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Advance of Zeta HGUC Kit Bash Chart and Guides

Premium Bandai channel provided some kit bash charts as reference of their recently announced HGUC Hazel Custom, Advanced Hazel, and Woundwort variants.

Here's how to make the "HGUC" 1/144 Hazel-Rah Second Form

KITS NEEDED: 
  • HGUC 1/144 Advanced Hazel [main body]
  • HGUC 1/144 Hazel Custom [Back pack connector for HRUDUDU and Shield Boosters]
  • P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 HRUDUDU [Combat Deployment Colors] x 2


Here's how to make the "HGUC" 1/144 RX-124 Gundam TR-6 [Gaplant II]

KITS NEEDED: 
  • P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 Gundam TR-6 Woundwort
  • HGUC 1/144 Hazel Custom with Gaplant II connectors [For legs and proper connectors] You will need to get 2 shield boosters for its backpack
  • HGUC 1/144 Advanced Hazel (For feet)
  • HGUC 1/144 ORX-005 Gaplant TR-5 (Hrairoo) [for arm parts]
  • P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 Gundam TR-6 [Hazel II] (for backpack connectors)
  • HGUC 1/144 Gabtlhey (for Fedayeen rifle)


Other available Hazel Custom variants you can make with available Bandai Spirits kits

"HGUC" 1/144 Hazel Rah
  • HGUC 1/144 Hazel Custom
  • P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 HRUDUDU

"HGUC" 1/144 Hazel Rah Full Armor Form
  • HGUC 1/144 Hazel Custom [Need to connect the HRUDUDU on its back]
  • HGUC 1/144 Advanced Hazel
  • P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 Hrududu
"HGUC" 1/144 Hazel Rah Second Form with Booster
  • HGUC 1/144 Advanced Hazel [main body]
  • HGUC 1/144 Hazel Custom [Back pack connector for HRUDUDU and Shield Boosters]
  • P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 HRUDUDU [Combat Deployment Colors] x 2
  • HGUC 1/144 ORX-005 Gaplant [for boosters]



33 comments:

  1. Why don't they just release separate P-Bandai kits to make the variants instead of part swapping from a bunch of kits?

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  2. Or you know, they could just make all these kits instead of having people buy 6 kits to make 1 model. I love the AoZ gundam models, but man this is nuts.

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  3. This is rediculous, I understand they have to reuse plastic runners and making a new mold is expensive, but expecting people to buy 4 to 5 kits just for a single suit.... Why not just include all the runners in one box and save people the trouble of figuring out what kits they need and insane import charges, sure it'd be more expensive but at least you'd just be importing one kit. This is the most rediculous thing I've ever seen bandai do.

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    1. If you don't like kitbashing stuff then why make a big stink about it? This is literally how kitbashing has always operated, the only difference is that now Bandai is cashing in on it even harder with AoZ. I was already spending way more than this much on out of print dengeki hobby kits, so as far as I'm concerned having this stuff more readily available is breath of fresh air.

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    2. They've probably run the numbers and the ROI is insufficient to justify that decision from a business standpoint.

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    3. Ah yes, "from a business standpoint." Because consumers totally care about that.

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    4. I don't mind kit bashing, but when all the kits are limited release the idea becomes null and void. You want an example ask Ubisoft how the flow charts for their editions of games helped them sell statues and not confuse consumers, this is idiotic to me is all I'm saying. Next thing you know the Penelope will be sold in pieces of other kits your meant to collect like marvel legacy series figures.

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    5. > Ah yes, "from a business standpoint." Because consumers totally care about that.

      Good luck trying to convince any upper manager of a business decision on the basis of consumer care sentiment. At the end of the day, it's the numbers (measurable numbers) that matter. That's the World we inhabit and the business environment we've created. Most people do the same thing when they shop around for a better deal on a product. They also do the same thing when they look for employment and negotiate salary.

      > You want an example ask Ubisoft how the flow charts for their editions of games helped them sell statues and not confuse consumers, this is idiotic to me is all I'm saying.

      Yet if they release all the kits onto the market in a short release window, they'll end up with tanking their own sales and everyone will ask why they flooded the market like it was the rhythm game genre.

      Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

      > Next thing you know the Penelope will be sold in pieces of other kits your meant to collect like marvel legacy series figures.

      Except each kit is a discrete and complete item here. What this is is a how-to kitbash guide.

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    6. > Except each kit is a discrete and complete item here. What this is is a how-to kitbash guide.

      This. Tr-5, Hizack, , Marasai, Hazel kai and Advance Hazel (not sp connector one) already distributed on retail market. Most of AoZ variant especially Woundwort are about "kitbashing." It's ridiculous when someone say Penelope will sold in pieces just because of this. It's not apple to apple.

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    7. Look if you have a problem with my opinion that's fine, I just fintd theidea of selling a bunch of hard to obtain items to potentially construct a single item as a product stupid. Having to construct a flow chart to sell anything in the realm of children's toys or video games ludicrous. As far as the legacy reference, that was an exaggeration for how dumb I feel p.bandai is becoming.

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    8. But they're not hard to obtain. Not in Japan, which is the primary market by a huge margin. AoZ especially, since it appeared in a *Japanese* hobby magazine that was never published outside Japan. Nor are they children's toys. They're model kits and kit-bashing is a very common activity within the hobby.

      I get the misgivings that you feel slighted because if you want the product, you'll need to pay extra charges to obtain it. And if you want to perform the kit-bash outlined, then you'll need to pay even more just to complete a single kit. I'll also agree that what parts are required from what kits could be better presented by Bandai. That said, I know that everything is a last minute affair in the Japanese model kit industry (just ask Lincoln Wright), so the very amateur slides showing how stuff is assembled is just something that comes with the territory.

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    9. Hard to obtain is subjective, it depend on the store on your region they stock the items or not.

      >children's toys

      With application of blue bandai spirits logo, gunpla now considered as marketed toward mature consumers.

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    10. I can't speak to the Japanese aspect of the conversation as I have never lived or been there, my point of view comes from a collector / completionist perspective. As such seeing things like this regardless of the country or politics I will still criticize it as dumb. Buying 5 plus products just to be left with boxes filled with spare parts seems dumb to me unless you wanted that for a specific project, advertising it though seems dumb to me. As far as the children's product comment, video games have tournaments for adults but games are still heavily marketed to kids. Maybe I'm wrong in my compairison to models or just uneducated on the professional model scene but it seems to me it's still marketed heavily to kids, example being build divers. Either way it's just my opinion, not like I hate bandai or gunpla I just feel with all the brand new molds in the p bandai store and things like this might become the next new gimmick things will escalate like they do in several other major industries. Just feel this one specific thing is dumb for many reasons and I'm sure you have yours to defend it, I just don't want it to become a common practice in a industry I have invested years into.

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    11. The issue is you're conflating dumb with decisions you don't personally like. I'm personally not fond of how the RG Perfectibility is only available with the Unicorn Bluray Boxset, but I understand the business reasons driving such a decision.

      You're also conflating two different product lines targeted to two different demographics. People who bought the original *hobby magazines* are generally a much older audience (especially now) than the demographic of younger kids to whom Build Divers is targeted towards. This isn't one monolithic audience and so it's not unreasonable to use two different sales channels for supplying the kits to the market. Trying to pretend it's all one audience is no different to the politicians of the late nineties and early 2000's and the big fuss they made about violent video games being marketed to young children.

      > Buying 5 plus products just to be left with boxes filled with spare parts seems dumb to me unless you wanted that for a specific project, advertising it though seems dumb to me

      So they've made a runner specifically to accommodate some kit-bashes and should just say... nothing?

      > I just don't want it to become a common practice in a industry I have invested years into.

      And personally, as a modeler, I'd love to see more support from Bandai for kit-bashes. But it's not something you're likely to see beyond AOZ because it's not a part of other design concepts like it is for AOZ. But I honestly don't see the worry. The kits you see on shelves are going to get progressively better year on year. Bandai still have some of the best manufacturing tolerances in the model kit industry, along with some of the most aggressive pricing.

      That said, there are some legitimately concerning business practices that Bandai are sneaking in, but nobody is paying attention because they're all raging about P-Bandai.

