GunPla Lineup April 2024

As we enter April, the excitement in the GunPla community is great, however the anticipation is greeted with a limited lineup this month. It appears that the shelves will be less packed than in past months, with only four new models making their debuts. Despite their small quantity, the quality and impact of these releases continue to meet the high standards that GunPla fans have come to expect.

Leading the release near the conclusion of the month are two well-received regular releases. First up is the HGCE 1/144 Agnes' Gyan Strom, which has already piqued fans' interest. This model is from the hit film "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Freedom," which adds a touch of cinematic distinction to its release. The intricacy and architecture of the Agne's Gyan Strom promise to enchant builders with its distinct beauty and rich heritage from the silver screen.

It comes with the MG 1/100 Narrative Gundam C-Pack Ver. Ka, another classic that resonates strongly with series fans. This model is notable for its detailed design and engineering marvel, which captures the soul of the Gundam narrative in its very construction. The "Ver. Ka" designation designates a version that was directly supervised by mechanical designer Hajime Katoki, resulting in a model kit with carefully detail and expanded features that collectors and builders will definitely enjoy.

Premium Bandai is not far behind this month, either. It features two kits that will appeal to the curiosity of both die-hard fans and collectors: the MG 1/100 Miguel's Mobile Ginn from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV and the HGCE 1/144 Dark Dagger L from the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny series.

Oh! Also, let's not forget that the Gundam Side-F will be releasing the MG 1/100 Re-GZ (Char's Counterattack ver.) for limited time!

While April may appear to be a weak month in terms of GunPla release quantity, the quality of these kits have not dropped. Each model brings its unique story, design, and difficulties to the table, catering to all types of enthusiasts. From the cinematic grandeur of Agnes' Gyan Strom to the meticulous detailing of the Narrative Gundam C-Pack Ver. 

Release Date: April 2024
Price: 3,080 Yen

The captivating world of "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM" continues to captivate fans with the latest addition to its high-grade (HG) model line: Agnes Giebenrath's Gyan Strom. This model is a magnificent portrayal of the mobile suit, with a variety of elements that set it apart for collectors and Gundam fans.

Key Features of the HG Gyan Strom:

SEED Action System: The model is equipped with the 'SEED Action System,' an internal structure meticulously designed to recreate the dynamic and impressive action poses characteristic of the "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Series." This system ensures that the model is not only visually appealing but also highly poseable.

Enhanced Arm Mobility: The Gyan Strom’s design includes a novel mechanism where the shoulder armor's connection part slides, significantly expanding the range of motion of the arms. This feature allows for more expressive and diverse posing options.

Beam Axe with Storage Grip: A distinct feature of the Gyan Strom, the beam ax, enhances its battle-ready appearance. The model includes a storage grip for the beam ax, which can be mounted on the waist, adding to the realism and versatility of the figure.

Movable Missile Launcher and Wings: The missile launcher, another key aspect of this mobile suit, is designed to be held forward, supported by movable wings. This feature adds a layer of depth and functionality to the model.

Gatling Deployment Mechanism: The model allows for the replication of the Gatling's deployed state by deploying the chest armor and inserting the Gatling parts. This intricate detail showcases the model's fidelity to its anime counterpart.

Heat Rod and Shield Effect Parts: Included in this model are heat rod parts that can be equipped on the right arm and effect parts that attach to the shield, further enhancing its combat display potential.

MG 1/100 Narrative Gundam Ver. Ka C-Pack
Release Date: April 2024
Price: 7,700 Yen

The rumor has been confirmed! The Master Grade Ver. Ka GunPla series will be adding the Narrative Gundam from the titular 2018 anime film Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative.

Introducing the Narrative Gundam C-Packs Ver. Ka

The appearance of the "Narrative Gundam C-Packs" marks a watershed event in the progress of mobile suit technology, originally made as a psycho frame test unit and now materialized as a beautiful three-dimensional Master Grade Ver.Ka model. This extraordinary invention, created with the inventiveness of Katoki Hajime, displays a plethora of features that combine storytelling themes and plastic model innovation.

With a hint of Katoki Hajime's designs, of course, the prototype on display verifies that the kit is, in fact, the C-Packs equipment version. It can also be transformed back into its standard armor version using the kit's alternative parts.

P-Bandai: MG 1/100 Miguel's Mobile GINN
Release Date: April 2024
Price: 5,390 Yen

The ZGMF-1017 Aiman's GINN, commonly known as the ZGMF-1017 GINN [Aiman's Custom], is a unique variation in the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV. This mobile suit is the personal mobile suit of the ZAFT pilot and member of the Le Creuset Team, Miguel Aiman, also known as the "Magic Bullet of Dusk".

