Let’s Talk Gunpla Vol.61


Now we have a Gundam that is as high as a kite

Hello and welcome back everybody to our 61st edition of our Let’s Talk Gunpla Segment! This week we are going to touch on more Retail news this week since apparently, Bandai released more HGBD kit announcements last week…. more specifically exactly on the day that we were talking about the Astray No-Name….

Yes, we are getting more Retail HGBD releases for the coming months and some of them does look quite promising and some….not as much

However, we are finally getting a new MS Girl HG kit! Though this is made for the HGBD series. But it is one that we could say that looks….well wait till you guys see that one.

So, without further ado, let us get into the announcements, shall we?

HG 1/144 Gundam 00 Sky (HGBD)

HG 1/144 Gundam 00 Sky (HGBD)

Release Date: 2018/08

Estimated price: JPY 1,275* (MYR RM46.50/ USD $11.54*)

*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

Even from behind this kit looks brilliant

The Gundam 00 Sky is a kit that when someone decided to combine the good ol’ 00 and the Destiny together. The result? A damn good looking Gundam 00 variant.

Looking less and less like the main kit that it was based from, the 00 Sky as well looks nothing like the MS’s that we’ve seen in the other Mainline/alternate timeline Gundam Shows. Though even with that said we can still see it share many of the same DNA of the 00 here.

More and more this 00 variant is getting to us

The rest of this kit though, we can say that all of the parts are new. Even the destiny weapons and equipment’s that is seen here is highly modified and honestly? At the level of the modifications made to the destiny parts, you might as say that it’s a new part altogether.

But that is not the only Gundam 00 variant that we are getting from the retail side…

We are as well will be getting the….

HG 1/144 Gundam 00 Sky (Higher then Skyphase)(HGBD)

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HG 1/144 Gundam 00 Sky (Higher then Skyphase)(HGBD)

Release Date: 2018/08

Estimated price: JPY 1,870* (MYR RM68.20/ USD $16.93*)

*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

Looking at this, we really can’t decide which behind we prefer more

Yes apparently there is another version of the 00 sky that Bandai deems that need more….awesome attached to it.

Though from the outset it doesn’t seem like they made any significant changes to the overall look. but when we look at the kit more closely…. there were some obvious and not so obvious changes that were made in this version. First let us touch on the most obvious first, for this version the first obvious change that is can be seen here is the color scheme. While the original sports a more traditional blue, white, black, red and yellow color scheme, but for this variant, however, it sports a much lighter blue, yellow and red color scheme. As for the white parts here, they instead gave it a touch of gloss to it making it look quite beautiful and painful to our fragile hearts….

All that awesome at the same time all the pain of seeing them gloss parts being ruined…

Though looking back, we do feel like did they apply the gloss it to all of the other parts as well… haha…Oh, it does seem like they swapped the black parts of the kit to the same light blue color scheme as the rest.

The other modifications made is at the GN Drive/Destiny Wing attachment. On the original variant, the wing part was in its closed position, here on the ‘higher then sky phase’ variant, the GN Drive wing attachment is shown to be in its deployed position and whats more it has a huge clear blue colored effect parts attached to the GN Drive/Destiny wing unit.

and god damn that clear part looks epic af.

Honestly though, looking at these two….. it is hard for us to imagine not getting the both of them…Well just look at them both….they do look pretty badass. We are really looking forward in seeing more of the kit and hopefully, they are as good to build as they are to look at here.

Though it must be said that they are not the only HGBD kit that gets two versions…..

there is another kit from the Destiny series that is getting the HGBD treatment and aswell is coming in two variants in this coming september…and that is the…

HG 1/144 Impulse Gundam ARC (HGBD)

HG 1/144 Impulse Gundam ARC (HGBD)

Release Date: 2018/09

Estimated price: JPY 1,615* (MYR RM58.90/ USD $14.62*)

*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

God that backpack…. we really can’t deal on how bad the backpack looks…

Yes the Impulse as well as getting some HGBD treatment and its not just getting one kit variant, it gets two variant as well.