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    12. This is the last I'll post about this, I felt the decision was dumb, of course I don't personally like it as I believe it's dumb, it's not a conflation just an opinion. The comparison to politicians is idiotic, gunpla just like power rangers and video games are products marketed towards children that also the like prementioned examples have adult audiences. Maybe they are marketed towards adults in Japan, however I've seen them sold in toy stores across the u.s. Not saying it's a bad thing but I think people see that as criticizim by giving the hobby a bit to much reverence in that regard. The runner thing still requires the importing of 5 plus other kits guy. As someone who bought all 3 mg Hazel's and several upgrade kits so I can make different variations as well as other upgrade kits like the mg strike 2.0 upgrade and providence upgrade like, I don't really mind p.bandai as much as others. However it is my opinion that what they are doing here is dumb and bad, fine this kit gets a pass but what about other variations down the line? That's one of the reasons I liked ibo so much was due to all the upgrade sets that it provided, so you could make several variations of different suits. And I know y'all are gonna say but these are molds made from pre existing kits and your right. However I don't like the decision that was made. Think they could have done something better. Maybe they eventually will just release it as a complete kit with just a ton of extra parts, I'll probably buy it then as one item instead of ten.

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  4. isnt advanced hazel also get the backpack connector? or is it different type?

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    1. after searching some manuals, actually we don't need hazel custom just for the backpack and shield connector, just use extra part from advanced hazel.

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  5. Did the math, with price estimates(with current conversion rates to USD before shipping) these kits really will start to cost arms and legs. Hazel-Rah 2nd form $75. TR-6 Gaplant II $122. Hazel Rah $35. Hazel Rah Full Armor $58. Hazel Rah Second Form with Booster $98.

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  6. P-Bandai is just getting more and more ridiculous...

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    1. And every new retail release is getting better and better. Most of us seem to so easily forget things like the Moon Gundam, HGUC Sinanju Stein or RG Sazabi the second P-Bandai shows up in the news feed.

      And yet most somehow think they know the business of Bandai far better than paid analysts with far better sales data simply because they're a consumer of the product. Or that the product must be released in a format they prefer because of some moral imperative.

      I think this (and every new Bandai release) says a lot about the power of Bandai's marketing and just how effective it is. The fact that they get so riled up when they're told the price is higher than usual, it resembles a junkie jonesing for their next hit. It doesn't matter that most sit on large collections of kits worth a couple hundred dollars, at least, all sitting NIB. What matters is this release is clearly more ridiculous than the last because they want it and not buying it appears to cause people psychological pain.

      Perhaps an argument can be made about just how keyed-in Bandai's marketing is with exploiting our habits as collectors. And maybe there's an argument to be made that such psychological manipulation should not be weaponised so. But I never see that argument. Just, "this shouldn't be P-Bandai." That's not a good argument, though it's a very popular one.

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    2. Hey, it's called plastic crack for a reason. :D

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  7. For the Gaplant II, you can cut the required kits in half if you're going to paint and/or you prefer it in titans blue, with just the Hazel II, Advanced Hazel with the connector plate, and Hrairoo. The Hazel II gives you the Woundwort, and the Advanced Hazel gives you the lower legs and shield boosters (you may want another Hazel if you're picky about having the same type of shield booster). The Hazel Rah 2nd form can also do without the Hazel Custom because the Advanced Hazel has the backpack connector as leftover parts.

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  8. When are they gonna make the HGUC Primrose release?

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  9. So in order to get two shield boosters you would need two hazel custom?

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  10. What about TR-1 Hazel II? It isn't advertised yet it has a semi-unique gun and backpack.

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    1. because hazel owsla, still not yet announced, as we know owsla need the primrose and tr1 booster

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  11. Honestly,can't they just have one box of all the stuff that needs to make each of the suits? One black and one white? I don't care if they're P-Bandai.

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    1. The simple answer to that is having additional products makes life more complicated for Bandai. They have two more products consuming storefront space, they need two more product assembly lines, they need to consider two additional product production numbers, and the jobs lose parallelisation (more shared runners). What you ask also adds additional cost to Bandai, and they've probably found it easier to just have everything as its own product and let the customer figure out how many of what they'd like to order.

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    2. For japan only, you can purchase just parts or runner that you want with after-sale service coupon in the manual, method that you suggested are ineffective.

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