Monday, October 16, 2017

[GBWC] Gunpla Builders World Cup 2017 - Singapore

There are lots of amazing and creative entries at this year's GBWC 2017, with a great number of large-sized works pushing the boundaries of the size limitations! Comprising a total of 107 entries across all categories this year, there is a great mix of model kit grades, scales and concepts! Head down to Compass One mall from 17 Oct to 29 Oct 2017 to view all the fantastic entries!

Kudos to everyone who participated! Even if you don't win anything, relish the fact that you are brave and sporting enough to join a global competition!

Friday, October 13, 2017

[CUSTOM] Bandai HGUC 1/144 RGM-79G[FP] GM Command (Federal Police Model)

As the workhorse of the Federation, the GM frame can be adapted for a variety of different uses and functions. For the colonies far from the immediate reach of the Federation's military might, the GM Command (Federal Police Model) is the first line of defense against rebels, insurgents and the occasional Neo Zeon incursion. 

[CUSTOM] Bandai HGTO 1/144 RGM-79[N-2] GM Local Type (Coastal Defence Use)

A variant of the RGM-79 'GM' mobile suit localised and optimised for its immediate theatre of operations, the GM Local Type (Coastal Defense Use) is deployed to coastal zones and regions to safeguard Federation interests.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGBF 1/144 RGMGM-79C GM/GM Cannon (Customised Build)

Hands down, the best and most worthwhile HG 1/144 model kit by a mile, and it's not because of my inclination towards GM-type mobile suits!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

State of the Hobby - September 2017

Time is a funny thing.

When I was younger, I used to gaze forlornly at the model kits placed behind a sheet of glass in the display cabinets of departmental stores, wondering if I will ever be able to afford a collection like that. When my parents bought me a model kit, I would tear into it with gusto, building it quickly and then posing it and making battle sounds with my mouth and pure imagination. When I was younger, I didn’t have the disposable income to indulge in the hobby, but what I had was a ton of free time.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

[Kit Insight] Premium Bandai HGUC 1/144 RGM-89D/A1 Special Operations Jegan Type D [Tier 1 Operator Use] (Customised Build)

Based largely on the modified Jegan Type D used by ECOAS Commander Conroy Haagensen during the Sleeves Incident, the Tier 1 Operator Jegan was designed with one purpose in mind: to wreak as much havoc as possible deep behind enemy lines for as long as possible before returning to base for rearming. 

[Kit Insight] Bandai HG Gundam The Origin 1/144 MS-06C5 Zaku II Type C5 Commander Type (Anti-Ship Combat Use) (Painted Build)

The Zaku II is a classic mobile suit, having spawned hundreds of different variants and thousands of customised versions. The latest iteration of the HG 1/144 scale Zaku II can be considered one of the best, if not the best, version of a Zaku II model kit in the 1/144 scale.

[Kit Insight] Kotobukiya Hexa Gear 1/24 Governor Armor Type: Pawn AI (Light Build)

This new line of model kits may be tiny but it is big on gimmicks!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai RG 1/144 RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (Light Build)

The Unicorn hype train can't be stopped, but thankfully the latest model kit rendition of an over-saturated mobile suit design doesn't crash and burn!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai Gashapon Exceed Model Zaku Head [Char Aznable] (Straight Build)

When these cuties were announced and teased, Zaku fanboys everywhere rejoiced! Finally, an affordable and ridiculously detailed Zaku head is available!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai Star Wars 1/12 Death Trooper (Rogue One)

Easily the most badass iteration of the Stormtrooper put to screen, the Death Trooper shocked and awed when it appeared during the opening sequence of Rogue One, as well as during the climatic Battle of Scarif. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

[Accessory Analysis] Dragon Momoko Super Evangelion Arming Tree & Progressive Weapons

Dragon Momoko (DM) dropped this bombshell shortly after the shipping of their fabulous MG 1/100 Testament Gundam, surprising a fair bit of the community. For the uninitiated, the Arming Tree & Progressive Weapons package exists as a Bandai Chogokin set released some years back and costs a bomb (as with most Chogokin-branded products). It is a very interesting concept, even for non-followers of the Evangelion franchise, which is why you are now reading this Analysis.

