So the evening before the first day of the 2016 Shizuoka Hobby Show, Bandai revealed the big reveal.
This isn’t unprecedented. The day before Shizuoka 2013 Bandai announced the MG Gundam RX-78-2 Ver. 3.0. I believe they did this to keep any spoilers from leaking during the show set-up. Someone from another booth takes a quick pick and puts it on social media and then your big surprise is spoiled. If you’ve got information to release, it’s best you are the one to release it.
You would think this would somewhat dim my excited for the show. After all, the big surprise isn’t a surprise any more. However, it had the opposite effect. After being somewhat disappointed in last year’s show I just couldn’t wait to get into the even this year and see the RG Sinanju. As press I got into the hall 10 minutes before the opening but as I was taking a picture of this kit a Bandai representative came over and told us to stop as no media was allowed to be taken until 9:30.
So at 9:29:59 I was back at the Sinanju display.
This kit is gorgeous.
Some important things to note. The black and gold trim, which was done as foil stickers on the HG and as your choice of foils or water-slides on the MG Sinanju Ver Ka are not sticker on upcoming Real Grade kit.
Let’s pause for a moment to consider that.
The trim will be done by having the gold cast as mekki-plated parts around or into which you will insert black parts.
This not only means that you’ll have that beautiful shiny gold on the kit but you also don’t have to worry about mis-aligning a sticker here or there. It will be perfect out of the box.
The display did not have all the runners there, and given the 4,000 yen price tag there could be quite a few but we’re looking at one new, large RG Frame runner, one Mekki-plated gold runner, at least one black runner, at least one frame runner, however many runners you’ll need for the red (one for the chest/skirt parts, one for the armour for each arm and leg? wings, leg thruster housings?).
Being just a display behind glass I had no way of knowing what gimmicks will be incorporated or what extras it will come with but I did see what looked to be beam axes behind the top of the shield so it’s likely we will get the beam effect parts for that. Don’t be surprised if they give us the HG runners there. One gimmick that stood out was the armour on the side of the legs that moves and houses the thrusters there actually splits open to reveal what’s underneath. This means instead of just one piece like the previous versions there will be at least three armour parts there.
It looks like the thrusters on the wings at the back elongate and open like the MG.
It was holding its beam rifle so we know that’s coming but don’t know yet about the bazooka.
I am giddy. It is quite possible this could be the greatest model ever.
I love the RG line and I also love the Sinanju design. Together the potential for this thing is over the top.
I eagerly await August and whatever details Bandai provides in the meantime. Is everyone as excited as I am?
Note to self, make no plans for August!