The Gunpla TV crew made the trek out to Shizuoka early yesterday morning. Does the Bullet Train count as a trek?
Bandai had been extremely quiet on what would be appearing at the show, and boy, were we surprised when we discovered a whole new Gundam Model Kit line there! Yes, Bandai is adding a new Plamo line to their already exhaustive catalogue–this one dubbed the RE/100 Line, which stands for Reborn One Hundred. This lineup appears to be Bandai’s way to give us the big mobile suits we have always wanted in 1/100 scale and yet keep costs down by doing away with the inner frame that is found in Master Grade kits. We will talk about this more in future episodes.
The other big surprise was the announcement of a MG Hi-Nu Gundam Ver. Ka, to be released in August. After the Nu Gundam Ver. Ka and the Sazabi Ver. Ka, it’s no surprise that the Hi-Nu gets the Ver. Ka treatment, and was it ever a beauty!
The 86cm tall 1/144-scale Neo Zeong was also on display. The kit will come with a dedicated display base with a hefty chunk of acrylic pipe to keep this monster standing tall!
Unpainted Gundam kits shown were the HGUC Rozen Zulu (Episode 7 version) and the HGUC 1/144 Zeta Plus Unicorn version.
Bandai also had some non-Gundam items to show off, including Domeru’s ship from “Space Battleship Yamato 2199,” enormous even in 1/1000 scale! And a new highly posable Scopedog sporting space-maneuvering equipment was on display as well.
Hasegawa also debuted some exciting Macross items, including a fully armed 1/48 VF-1J that can be painted up as either Max or Miria’s machine. Maschinen Krieger was also well-represented, with painted MK44s present and posed to show off their opening hatch and superb cockpit detail.
Be sure to check out the video for everything we saw at the Bandai booth, and click the links below to see all the Future Gunpla releases. And be sure to watch the whole video to see the other Mecha plamo releases that were shown at the Shizuoka Hobby Show.