I’ll be honest with you—I haven’t bought any Gunpla since the start of the year! I’ve got a backlog ten Gunpla long, plus there’s that PG Unicorn that is taking both John’s and my full attention to make any progress on.
However, I still love to window shop. This spring has been amazing for it, too. The majority of new models come from recently airing shows (Iron-Blooded Orphans and Gundam Thunderbolt), but there are also a bunch of redone classics, too. Check them out:
New Releases for March 2016
The booster version of Gaelio’s Kimaris from Iron-Blooded Orphans. An imposing model with lots of potential for panel-lining.
Gundam Barbatos 6th Form 1/100 (pictured above)
Just what we needed, a 6th Barbatos! Bandai is really milking this one. This one comes with the ginormous Wrench Mace weapon from the tail end of the show.
The Earth form of Gaelio’s mobile suit. Not every HG comes with a stand, and this one has an especially durable one, so you can pose the suit as it’d appear in mid-air.
The very official looking model that Carta has customized for her rigid style of battle, all pomp and circumstance. A quick build with lots of weapon accessories.
This isn’t exactly a Gunpla, but a figure with more assembly than usual. It comes with a base and armor that goes on top, and parts are glued together. A very unusual piece.
New Releases for April 2016
MG Freedom Gundam Ver. 2.0 (pictured at top)
Gundam Seed continues to have some of the most popular Gunpla models out there, and now we’re getting an updated MG of Kira’s suit. Love those wings!
The RE/100 scale is doing its job, bringing suits that would otherwise never get made to Gunpla form. This one hails from the video game Mobile Suit Gundam: Cross Dimension 0079.
A larger version of McGillis’s suit from Iron-Blooded Orphans. It’s interesting to see how quickly suits from this show are making it to larger sizes, compared to Reconguista in G before it.
Couldn’t find Ein’s ridiculous cyborg “body” many places; looks like it’s selling out fast. Larger than other Iron-Blooded Orphans suits, it’s like Zeta’s Psycho Gundam for modern times.
Oh yeah, there’s another Gundam show right now. The Thunderbolt Gundam is one detailed HG, with plenty of firepower and shields.
HG Zaku II + Big Gun (Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.) (pictured above)
It’s hard to tell what the selling point is here—the gun or the Zaku! The gun is even larger than the suit, a perfect match for the heavily armed Gundam Thunderbolt.
Also known as Waffu, Vaffu, and Vaff. It’s clearly a riff on the Zaku, and its monochrome coloring would look great with a matte topcoat.
The Revive series has brought us a lot of re-releases of classic suits. Goufs aren’t exactly rare, so I’ll be looking to see what this latest version brings to the model.
Pre-orders for May 2016
- SD Legend BB Knight Superior Dragon
- HG GM (Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.)
- HG High Mobility Type Zaku II ‘Psycho Zaku’ (Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.)
- HG Gundam Astaroth
- HG Zaku I (Denim/Slender)
- HGUC Gyan Revive
- RG GNT-0000 00 QAN[T]