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Appel 2011-05-26 09:27

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Originally Posted by skyboy928 (Post 3626738)
just wondering, where you guy usual get your kit?
i live in US, if import it direct from japan, the cost is quite high......
i used to order from http://www.imageanime.com/
first learn about that at a convention, but their price seem to be getting higher and higher, so i need to find another place at least i could compare the price a bit

i live in europ, i have no choice but to import it from japan. i have made the experience that hoby link japan is simply the cheapest source for me...

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Originally Posted by Araxiel (Post 3626873)
I find the Turn-A is one of those suits that looks far better when it's moving.

i agree fully! it looks a lot better while moving or as a kit in a dynamic pose. then again... that kinda counts for all gundam models, right? :D

Se7en Sabers 2011-05-26 11:23

@ Appel & LoweGear

Thanks :) It's indeed available now but already in low stock at HLJ :D

Chiu_fan 2011-05-26 11:32

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Originally Posted by LoweGear (Post 3626699)
Hobby Search already has the MG 00 Raiser available, with scans and parts images up.

After looking closely at the manual scans, I was right, the hands uses the interchangeable fingers which is a bummer. Though it does have those pegs in the hands which let it hold it's swords properly.

Found a review: http://blog.livedoor.jp/hacchaka/arc...5945.html#more

StrikeFreedomV2 2011-05-27 01:57

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Originally Posted by Chiu_fan (Post 3627020)
After looking closely at the manual scans, I was right, the hands uses the interchangeable fingers which is a bummer. Though it does have those pegs in the hands which let it hold it's swords properly.

Found a review: http://blog.livedoor.jp/hacchaka/arc...5945.html#more

Why is it a bummer when it comes with BOTH types of hands? I consider it a plus.

TheGame2K5 2011-05-27 02:47

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Originally Posted by skyboy928 (Post 3626738)
just wondering, where you guy usual get your kit?
i live in US, if import it direct from japan, the cost is quite high......
i used to order from http://www.imageanime.com/
first learn about that at a convention, but their price seem to be getting higher and higher, so i need to find another place at least i could compare the price a bit



I buy most of my kits lately from gundamstoreandmore.com. For US customers they have some of the best prices. They do run out of popular items from time to time and have to wait for restock but Ive had nothing but good luck with them.

Appel 2011-05-27 03:41

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Originally Posted by TheGame2K5 (Post 3627856)
I buy most of my kits lately from gundamstoreandmore.com. For US customers they have some of the best prices. They do run out of popular items from time to time and have to wait for restock but Ive had nothing but good luck with them.

unfortunately they are for US and canada customers only... so im still stuck with HLJ :P

loon1688 2011-05-27 05:02

Done RG Aile Strike Gundam......
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Chiu_fan 2011-05-27 06:07

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Originally Posted by StrikeFreedomV2 (Post 3627815)
Why is it a bummer when it comes with BOTH types of hands? I consider it a plus.

Oh! It does have a pair of hands with poseable fingers. I take back what I said but why did they add in an extra set of hands?

LoweGear 2011-05-27 07:19

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Originally Posted by Chiu_fan (Post 3627961)
Oh! It does have a pair of hands with poseable fingers. I take back what I said but why did they add in an extra set of hands?

Choice. The poseable fingered hands for whatever type of finger pose you might want, and the premolded hands for weapons grip stability. In this case, it's a win-win situation.

amurorei83 2011-05-27 07:39

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Originally Posted by Appel (Post 3627879)
unfortunately they are for US and canada customers only... so im still stuck with HLJ :P

Should try AmiAmi (http://www.amiami.jp/shop/?set=english), it is cheaper than HLJ. Can also try HobbySearch (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/gundam/), but they have decreased their discounts to around the 15% mark. Use to be 20% minimum. They have also removed their 'percentage' notations to hide that fact.

In summary, try AmiAMi, then HLJ. HLJ is only good for their specials, when selected kits are 30-40% off.

Hope that helps. :)

Appel 2011-05-27 09:51

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Originally Posted by amurorei83 (Post 3628032)
Should try AmiAmi (http://www.amiami.jp/shop/?set=english), it is cheaper than HLJ. Can also try HobbySearch (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/gundam/), but they have decreased their discounts to around the 15% mark. Use to be 20% minimum. They have also removed their 'percentage' notations to hide that fact.

In summary, try AmiAMi, then HLJ. HLJ is only good for their specials, when selected kits are 30-40% off.

