Three new BEAR’GGUY Gunplas have been announced for release in February by Bandai. The new releases will include a PAPA’GGUY and two PETIT’GGUY varieties. The PAPA’GGUY (center image) sports a mature look with a top hat and cane, while the two PETIT’GGUY Gunplas, Soda Pop Blue & Ice Candy (the image on the left) and Bitter Sweet Brown (the image on the right), are both desert themed. Please note, Bandai has warned Gunpla builders that neither desert themed PETIT’GGUY is edible.
October will see the release of a High-Grade 1/144 Mobile Worker Gunpla kit. The kit is based around Gundam The Origin and will be priced at ¥1,944 or roughly $16. Expect to see the Mobile Worker Gunpla kit out in October.
A new video from Bandai showcases the process that goes into making a Gunpla kit. It is fascinating to see the level of craftsmanship that goes into the development of each and every Gunpla model, starting with perfecting the mould all the way to the high-tech injection moulding process. Gunpla production takes place at Bandai’s Shizuoka Hobby Center in Japan , a town roughly 2 hours south of Tokyo.
While Gundam model kits are known to be made out of plastic, namely polystyrene, a sake shop owner in Shimotsuke, Tochigi, Japan decided to build his very own gunpla out of plastic bottles. Standing nearly 10 feet tall, the Pet Bottle Gundam as it is known (plastics bottles are often made out of a plastic called PET), faithfully replicates the form of the iconic RX-78-2 Mobile Suit. So next time you find yourself in Shimotsuke, about 60 miles outside of Tokyo, drop by Kashiwazaki Sakadana and take a few pictures with the P.B. Gundam.
At the 52nd All Japan Plamodel Hobby Show, which was held from October 11th to the 14th in the Japanese city of Chiba, located roughly 25 miles southeast of Tokyo, Bandai showed off its current and upcoming Gundam model kits. One of the most notable Gunpla models on display at the show was the MG RX-93 ν Gundam Ver. Ka, which is slated for a December, 2012 release.
At the show, Bandai also highlighted some of the features of the RX-93; such as the double fin funnel, the special base, the ability for the Mobile Suit to grip a weapon and the models points of articulation. But yet more details about the MG RX-93 ν Gundam Ver. Ka are still set to be announced next month at the Gunpla Expo World Tour Japan 2012.
Osaka may not be host to the biggest Gundam model in the world but the largest gunpla box does call Japan’s second city its home. Located in Osaka Station City’s South Gate Plaza, the Real Grade RX-78-2 Gundam box is more than 27 feet wide. Intended to promote the Real Grade series, the box will serve as a show room for more than 200 gunpla models.
Gundam Front Tokyo and Pepsi Nex are teaming up for a very canny (pun intended) collaboration that features mecha from the legendary Gundam media franchise we have come to know and love on our cans of soda pop!
If the assortment of cans wasn’t enough, a massive 1/48 scale RX-78-2 Gundam will also be given away by Pepsi to 1,500 Gunpla fans. Contestants may enter the drawing by simply following instructions available on each can of soda. The Gundam Front Tokyo x Pepsi Nex promotion starts September 4th in Japan.