GunPla Lineup December 2023

The end of the year is approaching, and we take a look at what's releasing the GunPla world this holiday season! First and foremost, this month marks the 10th anniversary of the Gundam Build series, as well as the successful run of the three-episode Gundam Build Metaverse mini anime series!

First in the line are the release of the HGBM 1/144 Plutine Gundam, and HGBM 1/144 Gundam 00 Diver Arc, both releasing on December 2nd, 2023, followed by the massive HGBM 1/144 Typhoeus Gundam Chimera on December 16th.

Of course, the collection includes the impending brand new and reissue Premium Bandai kits. The long-awaited HG 1/144 Gundam Lfrith Anavata from Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury - Vanadis Heart manga series, as well as the MG 1/100 Gundam Epyon with Sturm und Drang equipment from the manga series Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers will be arriving for the first time this month!

Release Date: December 2, 2023
Price: 2,530 Yen

The Plutine Gundam joins the GunPla series to celebrate the upcoming release of the Gundam Build Metaverse, bearing the name of the dwarf planet, Pluto! This custom GunPla is a variant of the Core Gundam II, and is built and piloted by Hiroto Kuga from the Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE anime series.

Recycled GunPla materials called (ECO-PLA) are used for some of its armor parts as part of the GunPla Recycling Project.

The Plutine unit can be detached from the Core Gundam II unit, and can be transformed into armor mode. Its main weapon is a sickle that can be transformed into a lance. Additional accessories include its core defensor, a pair of beam sabers, a core spray gun, and various effect parts.

HGBM 1/144 Gundam 00 Diver Arc
Release Date: December 2, 2023
Price: 2,750 Yen

The Gundam 00 Diver Arc from the Gundam Build Metaverse mini series, is the upgraded version of Riku Mikami's Gundam 00 Diver Ace which first appeared in the Gundam Build Divers series.

This upgraded version feature new accessories and equipment, including new effect parts using "light-collecting resin" materials that absorbs light and emits it from its surface.

It is equipped with detachable and deformable gimmicks for the shoulder parts. A gimmick that allows the Gundam 00 Diver Arc to equip the effect parts and to convert it to a sword form.

Its main equipment include a pair of GN Sword II, accompanied with matching hands to hold them at the same time.

Release Date: December 16, 2023
Price: 8,800 Yen

The large mobile suit / armor that was first teased in the Gundam Build Metaverse key visual is now being planned for release in the 1/144 GunPla series in December 2023. It has a price of 8,800 Yen.

The official name is Typhoeus Gundam Chimera, and was revealed on August 8th, 2023 to celebrate the advanced streaming of the Gundam Build Metaverse episode 3 in the Gundam Metaverse entertainment area.

The overall build of the Chimera armor consists of HG 1/144 Kutan Type III from the Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans for its main mobile armor backpack, chest, and leg parts, combined with HG Psycho Gundam Mk-II arms - which is newly molded.

The kit stands for about 257 mm (10 inches) when in MA mode.

Typhoes Gundam is a customized Raphael Gundam from the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie -A wakening of the Trailblazer- film. Its name is derived from the Greek god Typhoes, a monstrous giant serpent and one of the deadliest creatures in Greek mythology.

The High Grade Universal Century 1/144 scale RX-78GP03 Gundam "Dendrobium" from the 13-episode OVA Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory will be getting a limited reissue via The Gundam Base Online Shop in Premium Bandai starting June 21st.

The price is 30,800 yen (including tax), with a release date of December 2023.

The kit was first released in March 2002 with the price tag of 28,000 before taxes. It has received numerous regular retail runs even up to this day.

At its release it was considered the largest HGUC 1/144 scale model kit Bandai had ever made before they released the massive Neo Zeong in June 2014.

This special release is part of Bandai Hobby's "HGUC Decisive Vote 2023" where they would release older HGUC model kits based on voters' liking. A set time for each batch will be announced on the official voting website.

Release Date: December 2023 [2nd Batch Release: February 2024]
Price: 2,090 Yen

Premium Bandai has finally open the pre-order site for the Gundam Lfrith Anavata. This Gundam first appeared in the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury - Vanadis Heart.

Featuring newly molded parts, the High Grade Gundam Lfrith Anavata is also completed with a clear blue electric discharge effect part that can be attached to its palm and sword to portray a weapon throw action. Another set of effect parts are also provided for its swords. Its backpack is also equipped with a pair of beam gun and is equipped with ball joint for extended articulation.

Designed by mechanical designer Ippei Gyoubu, Lfrith Anavata features a series of shell units on its forehead, chest and shoulders. Its main weapon is a pair of swords, which can be used as a gund-bit system or equipped as a dual-weapon style. It is also equipped with a hover system attached to the soles and thrusters on the heels.

