Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Mon, 22 Nov 1999 14:52:00 -0800


>I came across an article on the differences between the Japanese and
>Chinese version of the Chogokin Gundam this web site:
>
>http://www.cooljapanesetoys.com/01_00/inthenews.html
>
>Can anyone on GML verify it?
>
>Jorge

While I haven't seen a "Chinese version" of the new Kado Senshi chogokin
Gundam in person, one was on auction at eBay a few weeks ago. It's one of
those "regional exclusives" the Hong Kong merchants are beginning to
specialize
in in order to prevent people from buying Japanese-imported version of the same
toy. The "Japanese" version of the chogokin Gundam was also made in China,
the only difference, according to the site, is the extra stand and the
weathering. The stand is fashioned after those gold plates/cards you've
probably seen in the ads in Hobby Japan and Dengeki Hobby, being offered as
mail-in prizes in monthly drawings for the Big Bang Project, with a side view
of the Zaku II and/or Gundam.

A rumor I heard locally says that there are 2 versions of the Kado Senshi toy,
where one is unable to strike the "one knee to the ground" pose you see on
the back of the box where the Gundam was aiming its beam rifle. This sounds
awfully familiar to the claim made by Heroes Club, and I'd dismiss it since
there is no reason for them to put a picture of a pose the toy cannot achieve,
given the main feature of the toy is its posability.

Eddie

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