Happy New Year, Gunpla fans! Have you set any Gunpla New Year’s resolutions yet? No worries if not; we’re all just trying to live in these difficult times and get whatever joy possible out of our hobbies. I for one am excited to simply build more Gunpla this year, and the rest is up in the air!
My Gundam wishes for 2022 include watching Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island and figuring out what The Witch From Mercury is about. It’s great to have new Gundam properties to look forward to, plus the new Gunpla they will inevitably spawn! For now, here are our new releases for December 2021 and pre-orders for January 2022:
Gunpla New Releases for December 2021
HG Blazing Gundam (pictured at top)
A former Target exclusive, this kit is inspired by G-Gundam’s God Gundam, and has the bright colors and dynamic physique to match. But unlike “Shining Finger,” this kit has a glowing foot that implies a kick attack!
I’m more surprised that the Zaku II wasn’t in the HGUC series already! It looks a lot like previous iterations of the same suit; the real difference is in ease of build and poseability.
This is technically an HGBB (Breaker Battlogue) kit, but I’ll take any excuse for the Perfect Strike Freedom to join the HG line. A piece of wire is what makes the suit’s iconic Schwert Gewehr weapon poseable.
The Entry Grade is here to stay with an even more established version of Gunpla’s first mobile suit.
On the other side of the coin, there’s this bare-bones version of the Strike Gundam that’s made to be a quick build with minimal packaging.
SDW Heroes Qiongqi Strike Freedom Gundam (pictured above)
Sometimes listed as Ryuki Strike Freedom Gundam. (I think it’s the Chinese and Japanese readings of the same kanji characters). Do you think this thing has enough weapons on it?
The clear purple mask and Egyptian flair give this suit a regal feel worthy of its namesake. It’s so embellished that, other than the shoulders, I can barely see the influence of Qubeley here!