Scale Bust of Jehuty From Z.O.E.
Zone of the Enders is often viewed as Kojima’s most underrated work. I think it is probably one of the most underrated series of all time.
To celebrate the launch of the Z.O.E. HD Collection, Konami decided to build and display a scale model of Jehuty and put it on a building in Akihabara.
If only it would open up to reveal Zone of the Enders 3 inside of it.
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Join Zeon! Fantastic Gundam Propaganda Poster
Great art from Nick McLean. Could you imagine a Gundam MMO similar to that of Star Wars Galaxies where the factions actually mattered? A guy can dream.
All I know is we need more Gundam stuff in the East.
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The King of Monsters vs A God
I’d hate to see Tokyo after this battle. Artist Patrick Towers brings us a bone chilling match up that pits Godzilla vs EVA Unit-01.
I’d love to see this film. Even more interesting is the cultural contexts that are contained within each film. Godzilla originally dealt with the nuclear attacks and trying to come to terms with that. Evangelion draws a line from that in dealing with fate and the unpredictability of human life. One could argue that the mech genre was born in response to the Kaiju genre.
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An Obsessed Mech: “Mechanical Creep” Short Film
There is no surprise that I have a love for Mech-inspired media. I love Gundam, I can’t wait for Eva 3.0 and Pacific Rim, and I’m even planning a short film involving a robot.
I absolutely love this short. It is a beautiful piece that remains engaging and leaves you with a smile. The piece was created using Autodesk Maya, Zbrush, Nuke, Vray, and After Effects.
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Barf: Disney Mech
Disney have no problem cashing in. We’re up to 107 Dalmatians now, right? They’ll even design their own mech for the Micky-loving otaku, because that’s a demographic. This metallic bastard is being released as part of Bandai’s Chogokin line, which is usually very high quality, both in design and build. This is just embarrassing though.
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Gundam Inspired Clothing From Hari Kari
Old school anime heads rejoice! Florida based clothing company, Hari Kari, has recently revealed their newest clothing creations for the season. The first winter drop unveiled these two new items to the store, both directly inspired by the legendary anime, Mobile Suit Gundam.
8 Inch Mecha Dunny from Kozik
One of my favorite 3-inch Dunnys is Frank Kozik’s Mecha Dunny. He just released this aweome 8-inch version which includes an art print. Too bad that all 111 of them sold out almost instantly. According to toysrevil.net, they were gone in two minutes, thirteen seconds.
Border Break Gets iOS Treatment
Sega’s mech-based arcade game, Border Break, is getting an iOS version at some point according to Andriasang.com. You know when you know something probably sucks but you really want it anyway? That’s me and Border Break. I don’t know how Sega’s going to translate this game onto the iPad, but hopefully it works out. I’m not buying an iPad just for this, but I’ll definitely pick it up if I ever do get an iPad, just to fulfill my curiosity.
Note: The footage above is from the arcade version of Border Break, not the iOS version.
Two New Customs from Rotobox
This Mazinger Z Qee customized by Rotobox is too cool for school. It’s coming oh-so-close to replacing their Voltron custom as my favorite Qee.
The Celsius custom is Juohmaru from Plawres Sanshiro, a manga from the ’80s about action figures that wrestled. These are actually still available. They’re $340 from Rotobox and are limited to three editions.
Each month, Kaiyodo puts out a new super-articulated toy for its Yamaguchi series, usually based on a giant robot. Launching today is Eva Unit 06 from the Rebuild of Evangelion series of movies. This one’s got a super cool color scheme, a translucent halo, and a moon that can attach to the back of the figure. A light inside the moon makes it glow and even transmits light to the translucent eyes, making them glow. Very cool.
Next mont will be a double whammy with both Himura Kenshin and Himura Battohsai from Rurouni Kenshin getting the Revoltech treatment. The figures are meant to celebrate the series’ 15th anniversary. I smell a plastic sword fight coming.
November is another month with a double release. First, there’s an alternate Jehuty figure from Zone of the Enders. Figure 103 from April was a figure of Jehuty, but this one is slightly different looking and has a lot of new accessories. I think that’s kind of mean to release two similar figures so close in time to one another. I’m a bit obsessed over Zone of the Enders, so I do want this one, but I just spent $55 on the last one. Pass.
The other November figure is Eva Unit 05 from the Rebuild of Evangelion series. This Eva is a creepy mofo. It’s like a giant praying mantis. But with a giant spear attached to it. The figure is 160cm tall - a good 20cm taller than most of the giant robot editions.
We usually only get to peer two months into the Revoltech future. But this time we get to see all the way ahead into December. And that’s when you can get your hands on this awesome Anubis figure from Zone of the Enders. Those Jehuty figures aren’t going to fight themselves, you know. Being a big fan of the series, I’m probably going to pick this up. But images of Anubis - god of the afterlife, not the giant robot - have always creeped me out. So maybe not…
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I Wish Layzner Got Localized
I was in a comic shop recently and stumbled upon a really cool action figure. I Googled that shit and found out it was based on an 80’s anime called Layzner. It was supposed to get an English translation, but the master reels were damaged between the time Sunrise shipped them from Japan to America. Lame! They should have at least translated the audio tracks and created a dub.
Despite being a 2D game, Bangai-O HD Missile Fury gives you the rare opportunity to feel like a real pilot of a giant robot. But you’ll need some hardcore New Type skills in order to appreciate its brutality. You will rage quit.
Giant robots, constant action, challenging, lots to do
Stupid-hard sometimes, no frills
Hit the link for our full review, and my personal challenge to myself to squeeze in as many mecha anime references as possible.