Here are some of the toy and toy-related news I've collected from around the Internet:
I want one here in the Philippines so bad. Images and information are from Gundam Dot Info.
HGFC 1/144 God Gundam
Interesting in that it's final attack can be loosely translated as Apocalyptic God Finger of Love. Images and information are from Bandai Hobbysite and Amiami.
HG00 1.5 Gundam
The World of 15CM and Below.
Bandai Demands 4 Million Renminbi from Pirated Gunpla Manufacturer and Seller in China
Just a little bit of update on Bandai's legal case against the pirated Gunpla manufacturer and seller in China mentioned two days ago.
China Finance Online reported this morning that the total amount of compensation Bandai is demanding from the two defendants is 3.69 million Renminbi - about USD $540,000, which should be a combined amount for the two companies.
No other new details available in the report. The first defendant, the pirated kit manufacturer's arguments that the work was done by another company they contracted, and that they did not know that the product is copyrighted by Bandai - the same argument used by the second defendant, the seller are being repeated in the report though.
Information is from China Finance Online. The same report is also up on Yidaba Industry News and Sina Finance (All reports are in Chinese).
I seriously think that it was about time this happened. China is in a Catch-22 situation. If they recognize Bandai's claim, then it can open the floodgates to other cases. If they ignore it or let the home-grown pirates win, it also sends a chilling signal to the rest of the world. They'll have to weigh between their booming present economy, and possible future repercussions that can bring them down. It will be interesting to watch.
For all you Star Wars fans out there, here are the latest rumors and news for upcoming merchandise, from YakFace:
Jabba´s Throne Room
Anti-Hailfire Squad Battle Pack
Droids and Clones Battle Pack
Holocron Heist Battle Pack
Battle of Hoth Battle Pack
Mandalorian Trooper´s (Death Watch) Battle Pack
Legacy of Boba Fett
Legacy of Grievous
Legacy of Anakin Skywalker
ARC Troopers Battle Pack
Cad Bane and IG-86
Senate Commando Captain
Images and information are from GA Graphic.
Cool Toy Review.
There's been a whole new boom in generic (if you can call it that) mecha kit accessories, and these new weapon sets from Kotobukiya are amazing:
TvTropes that sometimes, the more impractical a weapon is, the more cool it becomes. Well, this shotgun qualifies. It's a shotgun you can set up with a scope and a silencer. And it's mecha-sized! Huzzah!
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