[Accessory Analysis] Anubis HG RG MG Variable Action Base

Third party model kit manufacturer Anubis has been releasing some pretty cool stuff over the past few months, from the titular multi-function Anubis Base to a Heavy Combat Weapon Set that is able to meld mechanically with the Gunpla from almost any Gundam series. Their latest product throws back to simpler times, but with a twist.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGBF 1/144 NK-13S Gundam Schwarzritter (Painted Build)

As the latest rendition (model kit development wise) of the Denial Gundam, the Gundam Schwarzritter boasts a dark, brooding black colour scheme, complemented by powerful accents of gold. From the no-frills, pugilistic design of the Denial, the Schwarzritter is equipped with a massive backpack that can turn into equally massive swords, giving it undeniable power as required by the Masked Second G.

Monday, June 12, 2017

[Kit Insight] Hobby Star HG 1/144 Gundam Harute Final Battle Ver. (Straight Build)

It has been ten years since the conclusion of 00 Gundam, one of the best series in the entire Gundam franchise. With well developed characters, a decent plot and a fantastic mecha design portfolio, 00 Gundam will be forever etched into the greater cultural collective.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

[Kit Insight] Dragon Momoko MG 1/100 RGX-00 + AQM/E-X05 Divine Testament Gundam (Straight Build)

Third party model kit manufacturer Dragon Momoko (DM) has been doing some great work with their MG 1/100 Strike series of model kits, pushing out a good number of different units very quickly. The Divine Testament Gundam is the latest in DM's MG line, incorporating all of its lessons learned and technology developed over the past three years.

So is the Testament a testament of what the company can do?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGUC 1/144 RMS-154 Barzam (Painted Build)

The Barzam is in itself an oxymoron: it is a Federation mobile suit but with the signature monoeye-sensor of Zeon units and it looks nothing like the RX-178 Gundam Mk-II that it was based off, other than the Titans colour scheme. The various design features and characteristics give the Barzam a bestial, oddly appealing look, being the love-child of Federation and Zeon engineering.

Monday, May 15, 2017

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 V08-1228 Grimgerde Vanguard [Anti Mobile Armor Combat Equipment] (Customised Build)

The Grimgerde came out of nowhere to kick ass in the first season of the Iron Blooded Orphans anime, but sadly relinquished its place on the show to become the Helmwige Reincar, which was eventually wrecked. Nevertheless, the Grimgerde made such a showy impact that the customised Grimgerdes have not stopped coming.

[Gallery] Metal Club Metal Build 1/100 GN-0000 GNHW/7SG 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G.[Inspection Colours]

Third party companies are giving Bandai a run for their money in the area of Metal Build collectibles, and this 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G makes a very strong case.

[Kit Insight] Bandai Macross Delta 1/72 Sv-262Hs Draken III (Painted Build)

The Draken III is arguably a masterpiece of variable fighter (VF) design, shifting from a sleek delta-shaped fighter mode to a walking tank Gerwalk and finally to the slender, Anubis-esque Battroid form. As compared to the protagonist Siegfried, the dark and brooding Draken III captured my attention (and money).

Monday, May 8, 2017

[WIP] Bandai HGUC 1/144 RMG-79[G] (Mobilesuit Urban Survival Kit Equipped) (Customised Build)

Every now and then, I get a wild but very doable idea for a Gunpla custom, and this time, it is a GM Ground Type retrofitted for urban combat. Inspired by the real-world TUSK (Tank Urban Survival Kit) that the US Army used for the venerable M1 Abrams in the Middle East, the MUSK Equipped GM Ground Type serves the same purpose: as the spearhead in a push for urban centers. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

[Gallery] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 ASW-G-01 Gundam Bael (Calamity War Rollout Ver. - Agnika Kaieru Use) with Ulfbert Claymore

As certain engagements required heavier weaponry than a pair of swords, Agnika Kaieru would sometimes lift the massive Ulfbert Claymore from its ceremonial docking at Vingolf, Gjallarhorn's headquarters on Earth, and use the weapon to bring down contingents of Mobile Armors and Mobile Workers by himself.

Such arrogance.

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Astaroth Origin [Outer Earth Regulatory Fleet Ver.]

Basically the closest IBO-universe analog of the Titans (in the eyes of the commoner at least), the Gjallarhorn Outer Earth Regulatory Fleet relied on its overwhelming military superiority to quell dissent and maintain law and order. With a huge stable of Halfbeak-class warships and their assigned squadrons of Graze mobile suits, the OERT reserved a trump card for more dire engagements.

