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  1. 1 hour ago, sqidd said:

    Availability will drop. That said, it has probably been the most available DX VF-1 release so far. As far as price goes on release day (not to be confused with PO pricing/PO day) they were going for about $285 shipped to the US via DHL (new pricing). That was 11/28/2020. Since then the price has increased to about $350 shipped via DHL to the US (Mandrake "used" pricing) and $25-30 more for new through places like eBay/Yahoo Auctions.

    I agree with Sqidd. It is very unlikely the TV version VF-1S will ever be rereleased. Most Japanese fans are waiting for the DYRL version.  If Bandai is to release another 1S, it will probably be DYRL Roy or a DYRL Max (P-Bandai).   This is conjecture at this point, no official announcements.

  2. There are a bunch of items being re-released via lottery:

    • Robot Damashii Ka Signature Nero Lunar Landing Type (Lottery Result Mid Jan, Release Feb 10, 2022)
    • MB Gundam Astraea + Proto GN High Mega Launcher (Lottery Result Mid Jan, Release Feb 10, 2022)
    • MB Gundam Astray Blue Frame Second Revise (Lottery Result Mid Jan, Release Feb 10, 2022)
    • Fix Figuration Metal Composite Psycho Gundam (Lottery Result Mid Jan)
    • Robot Damashii Nightingale (Lottery Result Mid Jan)
    • Metal Robot Damashii Side MS Akutsuki Gundam Oowashi Unit (Lottery Result Mid Jan)
    • Robot Damashii Ka Signature Dijeh (Lottery Result Mid Jan)
    • MB Astraea High Maneuver Test Pack (Lottery Result Mid Jan)
    • MB Exia Repair IV (Lottery Result Mid Jan, Release Feb 10, 2022)
    • Fix FIguration Metal Composite Wing Gundam Snow White Prelude (Lottery Result Mid Jan)

    Don't know if anyone is participating in the lottery but hopefully some of the items from these production runs will make there way to the Bandai stores outside of Japan.

    An if anyone is looking for one of these, AmiAmi has the Metal Robot Spirits SIDE MS Force Impulse Gundam for 9,980 Yen, discounted from 14,300 Yen:



  3. HLJ is a fantastic shop, but recently, they have gotten much worse in the marketing and promotions department.

    Their big push for Winter 2021 was a "20% Off Shipping" promotion and since I had a picked up a large item on Cyber Monday, I figured I would take advantage and just ship my private warehouse, even though I knew I had some items due around the end of the month.  So I got ship and unfortunately, due to the size of the item, I had to ship via DHL.  So no discount appears so I politely inquire with customer service.  Their response was the promotion only applied to Air Small Packet shipments.  Nowhere on their promotions was this specified, so I thought, well that sucks...

    Today, I get a not saying 2 days left, DHL Shipping discounted!!  So again I inquire about it, the customer service basically says "well, too bad, so sad...this was something marketing added...".   No offer of store credit, discount on the next purchase, just a feeble ..."your timing is unfortunately"  Note that I have been a customer with HLJ since 1995 when they first opened up online and the value of the package they shipped me was over 100,000Y.  Basically for 4000Y they could have kept me super happy.  If this is how they are going to be treating customers going forward, I cannot support them going forward.

    If they have something you want, it is a pretty safe bet to order from them, but keep in mind can get better discounts, loyalty points and cheaper shipping from other stores.  It used to be that customer service pushed them over the top for me, but based on this experience they are down at the bottom now.

  4. This is the one from the series that caught my eye, given the similarities to FSS designs.  It is called the Gundam Noise Canceller, from the 5th episode of the Gundam Build Divers GIMM & Ball's World Challenge spin-off light novel.  Unfortunately, P-Bandai has not announced this kit yet, but it has been licensed:


  5. A few new items in the FFS space:

    Volks IMS Auge Arsculs is up for pre-order: https://volksusastore.com/webstores/hobby/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=13021

    Pre-release preview of the kit: 

    On the resin side of the house, pre-orders are open for the GTM SSI Kubalkan Gatexion Mark 3 "Ritter Jet" Haretsu no Ningyou (that is a mouthful) from our Treasure.

    http://ourtreasure.co.jp/製品一覧/ゲートシオンマーク3 リッタージェット・破烈/?fbclid=IwAR2Iqt4LUdFkW585cR_txA3cIqPbdZq4EotxCZDWT9ODj-M7degz4MzFf_E

      I also found this great picture of the GTM versions of the classic FSS mortar headds:



  6. 4 hours ago, kelinda said:

    After 3 years of silent reading on this forum, and collecting valkyries ... (special thanks to Jenius and his wonderful site http://www.anymoon.com for guidance in trap avoidance, and other members who give me some tips by pm)
    Here is my current display :

    I hope to continue finding others pieces but i don't know if my wife will let me get another detolf cabinet :)


    2 hours ago, sqidd said:

    Don't ask.:lol:

    Always easier to ask for forgiveness than permission...:D

  7. 18 hours ago, kelinda said:


    I order 2 of those yesterday  ( https://www.calibrewings.com/router-style-display-stand-version-2-0 ).

