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Kits: Lost Planet 2 Vital Suit kits on the way

Posted on : 09-10-2009 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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The upcoming Lost Planet 2 may have some kits released alongside with it by Kotobukiya. Now, these prototypes were only shown recently at the 49th All Japan Plamodel Hobby Show, with no word of release date or pricing. However considering Kotobukiya’s strong track record of producing kits for gaming series such as Armored Core, Virtual On and now Border Break, it’s hopefully safe to assume that Lost Planet 2’s Vital Suits will be recreated in a similarly well crafted manner.

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Kits: 10/80SP kit confirmed

Posted on : 08-10-2009 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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The upcoming kit of the MBV-04-10 10/80SP that was hinted at on the Kotobukiya blog has been unveiled at the 49th All Japan Plamodel Hobby Show. This design was originally used in the Virtual On sidestory One Man Rescue and later featured in-game in the MSBS 5.66 update for Virtual On Oratorio Tangram. No word on pricing or release date as yet though. Separately, a few new Border Break kits were also displayed at the Kotobukiya booth.

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Toys: Tamashii Nation 2009 Autumn

Posted on : 01-10-2009 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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There’s a nice photo report over at Akiba Hobby about the current Tamashii Nation show. These are mini-toy shows exclusively for Bandai products. The “tamashii” element stems from one of their flagship collectors toylines, the Soul of Chogokin range. Despite a lot of these being anime specific, many have made their way into games with the upcoming Armor Plus version of Tekkaman Blade being a good example as the character will be playable in the new Tatstunoko vs Capcom update (though there was already a Tamashii Spec set that also included Pegas). Separately, the Spearhead from Eureka Seven was last seen in both Super Robot Wars Z (which we reviewed) and Another Century’s Episode 3. Personally, I’m most excited about the above design; the V2 Assault Buster Gundam from V Gundam, as it’s one of my favourite Hajime Katoki designs and it’s featured heavily in Gundam vs Gundam to boot. There are lots of other mecha toys on display too, so the report is worth a look anyway.

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Kits: Fei-Yen The Knight preview

Posted on : 01-10-2009 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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There’s a nice preview of the upcoming RVR-14 Fei-Yen The Knight kit over at GA Graphic. Much like Kotobukiya’s other Virtual On releases, the detailing is suitably superb. The release date is still sometime in December and the kit will cost around 4,000 yen, which is pretty cheap considering the sculpt. Separately, on the Virtual On kit blog there are hints that the next design to get the kit treatment could be the mass produced Temjin, MBV-04-10 10/80SP.

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Toys: ARX-7 Arbalest

Posted on : 29-09-2009 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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The recently released Robot Damashii toy of the ARX-7 Arbalest from Full Metal Panic! has been covered over at R-Side. Much like all other Robot Damashii toys, the Arbalest looks suitably poseable and well sculpted despite the cheaper cost and smaller size. The Arbalest was featured in both Super Robot Wars J and W.

Interestingly, the mecha designer responsible for this design, Kanetake Ebikawa, also penned the titular mobile suits in the recent Gundam 00 (notably that of the Exia and the 00 Gundam itself). In addition, Ebikawa has helmed the mecha design for the upcoming PSP shooter, Darius Burst.

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Toys: GX-49 Mazinger Z

Posted on : 28-09-2009 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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The recently released Soul of Chogokin GX-49 Mazinger Z toy has been given a lovely bit of coverage over at R-Side. This is the recent re-design of the classic Mazinger Z utilising the now new God Scrander featured in Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen. The main aspect of the new God Scrander is how it can transform around Mazinger Z to form a giant fist, known as the Big Bang Punch. Considering how epically potent this attack is in the series it will be interesting to see how Banpresto handle this in a forthcoming Super Robot Wars game (as the Mazinger series is a staple in terms of mecha its line-up).

Separately, R-Side has also covered the recent toy releases of the Big O and Devilfish, both of which were featured in Super Robot Wars Z.

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Toys: Ryukooh figure on the way

Posted on : 25-09-2009 | By : | In : Toys/Kits, Videos

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The SRG-03D Ryukooh from Super Robot Wars Alpha and Alpha 2 is getting the toy treatment courtesy of Volks. This was the OG mecha piloted by Kusuha Mizuha and is not to be confused with the later version Shin Ryukooh. The toy of Ryukooh will be available in February next year for a pretty steep 15,750 yen. To see the mecha in action, here is a compilation video of it from Alpha 2.

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Kits: Viper II kit preview

Posted on : 22-09-2009 | By : | In : Toys/Kits, Videos

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The upcoming release of the 1/100 scale TRV-06k-H Viper II kit has been previewed over at the Kotobukiya blog, prior to its release this month. This is the 1P colour variant from the first Virtual On (we have a nice feature about the Virtual On series if you’re curious). Originally, Viper II was intended to transform but due to the technical limitations of the Model 2 board this wasn’t possible, much to the disappointment of the game’s mecha designer, Hajime Katoki. Naturally, in the sequel the upgrade to Viper II, in the form of Cypher, retained the transformation ability. The kit itself costs 4,800 yen and you can get it here.

On the recent SEGA AGES port of the first Virtual On, the game featured expert matches via its playback feature. Below is a video of two expert Viper II players squaring off, in case you want to see the design in action.

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