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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:06 am

It's only about 100 yen (about $1) more with shipping to order from gundamstoreandmore.com and since it ships from Michigan as opposed to JAPAN, you'll get it a lot faster (assuming you live in the US.)

http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/ban941042.html
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:26 am

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Aluus wrote:It's only about 100 yen (about $1) more with shipping to order from gundamstoreandmore.com and since it ships from Michigan as opposed to JAPAN, you'll get it a lot faster (assuming you live in the US.)

http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/ban941042.html


faster and cheaper wow.

Thanks for uh, what's that word, when you locate something, uh....
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:32 am

Hehe. I hit up Ako Hobby for some custom parts. None of them are designed for the nemo actually. I ordered some that are upgrades for the GM Kai. With a little tweaking, i should be able to make them work. This will be my first custom. It's not the painting, sanding, cutting, gluing or assembling that bugs me. It's the painting. That part will most likely suck donkey balls. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Slayershoop » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:25 pm

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So AGE second Gen...not bad, Asemu is inherently less annoying than Flit, and the Emily type character is not a psycho b---h. Dique's kid is annoying though. I will say, having Woolf and Milas back is great, and AGE-2 is growing on me. Also, QAN(t) very good kit, especially if you cut out a square from the polycap frame and shove it in the waist to fix the balance. I didn't like the movie at all, but the kit is much better than anything about that movie (space flower, my ass). Also, getting the BTR or resin Sword IV for it makes it even better.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:33 am

I start off trying to build a customized MG Nemo... I wind up with something that can only be called a high-performance, high-mobility, GUNDAM with only 40% of it's parts still being from the Nemo. WTF MAN?!

I'll upload some pics once I get it cleaned up and primed.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:26 pm

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haha nice.

I'm just waiting on the MG Blitz.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Godzillabot Primal » Fri May 11, 2012 11:02 am

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Hi, I'm new to the gundam game. I've never seen any of the cartoons but I've got one model. And have more then a few in mind to buy

But I have a few questions first

Are there any that you'd recommend? (My roof price is in the mid thirties)

Which size is bigger, 1/144 or 1/100?

Is eHobby a good place to perchase them? Or is someplace else?
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Fri May 11, 2012 1:08 pm

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1/100 is bigger.

I'd suggest starting off with 1/100 No Grade Exia. That one's a fun piece and pretty inexpensive too.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Godzillabot Primal » Fri May 11, 2012 3:23 pm

Motto: "Roll out!"
Blurrz wrote:1/100 is bigger.

I'd suggest starting off with 1/100 No Grade Exia. That one's a fun piece and pretty inexpensive too.


Thanks, have you ordered from eHobby? :D
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Sat May 12, 2012 4:04 pm

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Yes, they are good :)
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Godzillabot Primal » Sat May 12, 2012 4:18 pm

Motto: "Roll out!"
Blurrz wrote:Yes, they are good :)


Thanks, one last question, Is the good prices to compensate for the shipping cost? :-?
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Sat May 12, 2012 4:25 pm

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Where are you located? There are some decent North American websites too to order Gunpla from.

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Godzillabot Primal » Sat May 12, 2012 4:44 pm

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Blurrz wrote:Where are you located? There are some decent North American websites too to order Gunpla from.



*Cough* *Cough* not *Cough* allowed *Cough* to *Cough* tell you *Cough* that *Cough* information *Cough*










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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby DISCHARGE » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:58 am

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Roadbuster » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:26 am

Okay, I';m going to AWA on Saturday and I'm looking to get me a model or two to build. I'm not looking for anything Perfect Grade since anyhting that would interest me, I have in a Master grade scale.

I've considered going for Epyon or Unicorn, but I am looking for other options. What's come out lately in the MG's that is good?
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:01 pm

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TALLGEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Master Grade Tallgeese announced!!!! January 2013, JUST in time for my birthday!
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:35 pm

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby CelticDragon » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:49 am

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I've recently started putting together some of the models (I just finished Gundam AGE FX that my husband got me for my birthday :D ). I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or thoughts on the appropriateness of any of the models for children. Are there any sizes or levels of difficulty that would work for someone in the age range of 8-10? Probably not the ones I've worked on but it looked like there might be some that were larger pieces and fairly straightforward.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Delta Magnus » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:37 pm

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I've always been more of an Evangelion guy myself, although I have started watching Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, which is awesome, although I really need to get back to it.

I really ought to get some of the models. I love the GN Archer, which coincidentally works really well as the base for a customized female jet Transformer. The RX-79(G) is another favourite of mine as well. Impressive looking but not too flashy.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Convotron » Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:49 am

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Wow...time to dust this thread off a bit!

Well, seeing as the latest Gundam TV series is now airing in Japan, I think it is as fine a time as any to try to get some life back into Gundam discussion here.

