The most recent Gunplas I got are these two: HGUC Unicorn Gundam with 1/48 Head Display Base, and I got both the Unicorn and Destroy Modes as you can see.
There's a lot of story that can be mentioned about these two kits. When they were first announced, I didn't want to purchase them because in my mind back then, I always believe that Bandai is going to come up with maybe a bundled set of say, both the Unicorn mode and Destroy plus an extra bonus of the beam gatling included. Maybe that's going to be an event limited stuff, but with the contact list I have now, getting such stuff isn't as hard as the old days. So I withheld myself from buying these two HGUCs.
Never did I expect that the first bundled set is going to be this. ^^;
When the news came earlier this month from some Chinese forums, I just couldn't believe my eyes. ^^; When the news arose on Hong Kong and Taiwanese forums, I was pretty sure that this is going to be an international market limited release. It's eventually going to come to Malaysia and the price is going to be just like ordinary Gunplas.
And sure enough it is. ^^
The two runners of the Head Display Base.
Separate manuals for the HGUC model and the Head Display base.
And regarding the not-so limited limited 1/48 Head Display Base, I have another story to tell, but this is a rather sad one, and it has to do with this:
It's the super-duper-really-no-bluff-you-limited set from Dengeki Hobby January issue. As you can see, I have a set of it, which I bought last year through advanced booking from a local hobby store. I only bought 1 set, so I wasn't upset with the HGUC set. I actually sold the head display base from the Destroy Mode set to a friend of mine because I didn't want as many as 3 sets in my collection. One for assembly and Dengeki Hobby's limited version for collection, along with its box is just fine with me.
Anyway, the story is about a friend of mine, who spent quite a lot on getting the Dengeki Hobby limited Head Display Base when it was out last year. I believe he went for about 6 or 7. Because everyone believed that it was going to be super-duper-no-bluff-you-limited stuff, I'm sure everyone could imagine the total price. ^^;
For someone who miss all the limited Gunplas like beam gatling for MG Unicorn Gundam Ver. Ka, bazooka for MG Sinanju Ver. Ka, Astraea conversion set and XN Raiser, I could understand why my friend was so eager not to miss the supposedly limited Head Display Base in the first place. The determination of owning such limited stuff, as many as one could while it's still available can backfire on oneself. ^^;
Sly, very sly indeed, Bandai, Dengeki Hobby. ^^;
More evidences of the two companies' tight "collaboration" through this HGUC Unicorn Gundam's bundled set: ^^
Some minor changes to the pictures used on the manual as compared to the one in Dengeki Hobby January issue.
Main difference is just color/no color.
Images used on the box art are photographs from Dengeki Hobby January issue as well.
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