A Gundam Frame.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 ASW-G-66 Gundam Kimaris Vidar (Ver. GPN)

Gundam Kimaris was a pretty swell Gundam Frame of its own, with its distinctive knightly visage, purple-themed colour scheme and preference for large, powerful lances. The Kimaris Vidar pulls out all the stops to create one of the best looking Gundam Frames in the series, with an ornate mohawk cresting its head, no less. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 EBx-08v Reginlaze Viola (Tactical Demonstrator)

At the end of the final battle of the McGillis Fareed Incident, a modified Reginlaze Julia raised the Barbatos' severed head in victory, signalling the cessation of hostilities and the beginning of a rocky road to an uneasy peace. The final frame of the Reginlaze Julia is pretty significant as it embodies a legend retold countless times throughout the annals of history: the Devil can only be slain by Man, although in Julieta's case, this came at a very, very high cost. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

[METAL BUILD] Bandai Tamashii Nations Metal Build 1/100 F91 Gundam F91

The Formula Project Gundam F91 can be considered one of the most enduring masterpieces that stemmed from a Gundam series. It boasted a sleek, unique design that is complemented by a rich story that gave birth to another longstanding Gundam classic (Crossbone), securing the F91's place in the annals of Gundam history. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that a Metal Build version of the venerable mobile suit would prove immensely popular.

And it is.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGUC 1/144 RX-78AL Atlas Gundam (Straight Build)

The Atlas is weird, but in a good way.

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 UGY-R41 Landman Rodi (Jungle Environment Use)

The regular Man Rodi looked odd and fairly disposable, well fulfilling its role as a grunt suit. The Landman Rodi however, gave off a more mid-tier vibe: it's still a grunt but you ain't getting rid of it that easily.

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 ASW-G-01 Gundam Bael (Calamity War Rollout Ver. - Agnika Kaieru Use)

The Bael was teased since season one, and even then it only showed up when the second season was past the mid-range marker. As the deus ex machina of the series of events now termed as the McGillis Fareed Incident, Bael was meant to be a trump card, meant to be the one thing that will allow McGillis full control of Gjallarhorn.

Funny how that turned out.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 EB-06j Graze Ground Type (Urban Environment Use)

The Graze is an immensely versatile frame, having spawned so many variants over the short run of the IBO series. The Ground Type variant was just made available in the 1/144 format with the release of the IBO MS Option Set 9 which contained the flat ground-type feet, and this is great news for 1/144 collectors (me).

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 EB-04jc4-H Geirail Scharfrichter Heavy (Customised Build)

Galan Mossa's Geirail managed to kick some ass during the short period of time it was on-screen, but it was the Geirail Scharfrichters in the background that proved intriguing. With their saucer-heads, Zaku-style shoulder shields and khaki paint scheme, the Scharfrichters drew more attention than their green-blue leader, and having a name like Scharfrichter (German for Executioner) doesn't reduce its badassery.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

[Custom] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex Apollyon (Customised Build)

In the previous post, I covered a straight build of the HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex, a pretty decent update to the Barbatos frame. However, the proportions are a little off, particularly in the oversized arms. Something was also missing from the Lupus Rex, something that differentiated it from being a beast-like demon from the Duke of Hell title the Barbatos is named after. After some research and fooling around with parts, I found that something.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex (Straight Build)

I decided to snap up one of my Lupus Rexes to test the articulation and some modification ideas, having acquired a second one in order to appropriate the tail-blade. I didn't expect much from the 8th (or it is 9th) iteration of the Gundam Barbatos, especially with the more beastial look, but snapping this up showed me that IBO kits still have lots to offer, even in the HG 1/144 format.

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGUC 1/144 Hyaku-Shiki [Revive] (Painted Build)

The Hyaku-Shiki is a timeless kit, with a classic design that transcends time, series and model kit range. The latest iteration of the Hyaku-Shiki - coincidentally also Bandai's 200th HGUC model kit - updates the venerable golden mobile suit with modern Gunpla technology, features, gimmicks and ease of assembly. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

[Kit Insight] Bandai HGIBO 1/144 Mobile Reginlaze (Vidar Use) (Customised Build)

By now, everyone knows that Vidar is indeed Gaelio Bauduin, something that was actually really apparent when Vidar appeared in the opening. We know his intense hatred for McGillis, we know his motivations for said intense hatred. What we do not know is what happened during the time skip between the Battle of Edmonton and the current IBO timeline. We do know that Rustal Ellion rescued a disfigured Gaelio and recovered the crippled Gundam Kimaris before converting the machine into the Alaya-Type E enabled monster known as Gundam Vidar (and now Gundam Kimaris Vidar), but what did Gaelio/Vidar do to earn his keep in Rustal's employ?