Like I wrote during the early days of the pandemic, I know you don’t come to Gunpla 101 to discuss the state of the world—rather, this website may well serve as an escape from it. But we can’t ignore this massive global civil rights movement, especially as it is unfolding here in the US where we’re based.
Activism in favor of human rights has always been a major theme in Gundam media. Since this franchise doesn’t shy away from being political, neither will we. Let’s leave no room for ambiguity: Gunpla 101 and our staff stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. We are committed to making this website a fun and compassionate space for everyone, and look forward to amplifying even more fan voices in the future.
We’d like to take a moment to highlight Gundam Planet, which put out a fantastic statement about the protests on social media and will soon be doing a Gunpla giveaway to support the movement. It’s admirable of this niche Gunpla company to put their principles first—so I hope you’ll consider doing some of your Gunpla shopping with them this month. Here is a full list of the new releases and preorders available for May and June:
New Releases for May 2020
A combination of “Saturn” and “Six,” this is Hiroto’s sixth Gundam configuration in his bespoke Planet system. Keep in mind that this is just an armor set that is compatible with the Core Gundam. Unlike with the Earthree kit, the Core Gundam is not included.
Apparently the Saturnix also comes with this extra support accessory—a big ol’ drill. With the show on hold, I don’t think we know what the Saturnix’s specialty is yet, but the color scheme and box art are giving me desert vibes.
HGBD:R Uraven Gundam (pictured above)
This one is a combination of “Uranus” and “Seven,” and it does come with the Core Gundam included. I have to say the Planet System was an inventive way for Bandai Hobby to keep us buying more Gunpla.
MG Gundam Kyrios (pictured at top)
Allelujah’s transforming mecha is the latest kit to join the Master Grade line. The primary gimmick here is the GN Shield, which can transform into a pincer claw just like in Gundam 00.
Mass-produced mobile suits have never looked so sleek. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is a show with a lot of visual style, and I’m loving this Earth Alliance grunt’s latest iteration.
Did you know that 2019 marked the 15th anniversary of Gundam SEED Destiny? That’s why it started getting so many new kits at the end of last year. The celebration continues with this newly flexible Infinite Justice, which has been remastered for increased poseability.
Pre-Orders for June 2020
- HGBD:R Wodom Pod
- HGBD:R TBD Villain Gundam New Armor Item*
- HGBD:R Villain Gundam New Weapons*
- SDBD:R EX Valkylander
- HG RX-78-2 Gundam [Beyond Global]
*Obviously, these final names are yet to be revealed!