The State of the Gunpla Union – 073009

This week’s notes, along with a photo dump of various pictures over the last few months.

 First off, the Exia snap-build is done.  This is a kit that would benefit from panel lining, so that’s something to do between Sinanju sessions over the next few weeks. 

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 Quick impressions :

  • Smaller than I thought, but that’s to be expected of anything other than Sinanju.
  • Hologram strip parts are neat, but really don’t stand out from a distance. 
  • The led GN drive is cool. 
  • Don’t really like the feet, while having toe, sole, heel for articulation, they kind of suck. 
  • The bling bling swords really come off nice. 
  • The only problem though is again, Bandai puts the sprue cutting points on the blade, so you get a nice chunk of the finish cut off no matter what you do.  
  •  Also the regular swords (hell if I can remember if it’s GN 1, 2, or whatever) tend to fall off the hands pretty easy.  
  • Lastly, it’s not easy, or even recommended to switch between regular Exia and Repair version, so for those who want both, you’ll have to pick up one standard kit and one ignition kit.  For those who then want both kits to light up, you’ll need two ignition kits.

 Now, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and pose with it just yet though, just finished, so these are just initial impressions.  Still, at the cost for the gimmicks, and weapons alone is well worth it.   Overall, was worth waiting past all the HGUC kits and 1/100 kits for this.   Makes you wonder what’s nexts in the Gundam 00 MG line up, hopefully they do the other Gundam’s before jumping to 00, although I would be interested in an O Gundam.

 Next up, the HGUC Kshatriya has been announced for an October release, but I finally stopped to check out the price.  At around a whopping 4200 yen, this is ringing in as a high baller.  Unfortunately, while the price of the MG line is gradually going up, a majority of the kits have managed to stay in the 3000 to 5000 yen range.  HG kits, as we see here, tend to run the gambit though, which some being available for as low as 300 yen, to 4000 yen plus.  I for one would like to see a little more stability in their lower end model line.  I’d buy the Kshatriya at that price if it was an MG kit, but HG is going to make me pause.

Moving on, the buyer for the remaining HGUC Green Tokyo Project Gundam 30th kit has fallen through from lack of response.  If interested, it’s asking price is $40 US dollars (or 4,000 yen) shipped anywhere in the world.  Please post or mail if interested.

Now for the Sinanju summer project, for the time being, I’m stuck waiting for good weather.  Unfortunately the color I picked is fairly sensitive to humidity, going so far as to have a warning to not spray on humid days.  So the project is going to go fairly slow for a while. 

Lastly, I’d like to do a little photo dump of random pictures taken over the last couple of weeks.  I had thought about making it a separate little trend, but figured I’d tack them on the my State of the Gundam Union posts whenever the pictures have piled up.

Here’s the Gunpla parts shop that Danny Choo mentioned before.  It’s the Yellow Submarine shop in the Radio Kaikan, 4th floor.  Quite a load of parts, so could be good if you wanted to stock up on a variety of weapons, etc.  The prices varied from 200~300 yen to 3000 yen(!).   Planning on hitting it up again this weekend so will try and take more pictures.

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Yellow Submarine also carries pro shop releases.  They had quite a few of the Mechanical Clear Gundam 2.0 available.  I’m debating picking up one the next time I go.  The only problem is that Pro Shop releases can’t be discounted, even by places like Bic Camera, so it’s the full 4,410 yen…

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While checking out the 4th floor of the Radio Kaikan, I saw quite an awesome life sized helmet and figure for Gabranth from FFXI.  Unfortunately, the helmet is over $1,00 dollars, and the figure, while bad-ass, is also around $450 dollars.

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Akihabara Station’s Electric City Exit is under construction.  Wonder how they “new” Station will look

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Debating on making a jump to my first DSLR.  While apparently the Olympus Pen is not technically a “true” DSLR, it’s got style, and takes damn good pictures by the samples I’ve seen.  Now just to use my upcoming 30th birthday as an excuse to get around the price…

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Last, saw my first rainbow in a very long time, while out in Kohoku New Town for dinner. 

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9 thoughts on “The State of the Gunpla Union – 073009

  1. blah akihabara station has been under construction for as long as i’ve been in japan and thats 6.5 years now.

    ive been to that yellow sub place quite a bit myself too. i like how its really easy to get full weapon sets there from different kits.

    i didnt know that the cans say dont spray on humid days. i also didnt know that hobby shop stuff cant be discounted. interesting.

    the big 30 is coming up eh?! i went through that last year. kinda fun actually. i certainly didnt waste my 20’s haha

  2. Nice post.

    man..if I have access to all those japanese hobby stores. I would definitely go broke. Yellow Sub looks like a great place to grab some weapons for mod projects.

    Will you be picking up extra copies of the upcoming Hobby Japan w/ XN Raiser?

  3. @Buster: Yeah, Akiba is pretty different then when I first visited back in 2001… Much more commercialized thanks to things like Densha Otoko. I should scrounge through some of my old pictures and put ’em up.

    As for the cans, it’s only certain ones, like metallic sprays. They say not to spray on humid days, or to use clear spray afterwards to bring out the color etc.

    The pro hobby stuff, yeah, I’ve asked at Bic and other places and they said that it’s part of the contract that allows them to sell them as a pro hobby shop. So full prices for those kits.

    As for my 20’s, I certainly didn’t waste the first 7 or so. Then I got married 😉 ’nuff said there.

    @GunGuy: Looks like there is going to be the demand, so I’ll be picking up a few extra copies. I would assume my regulars would be interested in holding them a copy?

  4. If you really want that Gabranth helmet.. I can get it to you for half the retail price.. 😉

    And yes, I moved out of tokyo over 2 years ago and they were doing construction on Akihabara station at that time. It is a work in (long) progress.

  5. God, ohio needs some shops like that. Sure, I’d be broke, but it’d be the best thing ever.

    If clear gloss brings out the color of those metallics any more, my sinanju is going to be the bluest blue I’ve ever seen.

  6. Cool, can’t wait for ur review on the Exia ^^
    Is it true that the articulation is the best so far out of all MG’s?

    btw, How much would it cost to send a copy of d XN Raiser issue of Dengeki Hobby to Malaysia? if it’s within my budget could you get a copy for me? =)

  7. @Astray: Mmm, little early to tell on the articulation, more or less the updated waist mechanism helps out the legs, but the best over is a stretch I think. As for the XN Raiser, yeah, I’ll probably pick up a few. I dunno, maybe 1,500~2,000 yen for cost of book, shipping, and a little extra for me?

  8. hmm… sounds reasonable, tho i think i’ll have to pool through my options before i decide… cus i just realised that the issues that u can get ur hands on is in japanese, no? T^T

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