Hope that helps. :)

very interesting^^ thanks!
amiami is indeed cheaper. i have to wait by how much though, i dont know what shipping for my OO raiser will cost yet.
they even had it still in stock, on HLJ its out of stock already. awesome^^

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Originally Posted by loon1688 (Post 3627923)

while its incredibly impressive that you managed to paint such a tiny tiny figure so very well... even if i could i wouldnt have bothered with that guy. i just hate kira too much =D

SonicSP 2011-05-27 20:00

God, the RG Strike looks awesome, cannot wait to get it. Speaking of which, any more reviews with the MG 00 Raiser? Looking forward to getting that as well.

skyboy928 2011-05-27 20:37

wow, it look so good, if you don't tell me this is a RG kit, i would've thought this is a PG kit:cool:
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photo...77090.jpg?dl=1http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photo...68121.jpg?dl=1http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photo...71478.jpg?dl=1

now i'm so gonna get one and put it right next to my PG kit:D

skyboy928 2011-05-27 20:59

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Originally Posted by amurorei83 (Post 3628032)
Should try AmiAmi (http://www.amiami.jp/shop/?set=english), it is cheaper than HLJ. Can also try HobbySearch (http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/gundam/), but they have decreased their discounts to around the 15% mark. Use to be 20% minimum. They have also removed their 'percentage' notations to hide that fact.

In summary, try AmiAMi, then HLJ. HLJ is only good for their specials, when selected kits are 30-40% off.

Hope that helps. :)

cool, it is cheaper!!! thank you so much.
the only problem is the shipping cost.... i still have to compare to see how much they are selling in store.

TheGame2K5 2011-05-28 01:01

Have you checked pricing at gundamplanet.com? Ive not used them but it looks as though they can ship outside the US.

Appel 2011-05-28 03:07

ok i just got my order confirmation and payment mail...
EMS shipping for my OO raiser is 4420 yen instead of 2960 at HLJ >_> so all in all this will be 10 bucks more expensive for me at amiami.
so yeah, i wont order gunpla from those guys anymore :P

at gundamplanet.com they only give 10% on the OO raiser for example and then they still add the shipping fees. so that would probably be more expensive!
with the 10% pre-order bonus the kit itself costs about $77 there. shipping to germany costs $41 for regular and $52 for express.

edit:
the cheapest shop i found for the OO raiser so far is ishop2go: http://www.ishop2go.com/productUR_00...05_Prt_en.html
$101 including shipping to germany, thats not bad.
i got my PG astray from there, its a pretty neat shop^^

LokIdle 2011-05-28 09:54

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Originally Posted by Appel (Post 3628978)
ok i just got my order confirmation and payment mail...
EMS shipping for my OO raiser is 4420 yen instead of 2960 at HLJ >_> so all in all this will be 10 bucks more expensive for me at amiami.
so yeah, i wont order gunpla from those guys anymore :P

at gundamplanet.com they only give 10% on the OO raiser for example and then they still add the shipping fees. so that would probably be more expensive!
with the 10% pre-order bonus the kit itself costs about $77 there. shipping to germany costs $41 for regular and $52 for express.

edit:
the cheapest shop i found for the OO raiser so far is ishop2go: http://www.ishop2go.com/productUR_00...05_Prt_en.html
$101 including shipping to germany, thats not bad.
i got my PG astray from there, its a pretty neat shop^^

There's a simple solution. Don't use EMS. ;)
I live in germany as well and have ordered a lot of stuff from amiami. They have a few things that HLJ doesnt have (games for example). Instead of using EMS, try SAL Parcel. It has tracking just like EMS. SAL usually takes about a week more than EMS. It depends a lot on the customs office in Frankfurt/Niederaula. Doesn't matter if you use EMS or SAL as both types of delivery get stuck there, sometimes for a week. The other difference is how it is delivered.
EMS is delivered by DHL Express. SAL is the same as every other normal delivery by DHL. By the way, I was lucky with my last three orders. I didn't have to pay any taxes/customs even though all of them were way over the taxfree limit. :)

You should also be aware of the fact that any delivery from outside the EU may be sent to your local customs office. One more thing: HLJ often takes a few days to process orders while amiami does that within a day or two after they received payment.

tl;dr version...
The cheapest solution is amiami with SAL shipping (should be 10 Euros cheaper than ishop2go.com). It will take 2-3 weeks though.

Appel 2011-05-28 10:49

the problem that i have with that is that it is indeed extremely slow. at HLJ i can have EMS shipping for about the same price :P
and until now my packages always got out of customs extremely quickly so no problems there^^
and yeah, i ordered a couple of kits from the USA and i always had to go pick them up at the office... annoying :P
but overall i still prefer HLJ.

skyboy928 2011-05-28 18:08

I just went to NYC's Imageanime, I check the price on a SD Sinanju at amiami, it's 730 yen roughly around $10 USD, but the shipping cost is 2500 yen......
ImageAnime have the kit at $20, so I did save a bit, if I don't count the fee for the bus from Boston to NYC..... At least I got to spend the day and get the kit on the same day:D

