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HGUC Gundam GP01fb Review

By Loran

I feel really weird building and reviewing the older HGUC Gundam kits these days. I remember when these things were the best kits you could buy at the scale. Back then, the only prerequisites for a “good model” were “doesn’t need glue” and “isn’t from the original 0083 line”. We had no double-jointed elbows, no ABS plastic for joints that wouldn’t work for polycaps, no Action Bases. Things were simpler then. But were they better? Hell no, we’ve gotten so much awesome crap that nobody needs those old kits anymore! When the HGUC series started revisiting the suits that got kits in the original 0083 line, things were changing. It was time for the kits to start getting better and better.

Ah, the GP01. For those who weren’t aware, this suit was designed by Shoji Kawamori of Macross fame. In a sense, this is his answer to the RX-78, in the same way that the Gundam NT-1 “Alex” was Yutaka Izubuchi’s answer to it. This is, of course, the GP01fb, or “Full Vernier” version of the Gundam Zephyranthes, which was essentially the space type version of the regular suit. Originally I had planned to get all of the “GP” series suits in order, but I figured I’d grab this guy to bolster my Federation Space Force.

From a construction standpoint, there isn’t anything too remarkable about this kit. However, it does manage to share several parts trees/runners from the regular GP01 and not end up with a single spare part. I can’t think of any other kit that does that off the top of my head. This kit was engineered during a time where Bandai, possibly to cut costs, produced kits that had identical parts; meaning, instead of building a left arm and a right arm, you build two completely identical arms. I personally found this process to make the building frustrating, like it felt like you were just backtracking through the instructions.

Articulation-wise, there isn’t much to write home about either, but I do have a few complaints. One, the backpack is fixed in its position—it can’t move up and down, which kind of limits dynamic poses. You can’t do a good “blasting off” pose. Second, it has unsplittable skirt armor (without modification). This is what I hate about old kits… Continue reading

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Otakon 2011 Wrap Up

By Loran

Otakon has run its course once again, and I’d say it was pretty good to us this year. I got to see lots of people, work autograph sessions for Bandai Entertainment’s booth, and get my feet all cut up by boots that were two sizes too small for me. Whoops. All in all it was a pretty good con; not the best but very very enjoyable, despite finishing it off with a migraine Sunday night. But I’m not here to talk about all that stupid stuff! I’m here to talk to you guys about Otakon’s Model Kit Contest and the Gunpla Builders World Cup!

Unlike previous years, the contest wasn’t held in the Artist’s Alley—it was held in the dealer room at Bluefin’s booth, something I see as a VERY smart move. More people who are interested in Gunpla are going to look in the dealer room, and where they kept them in the Artist Alley always felt kind of far away from everything else. I personally wish they did a better job stating which ones were contest entries, though. They kind of just blended in with all the other merchandise. 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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