Though…..when compared to both the 00 Sky variants. This isn’t looking as impressive.

The reason being for this is that unlike the 00 Sky that we just talked about, the bits on the Impulse Gundam ARC does look a bit tacked on. It’s like the whole front body was sawed off and have bits of the AGE-1 glued to it and not to mention it as well gets a fucking ugly looking backpack unit……

At the very least it does have some pretty awesome colors and beam rifle

Goddamn, how the hell is that supposed to support the whole MS looking as flimsy as that?

Though the rest of the kit does look quite decent and we do like its color scheme! It does make the Impulse look quite cool. We as well love the design on the beam rifle, it does suit the overall look of the kit and since it is obvious that it shares many of the same parts of the HGCE Impulse Gundam, we do have a feeling that this would be a fun kit to build…

Moving on to the next variant….

HG 1/144 Impulse Gundam Lancier (HGBD)

HG 1/144 Impulse Gundam Lancier (HGBD)

Release Date: 2018/09

Estimated price: JPY 1,615* (MYR RM58.90/ USD $14.62*)

*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

Jeeeezzzzzz, if the ARC has a bad back this has an even worse looking back that I’ve seen….

Yes, its inevitable that we are getting a ‘red’ version of this and just like the ARC, the Lancier is as well one that we nor particularly fond with. Oh did we mentioned that this shares the same release date? We did? oh….

Anyways back on the matters of this piece of plastic….Yes,  this has a lot more stuff attached to it that we, honestly, really don’t fancy as much. Besides the parts that we have talked about with the ARC, the other crappy stuff that the Lancier was supplied with is the unfinished shield and that annoying long ass waist armor. Not just stopping itself in just being annoying it aswell looks like it’s tampering with the posing ability of this kit. the waist armor is so long and huge that it restricts the leg from stretching from the waist.

Though just like the ARC, it is not all bad here. At the very least the color scheme for the Lancier is quite cool and the Lance (hence the name) is one that we feel is the coolest thing that they could include with the kit. Really we really do think the lance here is the only thing that makes getting this worthwhile.

The only awesome thing that comes with the kit, is really the awesome lance…

Well, that is if Bandai didn’t release the weapons pack separately…if they do…there goes any reason on getting this particular kit. At the very least the ARC does look quite practical, but this though….not so much…

Regardless of what we feel, we honestly are not as interested with this kit as we were with the Gundam 00 Sky. We do feel like, both the Impulse Gundam HGBD variants don’t look as awesome as the others on the list.

However, these two is not the only kit that we have slotted for this September release date…..

We are aswell will be getting……

HG 1/144 Jegan Blast Master (HGBD)

HG 1/144 Jegan Blast Master (HGBD)

Release Date: 2018/09

Estimated price: JPY 1,700* (MYR RM61.40/ USD $15.24*)

*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

Finally we get a kit that has a badass backside….I do love that back pack unit

The best Jegan Variant to date….

Honestly, we thought with the MG Jegan coming soon, there is no way that we will be looking at a new Jegan being released anytime soon.

I guess we are wrong…because now it looks like we will be getting the HGBD version of the Jegan incoming soon and waddaya know, it looks pretty badass too! 😀

With the Jegan Blast Master getting a pretty awesome makeover and it having some pretty awesome elements of the AGE and Gundam X molded into this. We have to say that Bandai really managed to pull off a look that is pretty awesome! Not to mention, all the awesome equipment’s that it comes with!

The dual satellite cannon blaster taken from the Double X Gundam does fit well with the overall look of this Jegan variant, and the orange and red color scheme do suit the overall look of the kit. Really this is one good looking kit, and honestly, I would even say that this looked better than the Gundam 00 Sky.

Even in its blast mode, the Jegan looks awesome as hell here….

This is one kit that we really can’t wait to get and see more of. This is definitely one of the HG kits that we are looking to get this year and one of the kits that are currently sitting on top of our list.

