GunPla Lineup June 2018 premium bandai news

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  1. Yup, they really don't want our money.

    What makes it worse is how they brag about the new molds.

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    1. It doesn't work that way. Bandai only plans based on the numbers they get from their research. Clearly this suit isn't popular enough in japan to warrant a regular release. And even if it was this kit is only around 700 yen more than the normal gouf revive. So it's not expensive if you're in japan.

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    2. "they really don't want our money"
      Unfortunately, that's exactly the Japanese approach to selling stuff out of their country: domestic market first, with tons of limited runs, then some products everywhere else.
      This happens with fountain pens too, for example, with the Pilot Namiki brand easily being the worst offender (I'm talking about Bandai-levels of stupid choices).

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    3. The thing is, while "a lot" of people say that Bandai are making bad business decisions with their P-Bandai releases, the unfortunate truth is that those people are actually the vocal minority with little to no real business sense. Some of them actually probably wouldn't even buy the kit if it were a normal release.

      Bandai knows what the consumer demand actually is, and plans accordingly. There may be a couple decisions that leave us scratching our heads (EW Gundams), but Bandai is a pretty big business that has been around for a good while, and they know what they're doing. These decisions that they're making aren't exactly losing them any money.

      Instead of complaining about P-Bandai, what we should really be doing is just sucking it up, and jumping through all the necessary hoops we have to in order to get the P-Bandai kits we really want as soon as we can so that we can show that there is demand for these things. Money speaks far louder than a few self-entitled people pissing and moaning on a fan blog that Bandai's not going to even glance at, and it can and will influence future decisions.

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    4. You're incredibly dumb for thinking this when:
      A. they already have a majority of this mold produced from the HGUC Gouf Custom and HGUC Gouf Revive so you'd actually get more of your R&D costs back by making this a regular release.

      B. Charging a premium for a kit and then only allowing those who pre-ordered it to get it, while everybody else waits for a reissue, could actually hurt their bottom line if they don't get enough pre-orders.

      For someone who complains about people having little to no business sense you sure don't have any.

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    5. WALL OF TEXT INCOMING:

      Let me ask you this, then. Exactly how popular is the Gouf Flight Type, and how much exposure did it get?

      To the best of my knowledge, this particular Gouf only appeared in a couple brief shots in the first OVA, where it didn't really do much (especially when compared to the Gouf Custom, whose design and presentation made it a very popular design) and it featured pretty heavily in the short OVA made for the Blu-Ray set that released a couple years ago, which, while a nice bonus that gave the Flight Type a nice presentation, didn't really leave as many lasting impressions compared to the original OVA. This Gouf may have a fanbase, but it is nowhere near as large as the fanbase for the original Gouf and Gouf Custom.

      Bandai will usually only make retail kits of what they know will sell. While they may take a risk every now and again, almost everything else with a perceived smaller fanbase will get the P-Bandai treatment as a means of both catering to the smaller fanbases, and saving resources for what they estimate will be more marketable products.

      Now let's take a look at things from a very different, but much more important angle. Before you say anything more on how Bandai would get more bang for their buck out of making everything a normal release simply because they have the tooling for the runners, I should point out that there's a bit more to the equation than that.

      Resource management is VERY important in Japan, as even though the amount of products coming out of Japan might make the uninformed think otherwise, Japan has long been known to have next to no natural resources of their own when compared to most other developed countries, and they have to import the vast majority of the natural resources used in the products produced there.

      Plastic is a petroleum product, and as we are all aware, petroleum supplies are rapidly dwindling worldwide, and are becoming more expensive to import as a result. Using that logic, one could easily deduce that Japan, and by extension, the toy companies such as Bandai that are based there, simply can't acquire nearly the same amount of petroleum resources as they could well over a decade ago. For this reason, I can easily see the reason for Bandai's strong shift towards flexible kit designs and limited production lines in the past few years. They simply don't have the resources available to them to make absolutely everything into a normal releas like they used to be able to.

