Re: [gundam] Specials?


Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 01:53:42 -0800


> I was cruising around HLJs website and noticed the "Special" kits in
>the Gundam Wing section. They are 1/144 and cost onle a little less than
>the 1/100 kits. I was wondering what they are exactly. I mean, what's
>makes them so good to warrant such a high price for a 1/144 kit.

All of the Metal Clear kits are molded in either translucent or color-plated
(not just plain boring chrome or gold tone plating) plastic. The end
result can be breathtaking under showroom lighting conditions, though some
do look lame (the Tallgeese III came to mind) due to a bad mix of colors.

The plating alone is a costly process that'd justify a higher price. The
translucent plastic probably added to the cost as well. To top it off,
Bandai is releasing these as Limited Edition kits, which means once they are
gone, there will be no reissue like the Musha Gundam kits which came out
in the late 80s, or the plated 100 Shiki kits, or the Full Color Models
that came out when Bandai was going ga-ga over System Injection, or the
gold plated G Gundam kits, or the MSV kits released in Zeta Gundam box art...
the bottom line: even if you hate them, stock up on those, and make a
fortune a few years down the road. :)

Eddie

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