Though it is not as high up as the one that we will be talking about next….one that is DEFINITELY is on the highest priority list for our 2018 HG acquisition!

Yes, we are finally going to be talking about the…..

HG 1/144 Unknown MS-Girl (HGBD)

HG 1/144 Unknown MS-Girl (HGBD)

Release Date: 2018/09

Estimated price: JPY 2,040* (MYR RM73.69/ USD $18.29*)

*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

By fat the only one here that has the best bottom out of all the others we have seen…

Well yes, technically it doesn’t actually have an official name yet….but still, we are going to be talking this kit regardless!

How can we ignore this awesome neko-ish MS-Girl? Especially since we are all cat lovers here…… MEOW?

Annnnyways, we thought with the release of the Mrs.LohengRinko we thought we won’t be able to see another MS Girl series being brought to life, since the new Gundam Build Divers seem to be taking the MMO route and since it has a lot of MS Special appearances we thought there is no way that they would introduce an MS-Girl creation here.

So with this kit being announced, we are SO GLAD to know that we are wrong. It good to see Bandai is trying to give us some awesome cheap Mecha Girl kits here.

What’s more, it does now seem like maybe Bandai would finally have something good in their hands here.

Who ever you are you already have become the best girl already

Unlike the previous HG MS-Girl kits, it does seem like FINALLY, Bandai opted to use face swapping instead of just relying on just one faceplate. Though from the looks of it we are still not sure if Bandai is sticking or ditching the crappy eye stickers approach of previous entry…

We honestly hope that Bandai would really seriously consider using the ‘we painted the eye parts before’ approach on the faceplates instead of relying on us to use the bloody stickers. Hey if you want us to pay you more on that we really don’t mind Bandai, just really stop asking us to use the bloody stickers. it looks funny and out of place…really. Heck if you want us to use the stickers just give us the waterbased decals instead for the eyes…really that would be a better option.

Regardless, we do like the overall concept for this kit, mixing both the EFSF uniform and color scheme with the GM-esque weapons and equipment (well they give it some ‘gunpla builder’ weapons look and some lovely cat ears too). Not making any massive changes to the overall concept of the previous HG MS-Girl kits, it does seem like Bandai is keeping most of the DNA of the previous HG MS-Girl Gen here.

Though by doing that does reveal some massive issue that can obviously be seen on its waist…..

Yes and that issue is on that HUGE waist gap in between the thigh and the waist before this with the previous iterations you would have something to cover them up but here…..honestly, the gap is so bad that it ends up being distracting…

I wonder what hold them two thighs together…magic? Whatever it is…it looks fucking distracting…

Regardless, it is still a pretty awesome effort from Bandai to try to penetrate into that market and it’s going to be interesting to see how far they would go with this. You can say that we are pretty interested to be getting this and if this turns out to be awesome, you’d be sure we would be singing praises for this kit.

Definitely one of the most interesting September releases yet! WE CAN’T WAIT!

With that ends our 61st episode of our Let’s Talk Gunpla segment! Retail news is coming on quite strong this week with some pretty interesting kits and some….not so interesting kits. But the new Unnamed MS Girl kit is the one that we are really interested to see more of and it does seem like Bandai is not yet giving up the idea of making their own MS Girl hit. Though it is still not looking as good as what kotobukiya has to offer but it does look like it set to take on the Aoshima’s version of it.

Regardless it would be interesting to see where Bandai would go with this, I really hope that we would be able to see more awesome MS-Girl-ish kits from them soon!

Anyways do let us know here of what from these kits that you are looking forward in getting or seeing more of and just know that we always look forward in reading and responding to your comments and thoughts of the kits and as well to this post!

We will be back with more Let’s Talk Gunpla Segment on the next coming Wednesday and Kimi will be back again this Sunday with either a kotobukiya kit review or an RG Unboxing! Either or we are going to have an interesting weekend ahead, so stay tuned!

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