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Toys: Soul of Chogokin Gaogaigar ReleaseToys: Soul of Chogokin Gaogaigar Release We've been keeping an eye on the upcoming Soul of Chogokin Gaogaigar and even played with it at a few events. Despite being utterly massive it's also simply gorgeous....

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Toys: Riobot Tsugumori (Anime Version)Toys: Riobot Tsugumori (Anime Version) Courtesy of our good friends at HobbyLink Japan we've been sent the Riobot Tsugumori (Anime Version) from the anime adaptation of Knights of Sidonia (based on the manga...

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News: Heavy Gear Assault InterviewNews: Heavy Gear Assault Interview Over at Joystiq they have an interview with Vince McMullin, a producer at Stompy Bot. If you remember, this was the studio that was making the new Heavy Gear Assault game...

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News: Super Robot Wars Z 3 Tengoku-hen AnnouncedNews: Super Robot Wars Z 3 Tengoku-hen Announced Following on from the excellent Jigoku-hen released earlier this year, Bandai Namco announced Super Robot Wars Z 3 Tengoku-hen to be released on both PS3 and Vita next...

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Toys: Megahouse Orguss PreviewedToys: Megahouse Orguss Previewed At a recent mini-show for Megahouse products, they revealed a bunch of lovely new toys. Most of these had been shown previously at places like WonFes but many of these...

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Kits: White Dingo GM and Guncannon kits announced

Posted on : 07-12-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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Bandai will be releasing some very cool HG UC kits from the much loved Dreamcast game Gundam Rise from the Ashes. These will be the White Dingo coloured RGM-79 GM and RX-77D Guncannon Mass Production Type, as well as Visch Donahue’s MS-07B Gouf and MS-14G Gelgoog (with each pack costing 2,100 yen and 2,520 yen respectively). Like the previous HG UC White Dingo GM Sniper II, these new kits will also only be available via Bandai’s premium online web shop. That aside, it’s pretty wonderful that we’re getting these kits at all. Both kit packs will be released in February of next year.

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News: HobbyLink Japan Stocking Stuffer Sale

Posted on : 05-12-2012 | By : | In : News

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Over at HobbyLink Japan, they have their Christmas themed Stocking Stuffer Sale in full swing. Broken down into 50, 100, 200 and 300 yen increments, there is some good stuff going here (with a few nice HCM Pro toys being notable). If you’ve got kids, then this is a pretty handy setup. If none of the above takes your fancy though, then you could always nab either the Super Robot Chogokin UCR-10/A from Armored Core V or the mighty Zeorymer. Even the fantastic Ver.Ka Temjin is still in stock. All of these have been reviewed on the site and come recommended. In any case, the Stocking Stuffer Sale continues until the 10th December so grab what you want while you can.

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News: 2nd Super Robot Wars OG Top of the Japanese Charts

Posted on : 05-12-2012 | By : | In : News

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Since 2nd Super Robot Wars OG was released on the 29th November, barely a week ago, it has racked up 217,000 units sold in Japan and in doing so taken the top spot in the charts. That’s pretty damn good going really. Whilst our copy is still in the post, it’s clear that fans have been waiting for their first real PS3 Super Robot Wars game for a good while. In addition to the chart news, there are a slew of new screenshots available too. Naturally, once our copy finally arrives a review will be forthcoming. In the meantime, you can buy your copy here.

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News: Macross 30 Mission Structure Update

Posted on : 05-12-2012 | By : | In : News

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In addition to the YF-30 reveal, it seems that Macross 30 will also have a more open ended mission structure too. Over at 4Gamer they give more detail on how players will effectively find quests in levels and then undertake them. Like the previous Artdink Macross games, you’ll also have a hangar where you can prepare and outfit your various variable fighters. Interestingly, it seems that we’ll also have a lot of choice of units (though likely not as much as the last PSP game). On top of all this, there will be some new characters created for the game as well. As for that limited edition YF-29, it’s nothing overly special and is actually more than a little bit hideous. Considering that the game has been described as a “flight action RPG”, we now have a better idea of what that means. Whilst it won’t be open world, in the Western sense, the whole setup sounds pretty damn cool really. The game is still set for its February 28th release next year and you can pre-order the standard edition here.

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News: YF-30 Kronos Revealed

Posted on : 05-12-2012 | By : | In : News

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As suspected, the logo for the forthcoming PS3 game Macross 30 does indeed show the silhouette of a new a variable fighter. Now we know it’s called the YF-30 Kronos, though in the case of the latter it may either be Kronos or Chronos (as the katakana “クロノス” isn’t overly revealing on that front). We’re guessing it refers to the Titan (Kronos) rather than the god of time (Chronos) but we may be wrong on that. In any case, this variable fighter is also designed by Shoji Kawamori and is likely to be featured in the game.

