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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Aluus » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:54 am

Exia was the last MG I built and one of my favorites. The build is unique and the design is just... in a word... AWESOME!

EDIT: Apparently, dalong.net doesn't like when I use their images so just click on the links instead

Now, regarding the Nemo... Look at these.

I'll admit... Not the most flashy of suits, and he got very little screen time in Z.

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m88/p/m88_02.jpg

This is the inner frame of the suit. Not to shabby given the price I paid.

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m88/p/m88_20.jpg

With the right customizations, this guy can be a little badass! First pic has the ballute system as part of the customization. Out of the box he already comes set up for equipping that.

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He was $33.88 from http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com

For comparison, that's only a few dollars more than a MG Ball and the same as some of the older version 1.0 kits. This guy comes with a full inner frame (excluding some parts at the shoulders), an extra joint in the wrists allowing him to bend his hands up and down, a bunch of moving and working pistons in his legs and so on.

Double-jointed wrists.

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m88/p/m88_26.jpg

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m88/p/m88_27.jpg

Hip mechanism for added posing.

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m88/p/m88_30.jpg

And here's what I'm talking about. Look at all the details and gimmicks in his legs alone.

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m88/p/m88_55.jpg

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m88/p/m88_56.jpg

http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m88/p/m88_57.jpg

From what I can tell, the MG Nemo was basically a test bed for all the new designs and tech put into the 2.0 kits. The only reason he's so cheap is because he's sort of under the radar. Slap a v-fin on this guy and rename him and he'd fly off the shelves I think. Dalong gives him a rating of 96. That's 2 less than the MG Zeta 2.0, MK 2.0's and even the brand new MG Duel Assault Shroud. It's the same rating as the MG Deathscythe.

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:38 pm

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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:57 pm

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Blurrz wrote:http://blog.yahoo.com/cybergundam/articles/625154/index

http://blog.yahoo.com/cybergundam/articles/625155/index

Looks like there's new recolors of Nemo being released


How difficult is it to locate a Nemo?
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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby Blurrz » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:40 pm

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chuckdawg1999 wrote:
Blurrz wrote:http://blog.yahoo.com/cybergundam/articles/625154/index

http://blog.yahoo.com/cybergundam/articles/625155/index

Looks like there's new recolors of Nemo being released


How difficult is it to locate a Nemo?


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Re: American Era Gundam Toy Discussion

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:15 am

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Blurrz wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:
Blurrz wrote:http://blog.yahoo.com/cybergundam/articles/625154/index

http://blog.yahoo.com/cybergundam/articles/625155/index

Looks like there's new recolors of Nemo being released


How difficult is it to locate a Nemo?


http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN941042


Wow that easy. Thanks for uh, what's that word, when you locate something, what is it...
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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

Motto: "The man, the myth, the legend... yeah right."
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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

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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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