Sorry y’all, I’m sure this is some kind of record for me being late with the shopping guide. It slipped my mind and I think that’s partly because Gundam Build Divers is over and partly because anime convention season is over. Historically, this is the time of year where there just aren’t as many Gunpla kits coming out as there are in spring and summer.
I just finished a review of Bandai’s Voltron “MiniPla” kit for Anime News Network and when I turned it in I suddenly realized, “Aren’t I forgetting something?” So without further ado, here’s your very late list of September releases and October, if not pre-orders, then just orders!
New Releases for September 2018
Gundam Build Divers is over, but a few of its later models were coming out as recently as October. This is essentially the Impulse Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, but with a prettier color scheme and a massive accessory rifle.
HGBD Impulse Gundam Lancier (pictured above)
Another Divers suit inspired by the Impulse Gundam, only this one is candy-colored and specialized in aquatic combat. Both the Arc and Lancier can swap their upper bodies in the show, and it looks like that remains true for the Gunpla kits, too.
This is Yuki’s final kit in Gundam Build Divers, a Jegan created in his trademark orange. The Blast Master was designed to fit his new fighting style as he transitioned from a front line fighter to a support sniper over the course of the show.
RE/100 Gyunei Guss’s Jagd Doga (pictured at top)
The best contribution of the RE/100 line has been bringing us multiple forms of the Jagd Doga. This latest one, from Char’s Counterattack, features a unique hawk mask and heaps of accessory weapons, including six dynamic funnels rendered mid-launch.
Clearly based on the QAN[T] from Gundam 00, this is another manga spinoff kit, this time from Mobile Suit Gundam 00V: Battlefield Record. It retains the original QAN[T]’s elegant form but beefs up its offense with two blades that can combine into the “GN Gunblade Twin Edge.”
HGUC Moon Gundam (pictured above)
Take one look at this kit’s crescent-shaped “Psycho plate” and you’ll know why they call it Moon Gundam. This is the titular kit of the Gundam Ace manga Mobile Suit Moon Gundam, which takes place in the Universal Century and explains the kit’s conventional silhouette.
My first thought was, “Why didn’t this rifle just come with the Gundam Astray No Name?” Still, it’s true that kit comes with a lot of weaponry already. This gives No Name even more firepower in an accessory that can either be configured into a sniper rifle or a defensive shield.