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Darth Mingus

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  1. I consider this a "Malibu Stacy has a new hat!" release, considering we just got a refresh... but I bought one anyways.
  2. That's insane, though. Y45,650 for essentially a 1/144 scale figure. Given the pre-order shenanigans, you could get 2 of the 3 orders in?... Does the figure not come with a base? Why does the wings of light set have another sword and buster? Why not just package the effect parts in? Why is the Zeus Silhouette more than the figure? So many questions...
  3. I'll be going towards the end of Feb. Hope there will be some merch left.
  4. Apologies if this was posted before, saw this on Facebook off of X: VF-22 built by Jefuemon. https://x.com/jefuemon_ver2/status/1727251867594584547?s=20
  5. HobbyWatch says that pre-orders opened on November 1st. It could be the shops are playing it a bit cautiously. Here are some links I found: https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail?gcode=FIGURE-161941 - On Sale Soon https://www.yoyakunow.com/en/robots/20397-hi-metal-r-scope-dog-red-shoulder-custom.html - Placeholder https://hobby-genki.com/en/hi-metal-r/25201-hi-metal-r-scopedog-red-shoulder-custom-armored-trooper-votoms-4573102656803.html - Available now https://anime-export.com/index.php?product=74136 - Available now https://kuramatoys.com/hi-metal-r-scopedog-red-shoulder-custom/ - available now
  6. Yup, HLJ'd again... Don't know why I bother pre-ordering from them.
  7. I think I saw that the soon to be released Alto figure does not fit in the cockpit either and you will need to make some modifications to the seat in order to close the canopy. Unfortunately, it looks like the cockpits were designed for looks, not to actually fit a "to scale" figure.
  8. Bandai has released all their manuals online. Quick tip, search using all caps, there was an issue where it would not return results with lower case names: https://manual.bandai-hobby.net/?sort=new&freeword=HAZEL
  9. I'll probably get one, but I am disappointed they could not finish the crew. Would it have killed them to include Sabine and Chopper?
  10. For folks who are considering getting the Metal Build GN-Arms, these are the quotes I got for shipping: Shipping weight 5000g Airmail International 12,450yen approx. 2 to 4 weeks EMS 13,000yen approx. 4 to 12 days FedEx International Priority 14,673 yen approx. 5 days UPS Worldwide Express Saver 23,228yen approx. 4 days DHL Express Worldwide 25,865 yen approx. 5 days
  11. Most likely Bandai switching factories in China and lack of Japanese staff overseeing production on the main land. Prior to the pandemic, they released a Tamashii Nations video touting the extreme quality control that went into every release (ha!), but with the pandemic, I am pretty sure they would want their employees travelling to China to oversee the production lines.
  12. I have not had problems with them yet. They list the quantity of an item they have on their page which is nice and they send you a confirmation that your order has been placed in the case of P-Bandai. Hopefully they will continue to be good and not turn out to be another NY. Keep in mind, NY was good at the beginning as well.
  13. They are going to transform it into a regular theme hotel, minus the 48-hour forced audience participation set pieces. In the end, it was an ambitious idea that they could not pull off in an economic manner. Whatever consulting firm sold them on the idea oversold the public's willingness to part with obscene amounts of cash for this type of experience. I am sure the pandemic did not help either. It will probably be booked solid until the end of its run as the die hards get it off their bucket lists, then you will be able to stay in the hotel at much more reasonable rates. @ 100 or so rooms, it will be one of the smaller properties at the site.
  14. I was in Japan in February and most of the non-Bandai Macross stuff was easy to find. Gunpla on the other hand was almost impossible. If you are looking for plastic models from Wave and other manufacturers, the Yodabashi Camera in Kyoto had them in stock, right near the train station. The best place for plastic models was in Osaka, a place called Joshin Super Kids Land HQ. The Jungle Mecha Store is also worth visiting if you are in the area. If you want Resin kits, those are much harder to find. You can try Mandarake Nakano Broadway, which is a much see in my opinion. The other branches might have as well but it might be easier to order online and have it shipped domestically to where you are staying. Jungle, Volks and Yellow Submarine may have some items in stock, but avoid Surugaya at all costs. These guys have gone full scalper mode, charging double/triple for recent releases. Their store in Akihabara is stacked floor to ceiling in Amazon boxes filled with models they order online to resell. Thankfully I enjoyed the hunt, but I ended up buying very little while I was there.
  15. I literally just bought the Volks resin SAV version of this. Maybe if I buy the resin LED Mirage with Boomerang unit I have my eye on, they will announce the IMS version. In any case, I am glad they are still pumping out the IMS kits. They are a lot more complex than gunpla but are quite fun to build in the end. The lance on this one will be longer than the flame launcher on the Inferno Napalm.
  16. Arrgh! Doesn't ship to anywhere other than the US!
  17. Looks great. I wonder how this will pair with the teased S.H.Figuarts Kira Yamato figure
  18. Great looking kit, but it will be a while before it is available outside of Japan. Apparently, first release is lottery only, then limited release in Fukuoka Gundam Base. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be in a hurry to milk the Geara Doga mold. They have done 2 colour swaps since the kit was released in 2013 and that's it. Where is the heavy beam cannon version, the Stuka head version. Heck, they can probably milk a Gear Zulu out of it, maybe. I would love a MG version of this, maybe I will just do my own mode of the base Geara Doga someday.
  19. Pre-Order up at HLJ: https://www.hlj.com/1-72-scale-plamax-vf-1s-fighter-valkyrie-roy-fokker-macross-max01328
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