Gundam

The Three-Times As Shiny MSN-001 Delta Gundam

The Mobile Suit Variation series is a sort of re-imagining of regular continuity mobile suits. These designs are evolutions of mobile suits from the animation. The Hi Nu Gundam is one of my favorite examples. Sometimes, these MSV designs prove so popular that Bandai decides to bring them to life in snipable plastic. Enter the Delta Gundam:

According to the Gundam Wikia, the Delta Gundam is what the Hyaku Shiki was supposed to be. Due to frame issues, the transformation capabilities were removed and the mobile suit was rolled out as the MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki. Anaheim Electronics continued to pursue development of a production version of the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam which eventually lead to the MSN-001A1 Delta Plus.

Word has it that the Delta is playable in the PS3 Gundam UC game.

It’s likely that if this mobile suit was actually built, it would have rolled out in the Unicorn era. Unfortunately, that means that Quattro Bajeena would not be around to pilot it. I can’t imagine a gold mobile suit without Char. Full Frontal is all set with his Sinanju. I can’t imagine him joining the Feddies just to pilot a shiny gold mech. Maybe if Neo Zeon steals it, then we’d get to see a Char Clone pilot the thing.

Anyway, the HGUC kit is out now. I’d love to see this in Master Grade form.

From: Gundam Guy

Delta Plus Journeys Through the Decade

Gunpla modeler Aristo300 has combined two of my favorite things with his/her latest build, a Delta Plus colored up like Kamen Rider Decade. I can just imagine Tsukasa showing up in G Gundam World to challenge Domon to a duel.

I like the Delta Plus on its own, but it seems like it would make a good platform for other Rider mods. I’d love to see a Kamen Rider W Delta Plus. And the Geara Zulu would make an awesome Shocker Trooper! Hmmm… I may have to get me a couple kits. Time to make the ultimate Kamen Rider Gundam crossover!

From: Gundam Guy

Master Grade Gundam AGE-1

I haven’t watched Gundam AGE yet so I don’t know all that much about the main Mobile Suit except that it has form changes like Kamen Rider. The AGE-1 is the base state and the Master Grade kit is dropping later this month. Looks pretty rad!

The Hobby Japan scan shows off the 3D printed prototype parts for the two other forms of the AGE. I’m guessing that since we’re only now seeing these 3D prints that they won’t come with this Master Grade kit. Hopefully, they’ll release the additional parts in one set so you won’t have to buy two sets to get a complete Gundam AGE. I’m also curious to see if the Master Grade kit has RFID chip to interact with the game.

Anyway, it looks kinda cool. Still not entirely a fan of the spoiler backpack or the terribly obvious A in the middle of its chest, but I like form changes and this guy gives you the opportunity to yell “GUNDAAAAAAAAM! HENSHIN!” and make him pose like Kamen Rider Ichigo.

From: Gundam Guy

Kamen Rider Plus Ultraman Plus Gundam Equals *FAINT*

Holy fuck my face! This is the greatest game I have ever seen in my entire life, EVAR! It’s the most amazing crossover that I never ever thought would ever happen anywhere except in my wildest dreams. Thank you Banpresto!!!

GREAT BATTLE FULLBLAST, I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Now, I just need to get a PSP. AHHHHHH!!!!!

From: Gundam Guy

How is This The First Gundam Theme Park?

AZM Ally Joe Guinto sends word that the first Gundam theme park will open this April. Located near the sight of the 1/1 scale RX-78, the Gundam museum will feature artifacts and memorabilia from the series. There will be free exhibits and a pay section.

I just assumed there was a thing like this already. I’ve heard of Ultramanworld and I know that the Ishinomori museum has extensive exhibits on Super Sentai and Kamen Rider. I figured that there was a Gundam museum hiding around somewhere that no one talked about because it was old news. Nope! This is the first museum dedicated entirely to Mobile Suit Gundam. Better late than ever. Now to book that flight…

From: Kotaku

Scratch Building a 1/48 Scale Sinanju

A while back, Gundam ACE magazine sold a 1/48 scale Sinanju head bust along with one of their issues to celebrate the release of Gundam Unicorn. Gunpla modeler Julius Lim decided that wasn’t enough for him so he decided to start a scratch build project to add shoulder plates and a torso all in the same scale. The work he’s done thus far is absolutely amazing. He’s even posted a tutorial on how he built the shoulder armor. I can’t wait to see the final build!

Man, just clicking around his site makes me want to get back into building. Climbing, comics, gunpla. That’s my idea of the perfect life!

From: Julius Lim

Bandai Entertainment Abandons US Gundam Fans

One of the most frustrating things about being a Gundam fan in the US is the horrible way in which Bandai has released the anime. The Gundam Unicorn Blu-ray release is a prime example. Charging $50 for a disc that contains one episode is complete bullshit. That means you’d have to drop $300 for all six episodes. That’s not a sustainable price point for the US market. Back when G-Fighter Gundam was out, a 3 episode disc cost $50. That’s a 49 episode series. This pricing practice might work in Japan, but it totally bombs in the US. No one is buying Gundam. Which has unfortunately lead us to this:

On January 3rd, the publisher is announcing that it will cease to release new DVD and Blu-ray releases in North America, effectively ending its 13-year run in the market. The majority of the division’s contractors and three of their five full-time staff members will be laid off, and all releases scheduled after the first week of February have been cancelled.

Bleh.

While this means that the new version of Mobile Suit Gundam with the original Japanese audio will still see the light of day, no more Gundam for the foreseeable future. At least not from Bandai Entertainment. It’s unclear as to whether or not Bandai Visual will continue to release Gundam Unicorn on Blu-ray. But at that price point, who is buying that thing? I’m a huge goddamn Gundam fan and I can’t justify buying a single episode for $50.

I’m really amazed at just how entrenched the Japanese licensors have been this entire time. The failure to recognize the change in US buying habits has certainly hurt their bottom line. Why not change the business model instead of sticking it out to the bitter end like this? Makes no sense to me.

So goodbye official Gundam releases. Hello fansubber. Really sucks, but it seems like that’s the only way I’ll get my Gundam fix from now on.

From: Anime News Network

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