Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 14:53:21 -0800


>After checking out the runners on this kit, my theory is that it's the
>regular HG edition made by Bandai but plated by someone else. As it says
>on the side of the box: "Manufactured by Bandai, Distributed by Daniel and
>Co.". So, Daniel and whoever must've had the special coating done and
>primarily it was meant to be seen only in Hong Kong. Curiously, it says
>"Limited Hong Kong Edition (Not For Sale). Anybody know what that means?
>
>Joshua

Daniel & Co. is one of the several Bandai distributors in Hong Kong. Due to
competition, they have to cook up marketing strategies that insures customer
loyalty while boosting sales. This HK exclusive 1/100 poorly-plated (the
colors were ugly and lame, as you've seen) D-Hell Custom kit was a "prize"
available only to those who joins Daniel & Co.'s Gunpla club - kind of like
the Columbia House CD/DVD/VHS club, where you join and agree to buy X number
of kits per year, perhaps even paying them an annual membership fee. In
exchange you get this members-only kit that's not for sale in the stores.

Guess they plated way too many such kits and had to dump them on someone
else's turf...

Eddie

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