Watch the series our Gunpla are based on.
Sometimes, I like to buy Gunpla because I think they look cool and seem fun to build, not because I’ve actually watched the series yet. And this is perfectly OK to do!
In fact, sometimes I recommend Gunpla models for shows I don’t even like. For example, Destiny Gundam is the most beautiful Master Grade model I’ve ever seen, but the Gundam Seed Destiny anime series is only so-so.
This year, however, I want to get around to watching some shows I haven’t seen yet. For example, I love the look of the Gundam X model on my shelf, and looking at those huge solar panels on its back has made me really curious about how it uses them in the show!
Learn to airbrush.
After seeing some of our readers’ gorgeous Gunpla paint jobs, I know it’s time.
I love the convenience of Gundam paint markers for touchups and detail work, but it’s time to take the next step. I want to give an entire model a custom paint job, and for a smooth look the only option that will do is airbrushing.
This resolution will take a little planning since John and I live in a one-bedroom apartment and we’ll choke on the fumes if we try to paint indoors. We’ll have to borrow a friend’s garage or driveway to do it in—and bring lots of newspaper to make sure we don’t stain it! Maybe this will have the added effect of introducing new friends to the world of Gunpla, as well.
Clean out our backlog.
It’s like pulling teeth to get me to buy new clothes, but when it comes to Gunpla, I’m a shopaholic. I’ve been buying models I see on Gundam Build Fighters Try like there’s no tomorrow—while ignoring the fact that we’ve got a pile of Gunpla kits sitting around in the living room that haven’t been built yet.
Review more Gundam shows.
Did you know I am Anime News Network’s resident Gundam Build Fighters Try reviewer? It’s true! I love being able to watch it every week as soon as it comes out and say I’m “working.”
Of course, I’m limited by the shows that Bandai makes available in the U.S. For example, I’m not reviewing Gundam Reconguista In G because it’s not legally available where I live. But you can bet I’ll be reviewing Try until it reaches its inevitable conclusion later this year.
Spring clean our Gunpla collection.
Last year, I decluttered our Gunpla models by transferring all our extra parts from bulky cardboard boxes to a couple of labeled plastic bags. (Miss the box art? You can compress the box top or even cut out the image.) This year, I need to up my game.
We have a very small apartment with a LOT of Gunpla in it, and they all need to be dusted. We shared our Gunpla cleaning techniques earlier, so we should take our own advice and put them to use more often!
Finally, we really need to come up with a new storage solution. Right now, they sit on the shelves in front of all our Gundam anime and manga, so getting to our media is always a hassle. I’m thinking maybe a glass display case like this one might give them a place of honor while also keeping them slightly more dust-free than they are now.
Do you have any Gunpla resolutions? What are they? How do you plan to stay accountable to make sure you stick to them?
Photo of Gundam Wing Zero by Zhao !