Morinaga Gundam Love

Posted by MattAlt 
Looks like Mandarake's blog covered those ERASER/candy kit combos:

[www.mandarake.co.jp]
More stuff popping up on YJ. Never knew they did a Methuss or a Gazowmm:






And some SD, too:



Here's something on the rare side, a Bandai Super Injection Model, a 1/250th Char Zaku. These were the first kits to have multiple colors on one sprue:



Oh man, that full color Zaku fills me with desire. The logo on the top right corner of the front of the box...

-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH
Yah, I know, and it's still unpunched. If it was the green one I'd pounce, but I'd probably end up paying so much that it would be agony to desprue and build.

The only significant technology jump Bandai had after that was the "System Injection 21" Gundam F91 kits, which had individual parts molded using multiple colors. I'm guessing it was an expensive process, though, because AFAIK they've never used it since.
> The only significant technology jump Bandai had
> after that was the "System Injection 21" Gundam
> F91 kits,

F91? What about the original HG line? Those ruled, in a totally un-model-like, bizarre, toyetic way. And then there's the Musha Gundam kits, which I've never seen in person, but reportedly had the "true" System Injection.

And hey, don't forget the pre-assembled fingers of the PG kits, and the inner leg frame of the MG Gundam v1.5. Those are yet another level above the color molding.

And what about Gundam kits with joints made from ABS, and tightened with screws, often obviating the need for polycaps in major joints - as in the G-Gundam Master Grade kits?

...man, all of Bandai's "technological improvements" in their kits just serve to make them more toyish.

-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH
I've never handled those kits, so I guess I wasn't thinking of those, but yes, it does seem like the first HG kits were the point where just the assembled model without paint or other work was pretty close to having a toy.

I mentioned this in another thread, but what I've been told by a few people is that the price point of certain toys is often determined by how much labor it takes to assemble them. I guess offloading labor onto us allows for some amazing things.



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In Japan, isn't a lot of the cost of many items taken up by transportation, warehousing and distribution, because space is such a premium? The same reason everything costs more in big cities in America, but taken to an extreme... at least, that's what I've always heard.

-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH
Check out the Qubeley.

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That's the one I have in pink!

BEST QUBELEY EVAR.

-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH
Aww, cute: This guy even painted his Acguy mini-kit in camo.





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Something from the F-91 era, a FCM (Full Color Model). These also used the System Injection 21 technology to get multiple colors on one part:



Are you sure? I don't see dark blue or grey sprue bits touching the shield or backpack or anything. It looks more like it's pre-painted.

-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH
Nope.
From a Japanese imageboard:



-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH



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I got my Rinkya package today. The five Morinaga model reissues I got were:

- Pallas Athene (white)
- Hizack (white)
- Hizack (dark blue)
- Rick Dias (white)
- Asshimar (white)

The plastic on these is top-notch, smooth and solid, the way you expect model plastic to be (unlike the soft, grainy plastic of the Tai-Mori reissues). Each one comes with a small trading card and sticker sheet, and the assembly instructions are printed on the inside of the box. Only the Hizack, Gundam Mark 2, Zeta and Hyaku Shiki are shown on the packaging, so it's hard to tell what the complete character lineup was. I can't tell when these were reissued, either, but it must have been within the last couple of years because they seem pretty common and cheap on YJ.

And just when I thought I'd seen them all, I came across these. Clearly, I need to track some of these down one day:




Can anyone identify those clear kits for me?
CAN NO ONE IDENTIFY THE CLEAR GUYS?

I had so much faith in you.
Roger Wrote:
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> Can anyone identify those clear kits for me?

I'll try:

You have one yellowish one and three clear ones right?

The yellowish one is Perfect Gundam:
[www.mahq.net]

My first clue was that it has a V-antenna, so I narrowed it down to Gundam. Then I can tell it's Perfect Gundam by the cable on the right arm, the shape of the leg armor and the shape of the cannon on the bottom right of the third sprue. The cylinder on the bottom right of the first sprue also helps- the Perfect Gundam has a propellant tank just like that on it's lower back.

