Little things

Just a few things I thought I’d put in one post.

First up, as some of you may recall, I covered Nissin’s Cup Noodle campaign with Bandai that featured the world’s smallest Gunpla.  Well part two of that campaign kicked off on Monday, which was a Char specific cup with refillable noodle packs.  While the noodles don’t get ready 3 times faster than they normally would, the cup in itself is neat.  I actually love the packaging on this one, as they have a giant quote of Char’s in English on the top.  Somehow it comes off much… cooler in English.  “Don’t take it personal Garma, You can thank your father for this” cold blooded man.

Packagedstuff70

The top, all in Englishstuff71

And unpackedstuff72

This runs about 10 bucks which gets you the glass and one noodle packet.  Haven’t actually eaten the noodles yet, that’ll probably be tomorrow.

Next up, a first that will suprise many.  I actually got some Gundam tools from… America! 

The tools in questionstuff74

You’re looking at 5 Gundam Markers, the Plated Silver (Mekki Silver in Japanese) that Lupes at It’s a Gundaaaam was kind enough to send me.  The reason being?  Well, the plated silver Gundams are probably one of the most useful markers out there due to the fact they look really good! And can be used for vital things such as pipes, weapons, and more importantely, trim on Katoki kits such as the Sinanju and Kshatriya.  So why get them from America?  Because they’re no longer made!  Amazingly enough, I totally missed out on this news, but apparently they stopped making them for some reason or another around January of this year, and by the time I started looking around, the stock was all gone in Japan.  I was told even in Akiba that people pretty much bought them by the box once the news was out that production was stopped. 

So, for those interested, your best bet will be to get them from a foreign supplier, as Japan doesn’t have anymore!

Lastly, you may have noticed something in the first few pictures, mainly a white background.  There are two reasons for this.

Those being…stuff73

I finally got a new light, the old one just wasn’t handling it, of course that’s what I get for buying a really cheap light a year ago.  This time I went middle of the road (which isn’t saying much, because lights are freakin expensive here!) and got a nice work lamp.  I also invested in a giant sheet of paper, this I bought at the 100 yen store, a movie poster sized piece of paper.  Combined with the light, I should be able to take much better shots!  Just to give you an idea….

Trying an artistic shotsinanju101

Checking out the thrusterssinanju100

Finally getting that blue to popsinanju102

Now I have little excuse to actually finish taking good shots of the Sinanju, and officially closing the book on it.  Save time that is…

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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?