      As a big company, Bandai is still expected and required to roll out new products at a steady pace, even if their resource pool has become more limited over time. It's very likely that P-Bandai is their solution to the problem. It's entirely possible that they really can't afford not to make so many of their kits in limited quantities.

      Unfortunately, North America is an afterthought in the entire equation, as we are sort of a niche market for anything they produce that doesn't fall into the category of action figures or (certain) video games. There is an American P-Bandai store, but it mainly stocks Tamashii Nations/Robot Damashii and S.H. Figuarts/MonsterArts, which, as pre-assembled toys and action figures, are more likely to draw attention from the overall larger number of figure collectors compared to the smaller number of model kit hobbyists. While I do think Bandai could still benefit from making their Premium kit selections available to purchase from the NA store, I can understand why their focus is where it is.

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  2. Never before have I complained about a kit being p-bandai. Usually I'm just happy to see the kit get made, but this is going too far. This Gouf is nowhere near as obscure as the Gyan Krieger or Act Zaku, not to mention the original kit from the '90s was a regular release. This hobby just keeps getting more and more frustrating. I'll still buy it though...It looks really cool...

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    1. I'll be honest, seeing this get Premium status alongside its fellow "Next Phase" retool, the Efreet Nacht, is very unsettling considering their respective obscurity levels.

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  3. This is a proper case of them not wanting our money.
    The 90's kit is still really decent that just requires some effort to look good.

    This release only takes that effort away with a bit better articulation. Not worth it imo.

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  4. It just seems like a Gouf Custom with new parts. Maybe why it's P-Bandai? I can't see the articulation being up to current standards.

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    1. the only parts it shared from the gouf custom is the shield, minigun, arm gun and head.. the rest is all new.. the chest might looked like ones from the Gouf custom, but its not. even the arms are slightly different. it is simpler and slender looking. the back of the head power cables are different. the knee joints are new.

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  5. All three Blue Destinys, which are more or less the exact same mold in different colours released consecutively: mass retail.
    An MS that doesn't have a modern HG: P-Bandai.
    Bandai Logic!!

    Why couldn't they slot the Gouf Flight in after the Galbaldy? Do they have something else planned after him?
    The Woundwort and Byarlant BETTER NOT be P-Bandai!!

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    1. Sooooooo many people would have complained if the blue destiny models were p-bandai and you know it, it’s frustrating as hell but they need to make direct profit after the two perfect grades and now the deep striker which are alllll shelf warmers

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  6. At least P-Bandai HGs are fairly affordable on eBay.
    £20-£40 on average for a single MS kit.

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  7. This is the first P-Bandai to really upset me. This should be a normal release, but now I have to spend extra for it cause I still want it.

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    1. There have been several for me- one of the most prominent for me was the Jegan D type. It appeared in every episode of the Gundam Unicorn OVA- it should've been a normal release... whereas the Doven Wolf had THREE normal releases and the first release was the "sleeves" version that never appeared in the OVA.

      I was also pretty irritated that the "Sleeves" version of the Zssa was the normal release despite its brevity and the "normal" Zssa was P-Bandai...

      I can SORTA understand the Gouf Flight Type's situation, as it wasn't as prominent as other suits from the 08th MS team (although it did have that neat little bonus video for the anniversary of the series) but it still hurts as it was originally a standard release in the old 08th MS team 1/144 line. Kinda like the GM Sniper. Although it would be much easier to custom build a GM Sniper since its just a GM Ground Type recolor with a new rifle.

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  8. Disappointed this is a P-Bandai too, though I can understand Bandai's marketing on it. Honestly wish the efreet nacht wasn't so pricey either so I will probably pick up the Schneid and the old Gouf Flight hg instead...I blew a lot of cash on kits already this year and a good chunk if it was on pre-orders. Some seem worth it though.

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