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We’re jumping onto White Base… AHHHHHHHHHH!!!

September 16, 2009

“The world right now is a swirling mess of colours. The truth is right in front of you, but how much is the real truth, and how much was added in during the time it took for the news to arrive to you?”


There was a Gundam Fiesta at Compass point today in celebration for the 30th anniversary of the Gundam series… though it’s not so much as a “fiesta” than a small fair. Nevertheless, it is a mecha event, and it would be sacrilege in the least if I were to spend the day at home Dwarven Sniping rather than soaking up the Gundam series’ latest mechanical war machine, questionable design notwithstanding.

Let’s start with the front door… at least from my arrival direction.

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Guardian statues... should not be like the middle one.

The infamous pair right at the doorstep, waiting to welcome you.

Straight in is a timeline of the Gundam metaverse, plastered across the temporary wall. Quite a lot in just 30 years, seeing as various series were the work of various people. There can be no doubt thought that without Yoshiyuki Tomino, there would be no Gundam. At the very least, the real robot genre would not be as developed as it is now.

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A memory lane spanning 30 years.

It would take a year if you rush-watched this, and we’re leaving the novels and other assorted backstory material out of this… for now.

As if the picture description wasn’t enough, Bandai throws in a section displaying mostly MG kits, right from the RX-78-2 to the Turn A, all involved series sharing the ending of Turn A as Tomino saw fit.

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First six from left to right, top to bottom.

RX-78-2 Gundam, MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam, FA-010S Double Zeta Gundam, RX-93 v Gundam, RX-78NT-1 Gundam “Alex”, and RX-78GP-01Fb Gundam Full Vernian  “Zephyranthes”.

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Second batch, same format.

F91 Gundam F91, LM314V21 Victory 2 Gundam, GF13-017NJ Shining Gundam, XXXG-01W Wing Zero Gundam, GX-9900-DV Gundam X Divider, and finally the RX-79[G]Ez-8 Gundam Ez-8.

Wait a minute, the Victory 2 and Wing Zero have no MG!

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The last two...

XXXG-00W0 Wing Zero Gundam Endless Waltz Version, SYSTEM -99 (WD-M01) Turn  Gundam.

Of course, no anniversary celebration would be complete without cracking the ice-box and bringing out the old, preserved stuff. The organizers did not disappoint. If you thought Victory Gundam kits were old stuff, take a look at the really old stuff… as in, 1980s model kits “old stuff”.

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Even in the old days, the money-making potential of a seperate weapons set was evident.

Oh-so-delicious coporate gimmicking. Nevertheless, it’s a good gimmicking.

There is something I must say here however. An old 1/144 RX-78-2 kit from way back has more articulation than a modern NG 1/144. Is Bandai trying to tell us that the limited color palette on the NG 1/144 kits actually help it sell better than articulation… or that they can’t afford to keep it cheap if they added both?

To counterbalance, right next to “Memory Lane” as I dub the entrance section with the two doorguards are displayed Bandai’s newest products, 1/100 NG model kits of the Gale Strike and Hale Buster from the new SEED vs Astray manga spin-off of the Gundam SEED universe.

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Bad pair Number 1.

Hale-tan (to the right) has been the unfortunate reciever of many internet comments about his design and original color scheme, some well-intentioned and a minority of others being trolling BS. Same goes for Gale-tan, to the left.

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Bad Pair Number 2.

Well, looking at the designs for these units I must say that whatever the designers were tasked to do, it certainly didn’t include “be creative”. I mean, reusing designs for storyline purposes are one thing, but in the case of Nix-san and to a certain extent the others, I think they took it a bit too far.

But enough about new-age products! Let’s return to the fan favourites.

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The talk of the town.

No matter if it’s a resale of a previously released model, there’s no doubt that this is going to turn out an excellent kit. If Bandai doesn’t pull a fast one on me by releasing the Blue Frame Third in some 1/100 form, then I might get this to seal my Astray collection (well, thus far anyways).

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The plot for SEED V.S. Astray.

Well now, where have I heard this before…?

Like any big-name company out to sell their products to customers of all ages, Bandai has mad a foray into environmentally-healthy products. Aside from the usual procedures and measures they take to reduce waste plastic in the making of model kits (not to mention using solar panels to power their factories LOL), Bandai has introduced a new line of Gunpla called Ecopla. Supposedly they’re made from waste plastic…

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I suppose they decompose faster if you left them out in the rain...?

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This is a model kit of Bandai's Gunpla making factory at scale 1/... what?

While the display isn’t for sale, the small machines in it certainly are! What better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam franchise than to buy a scale model of a machine that makes Gunpla?

