Holiday Gifts for Gundam Fans 2019

Beginner Gunpla Kits

Our 2019 picks for new builders.

Mid-Level Gunpla Kits

Gifts for Gunpla fans of most levels.

Advanced Gunpla Kits

Challenging kits for model masters.

Lifestyle Gifts

Gifts for showing off Gundam fandom.

Movies and Manga

The media behind the Gunpla.

Tools and Accessories

Enhance the building process.

Previous Gunpla 101 Holiday Gift Guides

Holiday 2014

Holiday 2017

Beginner Gunpla Kits

Guidance for Gift Givers: When shopping for beginners, it’s a good idea to look for High Grade (HG) or Super Deformed (SD) kits. These grades have lots of availability, low price points, and not too many parts. They’re great for new builders as well as those pressed for time—most of these kits can be built in under an hour!

HGCE Destiny Gundam (Heine Westenfluss Custom)

We like to think of this as the “shiny Pokemon” verson of the HGCE Destiny. That kit’s pink wings and blue accents are replaced here with bright tangerine and green for a color shift that seriously pops.

HGPG Petitgguy Chara’gguy Ayame

This Gundam Build Divers cutie gets a Beargguy costume in her signature purple. You can take her ninja mask on or off or even put the Beargguy face over her head when she’s feeling shy!

SD Gundam Cross Silhouette Sisquiede

This prototype mobile suit from the SD Gundam G Generation video game was designed to answer one question: “What if Zeon made a mono-eye Gundam?” The answer: it’d look pretty cool! Comes in both AEUG and Titans colorways.

Haropla Mobile Haro

Now that this beloved Gundam mascot has a set of arms and legs, there’s no stopping him! This silly kit combines the cute and recognizable Haro with a dynamic new action unit.

Mid-Level Gunpla Kits

Guidance for Gift Givers: Some High Grade kits with a lot of layers of armor (like anything from Gundam Unicorn) are better for modelers who have built at least one kit before. High Resolution Models (HiRM) can be a good stepping stone before modelers tackle more complicated Master Grade (MG) kits, though some MG kits are good for intermediate builders who have built several HG and want something more complex. These kits may take a few hours, or even days, to build.

HGUC Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex (Unicorn Mode) (Narrative Ver.) [Gold Coating]

This gorgeous golden Phenex used to be a Gundam Base exclusive you had to travel all the way to Tokyo to get! Now this this gold-plated stunner is ready for its worldwide debut. An HG with complexities that make it more challenging than most of its grade.

High-Resolution Model Gundam Astray Noir 1/100

The High Resolution Model series costs more in exchange for taking less time to build. With a sophisticated pre-built inner frame and gorgeous, glossy armor on top, it doesn’t take much to make it the center of your collection.

Re/100 Vigna Ghina II

Like its predecessor, Mobile Suit Gundam F91‘s Vigna Ghina II was too complex for a High Grade release. It’s right at home in the Re/100 grade. With a larger 1:100 scale and bigger proportions, this kit’s unusual sculpt and trademark silhouette have room to shine. 

HGUC Narrative Gundam A-Packs

This kit may be a High Grade, but its added accessories make it massive. Elaborate riding armor, complete with multiple expansion and deployment gimmicks, makes Narrative Gundam as formidable as it appears in the 2019 Gundam NT movie. You’re going to need some extra space on the display shelf!

Advanced Gunpla Kits

Guidance for Gift Givers: These kits are great for experienced modelers who have built at least five to ten kits of various difficulties. Real Grade (RG) kits are similar to Master Grade in difficulty, but in the 1/144 scale which makes some of them tricky. These Gunpla are more complicated and may take a week or more to build.

MG GN-002 Gundam Dynames

Lockon Stratos’ fan-favorite mobile suit finally joins the Master Grade line! This kit has a flexible inner frame allowing it to recreate all of Stratos’ iconic sniper poses, plus the accessories and gimmicks to bring them to life. If this means we’re going to get each boy’s Gundam 00 suit, this is a promising beginning. 

MG Sinanju Stein Version Ka

Normally outfitted in red and black, the Sinanju gets a completely different look for the 2019-release Gundam Narrative movie. Now it joins the Version Ka line of Master Grade with its own distinctive profile. Comes with great-looking waterslide decals, making it the perfect opportunity to learn a new Gunpla-building skill. 

RG Crossbone Gundam X1

A 1/144 model that carefully replicates every pirate’s favorite Gundam down to the smallest embellishment. From the tiny skull motifs to the transformable gimmicks and cape, this is the most intricate version we’ve seen of this already detailed kit. Tricky but worth the extra effort!

PG Gundam Exia Lightning Mode Kit

For big spenders, this is a 1:60 scale kit that will keep you busy for at least 3 weeks of intense building (at least in our experience building a Perfect Grade)! This intense version of Gundam 00‘s signature mobile suit can be fitted with an LED kit to glow in the dark just like our PG Gundam Unicorn

Lifestyle Gifts

Guidance for Gift Givers: From clothing to accessories, these gifts are great for the Gunpla fan who doesn’t mind wearing their fandom on their literal sleeve. Not all of these gifts are official merchandise; some are fan creations (made by friends of Gunpla 101) that pay homage to the Gundam franchise.

