Cup Noodle Gundam

In an interesting tie up between Nissin Cup Noodle and Bandai, we’re seeing the smallest gunpla models made ever (1/380!) being packaged with cup noodles starting today.  For those who need their Gunpla fix with your lunch, this is right up your alley.  Even more interesting is that you can send in entries for a drawing of a MG Gundam in Cup Noodle colors.

I picked up a couple today, and put them together to see how it works out. 

Simple little packagenoodle1

Comes in a tiny little tub thing on top of the cup noodlenoodle2

Consists of three runners which you can easily snap parts off ofnoodle3

With all pieces snapped out you get thisnoodle4

With the parts ready to be put together…noodle5

Time for the size comparisons…noodle6

Versus the 1/144 Gundam torso..noodle7

Overall, it’s a neat little “kit” with the arms and head being able to move.  The price though is 500 yen for the set, which means you’re paying 400 yen ($4) dollars for the little thing since cup noodles are generally only a 100 yen themselves.  But hey, collect ’em all and get the chance to when an ultra-limited MG kit, right?

Hobby Japan issues

Just an update, I will no long be offering to pick up and send Hobby Japan issues with the XN Raiser at cost with a small premium.  Unfortunately the shipping cost turned out to be much more than I expected, roughly around 1700 yen for SAL and 3700 yen for EMS.  The mag and kit end up being about 1300 grams which is pretty heavy.  That along with the cost of the book and my opportunity costs makes it be a little more expensive then expected.  While most folks that I picked up copies for have understood this and I appreciate that, it’s still put me in a spot, so I’ll no longer offer it.  Going forward I will avoid doing the magazine route in the blog, sorry for any inconvenience, and trouble caused.

GBE: Final thoughts

First off, I’d like to welcome new readers to my blog, the Gundam Big Expo coverage ramped up my hits by a whopping 840% it seems.  I’m usually one of the slower bloggers around, but sometimes, just sometimes I can bring a scoop home.  Anyways, welcome to the ramblings of an American Salaryman in Tokyo, everything from Gundam, Otaku, Photography, and random life.  Feel free to stop by whenever and comment if you’re up to it. 

Moving on to the main post, I really should have posted this afterwards, but having a few days of real life in between to let things simmer and collect my thoughts helped.  Overall, I’ve come to the conclusion that in general, this expo was definitely all about the First Gundam Series, and the latest Gundam UC.   Everything in-between was fairly glossed over, even Gundam 00 (outside of the PG kit), which finally had some movie news on Sunday it seems, was kind of moved aside compared to Gundam UC.  In retrospect, the Gundam 00 movie is supposed to be out in 3 months or some and there really isn’t any info at all!  The Macross Frontier movie at least has a trailer playing for it (saw it when I went to see Evangelion 2.0, which was bad ass, but I digress).  The panels though, at least on the first day were definitely aimed at the First Gundam generation crowd, but outside of Ikeda (Shar) and Furuya (Amuro) everyone else is just, I dunno, normal?  Hell, 30 years have passed since they did the voices so, I don’t know what people expect, now that these people are in their 50’s and 60’s but hey, it’s cool, right? 

Anyways, just to pick my highlights of the Expo 

  • Gundam UC –Without a doubt, the Gundam UC rush is already starting to pick up speed.  From an very nicely animated trailer, to the upcoming Dengeki Hobby Magazine swag, to the various HGUC and SHCM kits coming out, we’re going to be seeing a lot of Unicorn in the six months 
  • PG 00 Raiser – While I say Gundam 00 in general was glossed over, it does win for having the most shocking release date of a kit, the 00 Raiser, scheduled to come out in less than 3 months.  Wow Bandai.  Starve us of PG’s for a few years, then release the flood?  This gives me hope in a way that we’ll see a PG Unicorn next year sometime. 
  • Dioramas – I’m a sucker for these things I guess.  It’s always nice to see a decked model kit that makes you go wow, but seeing the work put into some of these huge diorama’s is just amazing.  While the Odessa battle is one I think has been used at other shows, seeing it in person, plus the stunning Victory Gundam diorama, the mass production Zaku Factory, and so on, makes you realize that some people really love Gundam, probably way more than we’ll ever do.  But that won’t stop me from appreciating that love in the form of great diorama’s. 
  • 1/10 models – This probably fits up with dioramas, but the number of 1/10 Gundams on display were impressive.  Unicorn, hands down for the win.
  • Upcoming merchandise – While seeing pictures in one thing, it’s neat to actually be able to see the production and test models on display like this.  From Kshatriya to the new PG, to non gunplay items like helmets, pins, and more, it was pure merch overload.