And now, on to the section for 00 Season 2 kits!

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1/100 kits of the famous four in the second season.

00 Gundam’s looking a bit short there, eh?

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Other 00 Season 2 kits not fortunate enough to make the 1/100 NG line.

Basically, just about EVERYTHING except for the aforementioned four.

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You know why people buy SDs? They've great playability!

A great alternative to the supremely expensive Robot Spirits line, isn’t it?

And on Robot Spirits, it seems that Gundam models of that line (or those that I’ve seen) are significantly cheaper than their other counterparts. A Side[MS] Robot Spirits model is 2/3 the price of a Side[LFO] model! Wonder if there’s something to this…

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A winning entry made by one Benjamin Wong.

I’m not sure what to call this… diorama? But anyways, amazing details if you ask me, and that’s not saying the background. There was another original submission beside it featuring the Regnant’s arm and an 00 Raiser Gundam, but I forgot to snap a shot of it. T_T

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UC MG kits.

Situated a short while away from the 00 kit display section were MG kits. There’re a hell lot of ’em, so I’ve choosen a representative picture to represent them. Basically they had every MG kit made up on display, or at least close to all of them(how many remakes did they do?).

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MG Hi-v Gundam.

Never knew they had this guy.

Right next to the MG section are more original works on display. Some were first-prize contenders from previous competitions, but there were others I’ve never seen before…

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The Hildolfr, from the MS Igloo movies. Haven't watched any one of them yet.

… Like this. You’d expect something like this out of Armoured Core, but this is even better.

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Legs are redundant on this.

The Perfect Zeong has a white elephant for a lower body, if you ask me. Nonetheless this is an awesome piece of work.

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Type-61 MBT

Still… simplicity is the best.

Next in the display line were Unicorn kits and new releases.

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The very sexy (and very time-consuming to build) MG Sinanju.

New to the HGUC line is the Kshatriya.

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So much plastic!

Quite obvious from here that there’s a balancing problem in the making.

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Gachapon at an event like this?!

Well the top half were what seems to be like it. The bottom introduces to us the 1/144 HG Rib- I mean, Reborns Gundam, the Seravee Gundam GNHW/R and the 0 Gundam Rollout Colors. All newly minted, and some not even yet.

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Had to be seen to be believed.

The thing that caught my eye, however, was this very awesome diorama of a battle between United Nations forces and Celestial Being from Gundam 00. The Union Flag, Tieren and Enact mods have to be seen to be believed.

Ok, this time it’s a bit short. The space for the event was, according to a poster, close to the same size as the display area of the RX-78-2’s back in Odaiba (They had a foot imprint on the front entrance). Basically (I went twice) the entire area was covered in a half-hour, first with Ebon Headquarters, then Gen. Raisha. This is basically a summary event of Gundam since 1979, showcasing what it has, what’s it going to have, and what it will have. They were selling kits there, but the 1/144s weren’t what I was looking for and the 1/100s were either Unicorn kits with too hefty a tag for me to foot on the spot, or they were old  NG 1/100 kits.

Come to think of it I could have used a NG 1/100 Blitz… 😦

Ah, well.

I remember an entire section dedicated to SD Gundams. I don’t really dig those, but I did see some nice 1/100 scale kits of former SD Gundams… Probably Musha Gundam conversions?

Well in a nutshell, I skipped the SD section. I have close to zero photos for it, I have no knowledge about it, and I do hope that none of you mind that.

There was another event there, a competition for kids to see who could assemble their Gunpla the fastest. I tell ya, some of them have killer fingers with their NG 1/144 Kyrios competition sets… I would take at least twice as long to assemble one. Slowly position my hand and cut a piece out, leaving some extra plastic to file down at the end, blah blah blah… Well, each to his own.

The good thing is, I didn’t get any loot this time. The better thing is…

I’ll get a second, better chance to get what I want. Ami/Mami figures, you’re mine(hopefully)!

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6 comments

  1. Ecopla doubles as a chia pet when left in the rain. When left in the sun, you might think it’ll shrivel up, but instead it starts to grow more hair. XD


  2. You mean heat turns it into a furry?!


  3. XD Of course not. If it does, i’ll murder Bandai…
    …And a small population of furries with my slaughter daggers.


  4. I don’t know If I said it already but …This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean


  5. […] Out of the event, The class=”mceItemHidden”> Exia R2 and 0 Gundam were purchased. You can find a more detailed compendium of the event at CF’s Hanger Bay here: https://thehangerbay.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/were-jumping-onto-white-base/ […]


  6. Great, this serie is the best. It is cool to the bone.



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