[gundam] April issue of Hobby Japan


Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Thu, 18 Mar 1999 04:47:56 -0800


A few pieces of interest...

- Turn A:
  Seems like the official English subtitle of the show is:

        Called Turn "A" Gundam

  The blown-up "concept drawing" of Syd Mead's illustration shows more
  details but still can't shake off that cheap 70s giant robot feel.

- PG Zaku:
  Scheduled for a March release, no exact date. So it's possible that
  HK already has it - hey, I just saw a bunch of $100+ Street Fighter
  12" dolls here, and they are not supposed to come out in Japan until
  Friday! Anyway, the PG Zaku kicks ass. The cockpit interiors was very
  nicely done with a lot of details, the cockpit entrance door flips open,
  but like the PG Gundam it doesn't come with the bazooka it seems. Only
  the standard tommy gun-style machine gun and heat hawk. Oh BTW, it is
  the F version, no word on where a J version is forthcoming but I bet a
  J version "custom set" will be out in no time. The hand can bend
  outwards 90 degrees so you can pose the Zaku II in a push-up pose. :)

- New resin kits:
  B Club just puked out more GKs, including:
        - 1/350 scale Big Zam ver. Ka 15,800 yen. The body is flatter
          and wider, with the legs shorter and beefier.
        - 1/144 scale Gabthley GK version 13,800 yen. Transforms.
        - some 1/144 scale junk from Wing, 12,800 yen.
        - 1/144 scale GUNTANK from 08th MS Team!!!! This is the one that
          someone was asking about the pictures seen on a Chinese website!

- New publications from HJ:
        - Gundam Weapons - Mk II special issue
        - Gudnam Mechanics III - Zeta Gundam suits

That's about it...

Eddie

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