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Discussion in 'Toonami (Archived Forum)' started by HellCat, Dec 22, 2003.
Evidentally we're the only Model collectors here.
Well we know there are more fans here, so its a shame. Considering how well the similar Transformers thread is doing...
I had a feeling we'd see the Dark Axis' Big Zam as a playset. The Gunperry doesn't sound too promising. I wonder if they'll release the Magna Musai, it seems destined to become a playset to me.
I have similar thoughts on this Musha Gundam Fortress- sounds like somewhere we'll see in Ark
I'm guessing the DVDs will be pretty bare, with one ep, some character bios and some advertisments for the other toys.
GunPanzer sounds similar to the Carrier Zords from old Power Rangers. At Gundam Watch, Monocle added that it looks like a mix of Captain, the SD GMs and the Gundam Groundtype from 08th MS Team
Lemme guess....in Ark, Captain learns that Shute isn't the right way to activate the Soul Drive . Not too big on repaints but I'll be interested to see how this ties in. Hopefully its better handled then the SD Hyper Mode God Gundam and Master Gundam.
More lovable cannon fodder. I wonder if they'll do both colours of Leo.
These will probably be a nice duo. Only problem is making sure you can track down both.
Cobramaru shares a gimmick with his older MSiA brother. Ashuramaru sounds pretty cool too. I'm a fan of the -maru's, so I'll be on the look out for these.
Finally, an answer! Too bad Dom lost his Gallop. Hopefully he'll at least come with a bazooka.
All 3 of these sound good. Nice to see them bring back the helmet idea which Zero was to have at one point. Since I've yet to buy Zero and Baku, I have to wonder if I should hold off for these releases or buy both so I can display one in basic form and one with its partner. Any advice?
The SEED line is sounding great. I especially like the sound of the pilot figures and the combination diorama.
More SD kits- Zero the Winged Knight: http://www.hlj.com/scripts/hljpage.cgi?BAN924126Lord Tallgeese: http://www.hlj.com/scripts/hljpage.cgi?BAN924921
Gundiver and Guneagle are also coming soon in both model and figure form. Its a shame the Lacroan kits lack capes.
Yea, Zero & Tallgeese do not look right without their capes. (Though I'm so glad that TG doesn't have those stupid shoulder rocket packs like in Wing. God, those are annoying.)
Zero looks WAY too UNdetailed in the last photo there. I know the 1/144 Gundam models are basic but still, the Wing models had better detailing. You're slacking Bandai. Though I must say, the Gundam Marker, like it did with the other SD figures, kinda makes the figure look worse than it should. It just looks too black.
The newest wave of SD Gundam Mini-Defender figures has arrived. Since it's so new, few stores online have them, but you should be able to find them in any toy store. There's 4 sets this time, all from G Gundam. I don't know all the Gundams in each set, but it includes the five hero Gundams as well as random International Gundams and a few random MS. No Noble or Master Gundam, though the Butler Gundam is included.
You can check out Sets 1-3 here: http://www.gundamwatch.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=1101
To me, its kinda like seeing younger versions of them. Picture the capes being a symbol of a qualified Lacroan knight and Zero and Tallgeese as rivals in training.
You don't like Tallgeese's thrusters? I thought they were great. They made much more sense then the tiny ones the Gundams had.
I think the big problem with the SD Force kits are that they look so blocky. There's no real character in them.
The G Gundam Mini-Defenders definetly interest me. There's alot of MF/MS in those sets (Shuffle Alliance, Neo-Japan grunts) that didn't get MSiA or kits. I'd love to see Nobel and the Heavenly Kings down the line.
New news on the Dom situation- apparently, Bandai are gonna double-dip with this guy. Initial release will be just him, later followed by him and his Gallop. Now, for a set like Heavy Weapon Captain and Baku and Entengo I can easily understand why they'd do 2 releases. But Dom ALWAYS has his Gallop. Whilst its good for those with low funds, Dom without his Gallop just feels incomplete.
It's not that I don't like the thrusters, I just don't like them attached to the shoulder instead of the back. Tallgeese is hard to pose as it is and the thrusters just limit its movement even moreso.
Ah, now I can see where you're coming from. They're definetly a problem for posing both Tallgeese itself and the Dober Gun/Mega Cannon.
Even more even more SD news. Coming soon-
Commander Sazabi and Zako Red 2-pack
One of Sazabi's special Doga team
Dai-Shogun model kit (some confusion over if this is Ark's Dai shogun or a person getting confused with the RX-78-2 Dai Shogun).
Anyway, to steer this thread away from SD (and hopefully get some discussion going) :
Master Grade Wing Gundam Ver.Ka! The second of the Ver.Ka MG kits, due for release this month. Looks great to me. Interesting how Katoki makes the relationship between Wing and Wing Zero more obvious (in the show, Wing's more like a Wing Zero GM).
Yea, it does look really awesome, but it also looks like the illegitimate child of Burning/God Gundam and Wing Zero Custom.
I think the Early Versions and Customs are a bit of a mixed bag. In some ways they improve on Okawara's designs, yet in others they just go for coolness factor. I think the worst one has to be Deathscythe Early Version. The white head just doesn't look right.