This modified ZGMF-1017 GINN, clearly displayed in Aiman's characteristic orange color scheme, demonstrates his piloting prowess.

This kit was first sold physically during the Hyper Plamo Fes 2024 event on March 22nd ~ 24th, 2024. Giving the fans an early access to this beautiful limited kit!

ZGMF-1017 Miguel's GINN

Due to production constraints, the ZGMF-515 CGUE was in short supply at the start of the First Alliance-PLANT War. As a result, ace pilots such as Aiman were assigned GINNs outfitted with high-precision components. Aiman's GINN is a prime example, reinforced by "DEFRÖCK", a volunteer group dedicated to him. With improved thrusters and sensors, it outperforms the traditional GINN by about 20%.

Miguel found himself on board the Nazca-class ship Vesalius early in C.E. 71, with the mission of determining who was behind the destruction of multiple ZAFT supply bases. Eventually, the inquiry identified Serpent Tail's commander Gai Murakumo as the offender. This revelation resulted in a fight between Miguel, flying his own modified GINN, and Gai, flying his own modified GINN. Miguel's GINN was heavily damaged in this conflict, therefore for his next mission, he had to use a normal GINN instead. Joining a ZAFT team tasked with infiltrating the impartial Orb Union outpost Heliopolis in order to take possession of Earth Alliance prototype mobile suits was part of this operation. After Miguel's death, what happened to his personalized GINN is still unknown.

P-Bandai: HG 1/144 Dark Dagger L
Release Date: April 2024
Price: 1,650 Yen

In an exhilarating update for GunPla enthusiasts, the Earth Alliance's formidable unit, the Dark Dagger L, featured in "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY," is now making its grand entrance into the High Grade (HG) series. This model, used by the covert special forces group "Phantom Pain," brings a blend of intricate design and impressive firepower to the forefront of Gundam model kits.

The inclusion of a newly built Mk39 low recoil gun is critical to this release, and aficionados of the series will appreciate its authenticity and precision. This special weapon improvement not only improves the aesthetics of the Dark Dagger L, but it also strengthens its tactical capabilities in theoretical space conflicts.

Furthermore, this model is not merely a standalone component. It is meant to work easily with the "Striker Pack System," which allows amateurs to link it to the separately marketed Striker Pack. This feature emphasizes Gundam models' modular nature, allowing collectors to personalize and enhance their displays with interchangeable pieces.

P-Bandai: RG 1/144 Destiny Impulse Gundam [REISSUE]
Release Date: April 2024
Price: 4,730 Yen

The Destiny Impulse Gundam from the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny MSV joins the Real Grade GunPla series. The kit shares the same molds with the RG 1/144 Impulse Gundam, provided with newly molded parts for its Destiny Silhouette set.

Enhanced Color Scheme with Molded Colors: The Destiny Impulse's outstanding appearance, defined by its reddish-purple and white color scheme, is authentically reproduced with molded colors. This results in a more accurate match to the original illustration, increasing the model's visual appeal.

Newly Modeled Destiny Silhouette: This model's outstanding feature is the Destiny Silhouette, a massive back precisely reconstructed using modern modeling techniques. This modification enhances both the appearance and the authenticity of the model.

Innovative Armaments: The Destiny Impulse is fully equipped with new parts. This incorporates the flash edge beam boomerangs on its arms as well as the telescopic barrel extended beam turrets. These beam weapons, which are mounted on backpack arms, may expand to simulate dynamic shooting positions. These guns are unique to the RG line in that they may be disconnected and held by the model.

Excalibur Laser Anti-Ship Sword: The Excalibur, a laser anti-ship sword, can be attached to the backpack. Its mounting base is designed for flexible movement, allowing for a variety of dynamic poses.

Compatibility with Wings of Light Effect pieces: For more flair, the model can be used with the "Wings of Light" effect pieces for the RG 1/144 Destiny Gundam. However, it is vital to note that these components are not included with the Destiny Impulse model.

Original Water Slide Decal: The kit includes a uniquely designed water transfer decal, which allows builders to add detailed details and personal touches to the Destiny Impulse body.

Assortment of Weapons: The model comes outfitted with a variety of weaponry, including the Destiny Silhouette set, beam rifle, beam boomerang, and beam shield, which all improve its battlefield preparedness and display options.

Release Date: April 2024 (2nd Batch Release: June 2024)
Price: 1,650 Yen

The Gundam model universe is expanding once more with the release of new linked objects for the "HGCE 1/144 Windam", "HG 1/144 Dark Dagger L", and "HGCE 1/144 Dagger L " kits. These accessories, which do not include the MS (Mobile Suit) body, are designed to attach to the back of both the HG Windam and HG Dagger L models, providing enthusiasts with a new level of customization and intricacy.