P-Bandai: MG 1/100 Gundam Epyon (Sturm und Drang equipment)
Release Date: December 2023
Price: 7,480 Yen

Premium Bandai announces the release of the Master Grade Gundam Epyon EW with its Sturm und Drang equipment that was featured in the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers manga. 

The Sturm und Drang is an additional expansion equipment used by the Gundam Epyon after Zechs Merquise joins the White Fang. The smaller wing type devices equipped on its arms have similar technology to the Mercurius' Planet Defensors and can be used either on its forearms in defense mode, or attached to its beam sword in "Zweihandler Mode".

This kit comes with the original EW version of the Master Graded Gundam Epyon added with newly molded parts for the Sturm und Drang equipment. It is also completed with large beam effect parts for the Zweihandler Mode.

Two more energy cables are provided in the kit to be equipped on its shield.

A sheet of Katoki Hajime designed decal is also included in the kit.

Release Date: July 22, 2023 [GUNDAM SIDE-F]
Price: 3,080 Yen

UPDATE 8/31/2023
- The Gundam Base Online shop will be carrying the kit for limited time through Premium Bandai, with a release date of December 2023.

The Gundam Side- F has announced that it will be releasing a 1/144 scale Hobby Hi-Zack as an exclusive kit for the SIDE-F facility starting July 22nd. The price is 3,080 Yen. 

Though it may have debuted in the Char’s Counterattack film, this release is dubbed as an AOZ Re-Boot version release.

The Hobby Hi-Zack is a civilian made mobile suit that is based on Hi-Zack model, to use in sports competition and other trades, therefore, all of its armaments were removed as far more advanced mobile suits became available for EFF and these mobile suit where no linger needed for combat use. The Hobby Hi-Zack also feature a different armor pieces than its predecessor and is newly molded for this GunPla release.

P-Bandai: HG 1/144 Demi Garrison
Release Date: December 2023
Price: 2,200 Yen

First announced at the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury festival that is being held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba (August 6, 2023).

The MSJ-OP122 Demi Garrison is a mobile suit appearing in the G-Witch anime. It is a mobile suit from Burion's Demi series, specialized in combat. Manufactured by Burion. It is used by the Front Management Company as a mobile security suit for the various fronts.

The kit features various equipment including a bazooka type weapon, 2 beam rifles, and a pair of beam vulcan weapon replacement parts for its arms. It also features a set of missile launchers for its backpack.

P-Bandai: HG 1/144 Riko's Zaku II [Plastic Model & Riko Ver.]
Released Date: December 2023
Price: 2,530 Yen

Premium Bandai announces that a custom colored HG 1/144 Zaku II will be released to celebrate the return of Nogizaka46's Yuuki Yoda in the Japanese midnight drama Mass Production Riko.

The follow-up series is titled "Mass-Produced Riko: Another Plamo Girl's Life Assembly Record", which will be broadcasted every Thursday from June 30 at 00:30 JST on the same TV Tokyo spot.

The actors who appeared in the previous title will appear in completely different roles with the same name, and this time, in collaboration with the BANDAI SPIRITS production, different plastic models that actually exist in each story will appear one after the other.

P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 Crossbone Gundam X-0 Full Cloth [REISSUE]
Release Date: December 2023
Price: 2,750 Yen

The Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam series model kits has added another amazing kit to the lineup! The Crossbone Gundam X-0 gets its full cloth treatment in this new addition. The kit shares the same mold with the already existing HGUC 1/144 Crossbone Gundam X-0 added with the same molds used for both of the HGUC 1/144 and HGBF 1/144 Crossbone Gundam X-1 Full Cloth!

The kit is mostly molded in gray semi metallic plastic materials for its main body armor pieces. The kit is also completed with the Crossbone Gundam X-0's weapons and equipment, that includes, Butterfly Buster B, Peacock,  Butterfly Buster, Heat Dagger, Zan Buster (Beam Zanber / Buster Gun), Beam Saber, Scissor Anchor, and it also includes a skull head for its chest piece.

P-Bandai: MG 1/100 Altron Gundam EW Ver. (Nataku) [REISSUE]
Release Date: December 2023
Price: 4,950 Yen

Celebrating Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's 25th anniversary, Bandai Spirits will be doing a reissue of all Premium Bandai Master Grade Gundam Wing GunPla series.

This kit shares the same molds with the regular released Shenlong Gundam with entirely new molded parts for the dragon fang equipment which also includes an extendable arm unit. The kit is also completed with its Twin Beam Trident that is also an extended version of its regular released MG counterpart.

The kit also comes with water slide decals for detailing.

Realistic Model Series 1/144 Archangel Catapult Deck [REISSUE]
Release Date: December 2023
Price: 23,100 Yen

The Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series celebrates a wonderful release from the Realistic Model series! This kit represents the catapult deck of the Archangel-class mobile assault ship that can hold 1/144 scale sized mobile suits, specifically Gundam SEED model kit series.

