This last weekend the 51st annual Shizuoka Hobby Show was held in Shizuoka, Japan and I attended for the first time. I have been to Shizuoka previously to see the 1/1 Real Gundam Project, a truly remarkable spectacle and a great time with some fellow Gunplars. I’ve also attended a couple of Hobby Shows so it’s nothing new for me but the Shizuoka show is by reputation the ‘Big’ one, though that isn’t necessarily true.
Friday morning I climbed out of bed just before 5 am to shower and have some breakfast and then got some Battlefield 3 in before I boarded a 6:31 am train to Tokyo where I met up with coworkers and we all jumped on the Shinkansen to Shizuoka. About an hour later we found some seats on the free shuttle from Shizuoka Station to the event hall and were there just before 9:30 am which was when they opened the doors.
Excited as I was to all the latest and upcoming Gunpla the first site that struck me as I walked into the hall was this.
Yes, it’s a real Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.
I love this car.
For myself, I rank the Aventador up there with the Pagani Huayra as two of the sexiest cars in existence.
So to see the real thing before my eyes was overwhelming. While my coworkers were discussing scheduling and video technical issues I just stared at the car and enjoyed my time with it. There was actually a good reason for it to be there. Aoshima, the company whose booth the car was located at, will be releasing their own model version of the Aventador shortly and it looks to be a beauty.
I might have to try my hands at a car model when this baby comes out.
But I was at the event for a specific reason and that was to see, film, and talk about Gunpla. So with that in mind…
…focus, Syd. Focus…
…just indulge me once more…
Okay, with that out of the way, I headed off to the Bandai booth by myself to check out the displays and to plot strategy for how to film and present all the goodies Bandai had to show us at this event. I will restrict this blog post to the Gunpla I found interesting and I hope you feel the same.
The first kit that greeted me at the Bandai booth was the MG AGE-2 Normal. Being a big fan of the AGE-1 the AGE-2 definitely deserves some consideration and the kit does look good.
And probably the coolest part about it is that it will be transformable, much like the Delta Plus and ReZEL I am imagining.
They also had a pretty cool diorama using the MG versions of the three AGE-1 suits.
Then around the corner Bandai had displayed their SEED kits. I’ll skip the HG shelf because there’s not much new there but the MG shelf looked pretty good.
That Blitz is looking great.
And the box art is awesome as well.
Have I mentioned yet how I really dig the SEED suits? That claw weapon on the Blitz looks like it will be a blast.
They also had a prototype of the MG Buster Gundam.
When I first saw the display they only had this prototype up but when I came back later on in the afternoon, minus my camera sadly, they also had a prototype of the Buster holding his giant weapon. Killer.
But the next kit really got me excited for this summer’s Gunpla releases.
The RG ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam
It looks fantastic. Having built a couple of RG recently I’ve still got the RG fever and this one looks to be quite a sizable project similar to the Aile Strike or Freedom. That backpack looks massive.
They even had a sort-of diorama set up.
Including the deactivated versions of the RG Strike and the RG Freedom. Oh, Bandai! Why do you tempt me with gentei?!
Also on the shelf with the Justice was the M1 Astray.
And below that the two newest RGs, looking spectacular as always.
Then some HG kits that have some people excited but I am not one of them.
The next shelf was dedicated to the upcoming MG Marasai and it looks good including the box art.
Bandai was showing some of the little details we can expect in this kit such as the hands.
As well as the head, which will take a Bandai LED!
Along with the Marasai Bandai was showing off more Gentei. Dammit!
Here’s the Ballute Pack which will be able to work with the 1/100 MGs from Zeta (and others, I’m guessing).
The next exhibit featured the Master Grade versions of Gundam UC suits and of course they looked fantastic, but the Banshee…
Even without the glowing psycho frame it looks awesome.
Then there was quite the collection of HGUC Gundam UC kits with some new stuff along with some unattainable stuff. For example, here’s the Jesta riding a Base Jabber.
Cool. And here’s the not-for-sale Unicorn Zeon Color version of the Base Jabber.
And, along with the RG Justice, probably my favourite kit from the show, the HGUC RGZ-95 ReZEL Defencer B Unit. I love the colors, I love how it looks in both suit and waverider forms. I am definitely getting this kit which says something because I’m finding myself slowly moving away from HGUC.
They also had a Zaku Mariner.
And speaking of Base Jabbers. Here’s a dio. A really lazy dio.
The next shelf had all the MG Wing kits that were released this past year.
Along with these two cool exhibits.
Then I encountered some Gunpla I have seen before. I saw these at the Hobby Show in Tokyo in the contest for the Gunpla World Cup.
That remains one of the sexiest MG Sinanju I have seen.
And a sweet Diorama.
Then they had a shelf showing the Gentei kits for the Gundam Front Tokyo event.
Here’s the Strike Freedom.
That’s actually pretty cool. The base allows you to display it as it is seen at the GFT and they also give you stickers for the wings. It puts the regular HG to shame.
HG RX-78-2 GFT
The box for the Mega-size appears to have been redone. It looks more like a fat MG box instead of a longer PG type box. That makes it easier to transport for the folks venturing to Odaiba to pick one up.
Around the corner from that was the HG Gundam AGE section and they had all the HG kits there along with some interesting items.
This is the Artemis and the extra parts needed to make this will be in the Hobby Japan September issue.
And this is the Razor and you can expect these parts in the October issue of Hobby Japan.
And the only other HG AGE kit that looked interesting. The AGE-3 Orbital.
The Bandai booth also showed some Proshop winners. An HG AGE-1 Titus.
An MG Perfect Gundam.
And the coolest of the three an HG Gouf Custom with 00 gundam parts.
Very nicely done. Makes me wanna bust out my old Gouf Custom that I haven’t touched in a while.
And they also had this guy. I was just talking about him.
From there I left the Bandai booth and headed to the Tamiya display to catch up to the coworkers who were already filming video. The best part of the Tamiya booth?
A Subaru BRZ!
This was actually the prototype and was not road legal. Subaru BRZ or Toyota 86, what’s your poison?
This is for dad.
Across from the Tamiya area was the Hobby Japan Magazine booth and there was some Gunpla there.
As I mentioned Hobby Japan will be including parts to make yourself and HG AGE-1 Razor and in their booth they had the 1/144 scale kit but they also had a MG version.
Modeled by none other than Naoki Kimura! I have a Gunpla mancrush on that guy.
Later on I made my way to Hobby Japan Magazines biggest competitor, Dengeki Hobby and their booth.
Looks like they’ll be releasing some conversion parts as well. They also had some kits that had appeared in recent issues of the magazine.
A beginning Gundam with RG Freedom wings? It works!
But then it was time to get to work so I put my camera away and got busy and so I’ll end my entry here. Just one more thing before I sign off.