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HG00 Tieren Space Type Review

Let’s take a little break from the Universal Century, shall we, and we’ll take a look at a series I sometimes forget: Gundam 00.

When Gundam 00 first started, it had some of the most unique mechanical designs Gundam has had in years. Each faction had its own unique style and could be easily identified. The Human Reform League had the bulky and tough Tierens, the Union forces had the sleak and sexy Flag, and Celestial Being obviously had the Gundams. Unfortunately, all of that kind of went out the door during its second season (among other things)…

I wasn’t too sold on the Tieren when I initially saw it. Its bulky styling didn’t really appeal to me. It felt too much like it wanted to be a Destroid. In retrospect, I guess that kind of makes sense, as the Union Flags are basically Valkyries, just, well, not as cool. While I’ve had this Tieren kit lying in the corner of my room for four years now, I figured it was time to slap it together, especially after the massive disappointment that was the Flag kit. Of course, I may be a bit biased since I already have experience with the HG Tieren.

For such a bulky design, the Tieren has a lot of flexibility. The legs are rather cleverly designed to maximize articulation in spite of the design. For example, the hips extend outwards with small cylindrical pieces, and little flaps allow the feet to gain good footing.

The arms are basically mounted on tracks that add for additional articulation. In a sense, they have a double joint. This actually allows the suit to cross its arms across its chest! Now come on, that’s something most normally proportioned mobile suits can’t do! Of course, you have to remove pretty much all of its equipment, but hey, whatever works.

Speaking of, this kit has all sorts of neat little gadgets. For arm-mounted weapons, it has a 00-style Beam Rifle and a four-tube missile launcher. It features the same weird axe thing that was included with the Tieren Taozi for a melee weapon. The coolest accessories are the two mounted under the chest, which are a miniature rocket launcher and some sort of grappling hook. It might actually be some kind of wire for pilots to grab onto (which would make it pretty practical), but since it looks like external equipment I can’t really be sure…

Unfortunately, the kit lacks a lot of color distribution. None of the orange details are molded on, and have to be painted or done with stickers. It’d be a lot less frustrating if the model didn’t already have two shades of gray/black! Feels like such a waste…

Also, I’ve always found the fuel tanks on the legs to look kind of… well, phallic. But that could just be my dirty mind. I also think fuel tanks on the legs just makes for an easy target…

While I don’t typically go for 1/144 kits from alternate universes, the Tieren Space Type is one I’d recommend solely on the grounds of being a nice, quick, sturdy build. It’s a fun kit and worth checking out! Remember, always make sure to check FPNYC for your Gunpla needs!

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MG Destiny Gundam Build Log Part 1

I’m pretty sure it’s been made clear over the years that I’m not a very big Gundam Master Grade person. I enjoy building them and whatever, but they aren’t really my thing because they don’t usually have the suits I like. However, I’ve pretty much come upon a “system” for how I do my model kits now. In a way, it’s like a pyramid structure.

At the base of the pyramid I have my 1/144 kits. For me, this is almost entirely Universal Century stuff. In this scale, I’ll build anything from the lowliest grunt to the most overpowered main character’s unit, but again, only in UC.

In the middle I have my Master Grades and other 1/100s. This is the kind of stuff the casual fan knows; main character units, the main antagonist’s unit, the main supporting characters, and maybe the most prominent grunt enemy. An example would be if I wanted to do Zeta Gundam, I would build the Zeta Gundam, Gundam Mark II, the Hyaku Shiki, the Qubeley, and the Hizack. That’s probably it, aside from maybe The-O. This is also the scale where I’ll do my non-UC works, since I’m really only interested in the main Gundams from those shows, and well, those are pretty much all that gets made.

At the top of the pyramid is the 1/60s and Perfect Grades, the latter of which I still haven’t done yet. Here I’d do suits that EVERYBODY knows, even people who aren’t into Gundam. I would build the RX-78, the Zeta Gundam, or the Gundam 00, but not something like Astray Red Frame or GP01.

Okay, so why is all of that relevant here? Well, because I’ve now started my first kit from the SEED Universe in Master Grade form: Destiny Gundam. As the main character’s ultimate mobile suit, I figured this would be a suitable entry into that era for me, and will help out with my goal to one day own every star Gundam in 1/100 scale. I also wanted to do a visually impressive Master Grade, and well, this one certainly fits the bill.

This is the “Extreme Blast Version” of the Destiny Gundam, which is by and large the same kit aside from a few changes: one of the joint runners is now chrome silver, some of the inner mechanical parts now have a swirly plastic look to them, some extra effects parts are included along with two 1/20 scale figures of Kira and Shin, and enormous parts for the Wings of Light are included. Really, the last bit alone makes this version the one to buy.

