Gaijin Gunpla

For those who may not have known, and let’s face it if you don’t live in Japan there is a high possibility you wouldn’t have heard about it, there was an exhibition at the Ueno Mori Museum featuring artworks by mecha designer Kunio Okawara. If you want to see more about it, though the event finished last month, you can check out this link. I guess it’s not a surprise to regular readers of this blog that I did in fact go. It was quite impressive. Okawara-san has done some of the illustrations for many of the classic Gundam but has also been involved with a huge amount of non-Gundam themes. I wish I could show them all to you but I can’t. Photography was strictly prohibited. But, I can’t lie, the reason I went was to get my hands on the event exclusive MG Strike Freedom Okawara Version. The event was the only place where this kit would be sold, which makes it one of the more limited kits among Bandai’s large collection of limited kits. I suppose the closest equivalent would be the MG Strike Freedom Gundam Full Burst Mode kit.

There’s his artwork and the kit is molded in those colours and has the included markings so you can make that version.

It also came with these.

These are actually meant to replace replace the Dragoons on the wings.

I wanted to build it immediately but life kind of interfered with that. From mid-September on I could only build in small sessions when someone was asleep.

Eventually I got it done and eventually I got it into the studio for pictures.

Let’s just say, a big amount of the time spent on this kit was spent putting on the exclusive marking stickers.

There are some that are difficult to line up and others that curve around certain corners of the armour.

And some that are hard to notice from some angles.

The longest one goes here.

Interestingly, you may not always be able to see that one. For this kit you can (and really should) remove the dragoons and put in the cool effect parts.

Your given this cool stand as well.

Let’s see if I can recreate the pose from the instructions.

Not bad.

6 Responses so far.

  1. Paolo says:

    I had the opportunity to visit this amazing exhibition this summer. Since the 80s (I’m an old fellow) in Italy we had the opportunity to watch most of the production that took advantage of Master Okawara Art and Design: Daitarn III, Time bokan, Gatchaman and of course my favourite Gundam (the original series)! Having the opportunity to see the work of this artist in such details was both moving and a great pleasure to the eye! Of course I got the limited edition Strike Freedom Okawara Ver. and your review make me eager to start building it!

  2. Tony says:

    Yeah, I guess this one really will be a limited kit.

    I bought the event only versions of the clear MG Astray from the Art of Gundam and the metallic HG Amazing Red Warrior and Black Tristars Zaku II from the Japan Hobby and Model Expo only to see that that the Red Warrior and Tristars are available at another event coming soon. Oh well, just buying the two HGs was an event in itself, lining up to buy a ticket in a timeslot to actually line up and buy the kits – it was a bit of an adventure!

  3. Dingo says:

    You have a new member in your family? Congratulation!!!!!!! <3

  4. Paul Emical* says:

    So there’s a Gaigun jr. ver 2.0!!

    Congratulations to your wife – oh, and to you as well! 😀

    What’s your little girl say about her new brother/sister?

    Congrats and best of luck to you all!

  5. Marc says:

    This is how I wanted the SF to look like, as I hated the gold joints. However, I really like Katoki’s proportions more.

  6. J.Waltz says:

    Damn… why i dont buy it when i could??? regrets …

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