 On the other hand, the low points of the expo:

  • Ring of Gundam – I dunno, I’m hearing it’s supposed to be a short “clip” of a longer film, but the documentation on hand indicated that it was simply a short film created for the Expo.  Thusly you get 4 minutes of hmmm, with no indication that it’s going to continue or not.  In all, it felt like a Gundam Evolve clip, except it had nothing to do with any of the current models, and only vaguely references Amuro and the Axis asteroid.  Mixed feelings on this, but the upside was that being only 4 minutes long, the turnover was fast and you only had to wait around 5 minutes to see it.
  • Not putting a limited gunplay sales booth inside the ticketed area – From a business perspective, putting the sales area outside the ticketed area means you get more sales, whether or not people pay to see the ticketed goods.  Unfortunately that also increases the wait.  I really don’t see why they couldn’t have created another booth inside the ticketed area as they had the space. 
  • Limited number of machines for the games area –  They brought in quite a few Gundam Vs. Gundam machines along with older Gundam arcade machines, plus Senjo no Kizuna which you could play for free, but  limited them to only about 8 machines of each.  They had plenty of room where they really could have put more.  Senjo no Kizuna was an hour+ long wait just to play one match. 
  • Lastly, the animation history area,  this is a mix of high yet low for me.  Having cool posters for each series and models and line art, just felt a little lacking.  Maybe I was going in expecting to see booth babes like TGS dressed in Gundam uniforms, but the lack of character profiles for the most part even seems lacking.  Of course, this is made up by having diorama’s and figures for all the mobile suits, but it really felt at times that they were pushing the mechanical merchandisable side more than the human drama of the shows. 

In the end, the show was worth going to, I ended up leaving around 4 rather than stay until closing at 6, but managed to get my fills worth, and it was nowhere near as crowded as something like TGS.

I don’t know if they’ll have another one next year, considering that they’ve pulled out all the stops for the G30 anniversary, but if they do it’ll be interesting to see what they bring to the table.

Drossel Figma in the wild (again)

The incredibly popular figma of Drossel has be re-released and is available in stores now it seems. I’ve not seen the anime, Fireball, from which Drossel hails from, but this is a pretty cool figma. The release is rumored to be only 5000 units so those wanting one should get one now while you can.

This photo was taken at Yodobashi Machida, and they now have only four left.

In a Gundam related note, the final two Gundam UC novels are also in the wild as well. A lot of Gundam related print materials are coming out now, kind of hard to know what’s worth getting.

GBE: Last various pieces for today.

The last post of the night, and until Sunday or as I go from Gundam to Disney tomorrow.  Gotta keep the wife happy since I dropped a bit on the limited gunplas.  For the most part, all important news and upcoming releases have been posted, from Sunday it’ll be more of the panels and other parts of the show.    There’s always a chance that more news will come out tomorrow or Sunday, but I doubt it.

For new visitors please click on the Gundam Big Expo category link to see all the posts covering todays event. 

Last bits and pieces for today, in no particular order.

  • 1/35 Version Ka GFFIX (March 2010 release, heaven forbid what the price will be)
  • Jibun Damashi
  • Char’s mask and helmet
  • The Zabi family
  • Gundam Pen Set
  • Zeta Gundam Ship Set
  • Various Gundam 30th anniversary goods
  • Gundam stickers for your phone
  • and so on

GBE: Dioramas, etc part 2

Moving on to some smaller Zeta Gundam dioramas, followed by an excellent V Gundam diorama, I was amazed at this. Also Master and Devil face off, and a 1/2 scale Turn A Gundam head.