It’s been a while, but I have some exciting updates: first new gunpla of the new year!
Yesterday, I met up with my friend, who picked up the Zaku F2000 for me while he was in Taiwan for the holidays! The big Tieren and GN-XIII arrived today from Mandarake. I’ve looked for all three of these kits for a very long time, and I’m really glad to have finally received them!
Of course, while I was out today, I picked up three of these! This just came out yesterday, and I’m really excited to see how it plays. The big thing, though, is this.
You may remember that I ordered this from Tatsu Hobby a good while ago. I finally got some time last weekend to pick up this up from their warehouse! I haven’t had a chance to pop it open yet, but I might do a video for this one?
masterdust asked: I still need to get my Gundam Wing Robot Damashii collection, myself. Just got the Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode] even though I wanted to get Wing Gundam Zero [TV Ver] first.
Full-Action Unicorn, I’m guessing? That’s a great figure!
amphybox asked: Are you following Gunpla Build Fighters? I know it's basically Gundam themed Yu-Gi-Oh, but that Victory Fundamental scene...
I am! And I’m really loving it. I haven’t bought any of the kits yet, because I’m holding off until all of them are released to pick my favorites, but the designs all look pretty cool. I didn’t expect the characters to be so likeable, too!
Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all had a fun and safe holiday. I had a really great time, but, on my way home, my card box was destroyed in luggage handling. I needed a new box for my cards, and I found this!
This cloth box came from Joann’s. I’m not too sure what the actual structure, though, probably some sort of reinforced cardboard. It feels durable enough, in any case, and it can fit a lot!
That’s the box with all of my stuff inside it. There’s enough space in there to fit six columns of un-sleeved mini size cards, with enough space for dividers between the columns. There’s also enough room above the cards to fit some of the smaller deck boxes or store some play mats.
The RRP is $30, which is a bit pricey, but I found mine for about $17 on sale. It’s definitely worth that much for its size and build quality. The slightly smaller size of this box is pretty great too; it’s a bit cheaper, and it fits five columns of cards, instead of six. If you’re looking for a good storage solution for your cards, this is not a bad choice!
Happy holidays, everyone! I’ve been very busy lately, much like many of you, so I haven’t had much time to be online. It feels fantastic that school is over for now, and it’s great to be able to sleep again. I don’t have much new on the gunpla front, but, as you all know, MG Sazabi Ver. Ka was just released, and lots of people are getting their hands on it for reviews! (Most importantly, Dalong’s review is finally up!)
I took a quick look through it this morning, and I’m quite impressed! I believe 122 is the highest score he has ever awarded anything. I’m a bit thrown off by the ball-joint hips, because Bandai hasn’t put that on anything in years. I don’t believe it’s a mistake on Bandai’s part, since this is such a huge (hur hur hur) release, so there’s probably some structural or stability reason for it.
I wasn’t a terribly big fan of Sazabi’s design before, but I like the detail proportions of the new MG a lot. I think I’ll pick one up eventually, maybe when the inevitable Titanium Colors version comes out. (And won’t that red be glorious in that metallic sheen?) My question now is should I get a Titanium Nu to match?
These two came in the mail today: BTF Caletvwlch for MG Gundam Astray Red Frame, and BTF G-Defenser + Flying Armor for RG Gundam Mk-II!
The Caletvwlch set actually includes two swords, and a light-up display stand for the two swords or the two katanas in the MG. The G-Defenser + Flying Armor set actually came with a lot more plastic than I expected. Considering that Bandai’s set had around 7 plates, BTF’s packs 11!
There isn’t much I can do with these now, unfortunately, since all of my kits are back home, but I’ll unbox them properly soon enough. You can find these kits all over eBay, but I ordered mine from Samuel Decal. His shipping is pretty fast and he packed both kits really well.
I also started playing Yu-Gi-Oh! recently. This is my deck right now, and it plays really badly—very inconsistent—but I will fix it! If any of you play as well, drop me a message! I think I can probably use some tips…
Anyway, until next week!
aparanoidbarnowl asked: So would you say Hobby Zone has better pricing for shipping as well?
There’s not much of a difference. They’ll pack your things just as well as anyone else will, and they bill you the actual shipping fee, once you’ve already paid for your items. I guess that makes shopping around on Rakuten pretty easy! In my experience, their shipping fees compare pretty well with fees from AmiAmi and Mandarake, too.
While I was gone, my order from Rakuten’s free shipping campaign arrived! Unfortunately, being a bit of an idiot, I had these sent to my apartment, instead of back home, so it seems like I’ll have more stuff to haul back come winter break in a few weeks. :c
Aside from presents I bought for friends and family, I bought these five kits for myself! The eagle-eyed among you may notice that I already reviewed GN-X and Loto, but I got rid of those when I downsized my collection some time ago. I guess that was a mistake, but it’s nice having a fresh start on these fantastic kits!
I also bought this steel mug for myself. I really the ECOAS logo—it looks really crisp—but I really bought this for the other side.
Everything in this order came from Hobby Zone. Of all the retailers on Rakuten, they seem to have the best price and selection on gunpla. The shipping would’ve been quite pricey without the campaign discount, but be sure to keep your eye on them when another campaign rolls around!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the States! This week’s entry is two days late, because these last couple of days have been really hectic. I’ll be moving out in a few months, so, in preparation for that, I hauled my gunpla back home.
Here’s all of my gunpla on my floor before I packed them up. There’s something like seventy kits in this pile.
The night before we drove up, I packed my trunk to the brim. I was a little bit worried at this point, because this was only about half of all the kits I have.
But that’s okay! The morning right before we left, I somehow managed to squeeze the rest into the back; the seat on the left side was still open to hold all of our luggage.
Once we got back, I rearranged the shelves in my old work room, and packed my gunpla back in. There’s still a pretty cosy little work area beneath the shelves you see here!
And that’s what I’ve been up to! I’ve also been catching up with some friends, showing my girlfriend around my hometown, and shopping for some Christmas presents. Please excuse my phone pics this time around… I’ll be back again next week!
kempffffffffffffffffffffffffffff asked: Aaaaaah! I messed up the internal frame piece of my RG GP01's leg! Is there some way I can get a replacement for this piece, or perhaps the whole sprue?
Gentei Kits shut down their parts service, and, to my knowledge, no one has stepped up to replace them. (These services never seem to last too long for some reason…) Your best bet is probably to ask a proxy (like MBT or something) to order the replacement piece for you. If they’ll take your request, give them your filled-out parts replacement form (bottom of page), and hope for good news.
function-over-form asked: Hey i was wondering if you could do something on the new valvrave figures?
I don’t like the designs too much, but I can take a look at them if I ever see them cheap.