Friday, 26 April 2013

Bandai's Plamo And Gunpla Release Schedules

Tadah! We have added a new section to our humble home here - the release schedules for fresh Gunplas and Plamos from Bandai Hobby. For now, we are sticking to the core products which include scaled mechas (such as the newly released Valvrave The Liberator) and Gunplas (LBX not included for now).

As Google's translation is not 100% accurate, there may be translations that are slightly off. Schedules are listed on Bandai Hobby's website and are restricted to current month releases. As we are approaching towards the end of April, the current list in the calendar will be considered out-of-date in a few days.

We can't guarantee a timely update of our schedule on every start of the month (but we will endeavour to do it!) but we will update when our own schedule allows.

Enjoy the wait for the fresh releases!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

P-Bandai Online Exclusive! MG 1/100 Crossbone Gundam X2 (Ver. Ka)

One of P-Bandai's latest offerings! The Crossbone Gundam X2 (Ver. Ka), as seen below, with a side-by-side comparison against the regular release Crossbone Gundam (Ver. Ka). 

On the surface, besides the colour scheme difference and a more aggressive looking V-Fin, the X2 features a slightly expanded array of weaponry - namely the lance and the extra shield effect.

As with all Ver. Ka's releases, this Gunpla features a huge decal count that requires meticulous application.

Source: P-Bandai

Source: P-Bandai

Source: P-Bandai

Source: P-Bandai

Source: P-Bandai

Source: P-Bandai

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

HG vs RG vs MG, In Numbers.

Source: A Scanned Supplementary Booklet Found In RG Char's Zaku II

In conjunction with Gunpla's 30th anniversary, the RG or Real Grade Gunpla kits were first released in 2010, beginning with the revered Gundam RX 78-2 and Char's Zaku II. The price tag of ¥2,500 or S$52.90 at local retailers (with the current exception of the Zeta Gundam which cost more) first appeared hefty among us at Yunoorder. Why, we asked ourselves, would we pay a price that could land us a Master Grade, which at a scale of 1/100, would stand taller than Real Grade's 1/144?

When one of us shipped over our first RG (which by then, was Bandai's 5th iteration of this new line), the Freedom Gundam, we found the answer.

Now, none of us here has ever touched the top-of-the-line Perfect Grade, but nonetheless, we reserve the right to be blown away by the sheer minute details and the large part counts of what the RG offered. Though as great as we believe the RG to be, it has one issue - the decals. Unlike the MG which offers dry transfer decals or even water slide decals (we prefer the latter actually) alongside the normal adhesive decals, the RG only offers the normal adhesive ones (or in a word, stickers). If you do not intend to topcoat the finished RG in anyway, you might have a problem. Over excessive handling or time, the stickers may lose the adhesiveness and well, things will turn unsightly, especially if the stickers involves application at odd angles or edges.

Anyway, we do not want to spend too much time debating on what each grade offers and if things are to be quantified.... There you go - a portion of a promotional, or in our view, educational booklet enclosed in our RG Char's Zaku II (which in our opinion, was a cursed build, but that is another story for another day). Anyway, Bandai provided a simple and quantified comparison of the 3 grades, and using Google's translation service, we have reproduced it digitally for your viewing. As with all direct translations, the accuracy may be off.

Source: A Scanned Supplementary Booklet Found In RG Char's Zaku II

HG (High Grade)
RG (Real Grade)
MG (Master Grade)
Total Number of Parts
Exterior Parts
Movable Parts
Movable Parts (Including Fingers or hands?)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Hybrid Grade Mobile Suit Gundam

Released by Bandai as part of the Gashapon brand, the Hybrid Grade line of collection features an interactive approach by riding on the augmented reality or AR bandwagon. What does the Hybrid Grade do other than being a display collection? Well, if you are armed with either an iPhone or Android powered device with a camera, all you have to do is download the free app, either take a picture or scan the Hybrid Grade that you possess and voila! Unless Google translate was wrong, your collection will come to life your mobile device that you can interact with!

The current releases include characters from Tiger & Bunny, One Piece, Kamen Rider and Dragonball.

Wait! Where is Gundam?

Well, mechas from the original Mobile Suit Gundam will soon join the ranks of Hybrid Grade in Spring and what I could gather so far from the official avenue was only a raw and unpainted Zaku II and apparently, there should be 5 more pieces.

I am not sure if this line has been released locally but it goes for ¥500 a twist in Japan.