So far, all I’ve assembled is the upper body sans wings and weapons. The construction thus far has been largely straightforward (it IS a five year-old kit after all) but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. The chrome parts are a bit frustrating, since there’s no way to avoid scarring because the parts weren’t designed to be chrome. Continue reading

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HG00 Union Flag Review

By Loran

Gundam 00. So much great promise, so many great designs, so many interesting concepts… and so many letdowns. Personal feelings about the show itself, it was filled with great designs, especially the grunts. It was great to see an Alternate Universe series that not only had a plethora of great grunts, but ones that actually got kits! Gundam Wing and Gundam X got some, yeah, but they’re all expensive Limited Models, and most of the grunts for SEED were just those cheapo kits with zero poseability. I guess Bandai finally realized how much fans love grunts, especially those of us on the other side of the ocean.

Of all of 00’s grunts, the one that stood out to me the most was the Flag. It looks so different from almost any other Mobile Suit we’d seen before in Gundam. It’s elegant, it’s thin, it’s, well, new. It’s so great to see Bandai/Sunrise take a departure from “spiky monoeyed bad guy” for the 10000th time. This is pretty much why I was so upset about the design decision for Age. It’s different, yeah, but not different enough.

I was surprised by how few frames this kit came on: only three. This is typical for a low-priced HG kit, yes, but what made it seem so scarce is the lack of polycaps. This uses all ABS friction joints. I have nothing against this style personally, but I can see why people dislike them. Some of the earliest kits to have them didn’t use them properly and ended up sort of… floppy.

Of course, the beam saber is molded in white. Ugh. I HATE painting saber blades. Still, it beats the kit not coming with any.

This made me smile, however. A silver sticker to put behind the visor! This is a great idea, and the shininess will look even better than one achieved by paint. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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OD/ED: My thoughts on Gundam AGE

By Loran

A few days ago, thanks to scans provided from CoroCoro Magazine, we were able to take a look at what appears to be the new Gundam Series, Gundam Age. The series will involve a multi-generational story with the main character’s son and descendent taking the Gundam from him while Earth is caught up in the “100 Year War” against an invading force called the “Unknown Enemy”. The Gundam itself is named the Gundam AGE-1 and will have three forms, the standard form, the Sparrow Form, and the Titus form.

Now… with that out of the way. Continue reading

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NYCC/AF Recap & Play Arts Kai Preview/Review

By Christopher Troy

LAST NYCC/NYAF POST I SWEAR! BUT EVERYTHING IS RELEVANT TO THE BLOG SO IT’S COOL!

One week and $240 later, another NYCC/NYAF has passed. Despite the Saturday crowds, I had a blast at the convention, scoring some cool sketches, autographs, t-shirts, cds, toys and action figures. However all of those aren’t blog related, so let’s get to the stuff that is!

Chris’ short Gundam OO movie review: Was very excited for the film upon hearing it was going to be screened at the con. That didn’t last too long once the actual film started. It looks nice and yes, the Gundam fights are very much awesome, but man, the rest of the film is a convoluted mess. Gundam OO  faithful should see it (I guess, assuming you survived season 2) for some closure to the series, but it’s not going to win any haters over. But hey, on the bright side, the Gundams themselves are awesome, and we have most, if not all their respected Gunpla in stock, so pick up a kit or 2 to deal with the disappointment!

Bandai announces new Gundam releases: Shocking no one, Bandai of America announced that they’ll be releasing the Gundam OO movie in the US, as they have with every Gundam release ever. They also announced that the Turn A DVDs will be Sub-only, which hopefully means for a single box collection with a lower price point (2 sets also work for my nerd needs, as I desperate want to watch CURLEY MUSTACHE Gundams legally). The biggest news  is the fact that the ORIGINAL Mobile Suit Gundam series is being released on DVD in America next year, with a Japanese audio/American sub track, something the originals that tied into the Cartoon Network airing lacked. As for the dub end of things, we’ll be getting the Cartoon Network dub again, but hey, at least we’ll have the option of changing languages this time around.

The Gunpla Booth/Import toy booth was also stupid awesome. I’m fairly certain most of the drool on of those display cases came from me. Unforunately, the prices were still pretty high, even though no real importing was happening (strong yen/weak dollar etc), so my spending was limited there. As in I bought nothing from them. Continue reading

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News from the Front: September 2010

By Christopher Troy

I completely missed an update for August, but low and behold the latest in Gundam/Gunpla news from the FPNYC blog. This week we’ll be looking into new releases, other series Bandai has shown love for in model kit format, and news on the Gundam 00 movie premiere in the US!

