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In today’s 244th edition of our Let’s Talk Gunpla segment, we will be taking a look at P-Bandai China’s exclusive new MG Gunpla release announcement. It is an announcement that we here do find it to be one of the most painful P-Bandai Gunpla release announcements that we had to go through this week, for both good and bad reasons.
So, without further ado, let us get into it, shall we?
MG 1/100 GAT-X105 Aile Strike Gundam (China Red) Ver.RM + Full Pack (MG)
Release Date: March 2021
Estimated price: CNY 1,150 (MYR RM 710.35* / USD $ 170.90* / EUR € 145.42*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
When we all saw this particular announcement, we do admit that we are quite intrigued by it at first. One of the reasons for it is because this release was a part of the Gundam China Project. Yes, this particular release was a part of Bandai’s bigger plan to popularize the Gundam franchise in China.
Secondly, and as well lastly, we are as well quite intrigued by how ugly they managed to make the MG Strike Ver.RM ‘China Red’ looked here.
Yes, even though we do envy China for getting that special treatment from Bandai, but at the same time, we are glad that we are not getting this ugly thing.
Because even despite the ‘China Red’ version of the MG Strike RM Version retaining all the same looks from its original iteration. But we were quite baffled on why they decided to go with this ugly color scheme combination for this version.
Usually, we would have no issues with this ’emo’ inspired color scheme. However, for this, we do have a problem with P-Bandai China’s choice of Red here. Because we all here feel like the red color scheme ruins the look of the ‘China Red’ MG Strike Ver.RM overall.
Well, that is because the aforementioned red color scheme makes the MG Strike Ver.RM ‘China Red’ looks like those cheap China bootleg kits. Honestly, we do not understand why didn’t they assign the color to be more like the Sazabi, where they keep the inner frame parts in its original dark/grey form and with the Red color scheme used on most of the outer frame.
Heck, they got it right with the MG Strike Rouge Ver.RM, So why didn’t they do something like that but use the same ‘Sazabi’ red color scheme instead? Seriously? That would make for a better ‘China Red’ kit than what we got here instead.
Regardless, despite our feelings on how the MG Strike Ver.RM China Red looked, we would admit that there is one good reason why someone would still be interested in getting it, and that is because you do get all the awesome Striker Packs in this set.
So you might be wondering, what do you get here in this P-Bandai China-exclusive Gunpla MG Strike Ver.RM China red kit? Well, you do get all the existing MG Striker packs, like the RM version of the Aile Striker (in China Red), the Oottori striker, the IWSP Stiker, the Noir Striker, and you as well get both the launcher striker and the sword striker, striker packs. From the outset, it does seem like you get alot of Gunpla here.
However, there is another one more striker pack that is specifically tailor-made for this particular release, and that would be this, the Lightning Striker.
Yes, the P-Bandai China Exclusive MG Strike Gundam Ver.RM China Red would be getting the Striker pack that most MSV SEED fans have been drooling from their mouths to get in Gunpla form. Which if we were, to be honest, sucks.
Because we can’t imagine anyone outside of China would be able to get one and not to mention, with the insane asking price, we as well can’t imagine anyone would be able to fork enough to get one as well.
Regardless, we do admit that the MG version of the Lightning striker does look quite badass, and not to mention, we are as well quite impressed by what the Lightning Striker could do here as well. It is a shame that this would only see release as a P-Bandai China Exclusive MG kit.
But even with that said, we do have a feeling that we might still see the Lighting Strike Gundam getting that separate international release someday. We honestly don’t think P-Bandai would not want to jump into that bandwagon, seeing that there are alot of Gunpla Builders that wouldn’t mind forking more money to get more Strike Gundam. Well, that would include us, of course.
Because we are all here fans of the Strike Gundam, so yeah, we wouldn’t mind getting more Strike Gundams.
Anyways, that concludes our 244th edition of the Let’s Talk Gunpla segment. Even though this is one frustrating announcement to see but we are still quite hopeful that we would eventually see P-Bandai release another standalone version of the lighting sometime soon.
Honestly, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if we see P-Bandai made that announcement somewhere next year.
Anyways, we will be back again this coming Saturday (hopefully) with more Gunpla/ Gundam merch related posts for this blog. So do look forward to that :D!
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