Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Gundam 00 Movie Trailer

 Today we've got some new footage of the upcoming Gundam 00 movie. It's pretty short, and a little incoherent. The latter of which, I suppose, is only to be expected given how the series came to a close.

A lot of the footage, to me, looks very familiar. Isn't it from the series? Then again, there are rumors floating around that a 00-Raiser Repair will appear in the movie. Most likely in a slight-different form, so as to warrant (or not) the production of a new model kit variant.

Gundam Ace September Issue Scans

Some nice material on Unicorn here, but nothing new in terms of information.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Review: Macross Frontier Fighter Display Figures

When it comes to Macross merchandise, there really aren't too many options for the discerning fans. We usually have only three options: a cheap, flimsy toy; a fragile model kit; or a very, very expensive Chokogin or Yamato figure. The recent success of Macross Frontier, however, has changed things around a bit. We've got a lot more variety to choose from, the the various merchandise available to choose from is of a much higher quality than what we had a few years ago.

Banpresto's Macross Fighter Display series is one such addition. These small display figures are simple plastic models, pre-painted, with no moving parts and only minor self-assembly required.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Robot Damashii Exia

When the Robot Damashii line started up a few years ago, I didn't really know what to think of it. The figures seemed awfully expensive for an update to the "In Action" line of figures. The first figure launched, the Robot Damashii 00 Gundam, however, impressed me greatly, and I've been a fan of the line ever since. Offering the mold accuracy and posability of a plastic model with the durability and painting detail of an action figures, the Robot Damashii line is pretty impressive.

There are, however, a few stinkers--and the Robot Damashii Exia is one of them.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Versus - 77 New Screens

Bandai has released 77 new, stunningly high-resolution screenshots for their latest gundam title, "Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Versus." Extreme Versus is an aracde action game, drawing its roster from the entirety of the Gundam franchise. Expect to see giant mobile suits from Gundam 00, Gundam Wing and Gundam Seed fighting it out with suits from Gundam Victory, Turn A Gundam, and Gundam Unicorn.

Extreme Versus is an Arcade game, built using Playstation 3 hardware. Previous games in the Versus series saw console ports (4 games went to the PS2, another 3 to the PSP). There is no word yet on a PS3 port, but consider it a likely possibility.

Upcoming Damashii Figures - New Images

We've got some new images of upcoming figures in the Robot Damashii line, taken from the Japanese site,

Gundam Unicorn Episode 2 - New Details

Today we've got a bit more information about the upcoming blu-ray release of Gundam Unicorn Episode 2: The Red Comet.

The blu-ray edition will be packaged with a special sleeve (first printing only) featuring an illustration by Katoki Hajime, as well as a 16 page informational booklet. The blu-ray copy will also include Japanese, Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), French and English subtitles. Gundam Unicorn Episode 2 (blu-ray) will be on sale in Japan beginning on November 12, 2010, at an MSRP of 6,080 yen.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Review: MG 1/100 Zeta Gundam - 20th Anniversary Edition

Made specially for the 20th Anniversary of Gundam (a long, long time ago) the shiny metallic-plated rendition of the master-grade Zeta Gundam is still easy to find. It looks incredible, but has all of the same flaws as the Zeta's first master-grade incarnation. It's a cheap kit--and you get what you pay for.

The Zeta's head is typical of the older MG models. A couple polycaps, a two halves of a skull, transparent eyes and forehead-sensor. It looks really cool--but that's just the way the design of the Zeta is--and is molded almost entirely in silver plastic. You have the parts to make two seperate V-Fins on the model: one set that is rigid (as seen in the picture) and the other allows you to fold the V-Fins up in the "transformation" configuration.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Review: Gundam Senki - Record UC 0081

To celebrate (re: capitalize on) the 30th anniversary of Gundam, Bandai released a Playstation 3 game titled, "Gundam Senki: Record UC 0081." Constructed much like an anime OVA, Gundam Senki features a new gundam and offers a sweeping, archetypal gundam narrative in the "gray" period between Mobile Suit Gundam and Zeta Gundam.

The story begins one year after the One Year War ended, as various forces conspire to break the fragile peace. Vast swaths of the Earth are uninhabitable; entire colonies drift in orbit, abandoned. Humankind has returned from the brink of extinction—yet, still, there are those who continue to fight and die. The Gundam franchise has seen hundreds of games, but in my opinion none of them offer the same impressive scope or level of detail as Gundam Senki. Featuring a deeply involved, original single-player storyline, fast-paced arcade-style combat, intuitive controls and an immensely satisfying customization system culminate in what is quite possible the single greatest Gundam game of all time.

Oh, and did I mention--the online multiplayer is astonishing.

On the surface, Gundam Senki offers some fairly nice mobile suit combat in some well-designed environments through a well-executed single player campaign. Dig a little deeper, and you'll soon find a world of customization, item-farming, mobile suit evolution, and painfully addictive online cooperative play (there's also pvp gameplay, but I didn't find it quite as engrossing). The controls are tight and responsive, and the basic gameplay mechanics are all-but flawless.

Review: 1/12000 Legend of Galactic Heroes Fleet File Volume 2

Time to kick off the reviews here with merchandise from everyone's favorite epic space-opera, Heldensagen vom Kosmosinsel! What, don't know what I'm talking about? Yeah: who would? It's Legend of Galactic Heroes.

The Fleet File line of LoGH display figures is really the only option available to anyone who wants a figure of one of the sleek (or boxy, if Freedom's your thing) warships from the OVA series. Unfortunately, because these sets are so expensive, many of us are hesitant to take the plunge--particularly when there aren't any English reviews of the product.

I chose to Fleet File 02. However, this review is applicable to ALL Fleet File sets.

Before I get any further, let me say this: unless you are a die-hard LoGH fan, you will NOT want to buy a Fleet File. And if you ARE a die-hard LoGH fan... you'll probably want to wait until you can find 'em on sale. Here's why: these things are small and cheaply made. And by small, I mean very, very small. You see those two vessels in the first image? The smaller one is about as long as a USA penny--about 2cm long. The bigger one is the biggest of the ships in my collection, measuring about 13cm. On Most of the ships are about 4-6cm long: these are display pieces you can't see without squinting.

Gundam Unicorn Episode 2: Promo Video Released

Kicking off the new blog with some exciting news: the first promotional video for the second episode of the Gundam Unicorn OVA has been released!

The Blu-Ray edition will be available for purchase in Japan on November 12. No word yet on the release date in North America, but does have a page for episode 2.

For those of you visiting here from my old blog, welcome! --And congratulations on finding the place. I won't be posting a link here on the other blog, because I want to keep the two utterly separate. This blog is primarily intended to be a portal for mecha-themed News, Reviews and Opinion pieces. After Gunota left as a while back, the mecha community hasn't really had a decent news site. I intend to remedy that. Here's hoping I don't fail too miserably.