Images of some newer items have been pointed out to me:
Destroyer Dom (Japanese release) http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/urltrurl?lp=ja_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffun.poosan.net%2Fpamela%2Fetc%2Fsd_destroyer%2Fmain.html
Dom certainly takes the record for accessories thus far. Considering he's being sold for the same price as his allies, I can see him doing well (HLJ have already sold out)
Gunbike (Japanese release) http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/urltrurl?lp=ja_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffun.poosan.net%2Fpamela%2Fetc%2Fsd_gunbike%2Fmain.html
Looks like the included figures have pretty bad paint jobs compared to the promotional pics.
SD Epyon (US Release) http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/urltrurl?lp=ja_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffun.poosan.net%2Fpamela%2Fetc%2Fsd_epyon%2Fmain.html
Have to say, I think the new SD style works well for Epyon. Too bad they got lazy on the wings.
Recently ordered Grappler Gouf and Destroyer Dom from HLJ and they arrived today. I know Grappler has been available for a while, but Destroyer only became available this month. So for all those interested to see what it has to offer, here's my review of the Japanese release.
Packaging- The typical thing for a Bandai Japan release and much nicer then the US packaging, Dom comes in a box window box with a slide out tray. The packaging does a good job of keeping the theme of the show- there are dancing Zakos on the bottom and the image on the tray is the Zakarello Gate in the sky above Neotopia (would make a nice display background). The most interesting thing which was on the box of both figures was what appears to be a Zako point token. Since I can't read Japanese I have no idea what this is about, but I'm guessing Japanese fans can trade in the tokens for exclusive merchandise of some sort.
The figure- Dom looks identical to his anime self and is probably the most gimmick laden figure in the line yet. If you've seen the show then you'll know that Dom is a weapons freak and the figure represents that perfectly. In total he comes with 15 weapons! These range from beam cannons and grenades to more eccentric weapons such as a chainsaw and a grabber fist. Most of the weapons can be plugged into Dom via a simple rod into hole setup. Since there are more holes then weapons, there's plenty of potential to be creative.
Dom also has HeavyArms-inspired chest cannons but lacks the glowing mono-eye of the US releases. I'm of a 50-50 opinion on this. Its a nice gimmick but I really don't see much reason for anyone to miss it. Speaking of missing gimmicks... The Gallop tank is completly absent from this release. Its a mystery, especially since Dom's feet can pull off turning into a wheel as they'd need to to pull the Gallop around. Either it was scrapped too late to change the toy or we'll be seeing the Gallop down the line as a seperate item. Its a shame not to see it here but Bandai have more then covered its absence with the huge range of accessories that come with the figure.
Destroyer Dom is probably one of the funnest figures in the line so far. He has great options for both play and display and looks exactly like his show counterpart. Definetly reccomended.
Yeah, I'm aware I'm beating a dead horse but a guy can dream, can't he?
Guneagle has started to appear in the US. A picture can be seen here http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3185844648&category=16464
Also plenty of sightings of the first SEED MSiA.
EDIT- 2 other new SD figures are also popping up, Destroyer Dom and Gold Captain Gundam http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3185608506&category=16464 Destroyer has fewer weapons then the Japanese release and no Gallop. As for Captain, looks like for a while he's gonna be rare as scalpers snap him up.
Damn it where's the new version of Wing Zero, is that ever gonna get released stateside!?!
The one that fires missiles from the Twin Buster Rifle or a new transforming one?
GunEagle will probably be the only SD Gundam figure I'll ever get, but I'd much rather have a Model kit.
A 300 yen GunEagle kit is coming later this month, but after seeing the rest of them I don't think we can expect much. The same kits are apparently also coming to the US this year.
Well, looks like we won't have to suffer with the 300 yen SD kits
A much better looking kit of Zapper is coming, include a feature not found on the action figure- his head mounted cannon from when he, Grappler and Destroyer tried to copy The Black Tri-Stars
I picked up a few sets of the SD Gundam Mini-Defender sets yesterday. I got the two Char's Counterattack sets with the two main ships as playsets (Forgot the actual name of the ships). I do wish that instead of two versions of the Neo Zaku that one of them was a Federation ship so that there could be 5 MS per playset, but oh well.
I also got 3 of the 6 Gundam Fight sets.
Set 1: Gundam Scimitar, MA Murphy (the Helicopter one), Shining Gundam (regular Mode), Spike/Tequila Gundam, MS Pescadore (The blue Aqua MS)
Set 2: Arachno Gundam, MS Butler, Gundam Rose, Gundam Maxter, MS Murphy (The transformed version of the Helicopter MS)
Set 3: Mummy Gundam XIII, Dragon Gundam, Grizzly Gundam, Mummy Gundam IV, Bolt Gundam
For those who have no idea what the Mini-Defenders are, they're 1" tall figures that have basically one pose & that's it, and are basically collectible and displayable. The figures this time are pretty decent, though some of the paint jobs suck.
I long forgot about this....Uh the transforming one but what's this about the missiles?