    I hope to use it with some 1/60 Yamato or DX Chogokin valkyries.

    I can debrief you when I receive them.

    those look promising.  let us know when you get them, especially the tips on the legs.  they look similar to the flight pose stands which had issues with the rubber they used and how they would potentially take off paint.

  8. 1 minute ago, anubis20 said:

    Not only is the color scheme better on the FAZZ, it doesnt have those annoying arm wings that get in the way of everything. That alone makes the FAZZ superior 😅

    It also have better articulation in the elbow because it does not have the transformation mechanism.  I enjoyed the naked FAZZ and did not mind the armoured one either since I was expecting a brick.  I am hoping they take the FAZZ and make a Theta Gundam Ver. KA from Moon Gundam.

  9. 7 minutes ago, PsYcHoDyNaMiX said:

    Geezzz that's horrible (with the possibility of Bandai's gauging mechanism of the previous RE100 NG). I think some point down the road everything is going to be paid on demand with non-refundable deposits. This way manufacturers have a better idea of how much to actually produce and not fall short of under or over production.

    I just want to preface this with a statement that I do not work for Bandai, I am in no way affiliated with Bandai.  But based on what I have seen over the last few years, they are trending towards moving big portions of their business direct to consumer, which makes a lot of sense:

    • The Gunpla lines are produced in 1 highly automated factory in Japan.  There has been talk about moving some production out of Japan, but I believe this was met with pushback (maybe the China Red and other China exclusive items are manufactured overseas)
    • Their Tier 1 retailers are the big Japanese retailers (Yodabashi Camera, Bic Camera, etc.). Unfortunately, we have to lump Amazon JP into this list.  I say unfortunately because they have extremely predatory practices when it comes to suppliers.
    • Tier 2: Overseas distribution partners, like Bluefin, who run the North America operation
    • Tier 3: The AmiAmi/HLJ/HobbySearch of the world: real, non-scalper sites cannot possibly compete with the tier 1s or 2s in terms of volume

    This would account for 1st run, retail offerings only.

    • "Unpopular" offerings are done as special batch jobs, made to order, essentially and sold on P-Bandai.  People see Premium Bandai and think the kits are premium.  In reality, they are not premium, just made to order
    • Originally, P-Bandai was simply recolours, with extra parts, etc... They now do P-Bandai unique kits because it is just easier to manage shelf space.  With the sheer volume of gunpla available, I am sure the Tier 1 retailers are pushing back
      • Maybe it was the Tier 1 retailers that said they would not devote shelf space to the F-90, which is why this one went P-Bandai despite a full colour box, new molds, etc.
    • Gundam Base is another outlet for retail kits.  When you visit a Gundam Base, you will find pretty much every single retail gunpla kit ever made.
      • When you see kits being made for Gundam Base Web Shop, these are kits they are planning to make to restock the Gundam Base outlets, not for the retail channel.  They open it up to pad out the production run so that they do not need to manage as much inventory
      • I started noticing more and more restock kits coming via this channel, rather than the retail channel

    The Jan 2022 reissue of the HGUC Nightingale tells me that the retail channels do not want more stock for their shelves, probably because of the size of the box, the recent release of Xi vs. Penelope, the upcoming Virtue, etc.

    This is all speculation, of course.  I have no insight into Bandai's operations, just what I've heard from shop owners and recent trends in announcements.

  10. 52 minutes ago, Mommar said:

    What are the odds I'm going to get my RG Hi-Nu now?

    I was thinking the same thing.  I said I stopped pre-ordering, then looked at my HLJ account and saw my pre-order there.  I think Bandai completely underestimated the demand for the Nightingale.  The Re100 was a shelf warmer and the re-release 5 years later was also a shelf warmer.  The RGs are smaller and tend to move so I think they devoted lines to produce these things.  Seems like the kyrios  and dynames  are also over produced at this point, probably in anticipation of a rush when the release the virtue. 

  11. 9 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

    1/100 VF-1J Battle Cry "Dirty Wash" w/ Rick Hunter Figure
    2021 Convention Exclusive Limited 1000


    uggh, it's like they forgot to wipe off the wash.  It also highlights the nub marks on this thing.  Rick looks derpy as well.  Hard pass...

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