These enhanced equipment sets for Windam and Dagger L, based on the captivating world of "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY," are commercially available with totally new modeling. The kit include the "Multi-Launcher Pack" and the "Doppelhorn Twin Recoilless Gun," which are essential components for fans wishing to recreate the original Gundam experience. In addition, a newly designed water slide decal is provided to improve the models' visual attractiveness.

P-Bandai: PG 1/60 Banshee Norn [Final Battle Ver.]
Release Date: April 2024
Price: 24,200 Yen

The Banshee Norn, especially in its final battle form, is a powerful symbol in the epic "Mobile Suit Gundam UC" narrative. The latest in modeling technology and design, this formidable mobile suit with an enthralling green light emission is now available in a Perfect Grade (PG) variant.

The Banshee Norn's green psycho frame, a crucial component of its last battle appearance, sits at the center of this model. Green clear molding has been used to faithfully replicate this, capturing both the color and the light-concentrating qualities of the original design. The psycho frame may display a variety of lighting effects when paired with an LED unit (separately available), giving the model a dynamic visual aspect.

Release Date: April 2024 [2nd Batch Release: June 2024]
Price: 3,520 Yen

The RX-160S-2 Byarlant Custom 02 is a mobile suit featured in the manga and novel UC-MSV, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn - Bande Dessinee, and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: The Noble Shroud. Among its pilots are Bier Quatrieme and Riddhe Marcenas.

The second Byarlant Custom unit was created at Torrington Base as a hybrid "creature" (Chimera) of Titans mobile suits. The Byarlant Custom 02 is the finished version of the Byarlant Custom, as opposed to Unit 1, which is a modification validation unit. Unit 2 replaced the back-mounted propellant tank/thruster units of Unit 1 with movable binders featuring integrated beam guns, thrusters, and fuel tanks. Other alterations between Unit 1 and Unit 2 were the use of standard MS hands to carry portable weapons, minor changes to the foot design, and new armament.

Because they can generate beam sabers, the two long beam rifles on the Byarlant Custom 02's arms can be used as ranged or melee combat weapons. The shields atop the long beam guns are Aero Armor, which can be employed to lessen air resistance when held in front of the mobile suit during high-speed flight. The Byarlant Custom 02 can join the ORX-005 Gaplant's booster to its rear skirt thruster, increasing thrust and allowing the mobile suit to reach higher strata of the atmosphere on its own.

P-Bandai: HGUC 1/144 AMX-018 [HADES] Todesritter
Release Date: April 2024
Price: 3,300 Yen

From the episode, Mobile Suit Gundam SIDE STORY: Missing Link, that was featured in the video game Mobile Suit Gundam Side Stories enters the overhaul version of the Pale Rider! This unit features a lot of changes and newly molded parts from its predecessor.

New parts feature a pair of sub arm units installed on both sides of its shoulder armors. In addition, the arm units can also be equipped with a hyper beam saber.

The backpack unit is equipped with a central sub-generator unit that has 6 verniers, left and right thrusters binders and a propellant tank.

The 6 incoms provided in the thruster binder can be removed to perform a funnel bit mode while using the provided lead wires.

The kit is also completed with various equipment, that includes, a Hyper Knukle Buster - a high-powered shooting armament that was diverted from AMX-008 Ga-Zowmn. It also includes a shield, diverted from Bawoo unit, keeping the relief symbol of the Neo Zeon army. Also, a pair of beam saber can be holstered inside its forearm when not in use.

P-Bandai: FM 1/100 Aile Calamity Gundam
Release Date: April 2024
Price: $52 USD

From the official side story manga, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ECLIPSE, emerges the Aile Calamity Gundam in the Premium Bandai exclusive model kit releases!

The kit shares the main body with the regular released FM 1/100 Calamity Gundam, featuring some never before seen parts for its actual Aile Striker unit and weapon system. The whole model's structure was supervised and designed by mechanical designer Junichi Akutsu A.K.A. BEE-CRAFT who also is also known for his works in some Gundam series, including Gundam SEED, Gundam SEED Astray, Gundam Build Fighters, and Gundam The ORIGIN series mobile suits.

Gundam Side-F limited
Release Date: April 2024
Price: 6,600 Yen 

The MG 1/100 Re-GZ (Char's Counterattack Ver.) is an exciting new addition to Bandai's Gunpla collection. Fans of the Gundam universe, particularly those who enjoyed "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack," will be pleased with this new model, which reintroduces the legendary Re-GZ from a new perspective.

Scheduled for release at GUNDAM SIDE-F this April, the MG 1/100 Re-GZ (Char's Counterattack Ver.) is priced at 6,600 Yen, tax included. This model is a must-have for both long-time collectors and newcomers to the hobby, offering a piece of Gundam history with modern engineering and design aesthetics.


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