Sunday, September 05, 2010
It appears that Gundam Wing is getting some brand new love and attention.
Gundam Wing was the very first Gundam series that aired in the Philippines. But I was already aware of the anime even before it aired locally because actually saw a few episodes during a visit to Japan when I was a kid. I loved it for the fact that it was about giant robots, and then I also got hooked on the opening song "Just Wild Beat"! I was very happy that a local channel aired the series here, and I believe that is how the rest caught up with the gundam hoopla. My first two kits were the 1/144 Wing and Shen Long. After assembling the kit, I felt like I was ripped off because the toy doesn't look anything like the images shown on the box. But still, I was happy to have the gundams of the two best pilots (in my opinion), Heero and Wufei.
I can still remember spending an awful lot of time staring at gundam boxes in convenience stores and malls during our stay there. I was intimidated by the 1/100 kits and didn't bother asking my mom or sister to buy me one.
I'm glad that Bandai is showering GW with a lot of attention recently. The MG Wing first, then now the Deathscythe. So according to Ngee Khiong, the design of the MG Deathscythe was based from the new Wing manga series "The Glory of the Defeated", and it is possible that the other 3 units will be released based on the new manga design as well. Wing looks like the MG Ver. Ka release so I guess no more future MG release for that. Shen Long looks like the old school design, and Sandrock looks like the one from EW. Heavy Arms appears to be the EW "Kai" version, but is using the old school color scheme. The Heavy Arms is my favorite unit from Wing. I got the 1/100 HG version, and I'm having big plans for that old kit.
I really like the grunt units from GW as well, and I hope Bandai would release MG versions of some of those mechs. My favorites are the Aries and Virgo. Maybe the Aries can be a transformable kit, and the Virgo can have shield effect parts for the shield discs on its shoulder. Or better yet, a Mercurius and Vayeate combo in a single box.
So there, I'm really excited about the future gunpla releases for the Wing series. I'm also excited for my first airbrush project which is the HG GN-X. I shall post updates about that soon.