Gunpla Pre-orders and New Releases for May-June 2016


Seasons come and go, but Gunpla is constant—Bandai always makes sure we have more to buy. Personally, I’ve been watching more Gundam than building models (check out my reviews of Gundam X part 1 and Gundam ZZ part 1 at Anime News Network), but I always keep an eye out for the latest releases.

This month’s mix is sadly lacking a Master Grade, but otherwise includes a little of everything. Check it out below:

New Releases for May 2016

RG GNT-0000 00 QAN[T] (pictured at top)

Pronounced “Double-Oh Quanta,” this obscure Real Grade hails from the Gundam 00 movie. This kit shares Exia’s familiar pointed shoulder pads.

HG GM (Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.)

Here’s one for anybody who couldn’t wait to pre-order the Gundam Thunderbolt blu-ray. A sturdy suit in cool color tones that early reviewers are calling flexible and articulate.

HG High Mobility Type Zaku II `Psycho Zaku` (Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.)

The most psychotic thing about this Zaku is the sheer amount of accessories it comes with—a bazooka, machine gun, heat hawk, and more!


HG Gundam Astaroth (pictured above)

Gundam Astaroth hails from a Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans side story that isn’t available in English, so I’d never seen it before. However, it has quite a past, as its asymmetrical appearance suggests.

HG Zaku I (Denim/Slender)

It’s all in the name—it’s a slimmer version of the original Zaku, and it’s got denim-blue detailing. Not very flashy on its own, but great for Universal Century dioramas.

HGUC Gyan Revive

Looks like we’ll never be hurting for classic Mobile Suit Gundam suits. This latest Gyan is advertised to be more articulate and proportional than previous models.


SD Legend BB Knight Superior Dragon (pictured above)

What’s crimson and gold and shimmery all over? This fancy SD swaps between two modes—knight and dragon form.

Pre-orders for June 2016