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Toys: Fire Valkyrie with Sound Booster

Posted on : 03-12-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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Following on from our review of the 1/60 VF-19 Custom Fire Valkyrie, our good friends at HobbyLink Japan have also sent us the 1/60 Sound Booster for VF-19 Custom Fire Valkyrie from Macross 7. It’s important to clarify that the Sound Booster doesn’t come with the Fire Valkyrie, that has to be purchased separately. In addition, we’ve also included some game and animation footage at the end of the review.

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News: New Mobile Suits Added to Gundam Extreme Versus and Full Boost

Posted on : 28-11-2012 | By : | In : News, Videos

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The Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost website has been updated with a plethora of new mobile suits. Aside from the RX-105 Xi Gundam and the XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero, whom were previously announced, a total of five new units have been officially added to the foray. They are the YAMS-132 Rozen Zulu from Gundam Unicorn, MBF-P01-Re Astray Gold Frame Amatsu from Gundam Seed Astray, Mashymre Cello’s AMX-011S Zaku III Custom from Gundam ZZ, GN-007 Arios Gundam from Gundam 00 and the GP-03 Gundam Dendrobium (pictured above) from 0083 Stardust Memory, which was last  playable in Gundam VS Gundam Next Plus.

This coincides with the recent Full Boost mobile site leak, where even more new mobile suits are shown, including some previously mentioned. Those units are the following: XM-X3 Crossbone Gundam X-3, ZGMF-X88S Gaia Gundam, G-Armor, AMX-109 Corin Nander’s Kapool, AGX-04 Gerbera Tetra, RGM-79FC Striker Custom, and Gundam AGE-1. While not visible, the MSA-0011 S Gundam also appears to be in as well as text mentions the ALICE system that resides in the S Gundam that was featured in Gundam Sentinel.

There’s also a little surprise for Gundam Extreme Versus players out there on the PS3. “The Best” re-release will be accompanied by new DLC units on December 13th. The two units are the Xi Gundam and GP-03 Gundam Dendrobium and they will go for 500 yen each. There is also a special six pack DLC for 2,000 yen that includes the previous 6 DLC units. Hopefully Namco Bandai will continue to fill in the long void between now and the probable console release of Full Boost with more unit DLC for console players. As a huge Gundam Extreme Versus player myself, I am definitely looking forward to jumping online with these two new mobile suits.

Check the video below to see the new PS3 additions in action. If you look closely, the footage for Xi Gundam is the same as the recent Full Boost character reveal as well.

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News: Gunhound EX Release Delayed

Posted on : 26-11-2012 | By : | In : News

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It seems that, due to a pretty serious bug found late on in development, Gunhound EX will have its release date moved to January 31st next year. Whilst delays can be somewhat irritating, this is only a month longer and the more bugs they fix the better. Personally, we don’t mind waiting as we loved the original PC game and we don’t want either Dracue or G.Rev rushing a release. Don’t forget you can still preorder both the standard version and limited edition, the latter comes with a soundtrack and small artbook.

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News: Wing Gundam Zero added to Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost

Posted on : 25-11-2012 | By : | In : News

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Looks like Heero Yuy is the latest pilot in Gundam Extreme Versus Full Boost to have two units in the game. The TV version of Wing Gundam Zero is the next playable mobile suit to be unlocked in December as a 3000 cost unit.  The last time we saw a playable Wing Zero in the Gundam Versus series was in Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus.  It will be interesting to see what new tricks are added to Heero’s new suit considering Wing Zero Custom has taken some of its moves from the Next Plus iteration of Wing Zero.

New bosses such as Big Zam and a new form of Extreme Gundam and the Sanc Kingdom map will also be included in the game’s next update.

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Toys: Todd and Tokamak Dunbines Pre-Order

Posted on : 23-11-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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You can now pre-order the Todd Guiness and Tokamak Rovsky coloured Robot Damashii Dunbines via Bandai’s online premium shop. These are shortlived units from Aura Battle Dunbine, leaving only Show Zama’s iconic mauve Dunbine to hold out for the remainder of the series. Whilst we already bought the other Robot Damashii aura battlers we may pass on these but it’s pretty cool that Bandai are at least doing toys of them. Buying both toys will cost you 8,400 yen and they will be released in April of next year.

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