Starting April 24th, Nankai Railway is operating a Gundam-themed train to celebrate the 20th year anniversary of high-speed train “Rapīt.”
The original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series is now available in Blu-ray format!
Mobile Suit Gundam Blu-ray Memorial Box was released this week. It includes fully remastered complete episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam, plus 10 great bonuses for first edition only. Here’s what’s in the set:
1) Scenario Plot of Episode 1 “Gundam Rising (Gundam Daichi ni Tatsu)”
2) Storyboards of Episode 1 (plus the intro animation, ending animation, and 15-seconds ad spot animation)
3) The original script of Episode 1
4) A prototype proposal for “Space Fighter Team Gun Boy” (this is an early version of what later became Gundam)
5) A prototype proposal for “Mobile Steel Man Gunboi”
6) Merchandise Proposal
7) Cassette Cover Art Cards
8) 124-pg of MEMORIAL ALBUM of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 1979-1980
9) HISTORICAL MAETRIALS OF MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM
10) Special Disc Sleeve
Also, check out these beautiful box covers designed by Toshihiro Kawamoto and Iwao Teraoka. Inner jackets are illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the character designer, and Kunio Okawara, the mechanic designer of the original Gundam.
You can order Mobile Suit Gundam Blu-ray Memorial Box through Rinkya Store for $335.00 (with all Rinkya fees before international shipping)!
Want more Gundam collectibles?
Browse all listings of Gundam on YJ Auction via Rinkya!
Do you love fishing? Regardless of which fishing store you go to, you find that fishing tackle comes in a large variety of shapes, designs, and colors. Among many options, Japan’s got some of the most awesome fishing lures. As it could be said to almost everything Japanese people do, they put meticulous attention to details and leverage all their artisanship, creativity, and wackiest ideas into making these novelty lures. I selected a few of my favorite to share with our blog readers!
1) Bandai G-Master Splash Heroes Mazinger Z Fishing Lure
Our favorite giant robot Mazinger Z is soooo cute as a chibi fishing lure. Bandai had a line of anime and tokusatsu-themed fishing lures called G-Master Splash Heroes back in 2003 (long sold out now), and Mazinger Z is one of them.
2) Bandai G-Master Splash Heroes Gamera and Kamen Rider V3 Lures
I have to show two more from Bandai’s Splash Heroes series because they are just so cute. Aren’t thse Gamera and Kamen Rider V3 fishing lures adorable? You can see how detailed they actually are for something that you are supposed to throw in water…
3) Tommy x Nintendo Pokemon Fishing Lures
These Pokemon lures would make me sing “Gotta Catch ’em All!” while trying to catch fish! Gotta catch all the fish! (Well, maybe not, to be gentle to the environment)
4) Frog Products Boob Lures
Frog Products released these nice, round, not-too-bit, not-too-large, perfect boobs to lure fish. Maybe they lure human more than fish? 😉 They come in two color options…for your preference.
Unfortunately these lures are very difficult to find even on auctions. Keep monitoring on Yahoo Japan Auction from this link until it shows up, as they occasionally do!
5) Ryobi Ultraman Fishing Lure
Ultraman can help you find your catch underwater!
I love how much attention to detail they put into it. Even if you don’t fish, this would be a perfect addition to your Ultraman collection.
6) Ryobi Ultraman Kaijuu Lures – Alien Baltan and Pigmon
If there is Ultraman, we’ve got to have kaijuus too! Two of the most iconic and popular kaijuus from Ultraman: Alien Baltan and Pigmon are also available as lures from Ryobi!
7) Rascal the Raccoon Fishing Lures
Our beloved Rascal the Raccoon come in three different colors as fishing lures! Rascal is eating a toast, hopefully he’ll be able to catch fish for us too?
8) GAN CRAFT Tsuri Chichi Nagisa Collaboration Jointed Claw 178
Here comes the fun part: sexy bishoujo lures.
This lure is specially crafted for a fishing manga series on Shounen Sunday called Tsuri Chichi Nagisa. And they are actually made by a quality fishing tackle company Gan Craft too, instead of a toy company. You can enjoy outdoor fishing with beautiful Nagisa-chan!
