Let’s Talk Gunpla Vol.272

A perfect representation of our current situation

HELLO! We are back! 

In today’s 272nd edition of our Let’s Talk Gunpla segment, we will be finally be taking a look at that one retail release announcement that we haven’t managed to cover. It’s a Gunpla release announcement that we admit that made us quite confused when we all first saw it. But after looking at it for some time, we kind of get where they are going with this. 

So, without further ado, let us now get into it, shall we?

Full Mechanics 1/100 GAT-X131 Calamity Gundam (Full Mechanics)

Release Date: May 2021
Estimated price: JPY 5,500 (MYR RM 213.57* / USD $ 52.28* / EUR € 43.68*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

We here do not think that we are the only ones confused by Bandai’s press release for this kit when we first saw this news. 

Why is that the case here, you might wonder? 

Because one of the things that Bandai said in their press release is that the Full Mechanics line up is a new Gunpla line up, and honestly, when we heard of this, we can’t fathom why they decided to do so. Because, for one, by saying the Full Mechanics is a new Gunpla line-up, it makes them sound like they conveniently forget that the Full Mechanics line-up isn’t a new Gunpla line-up. The Full Mechanics have already released a few IBO kits released already under this ‘new’ line-up. So calling this Full Mechanics line up a new Gunpla line up doesn’t seem to make any sense to us here in the blog. 

Why couldn’t they say that this is a revival of the 1/100 Full Mechanics Gunpla line up instead? Wouldn’t that be so much easier? 

What’s more, to hear from somewhere that claims that the reason why Bandai decided to create this ‘new’ Full Mechanics line up because it was supposed to be an offshoot to the UC centric RE100 line-up. Apparently, Bandai thinks that we might be confused by seeing a non-UC RE100 kit. So that is why they decided to create this ‘new’ Gunpla line up.

Again, if that is their intention, why couldn’t they release the Calamity Gundam as a RE100 kit then?

Seriously, I can’t understand why they couldn’t just announce the kit properly without making a huge fuss out of it. Honestly, we here wouldn’t even mind it if Bandai were to release it as a no-grade kit. That is as long as they made the wordings clear on the announcement on the get-go. 

Anyways, enough on that. So, what do we all here think of this kit after seeing its promotional materials?

Well, to be honest? We are quite impressed. 

The level of detail, its looks, and all the gimmicks that we see here on this kit are quite impressive. It makes me wonder why Bandai stop short of turning this into an MG release since the level of detail here looks like it fit in well with all the other modern SEED MG kits and its MG Ver.2.0 releases.  

But then we came across the bit that explained why they didn’t turn this into an MG kit, and also it explains why they are so confused on how to market this 1/100 scaled kit. That is because the Full Mechanics Calamity Gundam itself comes with quite a simple construction process. What that means is that building this will feel like you’re building a 1/100 scaled HG kit. Well, to be precise, it’s like building a 1/100 scaled HG kit that looked like an MG kit. 

Maybe they intended to release a RE100 kit at first, but they end up dumb-ing the construction process down so much that they might as well revive the HG 1/100 line up. Honestly, that might explain the confusing marketing for this.

But despite our claims of this being a 1/100 scaled HG kit, we would admit that this is a 1/100 HG kit that will come with a lot of plastic parts. That is why when we saw the asking price for this, we kind of get why they priced it at 5,500 yen. Yes, the asking price for this is quite steep, but it does come with a good reason.

Even though we are mostly quite impressed by it, however, there is something about it that stops us from making that leap. Because there is something that we feel is a bit off here.

Maybe we’ll see how it is first before we do decide to get it. Hopefully, it’ll be as good as how it looked. 

Anyways, that concludes the 272nd edition of our Let’s Talk Gunpla segment. FINALLY, we managed to cover all of the Retail side’s Gunpla release announcements. Not to mention, it is nice to know now that all of the Gunpla Expo reveals getting their final release dates. 

Now we can all rest easy knowing that we’ll be seeing all of them soon.

Oh, btw, we would like to take the time to wish all of our Chinese readers to have an awesome Lunar New Year celebration. 

May the year of the ox be a year full of good fortune, happiness, and good health for all of you.

Anyways, we will be taking a short few days off from blogging since almost all of us here would be off celebrating the holidays with our family.

But worry not, we’ll be back again this coming Tuesday (hopefully) with a new Let’s Talk Gunpla segment. So, do look forward to that :D! 

Oh, one more thing before we go, it would be a tremendous help to us all here in the blog if you guys were to leave a like on our posts and or subscribe to the blog if you find yourselves enjoying our gunpla/plamo related posts. We would appreciate it if you guys would show your support by leaving an upvote on our R/Gunpla posts and by leaving a like on our Facebook and Instagram posts or pages! 

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Hopefully, by sharing our love and passion for building and writing about gunplas or other plamos here, we hope that it’ll help to inspire all of here to pick up on the hobby. Or better yet, reignite your love and passion for the hobby.

Anyways, we shall see all of you again soon, and we as well hope that you all here have a splendid day and week ahead! Oh as well, please do have an excellent time building your awesome gunplas there and until next time.

Ciao!


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