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  1. 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.
  2. 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: https://pandahobby.ca/ https://shokuningunpla.com/ https://torchlightgh.com/ https://www.imperialhobbies.ca/ https://www.ibuildrobots.ca/
  3. This just popped up, can't read it but apparently: 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.
  4. 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:
  5. Some of the Canadian Gunpla stores will have it as well and they do not get theirs from P-Bandai US/Bluefin. With the exchange rate, you may end up paying slightly less than BBTS, depending on which store carries it.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Probably done because that future variants don't need these sensors. It is similar to what Hasegawa does on aircraft models for ordinance pylons. You need to drill out the holes to mount the pylons, otherwise, you have a nice, clean surface for an unarmed aircraft.
  9. I just got a note saying the release has been delayed from March 2022 to April 2022. Did anyone else get this notice?
  10. Isn't a "Borg Confart" what happens when Cosplayers at a Star Trek convention have have the burrito option for lunch?
  11. It is not so much how well we are doing in Canada, but rather the shut down of international flights into Japan. Japan Post uses cargo space on commercial flights to transport items. The situation will not improve until Japan reopens to tourists. Surface is still available, but the docks are so backlogged, HLJ will not use them. HLJ has temporarily lifted the 60 limit on PWH. If the situation does not improve, maybe a bunch of Canadians can get together to have a bulk shipment sent to 1 person to redistribute.
  12. Darth Mingus

    Macross figures

    If you are looking for figures from macross, take a look at the the KitzConcept stuff at https://www.kitzconcept.com/. Their stuff is branded Robotech, but the figures are not too bad. I have Roy Fokker figure.
  13. Wow, that was fast. It was available when I posted it. Hope it went to a good home.
  14. Resurrecting an old thread, but there is a 1/3000 SDF-1 Movie Version assembly kit on Mandarake if anyone is looking for one: https://order.mandarake.co.jp/order/detailPage/item?itemCode=1187711134&ref=list&soldOut=1&categoryCode=020107&lang=en
  15. 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.
  16. 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: https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-122584
  17. 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:
  18. It's too bad the Archangel Bridge base kit that is coming out is 1/144, that is the most iconic pose of the Freedom. Did you do/plan to do a Justice to go with the freedom?
  19. Great job, and great poses. The Freedom is such an iconic design at this point.
  20. Geez, that is almost double the MSRP of the VF-25F at release.
  21. 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:
  22. Looks Fantastic. This kits are a labour of love.
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