The overall design is packed with detailing and gimmicks that defines the concept of a catapult deck! Much elaborate detailing are presented in the interior that can be viewed by opening hatches for different display perspective. The overall exterior of the model are pre-painted, giving it a more "realistic" feel when displayed. It is also combined with LED gimmick for extended display experience and presence.

P-Bandai: MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED 20th Anniversary 1/144 MS SET [Metallic]
Release Date: December 22, 2023
Price: 8,800 Yen

The Mobile Suit Gundam SEED title series celebrates its 20th anniversary with the release of the MS set in 1/144 GunPla series.

The set includes the RG 1/144 Freedom Gundam, RG 1/144 Justice Gundam, and HG 1/144 Providence Gundam. Each model is presented in metallic moldings, and comes complete with a triple action base to securely hold each GunPla in position after it is assembled.

Beginning a broadcast cooperation with the Gundam franchise, the television series was aired in Japan between 2002 and 2003 on the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television and MBS TV networks. The series led to the creation of three compilation movies, a manga, and light novels. A follow-up film, named Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Freedom, is slated for release in 2024. A sequel series, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, followed in 2004. Products such as video games, CD soundtracks, and models have been released. In 2004, Gundam SEED started showing in the US and Canada after being granted a broadcast license by Bandai Entertainment for North America. Bandai also had the licenses for the original films and the sequel.

The Gundam Base Japan
Release Date: December 2, 2023
Price: 3,850 Yen

The Gundam Base Japan has stated that the Real Grade 1/144 Freedom Gundam Ver. GCP (Gundam China Project) will be available beginning December 2nd, 2023. The kit will be sold for 3,850 Yen at all Gundam Base Stores in Japan.

On July 2nd, 2022, the kit became exclusive at The Gundam Base Shanghai for 299 Yuan (about $44 USD) to assist commemorate the unveiling of the 1/1 scale Freedom Gundam Ver. GCP, which is now built in front of the Mitsui Shopping Park's LaLaport in the Pudong New Area. It was then made available for a limited time through Gundam Base Japan and the United States.

HGUC 1/144 RX-78 Gundam Mk-II (TITANS) [21st CENTURY REAL TYPE Ver.] 
Release Date: December 22, 2023
Price: 1,980 Yen

Release Date: March 2024
Price: $22 USD

On November 28, 2023, the Gundam Fan e-Festival has announced the release of its third batch of GunPla drops. The High Grade 1/144 Gundam Mk-II (TITANS) in this batch is set to join the 21st Century Real Type Ver. GunPla lineup and will first be available through Premium Bandai USA limited. The kit also has the "Gundam Base Limited" label, which has a release date of December 22nd, 2023 via the Gundam Base Japan stores for limited time.

The kit is recolored to depict a 21st Century Real style color version. Its main armor pieces are color in a rather darker blue along with silver-ish highlights for its joints and accessories. Decals that represents the 21st Century specification is also included. It is based on the same molds as the HGUC 1/144 RX-178 Gundam Mk-II (revive) that was published in 2015.

RG 1/144 RX-93 nu Gundam (First Lot Color Ver.)
Release Date: December 22, 2023
Price: 5,280 Yen

Bandai Spirits has announced that the First Lot Color version of the RG 1/144 RX-93 nu Gundam will be released on December 22, 2023 exclusively at the Gundam Side-F facility where the RX-93ff nu Gundam statue is currently standing.

The "nu Gundam First Lot" was constructed at the Von Braun plant of Anaheim Electronics before the Psycho-Frame technology was acquired. The engineers and Federation Forces officials in attendance were astounded by the machine's high level of completion when it was put through operating tests.

This kit is a recolored version of the regular retail released RG 1/144 nu Gundam. The armor of the chest, arms, and calves are provided with gray colors, with hints of red for the chest vents and the center of the v-fin.

The First Lot version is also completed with newly designed water slide decals unique to this specification. The nu Gundam's original beam rifle, shield, hyper bazooka, along with the 6 fin-funnels are also included.

The official Bandai TMALL flagship store has announced an exclusive kit, featuring an alternate color version of the MG 1/100 Wing Gundam Zero Custom EW Ver. ka., provided with clear purple and red highlights to introduce the “CROSS CONTRAST COLOR”.

The kit will be released in December 2023 for 455 Chinese Yuan or about 65 USD. Pre-orders via Bandai TMALL will start on May 31st, 2023.

The MG Wing Gundam Zero EW Ver. Ka also features a transformation gimmick between MS and neo-bird mode.

The Master Grade Gundam Epyon EW was also announced to join the CROSS CONTRAST COLOR kits.

This exclusive MG Gundam Epyon EW comes with its original accessories and equipment which include its shield combined with articulated Heat Rod, and a Beam Sword that comes with its beam effect part molded in yellow. The kit is also completed with an exclusive decal, printed and designed specifically for this release.


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