Let’s Talk Gunpla Vol.399

A very sinister-looking Gundam and two of this AU’s versions of the GM

HELLO! We are back! 

In today’s 399th edition of our Let’s Talk Gunpla segment, we will continue where we left off with the HUGE HGTWFM Retail releases news. After we spent all of our time talking about the Witch From Mercury’s version of the Zaku, this time., we will focus on the MS design that we think is the Witch From Mercury’s version of the GM.

So, without further ado. Let us get into it, shall we? 

HG 1/144 Demi Trainer (HGTWFM)

Release Date: December 2022
Estimated price: JPY 1,320 (MYR RM 42.79* / USD $ 42.79* / EUR € 42.79*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

If in the last Let’s Talk Gunpla segment, we get to see some of the best-looking The Witch From Mercury’s Zaku variants, this time, we are, unfortunately, we get to see some of the not-so-good-looking The Witch From Mercury’s GM variant. 

Admittedly, we know that is a bit harsh of a comment for us to say about the looks of this MS Design, but that is the truth. It is one ugly duckling. Well, maybe it’s not that ugly, but we do think that the Demi Trainer looked cute. Like the Acguy is kind of cute. 

As a matter of fact, we think that in terms of design, we feel like the designer for this did take inspiration from both the GM and the Acguy here. Even with that said, we are still quite compelled by the idea of getting this because, despite its ugly look, we are a fan of this HGTWFM kit. 

But there is one thing that we all here can admit that does look good on the HGTWFM Demi Trainer, and that is its Jegan color scheme that they decided to go for this MS. Yes, it might have a look that a mother would love, but at least the Jegan color scheme looked really good on it. 

The other thing we liked about this HGTWFM release is its new joint and articulation system.

If we were, to be frank here, we do find that the HGTWFM Demi Trainer’s articulation system is unlike anything that we’ve seen to date, especially the one they used on the chest unit. 

But what makes this new chest articulation system fascinating to us here is that it enables the HGTWFM Demi Trainer to have quite an impressive articulation ability on its chest unit. It’s something we do not normally expect to see on a new series HG lineup like this. Usually, we’d see Bandai put minimal effort on the HG based on a new Gundam anime and only put the best maximum effort on the numbered mainline HG versions. 

But then again, we have been getting a lot of awesome HG kits from the Origins series, so it should not have surprised us that this kit gets the same level of effort.  

But even with that said, we are a little unsure of the joint system they decided to go for the arm unit. Because from our experience, that kind of system doesn’t last long after constant use. Nor could it sustain the weight of any heavy weapon system that Bandai might plan for this HGTWFM kit for a long time. 

Again, we might be wrong on this matter, and we shall see for ourselves when we have this kit on our hands this coming December. 

HG 1/144 Demi Trainer [Character B’s Custom Machine](HGTWFM)

Release Date: November 2022
Estimated price: JPY 1,540 (MYR RM 49.92* / USD $ 11.21* / EUR € 11.00*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

Even though we were expecting to see The Witch From Mercury’s version of the Custom “Char’s” Zaku (the HGTWFM Dilanza) to get a main character custom machine, we didn’t expect Bandai to do the same for The Witch From Mercury’s version of the GM.  

What surprises us more here is that we’re getting this as a Retail release, not as a P-Bandai exclusive. 

But we are glad Bandai decided to keep this one as a retail release.

Because man, unlike the HGTWFM Dilanza (Both the standard and the Guel’s version) and the standard HGTWFM Demi Trainer, for the Character B’s version, you’re getting quite a lot of Gunpla here. 

For one, you’re getting a pretty sweet color scheme here. We are surprised to see the dark yellow, the very light green and black color scheme fits well with the overall look. Unlike the color scheme they decided to go for on the Standard release, this color scheme looked like something you’d expect to see on an actual war machine.  

Secondly, you’re getting a lot of new armor pieces and a new head unit! Plus, you as well are getting a pretty dope-looking beam cannon. 

After spending a considerable time looking at both the standard and Character B’s HGTWFM Demi Trainer, we are starting to believe that these two kits are really starting to look like worthwhile purchases. 

And yes, we are looking forward to getting this one indeed! 

HG 1/144 Gundam Pharact (HGTWFM)

Release Date: December 2022
Estimated price: JPY 2,090 (MYR RM 67.75* / USD $ 15.21* / EUR € 14.92*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation

Admittedly, we’re expecting to see more new Gundam MS designs for the upcoming Witch From Mercury anime. However, we really didn’t expect them to reveal a new one so quickly. 

But even with that said, my god, this might be one of the best-looking Gundam designs we’ve seen from this series so far. 


Well, it’s because it looks like this MS takes a lot of its design inspirations from the UC series for this MS Design, and we also realized that they added some elements from the IBO series in the design too. Honestly, when we looked at the Gundam Pharact’s looks, we can’t help to be reminded that the MS looked like a combination of the best design elements from the Byarlant, Gaplant, Hambrabi, and the Barbatos Lupus Rex.


But the thing that really sells us the idea of getting this HGTWFM kit is its sinister color scheme that Bandai decided to go for the HGTWFM Gundam Pharact. We might not know its role yet in the overall story, but we do like the dark, evil color undertones here because it fits well with the overall look and feel of the MS.

We also like the shoulder thrusters and the transforming feet gimmicks this kit gets. We feel it would make for exciting and dynamic posing options. Although, it does make us wonder if Bandai is hinting to us here that the HGTWFM Gundam Pharact can transform? 

Again, we shall see how or what the HGTWFM Gundam Pharact can really do as soon as we have it in our hands this coming December.

And that concludes our 399th edition of the Let’s Talk Gunpla segment for today. This round of releases might not be the most exciting ones (except for the HGTWFM Gundam Pharact) that we’ve seen, but it is by no means that we’re not looking forward to their release. Plus, we feel that they’re still strong releases. We believe that they will have their hardcore fans gunning for them. 

Although, we can’t help to feel like Bandai intended to end the year with a bang here. Because it does look like to us that most of the kits that we are really looking forward to getting are getting that December release. 

But we think it’s good if that is the case here because we didn’t have a lot going for us at the start of this year if we were, to be honest, here. 

Anyways, we’ll be back again next week (hopefully) with a new blog post. So, please do look forward to that! 

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


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