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News: Gundam Side Stories DLC UpdateNews: Gundam Side Stories DLC Update Over the last two weeks, a large number of new Gundam Side Stories DLC has been released by Bandai Namco. Last week saw the release of the RGM-79N GM Custom and RGC-83...

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Toys: DX Chogokin YF-30 ReviewToys: DX Chogokin YF-30 Review For those that are interested, we've recently reviewed the DX Chogokin YF-30 Chronos from the PS3 game Macross 30 over at HobbyLink.tv (in addition to a small unboxing...

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News: Chara Hobby 2014 and Metal Robot DamashiiNews: Chara Hobby 2014 and Metal Robot Damashii Over the weekend, Makuhari Messe in Tokyo (well, technically Chiba) hosted yet another event, that of Chara Hobby 2014. Prior to that Bandai announced a new line of toys...

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News: Gundam Breaker 2 Announced for Winter 2014News: Gundam Breaker 2 Announced for Winter 2014 If you're looking for more Gundam Breaker action, fear not! Bandai Namco have announced Gundam Breaker 2 for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita for Winter 2014.  Not...

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Toys: Robot Damashii Crossbone Gundam X3 AnnouncedToys: Robot Damashii Crossbone Gundam X3 Announced Following the announcement of an X2 toy, soon to be released in September, we now also have news of a new toy release. That of the plucky XM-X3 (F97) Crossbone Gundam...

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Toys: Robot Damashii Dunbine Released

Posted on : 16-10-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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Now that the Robot Damashii Dunbine is in the wild, Bandai have created a rather wonderful page for their new Aura Battler toys. Showing the previously released Billbine as well as the forthcoming camo-coloured Billbine too. Not to mention the wing calibur attachment has been revealed in detail finally. What’s especially lovely about this toy though, despite the fact we love Aura Battler Dunbine, is that people like Hidetaka Tenjin have been posting pictures of the toy squaring off against cats. In any case, the toy does look lovely and we can’t wait to get ours in the post.

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Toys: Hanged Man Chogokin Update

Posted on : 16-10-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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The shop page for the forthcoming Hanged Man Super Robot Chogokin from Armored Core V has been updated. Featuring what looks like an improved hangar articulation setup (shown above), Bandai clearly haven’t been idle in terms of the toy’s engineering. In addition, there’s a brief interview with Keiji Fujiwara; the seiyuu who voiced Chief in the Japanese version of the game. Still no word on the Western release of this toy as yet but once we know more we’ll be sure to let you know

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News: E.X. Troopers Demos

Posted on : 11-10-2012 | By : | In : News, Videos

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It’s been announced that we’ll be getting some demos for E.X. Troopers for both the 3DS and PS3 versions of the game next week. The demos will feature an introductory mission as well as two co-op specific levels. Like other 3DS demos, this will also have a 30 play limit. The demos will feature new co-op based attacks, called EX-T Blast Resonance, not to mention all manner of familiar Akrid from previous Lost Planet games. In addition to the demo announcement, Capcom also published a video of Monster Staff playing the game (linked below). The demos will be released on October 17th (3DS) and October 18th (PS3).

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Videos: Damascus Gear Promo

Posted on : 11-10-2012 | By : | In : Videos

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The upcoming Damascus Gear received its first promo not too long ago. Whilst it clearly has a very Armored Core-esque customisation setup, the gameplay looks to be entirely turn-based. This does make sense from a controls standpoint but we had hoped for something a bit more involved. That aside, the game does look lovely and the designs are pretty awesome. The full promo is shown below.

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Toys: Gurren Lagann and Gunbuster Super Robot Chogokins Announced

Posted on : 02-10-2012 | By : | In : Toys/Kits

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Bandai have finally shown the fruits of their recent alliance with Gainax in the form of two new Super Robot Chogokin toys; that of the mighty Gurren Lagann and the majestic Gunbuster. Both figures will be released next year, with the former in January and the latter in February. In addition, their pricing at around 6,000 yen a piece is also pretty reasonable. What we’re most confused about though is why these designs in particular. There are already a lot of Gurren Lagann figures on the market and Bandai already did an amazing Soul of Chogokin Gunbuster, not to mention the Composite Ver Ka release too. Anyway, there will be a separate option parts set and both figures will have interchangeable parts.

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Videos: Halo 4 Mantis Revealed

Posted on : 02-10-2012 | By : | In : Videos

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As was partially previewed in a few trailers a while ago, we now know for sure that the upcoming Halo 4 will feature a pilotable mecha. Called the Mantis it bears a strong similarity to the Gekko seen in the Metal Gear Solid games. That aside it looks like it might be good fun to use and the design itself is actually pretty boss too. It seems that all modern shooters now have token mecha in them, which is a bit odd really.

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Videos: Macross 30 Teaser Trailer

Posted on : 28-09-2012 | By : | In : Videos

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Following on from the announcement of Macross 30, we now have the teaser trailer that was shown at this year’s Tokyo Game Show (linked below). It’s mostly a collection of still shots but it indicates what series will be featured in the game. We’re still guessing that this is an Artdink developed game and that it will be on the PS3 but once we know for sure we’ll let you know. In any case, it was nice to hear Isamu’s voice at the end of the trailer and we’re definitely looking forward to this when it’s released sometime next year.

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News: 2nd Super Robot Wars OG Ability System and Archive

Posted on : 28-09-2012 | By : | In : News

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What with 2nd Super Robot Wars OG on its way, we have new information on the game’s ability system and an archive movie mode. With the former, pilots can have abilities added that increase their hit rate, attack damage and armor. These appear to be separate from pilot skills or the mecha upgrades and cumulatively add to the whole team. So you can set up a group of units which will have mutually reinforced abilities. Sounds quite interesting. In addition, they also make a point of highlighting the fact that playing on harder difficulty results in you facing more units, which in turn allows you to earn more SR Points. Finally, thee game will also come with an archive movie mode that covers the events in the previous OG games. All in all this entry into the OG saga looks to be pretty intricate, so we’re getting rather excited for its release. Don’t forget that you can pre-order you copy here here.

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News: E.X. Troopers Weapon Modifiers

Posted on : 28-09-2012 | By : | In : News

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In a new update for the upcoming E.X. Troopers there are details on a weapon modification setup. Specifically that you can assign an attribute to a weapon, with these being fire, ice and lightning. Certain enemies in the game are vulnerable to some of these attributes, allowing you to stun them for instance. There are also some interesting reveals regarding Tiki’s background and that her relationship with Bren will bring about some interesting events. The game is still on track for it’s November release in Japan and you can pre-order it here.

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Videos: Gundam Breaker Promo

Posted on : 27-09-2012 | By : | In : Videos

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One of the more interesting games announced at this year’s Tokyo Game Show was that of Gundam Breaker. A new PS3 and Vita game were you control Gundam model kits (or gunpla) in various arenas. The interesting aspect of this was that they not only retained the scales (so you could have a 1/144 scale Gundam facing a 1/60 scale Zaku) but that you could also kitbash the units too. Well, we now have a promo video that shows the game in action and it is quite simply joyous to behold. In addition, it seems that destruction of various gunpla results in their inner plastic workings to be sprayed everywhere, polycap joints and all. As ideas go this is a pretty good one and considering how massively popular gunpla remains in most of Asia, it should appeal to a lot of people. No word on a price point or a release date as yet but as soon as we know more we’ll let you know.

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