WiP: Ecopla HGUC Gouf

Rather than keep you waiting, lets go ahead and jump into the WiP, it’s short and simple.

The box, like the SD Gundam is monochrome as wellegouf01

The runners are all black, with the original manual, plus bonus sealsegouf01

The leg parts, one leg completed at the topegouf01

Followed by the armegouf01

The body and waist are molded as two parts, with backpack at the bottomegouf01

Power cables are snap and fitegouf01

The torso/waist completedegouf01

All the parts ready to be put togetheregouf01

Compared to the HGUC Hi-ν and Geara Doga, the Gouf build is much simpler, especially with the waist and torso molded as two parts to be snapped together, as this is a much older kit.  This leads to some limitations with the leg movement and posing (no splits for him!) but that can’t be helped.  Again, the draw of Ecopla is the pure black, as it looks pretty cool overall.  While you can sort of see the gate mark damage left from snipping off the runners, overall, it doesn’t really stand out.  In fact, this is a pure cut and fit, with no sanding/design knife trimming at all.  Anyways, next post will be the completed shots.

Ecopla: SD RX-78-2 Gundam

I whipped through the ecopla version of the SD RX-78-2 Gundam and here’s the pictures.  For those not familiar with ecopla, this is Bandai’s way of participating in the new Eco trend occuring everywhere.  The plastic used is all recycled from leftover plastic.  It makes sense, as I’m sure you all are familiar with the fact that there is tons of plastic left over after finishing a build.  Do to the recycled use, the plastic comes out as black, creating yet another “version” of Bandai’s popular kits.  Yet another way to whore the same thing out to the public, while making more money, and making it easier for guys to convince their significant others that it’s ok to spend more money on more kits.  “But honey, it’s eco!”  Hey, I can’t talk, I bought two myself.  

Anyways, from my understanding, ecopla is currently only being sold at Bandai’s hobby center in Shizuoka prefecture and the occasional show.   So these could be considered somewhat limited release.  For those in the greater Tokyo Region, being able pick these up during the Green Tokyo Gundam Project period is a great opportunity.

The box is black and whitesdg1

And the runners all black.  Comes with special sealssdg2

The head, the eyes really stand out now with the blacksdg3

All the parts ready to be put togethersdg4

Close upsdg5

You can build the core fighter as wellsdg7

Or the core booster.sdg8

Overall, the black actually looks fairly cool, and unlike black parts of other kits, there isn’t much white residue or damage from snipping off the parts.  The few seals then actually accent the black as well.  While no pictures of it posing, it’s a SD kit, so don’t expect that much.  Still the black gundam is very compact and cool.  Recommended if you can pick one up.

Gundam in Daiba

Ran out to see the 1/1 scale Gundam in Daiba today.  Pictures just don’t do it justice.  While there are tons of pictures out there, and I’m sure there will be plenty more, here’s mine to add to the bunch. 

Also! I picked up a few extra Gundam Ver. 30th Green Tokyo Gundam Project kits as well, as this is the only place you can get them.  I’ve got 3 extra, and will post details on them.  Like the Sinanju, first come, first serve.

 At Shimbashi station – Take the Yurikamome to Daiba station.gdaiba01

Advertising in the station.gdaiba02

The park is about a 5 minute walk from the station.gdaiba03

And catching a peek as we go.gdaiba04

Various shots around the Gundam.gdaiba06

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The crowd started picking up towards the afternoon.gdaiba13

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And here’s todays damage!gdaiba16

 Picked up the limited HGUC Gundam, the pamphlet along with a couple of the Eco-pla kits.  Throw in a towel and some cookies for good measure.