June 11, 2018
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P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 Zeta Gundam [UC 0088] 
Release Date: September 2018
Price: 2,376 Yen

This model ads minor changes to the molds of the HGUC Zeta Gundam "Revive" that was released in 2017.

Some parts of its chest, head, shoulders, shield, backpack, and outer leg parts were molded again to produce more accurate details. Though some color separation from the HGUC revive version are still present.

[ACCESSORIES]

  • Beam Rifle
  • Hyper Mega Launcher
  • Shield
  • Beam Saber















PROMO IMAGES






39 comments:

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    1. I think that is just to highlight the areas that Bandai redesigned parts for.

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    2. Nope. The illuminate parts just illustrate what's new.

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  2. So this is a Revive of a Revive kit? That's new.

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  3. Well, 90% of the red color apps are likely still stickers, so...

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    1. Nope, that's the main selling point of the kit. They're parts now.

      My question is why did we not just get this ti begin with.

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  4. I'd almost be worth it if they remolded stuff so it doesn't require so many stickers.

    But if I'm gonna get another 1/144 Zeta, I'll grab the RG that's actually transformable.

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    1. Keep it in one mode if you do, then! I hear it's not exactly stable during the transformation process.

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  5. Does it still use ugly red sticker for the flying armor?

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    1. Its MSRP is higher than the Revive Zeta and the P-Bandai Wave Shooter. It's going to have better colour separation.

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    2. No, they are highlighting on the promotional items that the red on the backpack is broken up from the black using colour separation.

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  6. 0088? So is this meant to be the ZZ version?

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  7. did we really need this, even as a pbandai the changes are so minuscule that there was no reason to make this kit at all

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    1. We needed this, we just didn't need the original.

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    2. Problem is it's 20% more expensive with shared parts from the original retail and variants (so overhead costs have been partially subsidised).

      Honestly, I don't think this would've worked as the initial retail kit from a business standpoint. It would've been too expensive as a High Grade (same with the the RE/100 Jagd Doga not being MG).

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    3. 20% more expensive with a considerable amount of new (arguably pointless) molding, and on top of that the P-Bandai increase in price.

      Yes, I agree it would've been more expensive, but not by 20%. At best it would've been about 2200 yen retail, and for an HG, that's nothing special.

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  8. It's not a good thing for collectors!
    Why did not they do the REVIVe immediately with these details? Even the old HGUC has the Hyper Mega Launcher included ... The RG is much more convenient

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  9. bandai gunpla evolution project: reviving revive kits

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  10. Sorry but they will have to do a side-by-side comparison, because it looks the same to me.

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    1. This one has slightly different proportions, and more parts separation than the original kit.

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  11. Like Jesus, this is going too far. This is literally just proportion adjustments and nothing else extra. Shame on you Bandai!

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    1. No, it has red parts for the binders now.

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    2. There's also parts separation for the red and black on the backpack. So fewer stickers.

      But I would've thought that this is the sort of P-Bandai kit you'd rather see. I know everyone would rather see the P-Bandai store disappear, but it's an integral part of their business, so that's not going to happen. Granted that it's something you have to live with it, would you prefer a more popular kit be released in this one's place?

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    3. The problem is that this isn't some regular p-bandai that is a different deco and/or has different accesories. This is the Zeta revive with a lot of the flaws corrected, something that should have been done to the actual revive kit. They're basically charging us extra for something that should have been the retail release in the first place.

      It's like bandai is saying "Yes we can do better, but only if you pay through the nose for it."

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    4. But what you're asking for is an estimated ~20% increase in the overhead costs of production for the Zeta Revive without the consumer market necessarily willing to pay that extra premium. When you're operating at large volume and on thin margins (remember, retail and distribution also need to take a slice) a 20% drop in margins hurts. A lot.

      I get the rage, but there's also the practicalities of business to consider.

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    5. I doubt that whole 20% is all for the binders. A lot of the new parts have also been molded, ones that have barely any difference, but are still new. There's also the fact that P-Bandai kits are charged slightly higher than retail ones, so there's that too.

      Honestly, separating the binders would've probably just been about 200 yen at best, and frankly, I'd be willing to pay that, especially since the GEP Zeta was such a hyped up to be revolutionary.

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    6. Agree with the above and add...it's the Zeta. One of the mainstream suits of the UC, and the main suit of one UC's most popular entries at that. Even with the 20% cost increase, it still would have sold well as a retail.

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    7. I'm not sure what your experience in corporate environment is, but the problem is you're coming at it from the wrong end. What actually happens is the project management allocates a specific budget to the project calculated from what some analyst(s) expect the sales projection will be. From that point, people start breaking down the design and making estimates on how much the tooling will cost for those features. It then becomes a tradeoff in features to get the project under budget and a game of CRs and design revisions/sacrifices when estimates don't meet reality. I have never worked on a corporate project where the project budget wasn't fixed beforehand with (painful) change processes to revise it.

      While it's very easy to claim that product X would sell well at retail, regardless of a price increase, Bandai does pay people to do more extensive research with much better data (since they have distributor order numbers) to come up with more concrete numbers.

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  12. I just want to know if the backpack is gonna have that color separation like in the second to last image (the front and back unpainted and undecaled view) I might just order one just for that.

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  13. Actually, the wings are now parts separated, hence the bump in price.

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  14. Seem like we will enter all-main-character-machines-in-pbandai era

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  15. It's not bad to add some parts separation and proportion adjustments. But it is still under P-Bandai, so expensive prices are expected for those outside.

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  16. So Parts separation is a PBandai exclusive now? What's next? FG sold as HG with the HG quality sold as PBandai?

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