The clear one is Guncannon II:
[www.mahq.net]

My first clue was the shape of the legs, but where are the cannons, I asked myself? Then I remembered that there was an MSV with only one cannon and when I looked it up on MAHQ, I noticed that your model has the targeting thingy on the top left of the third sprue and the corresponding cannon on the bottom left of the first sprue.

Voila. What do I win? :)
Scopedog Wrote:
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> Voila. What do I win?

Nothing but my continuing respect, but you already had that. Hopefully I win these. Thanks!
Roger Wrote:
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> > Voila. What do I win?
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> Nothing but my continuing respect, but you already
> had that. Hopefully I win these. Thanks!


That's cool, thanks! Good luck on the auction!
Found some interesting links on the Bandai Candy Toy site:

[www.bandai.co.jp]
[www.bandai.co.jp]

Like the SD erasers, I guess these were sold in many different ways over the years: as Bandai candy toys, with Morinaga candy, and in gashapon machines.
Jackpot! Just won on Yahoo Japan:




These are the exact kits that got me hooked on these cruddy little things twenty years ago. The batch includes Gundam-ZZ, Gaza-D, Gallus-J, R-Jarja, Bawoo, and Dreissen.
Roger Wrote:
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> Jackpot! Just won on Yahoo Japan:
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> These are the exact kits that got me hooked on
> these cruddy little things twenty years ago. The
> batch includes Gundam-ZZ, Gaza-D, Gallus-J,
> R-Jarja, Bawoo, and Dreissen.


Pictures don't work. :(
I think Myles has the same problem sometimes. Your employer may be a little leery about foreign sites. ;p
Roger Wrote:
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> I think Myles has the same problem sometimes. Your
> employer may be a little leery about foreign
> sites. ;p

You're right. It works at home but not at work.

I love those old gashapon models. Congratulations on a great win!
Thanks. Didn't I give you one of these, aeons ago?
Found these pics b4.

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That Zaku Tank is pretty sweet. And is that a weapons set in front?

-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH
I just lost out on the motherlode, a 67-piece collection:









I'm glad just to see the pictures, though. I never knew that Capule and Zssa existed.
One is a Japanese reissue, one is a Taiwanese reissue. Need I tell you which is which?


Something I just noticed:




Were the Hizack's weapons removed for the reissues?
24 hours left, up to 14,000 now:

[page2.auctions.yahoo.co.jp]
> Were the Hizack's weapons removed for the
> reissues?

Dude, the Taiwanese reissue Galbaldy doesn't even have a hole in its hand for the (nonexistent) rifle.

-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH
Roger Wrote:
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> 24 hours left, up to 14,000 now:

Goddamn, closed at 16,500.
asterphage Wrote:
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> Dude, the Taiwanese reissue Galbaldy doesn't even
> have a hole in its hand for the (nonexistent)
> rifle.

The plot thickens. Observe, the Galbaldy kit that was reissued with the Char's Counterattack Bandai capsule kits:



And here's a GM 2 from the same series:



And a Morinaga GM 2 reissue:



It looks like there definitely were differences between the Morinaga candy kits, Bandai capsule kits, and perhaps the Bandai candy kits, too.
Oh, yeah, these were found using "gashapon plamodel":

[search.auctions.yahoo.co.jp]
The Morinaga Taiwan Nemo has its gun too.

-Paul Segal

"Oh, the anger is never far, never far." -SteveH
Mark Simmons directed me to these pages:

[www2k.biglobe.ne.jp]
[www.geocities.jp]

Looks like the identity of the Gundam-ZZ "dirty dozen" is solved. They were:

Gundam-ZZ
Gallus-J
Hamma Hamma
Gaza D
Gazowm
R-Jarja
Bawoo
Dreissen
Zssa
Kapool
Dowadge
Geze

And now I can sleep soundly.


MattAlt (Admin)
Lookit what I dredged up at SuperFest!

Morinaga? Clover? Bandai? Beats the hell out of me, but I've dubbed it "Goggy." (That's an HCM Pro Z'gok, to give you a sense of scale.)



Best hundred yen I ever spent on a Gundam toy, claws down.



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