Gaijin Gunpla

Yes, I did go to the Gundam Expo held just this past weekend in Akihabara’s UDX building! It was my first Gundam Expo and I am glad I went and I already cannot wait until next year.

Sure there were a lot of things there I had seen before, such as:

The SD Gundam AGE kits that were shown to everyone back at the 51st All Japan Hobby Show

But there was also some other neat stuff. I tried to get some good pics and I’ll share them with you now (even though I know that within minutes of the doors opening at the Expo these pictures were all over the internet).

The first big section they had was the Gundam AGE section.

The main points for this sections were, as you can see on the sign, the revealing of the MG kits and some large HG Diorama. While no photos were allowed of the kits I did snap a few of the Dioramas. Check them out.

Still not feeling anything towards the suits of the AGE anime.

But more my style was this:

Some RG additions for the RG Strike Gundam! It’s the FX-550 Sky Grasper.

Prototypes look good. And so did this Dio.

After that was a prototype of the MG Duel Gundam Assault Shroud, but no pictures were allowed (but that didn’t stop the guy standing next to me who pointed his camera, noticed the No Pics sign, stopped, looked around guiltily, and took a picture.) It looked good. Trust me!

Then it was onto this wall.

Here there were 10 cubby holes, in each one a Gundam kit designed by a celebrity (or somewhat of a celebrity). For example:

These three beargguy’s had their color scheme designed by (obviously) these three young girls.

And this cool Strike…

By an SKE48 member (SKE48 is a group of girls like AKB48, but younger. 日本らしい).

After that was a neat little section showing how Bandai creates their models. They had three guys behind a glass wall, with cameras overhead pointing down at their hands so you could see in detail how they design a gundam, mold individual parts, and create box art. Of course, no pictures were allowed but they did seem to working on the MG Gundam AGE-1 Normal.

After that there was a little section showing some of the Bandai online shop exclusive kits.

Kshatriya and Sinanju are looking good.

And beside that was a cool display showing Gun-Pri (Gundam Prints). What they do is take the box art from any MG kit and convert it into a cloth wall hanging or T-shirt. Sweet!

Next was the Gundam UC section.

Along one wall was the entire HG Gundam UC lineup. I don’t think I need to show those, but there was this little HG close by.

HG Delta Plus Clear Version. Not bad.

But the big gun (pun intended) for this show was the MG Full Armor Unicorn. I’ve already shown shots of the kit itself from the previous Hobby Show, but what Bandai did at this Expo was show off the base that those big rockets can form.

the MG Unicorn can hop onto this.

I wasn’t aware of this before and now the FA really has my attention.

The last part of the exhibition floor was reserved for the Gunpla Builders World Cup 2011 entrants. Here were the finalists of the World Cup assembled in one place and visitors to the Expo got to vote for the best one in both the Junior and Open division. I didn’t take pics of everything (probably because at that time the line up for the 限定 kits was allowed inside to start purchasing and I wanted to reserve my spot), but I’ll show some amazing pieces of work.

Check out the Sazabi!

I always thought the Sazabi looked a little chubby. Definitely not this one!

Here’s a nice Unicorn Diorama complete with lighting.

And check out this MG Sinanju!

I built a Sinanju once. This puts anything I would ever be able to do to shame.

But I was more impressed with this:

A T-Rex made from MG Zaku 2.0 parts! Allow me to add a few more explanation points!


This thing is crazy. I like staring at it and picking out the different parts. Oh, I see a front thigh armor piece. Oh, there’s the side of the elbow. Wow, the kneecap is actually the Zaku head!

I hope this wins, but I actually voted for this kit.

This is an RG! Using the Real Grade Frame the modeler made this. The level of detail is amazing. Looking at what he did in such a small space was mind-boggling so I voted for this guy. Amazing!

After that I put the camera away and got in line for the Gunpla Expo limited edition kits. There were actually two lines. First you had to line up and then tell a staff member what you were there to buy and they would give you tickets for each item.

My tickets.

Then you had to lineup again, for even longer, and hand your tickets over to two smiling ladies behind the counter who would yell your order back to people behind the shelves like waitresses in a restaurant yelling your order to the hidden chef.

They were helpful and I packed the items I picked up into a box, walked one floor down to the post office and mailed it rather than trying to carry it on a train.

Then I went to the Hub, an English style pub ASM and I frequent regularly, and had some nice beverages.

Then I headed back to Akihabara station and on the way noticed this.

Oh, Japan. You so crazy.

Categories: Events, Life in Japan

19 Responses so far.

  1. jeppa says:

    Which limited edition kits did you get?

  2. Fireblade says:

    hopefully mg duel means mg buster in the future.

  3. XZF says:

    I want the pink bearguy..but i have no way of getting it..haha..:(

  4. Hypnos says:

    wow syd, each ticket means 1 kit ? Oo

  5. Paulo951 says:

    The BIG diorama of the Age ship was it in 1/144 scale? I think that Sazabi looks great! The MG Sazabi definitely needs the 2.0 treatment imo.

  6. Butagami says:

    Haha that many tickets? I can see you walking around with a washingmachine-box full of gunpla 😛
    Those world cup contestants all look awesome, wish I could see them in real life (or better yet, make things like that myself)

  7. Tom says:

    I don’t know syd, that giraffe look pretty impressive as well.

  8. Sabekio says:

    that custom gundam you voted for is the 0 gundam rite? it looks niceeeeee

  9. Dennis says:

    Well…. Don’t keep us in suspense, What exclusives di you get?

  10. Busterbeam says:

    thats a lot of tickets homey

  11. fury-s12 says:

    wow that trex is awesome does anyone have some links to more info on it?

    im in the same boat as you syd the age suits are doing anything for me, and im definitely a huge fan of that FA Unicorn i didnt realise from other pics that the boosters + other bits form the base i just assumed it was a separate base the fact its not just adds to the awesomeness that kit is going to be

  12. fury-s12 says:

    i forgot to say …you mailed the kits home, is post in japan really cheap?? if you did that in aus even to post it in the same state you would have to remorgage your home

  13. alex says:

    i live to see the day to make my pilgrimage to such an event… limited ed kits that are worth dying for…

  14. Dan says:

    I love the clear Kshatriya. I was thinking about get the version that is out already, but if I find the clear version will have to get it too!!

    And please put up some pics of the limited released kits!!

  15. Sonar says:

    Great coverage Syd! Thank you for sharing your pics.

    That is a serious stack of Gentei tickets dude… Thos clear UC kits are looking mighty nice.
    I agree the RG 0-Gundam conversion is pretty special. The T-Zak is all kinds of win. Kinda disappointed the Wingnanju took it after seeing those other entries.

  16. Neon Wave says:

    I wish I was there. It must have been great. I wish I was living in Japan so I could experience stuff like that. The Gundam AGE stuff, the clear Kshatriya and the Wingnanju looked awesome. I wish I saw those models in person.

  17. QantaRaiser says:

    now i’m depressed that i’m in college… i want to build my gunpla i have at home sooooo bad right now…
    and seriously you trying to kill us with suspense, show/tell us what kits you got!!!

  18. Edmond says:

    No queue outside the AKB48 cafe? You are right, it was crazy.

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