9) Super Sonico Fishing Lure by Unagiinu
Here’s another sexy fishing lure, featuring Super Sonico, the popular mascot girl from Nitroplus.
This is actually a handmade lure modified from an existing lure “Strike King Sexy Spoon.” How fitting is it that the artist chose to put Sonico on it? The artist Unagiinu does a lot of customized “Ita-Lure” (痛ルアー) to make ordinary fishing lures more, um, attractive.
Here’s a little section of a fishing store displaying Unagiinu’s custom tackle.
10) Toys Frog Char Zaku Flash Jim Fishing Lure
Char Zaku should be able to fish 3 times faster than other lures (hopefully)! The 3D mono-eye is cute!
It should work really well for octopus catching too, since, reportedly, that’s how Japanese fisherman catches octopus…as shown in a Japanese TV show Zip. (News source: Kotaku) I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but give it a shot, right?
The two limited edition Bearbrick figures I’m featuring today should bring both Bearbrick and Gundam fans a smile!
These are the two prizes from a lottery campaign Pepsi NEX held back in 2011. Participants collected tickets from Pepsi products to apply for the lottery, and only 500 lucky winners (250 for Gundam, 250 for Char Zaku) were able to earn these very special Be@rbricks! Meaning there is 250 of each Be@rbrick above exists in the world.
The figure is 400% Be@rbrick, so it is 28cm tall. Yes, it’s big! See the size difference in the ad above, in comparison to 70% figures.
When brand new, it could be worth more than $1,000, but on Yahoo Japan Auction right now, PRE-OWNED items are only $300 (high bid could go up), and they are in superb conditions.
Pepsi has given out other Be@rbrick prizes in the past too, such as Star Wars.
Browse all YJ Auction listings of Pepsi x Be@rbrick toys from here.
Browse all YJ Auction listings of 400% size Pepsi x Be@rbrick toys from here.
You may not have a room for actual-size Gundam in your house, but what if it was “human-size” model?
HY2M (Hyper Hybrid Model) 1/12 scale Gundam was originally released by Bandai in 2006 for a limited number. This model comes in 3 boxes (originally, could be shipped in more boxes for this auction), with 260 pieces. When completed and standing, it reaches 1.5 meter (5 foot) tall and weighs 35kg (77 lb). Posable joints allow you to set Gundam up in different poses, and what makes it even cooler is that it’s pre-recorded with a bunch of SE from the original show!
Details of this product (according to Bandai’s specification):
– 260 parts total to complete the model. They are all pre-painted, so you don’t need to do a painting job youself. However, this particular auction item has been modified with additional shading and panel line enhancement with black lines to make it look even more realistic.
Compare the original (left) and auctioned item (right) for panel line enhancement.
– No super glue or adhesive necessary. Only bolts and nuts are used for building the model (just like real Gundam would be!)
– The materials used for HY2M 1/12 Gundam is common materials used for other plastic models from Bandai. Therefore, if you have experience modifying Gundam models before, you can basically apply the same techniques and mod it however you want.
– Shoulder joints can be locked into one angle to allow more flexibility and rigidity when posing the model. Elbows, wrists, fingers, forearms, neck, waist, are all movable and posable.
– It comes with a remote control to activate sound effects. There are 15 types of SE, including gatling guns, start-up sound, etc. And also it controls illumination of eyes, gatling guns, etc.
– Comes with a building manual. Just follow the instructions (and patience, it is estimated to take 4 hours of building work) and you’ll have a human-size Gundam!
Beam Rifle, Beam Saber, and Gundam Shield
Recorded Sound Effect list:
– Start-up sound
– Hatch open/close
– Camera eyes
– Target scope activation
– Warning alert
– Duct emission sound
– Walking SE
– Movement in Space sound
– Gatling guns
– Beam Rifle
– Beam Saber unsheathing
– Beam Saber piercing enemies
– Hyper Bazooka
– Meelee sound
Watch a video showing the process of building HY2M 1/12 scale Gundam, and for reference on how it works!
(*Due to its size, the shipping cost could be higher than usual. For your reference, this item by itself without packaging weighs 35kg. No cancellation or refund is allowed after winning the auction, so please use caution. Thank you!)