Appel 2011-05-29 05:45

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Originally Posted by skyboy928 (Post 3629641)
I just went to NYC's Imageanime, I check the price on a SD Sinanju at amiami, it's 730 yen roughly around $10 USD, but the shipping cost is 2500 yen......
ImageAnime have the kit at $20, so I did save a bit, if I don't count the fee for the bus from Boston to NYC..... At least I got to spend the day and get the kit on the same day:D

im so jealous... here we dont have ANY shops like that XP i only found a tiny bit of gunpla in a few comic stores and that was pretty overprized already. they did have the new HG g gundam though when it first came out, i was kinda surprized to see it there. i would have gotten it but i didnt want to spend 40€ for an HG kit...
the owner of the shop also explained to me why its so expensive: he orders it from america because bandai wont ship to any shops outsidfe of japan directly and he has to use the dollar price 1:1 to the euro which makes it VERY expensive. and to make at least some profit off of those kits he has to slap on 10% on the whole price.
and thats why i cant and dont want to buy gunpla here :P even with the high import costs its still less expensive than the shops here...

Kuroi Hadou 2011-05-29 05:46

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Originally Posted by Appel (Post 3630298)
i would have gotten it but i didnt want to spend 40 for an HG kit...

I don't blame you; that is ridiculously overpriced for an HG kit. :twitch:

Appel 2011-05-29 06:13

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Originally Posted by Kuroi Hadou (Post 3630300)
I don't blame you; that is ridiculously overpriced for an HG kit. :twitch:

it was somewhere between 35 and 40 im not sure anymore. but either way, thats about 10 more expensive than what id pay on HLJ :P
the other kits he had were more reasonably prized though.

skyboy928 2011-05-29 06:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by Appel (Post 3630298)
im so jealous... here we dont have ANY shops like that XP i only found a tiny bit of gunpla in a few comic stores and that was pretty overprized already. they did have the new HG g gundam though when it first came out, i was kinda surprized to see it there. i would have gotten it but i didnt want to spend 40 for an HG kit...
the owner of the shop also explained to me why its so expensive: he orders it from america because bandai wont ship to any shops outsidfe of japan directly and he has to use the dollar price 1:1 to the euro which makes it VERY expensive. and to make at least some profit off of those kits he has to slap on 10% on the whole price.
and thats why i cant and dont want to buy gunpla here :P even with the high import costs its still less expensive than the shops here...

ouch, 40 fr a HG sure is way too much. too bad Bandai don't do a thing for us. they really should set up some kind of store outside Japan, that way Gundam fans all over the world could get it at least a bit easier.
the only expensive HG kit i ever bought is the GP03 Dendrobium, that one cost me around $300 USD when it first came out.
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skyboy928 2011-05-29 07:10

here is a another question for you all, what did you do with your Gundam kit's box once you finish? did you simply trash it, or did you stack it somewhere?
i'm one of those who love to save almost everything of it, the only thing i trash is the remaining plastic from the kit, but i did keep all the boxes. in case i move i will put them them to their original box. but my parent been yelling at me...... and i finally realize it as well, but my realization is i need a bigger place, lol not trashing all the boxes.
so any good idea for me on how to save those boxes?:help:
here is one of my picture for my collection, so at least you know how many boxes i have save up, lol
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photo...04571.jpg?dl=1
as you can see i have boxes stacked everywhere already, and those brown boxes in the bottom are all Gundam boxes inside too.....

Appel 2011-05-29 07:55

thats a nice collection! the 1/144 is pretty much my personal holy grail right now, ill get it one day^^

about boxes, i just cut off the top of it and throw away the rest. i keep 2 boxes to store extra parts and stuff i dont need though.

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Se7en Sabers 2011-05-29 12:33

Very nice work :twitch:

Congratulations :love:

skyboy928 2011-05-29 19:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by Appel (Post 3630381)
thats a nice collection! the 1/144 is pretty much my personal holy grail right now, ill get it one day^^

about boxes, i just cut off the top of it and throw away the rest. i keep 2 boxes to store extra parts and stuff i dont need though.

I think I might do that as well

Sworra 2011-05-29 23:32

Quote:

Originally Posted by Appel (Post 3630381)
thats a nice collection! the 1/144 is pretty much my personal holy grail right now, ill get it one day^^

about boxes, i just cut off the top of it and throw away the rest. i keep 2 boxes to store extra parts and stuff i dont need though.

