-hand pose… ^^;
The Master Grade AGE-1 Normal itself looks very very nice. I’m liking the panel linings that’s on this kit that seems to be missing from recent Master Grade kits. So far the decals look to be the boring assortments of caution warnings and no fancy AGE-1 or Diva markings. Sorta disappointing. MG AGE-1 Normal is release in feburary and I believe it’s priced at 3500 yen or around there.
Also being released in feburary is the Master Grade Duel Gundam Assault Shroud. This is looking so good with every pics in magazines since december. I want it really badly. Priced at 4200 yen.
And although there are no pictures yet, it has been confirm that Bandai is working on the Master Grades of the Buster, Blitz, and Aegis. So I’m super excited for these to be reveal.
And last but not least, for those who like their loli in robot armor, then the Wing Gundam EW Girl action figure will be a nice gift to you. I’ll admit, she’s pretty cute and I’m pretty sure it’ll match well with the Robot Domashii Wing Gundam EW. May release for 4400 yen.
Wow that’s a lot of kits coming out in the next couple of months. There are some kits that I didn’t get to, but that’s because they are of no concern to me, or they aren’t news worthy to me. Anyways, MG Gundam Heavyarms EW should be release soon, and followed up with AGE-1 Normal, Duel Gundam, and Unicorn Banshee in the next 4 months or so plus more Master Grade kits from Seed, AGE, and Unicorn I’m sure will keep us busy for the year. Plus High Grades from Universal Century and AGE of course.
As usual, all pics and info from Gundam Guy.