Tag Archives: Bandai

Bandai’s New-Old Cluster

No, I don’t mean a Cluster as in the derogatory term indicating something that is largely messed up! Rather I mean one of Bandai’s relatively-recent “from-the-vault” retro-reissues! It seems like Round 2 isn’t the only company that is resurrecting old kits, because in 2018 Bandai went full-on and hauled out a bunch of classics from […]

Unit 1, But Still Second Place…

Just because you end up second-best doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try your hardest! This philosophy is clearly adhered to by the entire series of Metal Armour Dragonar kits produced by Bandai for said anime in the late ’80s. Even though Dragonar wasn’t able to topple Gundam as THE mech show, it was an entertaining and […]

A Fool and His Money…

You know what they say, right? Well, a great place to separate modellers and their money is, of course, a model show’s vendor area! The HeritageCon 13 show on March 24, 2019, was no exception. Of course, it would have been foolish NOT to have snapped up the epic kits I found! For more info […]

I Wing, U-Wing, We all Wing!

Talk about a “wing-wing” situation! After some legal wrangling, the Bandai Star Wars kits have become available for legitimate exporters to sell and distribute in North America! As a person who has grown into a Star Wars fan over the last couple of decades, and as a person who loves a good space ship model, […]

Bandai’s Forgotten Bird-Man Battler!

When it comes to fairly obscure animes, Metal Armour Dragonar is right up there with the best of them. What started out as an attempt to replace Gundam as the reigning mech anime franchies fell flat on its face. However, it did give us some pretty cool designs, and almost everything had a jet pack! […]

Small Arms, Big Stick

Sometimes, all a design needs is a bit of freshening up to make it look brand new. A perfect example of this are the retconned Gundam Wing redesigns done by Hajime Katoki. Taking the Endless Waltz Gundams and backdating them to “original” versions has yeilded, almost without exception, designs that are cleaner and meaner-looking than […]

Fly like an eagle, but walk like a Schwalg!

Even though Metal Armour Dragonar is not an anime that most people today know, it was a good show that, back in the later ’80s was intended to be the “next big thing”. To that end, Bandai made all kinds of kits from this show, including some of the “bad guy” mecha from the evil […]

MS of Age(s)

Even though the Gundam Age anime was criticized for being too “kiddie” (despite lots of miserable deaths and general anguish), it didn’t stop Bandai from making some very nice Master Grade kits of the main suits from the show, including the titular MS, the AGE-1 Normal! Check it out on the Sci-Fi Page in all […]

A Major Award!

Lady Luck can be fickle, but when she’s with you, she’s really with you. As proof, I offer this look at the HG Build Fighters Try Special Set, a prize in the Mid-Year Campaign 2015 from Bandai. There wer only 82 of these prizes available in the entire world, so I consider myself lucky to […]

Pin the Tail on the Gundam!

While it may look like “just another Gundam”, the 1/144 HG Gundam Legilis has a few things that set it apart from others bearing the Gundam name. As the final enemy protagonist in Gundam AGE, the Legilis is one of the most powerful MSs of that series, and its lean lines and aggressive styling befit […]