End of the Year Gunpla Releases

By Loran

With episode of four of Gundam Unicorn just around the corner and Gundam AGE having just premiered a few days ago, it’s time to look at some new upcoming kits! Let’s see what we’ve got this time around…

First off, we have colored pictures for the GM II. I’m a bit sad that they went with the Titans colors for the GM II first, since the AEUG colors are WAY cooler and they’re still kind of outnumbered in terms of HGUC kits. But hey, that’s what paint is for.

It looks like Gunpla Builders is going to be continuing in some form or another, though I haven’t heard anything about a new OVA. The first of two new kits is the Beginning D Gundam, which I really, really like. A lot of people didn’t like Beginning G, saying it looked too “kiddy”. I didn’t mind it that much myself, though it was far from perfect. I like this take on it because it has more of a hardened real-robot “Commando” look to it. I’m really not sure what the color scheme for this thing is, though. It’ll probably end up with the traditional Gundam pallet, but I think it deserves better.

The other new Gunpla Builders release is the Beginning J Gundam, which isn’t as cool. It has more of a Gundam 00 look with the swords on its back, which isn’t really a BAD thing, but the design looks kind of doughy, especially in the chest. Getting suits with rounded proportions right is an art, and this one doesn’t do it right. It looks like someone took Beginning G and a GN-X and put them in a blender, but in unequal parts. Maybe it’ll look better when I see colored pictures, but for now, pass. Both of the new Beginning Gundams are out in December.

On the Master Grade front, we have colored pictures of Sandrock Version Katoki. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to gratuitously lick my screen. Once Heavyarms is out earlier next year, I’m going to start pursuing all six of the Ver. Ka Wing kits, though I might just start at NYCC this weekend. This kit will be out at the end of the month, and I’m sure plenty of you will want one.

And now for the big one of this batch… Gundam Unicorn Full Armor Type, in Master Grade form of course.

Holy crap I didn’t think they’d actually make this thing, especially before a more economical High Grade. I mean come on, it needs a stand for its absurd propellant tanks! I’m not saying it isn’t cool; oh it is, but really? REALLY? I bought Gatling guns for my High Grade which I still haven’t built yet, and in my opinion, those are enough! Still, I LOVE the translucent green plastic. However, it’s listed as a Ver. Ka, which makes me worried that it’ll use the first Unicorn mold instead of the newer fixed one. Either way, we’ll find out when it comes out in December.

It’s nice to see some more kits coming down the pipeline, especially ones far more interesting than the Zee-Zulu and Dra-C. As the months go on, start looking for your own at FPNYC!

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