September Gunpla releases:

Probably the biggest release in September is the new version of the very popular Gundam Deathscythe from Gundam Wing. A master grade level kit, the design of this version of Deathscythe seems to be a hybrid of the first version of the mech, and it’s Endless Waltz counterpart. It sports better articulation than the original kit, as well as clean parts for it’s Beam Scythe and Beam Effects for it’s backpack and shield. Of course if you prefer the original Endless Waltz designs, we have you covered, as we still have the 1/100th scale EW kits in stock at our store and website.

Of course, Deathscythe isn’t the only new release this month. September also sees the release of  2 separate HGUC kits: A pair of Twin Balls (snicker snicker) and the Delta Plus. In terms of series that came out within the last 5 years, we’re getting a pair of new Gundam OO movie kits in the form of Gundam Harute and Raphael, plus the brand new series Gunpla Builder G is getting the Beginning Gundam and the Hi Nu Gundam GPB Colors. We’ll get back to that series in the near future, as it has a very unique premise! Continue reading

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Review: HGOO Tieren Taozi

I gotta say, when Gundam 00 was first announced, I was pretty ecstatic and really looking forward to it-the setting sounded interesting and plausible, the mecha were a breath of fresh air, and the characters actually looked DIFFERENT from each other unlike the last series. Well, I’m not really here right now to talk about the show itself-I’m here to review kits, of course. I really took a liking to 00’s grunts-the ones in the first season, that is. They were unlike designs we’d previously seen in Gundam, running the gamut of chunky battlemech-types, to sleek aerial mecha, to wacky suits with tons of curves. They were that nice design change I’d been waiting for.

And here we have the first of my Gundam 00 model kit purchases-Soma Peries’s Tieren Taozi-yeah, it’s PINK. Something about a manly-looking battlemech-styled suit in pink is incredibly awesome to me. Regardless of its color, it has a pretty nice design, and out of all the Tieren variants, this is probably one of my favorites.

The head has no actual movement of its own, but instead, a positionable monoeye-and this one actually works pretty well. While you still need to remove part of the head, the design allows it to come off easily. The monoeye piece is similar to ones seen on the Zaku kits, but it actually has a raised part for the eye itself, making it a LOT easier to paint. Continue reading

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News from the Front

by Christopher Troy

Greetings readers! Welcome to “News from the Front”, our newest feature on the FPNYC Gundam Blog, with a title I clearly swiped from a Bad Religion song!  With this new  “monthly”/whenever I’m between kits feature, we’ll be exploring the latest news in the Gundam world, Gunpla related or not!

News from San Diego Comic Con:

Any self respecting nerd should be aware that the annual San Diego Comic Con is going down on the west coast as we speak, and that in the last decade or so, it’s focus has expanded to not just only comics, but movies, television, toys, video games and anime. At this years panel, the company revealed that the remainder of the Bandai Entertainment Gundam OO DVDs may face slight delays when it comes to US release (something is sadly common when it comes to Bandai products these last few years). In more positive news though, Bandai of America has announced that they’re FINALLY bringing over the 50 episode AU series Turn A Gundam. Continue reading

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History of Gundam part 4: The Double 0’s

By Loran

The History of Gunpla comes to a conclusion in the modern era, when Bandai placed most of their money in the HGUC and MG lines, with lines just for the two Alternate Universe series occupying most other slots.

First Grade: 1999

A 20th Anniversary special line, of sorts, consisting of 3 1/144 scale kits-the Gundam, Zaku, and Char’s Zaku at 1/144 scale. All of them have the proportions and details of their Perfect Grade counterparts, but they lack polycaps, and instead, are constructed like the original kits from the 80’s. As such, you get three very inexpensive, nice-looking kits that, unfortunately, break easily.

High Grade Mechanics: 2001-2002

A small line consisting of the three mobile armors from Gundam 0083. These were all produced at 1/550 scale and included similar scaled mobile suits from the series. However, the GP03 Dendrobium is out-of-scale, coming in MUCH larger than the Neue Ziel by comparison. Continue reading

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The History of Gundam in America part 2

by Christopher Troy

Welcome back readers! I’m going to continue with the article in a minute, but I wanted to do shamelessly plug something first.  Always the trendsetters, both FPNYC and I are on twitter and if you wish to follow us, you can add @FPNYC and @ Anarchris to your follower list! Warning: I curse like a sailor. Anyway let us continue!

