This month I’ve been watching a heck of a lot more Gundam than I’ve been building Gunpla. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans has entered its second cour, so I’m back to reviewing that for Anime News Network. Four episodes and I’ve only confused the former metalman villain Ein and the newly metal Char-clone Gaelio once!

If you weren’t aware Iron-Blooded Orphans was back, you only need to look at October’s new releases to see it taking over the Gunpla stock again. Check out this month’s selection:

New Releases for October 2016



HG Gundam Gusion Rebake Full City (pictured above)

When I say that Iron-Blooded Orphans suits look like they were devised by a Medieval tactician, I’m thinking of suits like this one. On top of its bulky, intimidating build—which includes FOUR ARMS—the Full City comes with a giant pair of pliers that look like the perfect torture device.

HG Reginlaze (Julietta’s Custom)

This is Gjallarhorn’s spiritual successor to the Graze, so you might have to search spellings like “Reginraze” or “Regingraze” to find it. It’s the teal and white square-faced model our favorite butterfly-eating pilot likes to face off in.


HG Gundam Barbatos Lupus (pictured above)

The new Barbatos is here! I can’t see what’s especially wolf-like about it, but I love that it has a complete internal skeleton for improved durability and poseability. Just be ready for some stickers—early reviewers say it comes with a LOT.

HG MS Option Set 5 & Tekkadan Mobile Worker

This fifth and latest option set is meant to add functionality to Barbatos Lupus, including a buster sword, among other weapons, and other types of hands.

HGPG Petitgguy Rapapan Purple & Drum (pictured at top)

Trust me when I say I WILL buy every Petitgguy and create a massive Bearggarmy. It looks like the series is branching out into accessories, since this purple guy comes with a tiny drum.

HGPG Petitgguy Surf Green & Guitar (pictured at top)

…And this green petitgguy comes with his own little guitar! I’m guessing this will all start to make sense after the next cour of Gundam Build Fighters Try begins.

HG Hugo

Here’s the neat blue-and-orange suit that the leader of the Dawn Horizon Corps pirates totally didn’t deserve to pilot. With its weird feet and unique cable grips, it feels complex for a suit we probably won’t see again after episode four.

Pre-orders for November 2016

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