Ashe Blitzen Gundam Deco

Ashe isn’t just a Gunpla 101 contributor and talented builder, she’s also an accomplished resin caster. Her love of Gunpla informs her keychains, phone charms, magnets, and other accessories, which can be shaped like Zugokkuframe Amuro in a glitter star, or a number of Gundam-inspired designs.

Gundam RX-78-2 Shield Bag

This item comes from an official partnership from the Tokyo-based Cospa store, which sells both cosplay and anime-inspired clothing and accessories. This imported bag fits your cell phone or portable game console while showing off your Gundam fandom to anyone you pass.

Gundam 40th Anniversary Uniqlo Tee

I checked out the Uniqlo Gundam collab when it first came to America this April. Back then it was $15 a shirt, but the price has been reduced to $6! These thick, high-quality tees are durable enough to survive dozens of washes and their classy designs show off your Gundam obsession to an elegant, subtle effect.

Rideth Mochi “Beast of Possibility” Tote

In the Gundam fan art community, Rideth is famous for his stunning, almost abstract portrayals of some of the franchise’s most recognizable mobile suits. If you missed him at Otakon and Crunchyroll Expo, you can still pick up some of his most iconic artwork on his Society6 page. I love his “Beast of Possibility” design—I wore it on a shirt to the Gundam Narrative movie showing and got tons of compliments!

Custom Mini Gunpla Box Magnets

We’re smitten with these miniature Gunpla boxes made by modeler Kevin Lee. Pick any Gundam kit you like, and Kevin can make a custom magnet based on it! Not only are they perfect replicas of real Gunpla boxes, but they’re also functional: they open and close for a teensy bit of storage.

Movies and Manga

Guidance for Gift Givers: In 1979, a toy company called Clover sponsored Mobile Suit Gundam with the intent to use the show to advertise robot toys. Today, the show’s influence goes way beyond its initial role as a vehicle to sell toys! This section features the movies, shows, and manga (comics) that inspire Gundam model kits.

Mobile Fighter G-Gundam Ultra Edition Blu-Ray Set

25 years after its release, G-Gundam gets a comprehensive, jam-packed box set that is just as over the top as the show is! Remastered color and smooth audio make the latest Blu-Ray transfer the ultimate way to watch this cult classic. Want to learn more? Check out my review on Anime News Network.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing The Glory Of Losers Vol. 1

Take a deeper dive into the world of Gundam Wing with this comprehensive manga that delves even further into the adventures of Heero, Duo, Trowa, Quatre, and Wufei. Closely following the story of the TV show, “Glory of Losers” also touches on each protagonist’s motivations and backstory in a way the anime didn’t have time to do. It’s required reading for diehard Gundam Wing fans!

Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower Blu Ray

2019’s first Gundam film release picks up where Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky left off. This gritty look at another battlefront of the One Year War is a visually-arresting piece of art. Just keep in mind, this jazz-infused drama is a little too violent and sad to be fun for the whole family.

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Blu-ray Collection 1

10 years after it first came out on the SyFy channel in the United States, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is on a crisp new Blu-ray transfer. You’ve never seen Setsuna F. Seiei and co. look or sound so clear. It’s a great way to rewatch this surprisingly well-aged show, or check it out for the first time.

Tools and Accessories

Guidance for Gift Givers: Modern Gunpla kits snap together with no glue, and they don’t require paint. However, builders sometime do additional work anyway to make models look their best. Check in with your giftee to see if there’s a preferred process they have or a new skill they’re hoping to learn so you don’t buy them redundant tools.

Vallejo Model Color – Basic USA Paint Set

We recommend the Vallejo Model line (not the Game line) as a bright, long-lasting set for people looking to start painting their Gunpla. These low-cost paints are versatile enough for both hand painting and airbrushing (with a little paint thinner in the mix) so they’ll work for any approach you want to take.

Self-Healing 5-Layer Cutting Mat

In almost every Gunpla 101 tutorial, you can see us and our contributors work on a trusty craft mat. A self-healing mat will keep its tough exterior no matter how many nippers, craft knives, and corosive battle damage substances you throw at it. We love this one in bright blue!

God Hand Ultimate Nipper

This is the not-so-secret weapon that got us through our PG Gundam Unicorn. It’s unparalleled among nippers, with the thinnest, sharpest blade allowing you to achieve the most precise cut. Use a pair of these to snip pieces out of their sprues, and you can leave your usual X-Acto knife step out of the equation!

Badger Patriot Airbrush

As outlined in our airbrush guide from Otaku on a Budget, this American-made model is the best bang for your buck. It’s very adjustable and works with a variety of paint types. Not only is it long lasting, but its replacement parts are easily available and affordable, making it so you can use this airbrush indefinitely. 

Previous Gunpla 101 Holiday Gift Guides

Holiday 2014

Holiday 2017

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