So far, I'm enjoying Gundam Build Fighters. I know that many vocal critics in the Gundam fandom have voiced dislike over the change of setting and how it is an unabashed Gundam product commercial. I disagree with those basic criticisms.

First, to address criticism over the fact that it's not a typical war drama and that it's metafiction, I think it's a good thing. Frankly, we have 30+ years of Gundam fiction that stick to generally more serious tones. Having one full fledged TV series that veers away from the typical Gundam story set up will not destroy the brand.

I also speculate that Bandai/Sunrise is recognizing that the fans of Gundam who grew up in previous decades are not going to be around forever. In order to usher in new fans so that Gundam can be around for another 30+ years, a TV series and product line that is geared towards the uninitiated is a good idea.

I assume that Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G performed well enough to warrant expanding on that concept of a metafictional Gundam story to create a full TV series and tied in product line. It seems like that MSGBBG was the prototype for GBF.

Now as far as GBF being one big commercial for Gundam products, well, Gundam from the beginning was a vehicle for selling products(toys, model kits, etc.). That's just the fact of the matter. From what I've seen so far, I don't see GBF being a shameless advertisement for products.

It's early but so far while GBF is metafiction where gunpla is a product used by the protagonists and antagonists, rather than beating the viewer over the head with "Buy our stuff!", the story focuses on arguably valuable notions such as taking pride in building and customizing your gunpla beyond just snapping the model kit together. It also encourages customizing/kitbashing. These are notions that I think are wonderful for encouraging in the apparent main audience for GBF(kids new to the plamo hobby). Such messages in the story will hopefully remove the perception of inaccessibility of higher level model kit work.

The story is by no means revolutionary. It doesn't do anything so far that we haven't seen before. However, it doesn't mess anything up either. It combines the tried and true coming of age journey for the main protagonist(Iori Sei) with familiar elements such as a mysterious friend/ally(Reiji), the desire to aspire to become better(Sei's desire to do well in Gunpla Battle), a charismatic and somewhat mysterious formidable antagonist(Yuki Tatsuya), and a frame for conflict resolution as well as a medium for self development(Gundam Battle game).

As far as the Gunpla announced and released so far, I like the look of the HGBF kits. I have a Build Strike and a Zaku Amazing on their way to me. I like how these ready-made kits can show kids the ways that plamo hobbyists can make something like the original Strike Gundam or the Zaku II into something different with a bit of imagination. I also see the GBF MS designs as a sort of Mobile Suit Variations line up created by Gundam fans of the GBF world.

To finish off my thoughts on Gundam Build Fighters, I just want to add that I'm a Gundam fan that normally gravitates mostly to Universal Century stories and MS designs. I didn't think that I would have such a positive response to GBF when I first heard of the series announcement. However, when I take a step back to look at what the series intentions are and how it has been carried out so far, I see it as a positive step for the Gundam brand. If this series can bring in fans that will grow up and share their love for Gundam with their kids in 10, 20, or 30 years time, just like Sei's father has done in the story, then I think a single diversion from the typical Gundam story is a good thing.
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Roadbuster » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:16 am

I'm surprised this thread for put on the shelves myself, especially when we just had the closest thing we'll ever have to an anime-accurate Wing Zero as a Mastergrade, which actually was a pretty spiffy kit despite a few flaws.

I have done the Master Grade Wing, both versions and I will say that despite being somewhat bland in comparison, Wing Gundam (anime) beats out the ver Ka. Ver. Ka is basically WZC retooled with a different set of wings, bird mode, shield, and a Buster rifle that cannot remain in the hand. The anime version is it's own unique mold with excellent joints, better proportioned to the High grade, suffers from no weight distribution issues, has a means of keeping the buster rifle in hand with the claw.

I've been working on 00 Quan[t] and all I can say is bandai really should have given it another few months designing and developing it rather than rushing it to coincide with the movie. The suit itself is fine but when you add the pack, it suffered from serious torso weight distributions without painting or modding, and the hands do not do a good job of holding the GN sword like Exia could. The joints themselves are also too lose without paint. One thing I will definitely give a plus to is the decals will apply easily compared to other models.

I'm thinking of dipping into a non-Gundam suit next though I really want to add a MG Heavyarms ver. Ka to my collection.

For the non Gundams I'm looking at:

MG Tallgeese
Sinanju
Gouf Custom (08th MS Team)

Any suggestions?
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:25 pm

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Jesterhead » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:20 pm

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Agreed, moar Tallgeese!

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby ScottyP » Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:13 pm

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Gundam kits are showing up at Barnes and Noble stores everywhere now, apparently. I picked up a MG Wing Zero this weekend. I guess we're in a new era of American Gundam stuff? :)
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Mkall » Sat May 17, 2014 12:06 am

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Mkall's going Gundam!

In a small way at least. I'm getting into some of the Robot Spirits figures. At first it was to create the teams of my two favourite series (Wing and 00), but then I noticed some other cool looking suits. So I grab them once in a while.

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