War in the Pocket, MS 08th Team, and Stardust Memory

Even though MS Gundam didn’t live up to it’s expectations, the franchise still had some life in it. MS 08th Team was placed on Toonami, which was kind of an odd fitting, given it’s plot and setting. Stardust and War in the Pocket did fairly well on Adult Swim though, which I’m sure pleased Bandai, as 3/4th of that block were shows from their catalogue. However, merchandising behind these shows wasn’t as easy/strong as it was for Wing and original Gundam, but we did manage to get a few kits over here, and some figures as well. A handful of games were released as well for the Playstation 2, but they were pretty subpar (Most of the Bandai games are simple cash-grabs for the record) Continue reading

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Top 5: Favorite Gunpla Kits (part 1)

by Christopher Troy

Heya readers! Been slow to update as of late, with the upcoming summer anime convention starting up! Loran’s been nice enough to cover for me as I prep for my events for animeNEXT (www.animeNEXT.org), and I’ve been slowly working on the 1/100th scale Arios Gundam kit, which should be reviewed next week. Consider this article a little filler piece to keep me in the loop, before I return to reviewing kits.

As of this summer, I’ll be building Gunpla for 10 years. Like Loran, I have no idea just how many kits I’ve built (including non-Gundam kits from series like Code Geass and Macross), but naming my favorite kits is definitely a lot easier then naming a favorite series!  My decision were based on design, gimmicks, and construction ease, not necessarily what series/characters I like the most.

Runners Up:

Gundam Astray Red Frame

Series of Origin: Gundam SEED/ Gundam SEED Astray

I had a lot of fun with the SEED series, both anime and Gunplay wise. The Astray Red Frame is a bit player in the actual anime, as most of it’s story is told through the Tokyopop released Manga. Still the red/white color scheme makes it visually appealing, as well as the wider head and unique flat antennae . Plus you got to love any Gundam that comes with it’s own home made Katana, as well as a shield, beam cannon, and twin beam sabers. The original red one is kind of difficult to find, but there has been a bunch of variants released since the original one. Continue reading

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Gundam Double-OH YEAH!: The 4 meisters Gundam review part 2

By Christopher Troy

Running a little late, what with the Iron Man 2 release and Mother’s Day (don’t even ask me about my progress in Final Fantasy 13) , but here’s the 2nd installment of the 00 Gunpla series, which I know all 5 of you still reading this are excited about.

Today’s article is about the GN-000 OO Gundam, which is piloted by Sestsuna F. Seiei in the 2nd season of the Gundam OO series.  SEED aside, I generally stay away from building the lead character Gundam (I tend to find side character/villains mecha designs more interesting, at least in the case of Gundam, but I much prefer this Gundam to the Exia from the first season. Chalk it up to the huge, Airman-esque shoulder pads. Continue reading

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The Arche Gundam: Finale

by Keith

GENTLEMEN, BEHOLD! ANOTHER ARTICLE!

It’s been kind of a long road working on the Arche so far, and progress to this point has been relatively slow. Thankfully, that won’t be the case this time! I motored through this week and finished up the Arche and I’ll be documenting it here for you.

When last we left off, we had tinted the Arche’s various clear bits and assembled the drive core and most of the lower legs, so this time around we’ll start there. The shin-plates come next. The kneepads get sprayed Vallejo GC Skull White, same as the other white parts, and the big red bits Gore Red as per the rest of the red parts, then assembled as per instructions. Thighs are assembled and painted, then pegged into the polycaps in the knees; the assembled legs can now be affixed to the groin assembly we built and painted before.

Next up is the torso and arms. The top and bottom of the upper torso were painted Gore Red before the yellow vents in the torso were painted Testors Model Master Acryl Insignia Yellow and inserted into the former, which were then closed up. There is a strip of technological detail on the top of the upper torso, in the neck area, that gets painted the same color as the frame, and a similar stripe on the bottom of the backpack; these were masked and painted in the manner I described a couple articles back. After adding the cockpit cover to the upper torso, it and the backpack can be attached to the torso GN drive. Continue reading

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Gundam Double-OH YEAH!: The 4 meisters Gundam review part 1

By Christopher Troy

Heya folks! Since I mentioned the Dynames in last week’s review, I figured I would review that kit first first, as I already have it constructed, and I’ve mentioned it twice so far in my articles. It’s actually my favorite of the OO Gundams, and I figured it would be a good lead in, as the remaining OO gunplas I’ll be looking at the next couple of weeks will all be in the 1/144th scale.

Compared to it’s successor from last week, you can see that the Dynames is a slimmer Gundam,. This probably has to do with the fact that it’s not as hand to hand combat friendly as the Cherudim, and primarily a long distance fighter, given the sniper rifle it’s holding on to. The down side to all of this is that it comes with a limited amount of weapons: the Dynames only come packing a GN Sniper Rifle, and 2 GN Beam Sabers, that easily snap into the back thrusters of the Dynames.

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