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  1. 41 minutes ago, Shizuka the Cat said:

    Thank you kindly.  I hope to be around more often. Though, now that I have baby to care for, I doubt I can handle pre-order madness like I used to.... but we'll see.

    I already see a few Macross toys that came out that I am interested in.... like Armored Parts for the DX Chogokin VF-1J. But, then I think about how I need to save for Valkyrie's college education, and I just sit there staring at the Mandarake shopping cart and can't quite bring myself to click the checkout button. SIGH

    Plenty of time to save, who knows, maybe your Valk collection can pay for her education (congrats, by the way).  My wife and I used to trade off, she would go to bed at 9:00 and I would stay up until 1:00 AM for the "sew yeh" feeding, and she would get up for the 6:00 AM breakfast.  Worked out great, I managed to finish a ton of video games.

  2. 2 hours ago, anubis20 said:

    Keep an eye on the price, usually they list at a higher price before the kit is even solicited to retailers. They will refund you if the price comes down but you need to contact them for that. If not they will keep the difference with no problem. 

    Good advice. It is currently listed for $70USD more than MRSP based on current exchange rates.

  3. 4 hours ago, Big s said:

    Hope these get some kits. I like the updated gm 


    It's Bandai...and the only reason this anime exists is to sell kits.  Hopefully, we will get regular release kits, but I doubt it.  They will probably be all P-Bandai, reusing the existing Gundam the Origin kits or the Revive versions as a base.  If they do master grade, they will be based off the GM Sniper kit.

  4. Cima's team was a "Marines" type unit during the One-Year war.  They were tasked with going into hot spots and getting the job done, whether it was on Earth, in space or in a colony.  The Gelgoog Marine was spec'd to carry out operations under these different combat situations, kind of like how the Harriers are used by the US Marines for a variety of missions.  Most water specific units in Zeon are referred to as "Aquatic" mobile suits and they tend to be specially designed for underwater operations, like the Z'Gok, Gogg and Acguy.  The federation, on the other hand, called them "Marine" types, like the Gundam Marine Type.

    Either that, or it just sounded cool to the mecha designer of 0083.

  5. 15 hours ago, sqidd said:

    I appreciate it. I never actually seen the 1/2000 for sale.

    Me Neither, kind of like a golden unicorn.  However, I did just pick up a rare, 30-year-old resin kit I never thought I would ever own off of Yahoo Japan auctions.  

  6. 14 minutes ago, Scyla said:

    It seems like HLJ will keep selling Gunpla for now. While I have a sizable backlog and prioritized collecting Metal Builds I wonder if I should order a PG while I still can. I don’t want to miss the experience of building one of those.

    Using Google Translate on the letter, I don't believe it was sent to the AmiAmi, HLJ of the world.  These shops tend to sell Gunpla at or slightly below MSRP.  I think there were a number of Japanese based retailers who were jacking up the cost of new gunpla for quick, additional profit.

  7. Most of them do but shipping to the US has been a bit of a pain lately.  Pricing is all over the place recently due to shipping costs from Japan to Canada.  I got my PG Unleashed for essentially Japanese retail, not it is upwards of $100 CDN more.  Here is a list based on pricing/owner interactions

    This store has been around for 30 years and my go-to.  Stock has been an issue, but he is super nice and will work with you to arrange shipping: https://scifianime.ca/

    This store is newer, but has had great selection.  The owners are good guys: https://www.msmnstudio.com/

    This store is relatively new, but the owner is a great guy.  Smaller selection but decent pricing: https://trinityhobby.com/

    This store runs a YouTube channel that shows you what it is like to run a Gunpla shop.  Great selection, weird business practices.  Will ship to the US and offers unlimited private warehouse: https://www.canadiangundam.com/

    There are a ton of shops out of the major hub cities Toronto and Vancouver, but most of those are overpriced.  I have not really interacted with the owners so I can't attest to them:






  8. This just popped up, can't read it but apparently:

    It has been confirmed that Bandai is now no longer letting Japanese stores to allow Gunpla kits to be bought out of the country so if you wonder why sites like AmiAmi and 1999 taken down their listings for Gunpla kits, you know now then.
    This doesn't seem to apply to non Gundam series Bandai kits.
    (Never mind that, also non Gundam series kits too, rip)


    Don't know if any of this is true but getting new kits directly from JPN may be challenging.  I usually support local for Gunpla, but the trickle down may be impactful.

  9. 17 hours ago, pengbuzz said:

    Ok; at my age, these 1/12's are looking as detailed as 1/6's. I think I need new eyeglasses!

    Pre-ordered Char ages ago and got it a few weeks ago.  In hand, it is quick nice.  Don't have it displayed yet but definitely worth it if you are a Char fan.

    Seed Ver A.N.I.M.E. is a thing, an expensive proposition if you are a completionist.  Strike due September 2022


    Aile Striker & Effect Parts set, September 2022:


    Upcoming GINN, October 2022:


    Future releases:



  10. I don't have the kit yet, but looking at the instructions: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10837544

    • Legs seem to be assembled using Polycaps so the items in step 1 to 8 can all be assembled, seam lines removed and painted prior to assembly
    • Upper leg, apply G2 after finishing the grey parts.  Annoyingly, there is a decal that you will need to match colours with
    • Lower leg will be a bit more difficult to deal with, probably the hardest part of the kit.  You can modify the parts (white vs. grey) and remove the pins on the white parts, fix seam lines, paint and the glue them together.
    • For the main body, step 14 has a grouping of sub assemblies.  The outer body parts in step 12 can be painted before attaching because it looks like it follows the colour separation.  The seams on the blue parts are in the line art, so you can either leave them as is or remove them.  I don't think masking the completed body would be that difficult and that would be the approach I would take.  You can deal with the seams between parts A3 and A5.
    • All the guns and greebles attach via polycaps so you can paint those first and attach them later.
    • The part in step 15 requires a choice to use the stand or not but that piece uses polycaps so you can deal with seam line easily

    All-in-all, the kits looks pretty well engineered and fairly straight forward to paint.  Looking forward to seeing your work.

  11. 21 hours ago, electric indigo said:

    The V-Siren was painted with Tamiya acrylics as usual. I used gloss paint without additional clear coats; some of the larger areas, especially on the shoulders, were polished with Tamiya compound.

    The kit dates back to 1995, it has a slightly complicated history with a struggle between sculptor, producer, and distributor, and as a result, as I understand, was never properly licensed, so it's not visible in the MH publications. Volks released a somewhat lumpy 1/144 version.

    Great work on this old resin kit.  They are a challenge to build.  I've been focusing on the IMS kits lately, but got sucked into Yahoo auctions and got a few rare resin kits.  I'll post them in the FFS thread when I receive them.

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