Category: Hobby News

Upcoming : Good Smile Company Moderoid Godmars

This was unexpected but very welcome. A new Godmars model kit is coming! It looks like there will be part swapping involved depending on what mode the modeler wants to achieve. It’s simpler and probably more sturdy this way as it will feature a lot of articulation.

This is coming in August @ 7,500JPY. More pics in Hobby Search.

Forever a Toys R Us kid

Ah well, the other shoe has fallen. Toys R Us will be closing all its US stores with the intention to sell all the ones overseas. They previously shuttered 180 stores in the US and all its British stores but alas, too little too late.

Even though I didn’t live in the US until my adulthood, I’m actually a Toys R Us kid! In the 1980s, there was a huge 2 floor Toys R Us store next to Parkway Parade in Marine Parade in Singapore. In those days, TRU didn’t allow kids under 13 to go in unaccompanied so my mom would bring me in, leave me in the store and walk out to do her shopping. I’d then spend about 1-2 hours just browsing the aisles till she came back to pick me up. Good times!

In the 1990s, I moved to Los Angeles to further my studies. Near my apartment was a TRU (Sepulveda) where I’d go with my like-minded friends to peruse the aisles for Lego. I still remember lining up in 1999 for the midnight launch of Star Wars The Phantom Menace toys with my friends at the La Cienega branch. We lined up for 3 hours and I hoarded a few Star Wars Lego sets then.

Now that I’m a parent, TRU is still a must stop in whatever country that has them. I’m glad my kids got the chance to go to a big box store where all you see are toys and stuff for kids. It’s too bad that it won’t be for much longer.

TRU through the years in Singapore and Hong Kong

In 2015 I brought my family back to Los Angeles and wouldn’t you know it, the Toys R Us at Sepulveda was still around! We went twice and memories of my trips there during my college days flooded back. The aisles were different but the experience remained the same. The difference being I was spending on my kids now instead of myself.

Alas… it looks like 2015 would be the last time we’d visit Toys R Us in the US

KB Toys and FAO Schwartz were the other big box toy stores that came and went during my lifetime. But Toys R Us is the one that has stayed in my memories the most, simply because it was around since my formative years.

Good bye Toys R Us. I will forever be a Toys R Us kid.

Upcoming : Bandai Full Metal Panic! Armed Slaves

Following the footsteps of Kotobukiya’s Arbalest from Full Metal Panic! come Bandai’s own version of the Armed Slaves. And they are in the same scale too. Hmmm…

Anyway, the Armed Slaves from Bandai’s releases look to be in the configuration they will have in the upcoming Full Metal Panic! animated series premiering in April 2018.

They are also going to be at a third of the price of the Kotobukiya @ 3,024JPY and coming in April. More pictures of Arbalest, Mao’s Gernsbeck and a generic Gernsbeck are on Hobbysearch.

Upcoming : Wave 1/72 VF-4 Lightning III

Final product pictures have popped up on the internet and it looks good. But it’s a Wave kit, which based on my experience usually means the plastic would be softer, the molding would not be as sharp as Bandai or Hasegawa and there might be fit issues. Still, I’m glad someone is finally tackling this very rare variable fighter.

This one’s coming @ 6,264 JPY in February. More pictures are on Hobbysearch.

Upcoming : Bandai Deep Striker

Just… wow.

Bandai did it. I’m sure it’ll sell and not get built after people realize how big it really is.

Coming in March 2018 @ 20,000 JPY. More pictures on Gundam Kits Collection.

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