I do the same aswell.. I cut the box art out and just recently i'm going to frame the box art so i can at least hang them on a wall..

skyboy928 2011-05-30 00:39

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Originally Posted by Sworra (Post 3631343)
I do the same aswell.. I cut the box art out and just recently i'm going to frame the box art so i can at least hang them on a wall..

interesting idea, but if i were to do that i think i these box art will totally cover the entire house, :D

Appel 2011-05-30 01:39

there is a really cool new painted build of the OO raiser on gundamguy...
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RqQ2Ag3K5K...P4/s1600/1.jpg
i love the green channels on the frame near the condensers! i think ill do the same with my OO kits today and with my OO raiser once it arrives :O that looks just incredibly awesome^^

Appel 2011-05-30 08:23

dalong seems to love the OO raiser by the way:
http://www.dalong.net/review/mg/m144/m144_p.htm
(warning for those with a slow connection, TONS of photos^^)

Araxiel 2011-05-30 18:48

I'm one of those that cuts off the front panel of the box for the art. Keep the cool picture, throw the rest in recycling.


As it happens, among the stack of actual Gunpla I got at Expo was a cheap Chinese knock-off Dynames. I really should have given the box a look-over before impulse-buying... anyway, I made it, it's basically the HG with less detail and crappier-fitting parts, plus it smells like a toilet. No joke. The plastic's shiny and has a really odd smell.

In any case, I thought I'd put it to the floor as to what I should do with this awful Chinames. Should I paint it in the colours of China's not-Gundam as a joke? Glue all the loose bits down and give it to a charity shop so some kid can have it as a toy? Tear it apart and make a 'wrecked Dynames' diorama?
At any rate, I'm hanging onto it until my real Dynames eventually arrives in the mail so I can do some side-by-side comparison to satisfy my curiosity. But post your suggestions, no matter how evil, unless they involve physical harm to myself or others.

Appel 2011-05-31 02:27

yeah... if it smells that badly its probably the cheapest plastic they could find XD
i dunno what you could do with it though. paint it in trans-am colors maybe?

StrikeFreedomV2 2011-05-31 04:53

Damn, my MG 00 Raiser will arrive today and because of my work, I have to wait until saturday because no one's home to receive it for me :(

Appel 2011-05-31 06:12

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Originally Posted by StrikeFreedomV2 (Post 3632750)
Damn, my MG 00 Raiser will arrive today and because of my work, I have to wait until saturday because no one's home to receive it for me :(

mine left japan yesterday, it will probably arrive somewhere between thursday and saturday. i hate the slow customs here...
but i cant wait to build it^^ im pretty sure that i wont paint it though. but i still have a can of high gloss top coat... maybe ill do that instead^^

StrikeFreedomV2 2011-05-31 06:38

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Originally Posted by Appel (Post 3632787)
mine left japan yesterday, it will probably arrive somewhere between thursday and saturday. i hate the slow customs here...
but i cant wait to build it^^ im pretty sure that i wont paint it though. but i still have a can of high gloss top coat... maybe ill do that instead^^

Customs where no problem this time. I ordered mine on Hobby Search. It left Japan friday and was in custom yesterday. That's what i call "Express" :D It still sucks, that I can't get it before the weekend.

Post some pics of yours when your done. I would to the same, but I lack the equipment :heh: Anyway, I will order another one sometime in the future, so I can have both 00 Gundam and 00 Raiser:D

Also, I ordered some more HGUC and MG Kits:

HGUC Gundam GP01 FB
HGUC Gundam GP03 Stamen
HGUC GM Custom
HGFC Shining Gundam
HGFC Master Gundam and Fuunsaiki
MG Unicorn Gundam OVA vers.
MG Wing Zero Custom.

Next month, I'm gonna get MG Epyon and MG Sinanju plus another pair of HGUC Unicorn Gundams in both modes.

Appel 2011-05-31 06:53

i dont really need a second one, i already have a 1/144 OO gundam, a red 1/100 NG OO gundam/G inspection and the NG O raiser in my shelf, thats enough for me^^
but yeah, ill take photos of it! but i think i wont be dont before sunday. it depends on when it arrives.
i had other plans with my money at first, i wanted to buy an internet tablet. but that changed and so i didnt preorder my OO raiser, thats why i dont have it yet :P

oh and yes, get the sinanju^^ im planing to get the turn a next though. i dont plan to get the epyon at all...

StrikeFreedomV2 2011-05-31 07:09

The MG Epyon looks to be like a pretty epic kit, and it's the reason why I ordered another Wing Zero Custom. My first turned out alright, but I feel like I could have done a better job on it (panel lining, leftover parts from the trees etc.).

I saw rrobbert's review on the Turn A. While it seems to be a great model, I probably won't get it. While I did enjoy the anime, the Turn A did not really contributed to my enjoyment of the show. The battles were boring in my eyes and I really don't like the MS Designs besides the Zaku's. The only scene that I really thought was epic was the Turn A dual-wielding the Gundam Hammers and owning two other MS.

Appel 2011-05-31 07:14

the turn a's design REALLY grew on me^^ and its a great model as it seems!
plus it can pull off some really neat poses. panel lining that son of a b*tch will probably be a pain though XP


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