Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Gundam Expo Tokyo 2007

I dropped by Ikebukuro last Saturday to check out the Gundam Expo Tokyo 2007 event held at Ikebukuro Sunshine City. Event is held from 11-16 August. Free admission. Upon entry, attendees are greeted with huge 1/10 scale Zeong & RX-78-2 Gundam models, followed by 1/10 scale Zeta Gundam & Hyaku Shiki. The history of Gunpla are explained with a selection of past kits and TV spots, plus a 1/1 scale Zaku head with its mono eye lighting up and moving every couple minutes or so. Already seen it in person twice at the Bandai Museum (link to my August 2006 visit) in Matsudo before they relocated, so the novelty has worn off for me. The platinum RX-78-2 Gundam was on display there behind what I assume are bullet-proof glass with two guards, not letting anyone take pics of the 30 million yen bling. There was a section of the event area dedicated to introducing the new Gundam 00 show with 1/10 scale models of all four main Mobile Suits on display, including tons of upcoming Gundam 00 merchandise. Watched the new trailer but will reserve judgment until after I've watched the first couple of eps. Nothing much caught my attention except for the GFF Shin Musha Gundam and MG Destiny Gundam. Can't wait to grab those!

1/10 scale Mobile Suits on display at the event include:
RX-78-2 Gundam
Zeta Gundam
Hyaku Shiki
Freedom Gundam
Gundam Exia
Gundam Dynames
Gundam Kyrios
Gundam Virtue

C3xHobby Chara Hobby 2007 exclusive Gunpla on display include:
1/60 PG RX-78-2 Gundam Ookawa illustration ver.
1/100 Live concert color Zaku Warrior extra finish ver.
1/100 MG Char custom Z'gok extra finish ver.
1/144 HGUC Char custom Rick Dom coating ver.
Code Geass 1/35 Mechanic Collection Lancelot color coating ver.

MG Char custom Z'gok extra finish and Lancelot color coating ver. look tempting. May have to grab them for my collection at this weekend's C3xHobby Chara Hobby 2007 event.

Gundam Expo Tokyo 2007 coverage picture gallery

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