All Japan Model and Hobby Show


Gunpla TV Live at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2015


Join Syd and Ryan on the floor of the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2015 right on opening day! We're taking a look at the latest Sci-Fi and Gundam releases from your favorite manufacturers. Don't miss the great new upcoming kits and other sci-fi goodness from Bandai, Kotobukiya, Wave, and Hasegawa!


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All Japan Hobby & Model Show 2015 Scale Model News!


The All Japan Model & Hobby Show just wouldn't be such a spectacular show without all its fantastic military, aircraft, naval, and auto kits! We're diving into the latest offerings by famed manufacturers Hasegawa, Tamiya, Fine Molds, Aoshima, and more. This is our first look at several new kits, as well as the debut of painted and prototype versions of many more.


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New model wonders were revealed to the world at the 55th All Japan Model & Hobby Show! This year's event was held September 25-27 at Tokyo Big Sight, and we were there to bring you the scoop from the show floor. Many are available for preorder, so if you like what you see, follow the links to grab yours at HLJ!


Click images and highlighted text for links to the item pages!


MG V2 Gundam Ver. Ka

MG V2 Gundam Ver. Ka


Bandai continues its stellar lineup of Gundam kits, revealing their outstanding new Real Grade XXXG-01W Wing Gundam, Endless Waltz version! Fully transformable between flight mode and robot mode, this heavily-armed Gundam arrives soon!


Also on tap is the MG V2 Gundam Ver. Ka, which can also spend time on your shelf in either its bipedal or winged form! The HGUC Qubeley also made its debut, as did a new MG RX-78-02 Gundam, loaded with weapons and effects parts!


And heightening our anticipation for the December release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Captain Phasma joins the S.H. Figuarts lineup, complete with cloak and blaster rifle!




Hasegawa has what Macross fans want! A limited-edition 1/4000 kit of the SDF-1 Macross Cruiser Fortress with Prometheus and Daedalus, based on the movie version of the SDF-1 but incorporating the essence of the TV version too, will be on the way in October!


In the works for November release is the 1/72 VF-25F/S Super Messiah Macross F. This non-transformable version of Hasegawa's intricately detailed VF-25F/S comes with its Super Packs for added performance, firepower and speed! Decals will be included to identify it as the unit flown by either Alto Saotome or Ozma Lee.


On the scale model front, superb new aviation offerings are led by the 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Dave) Model 1, with pilot figures fore and aft, the 1/72 F-14A Tomcat Ace Combat Wardog Squadron, and the 1/32 Mitsubishi A6M5C Type 0 Model 52 Hei with pilot! Another gotta-get is the 1/48 Nakajima Ki-44 Shoki Army Type 2 Single-Seat Fighter Model 2, featured in manga-master Leiji Matsumoto's series "The Cockpit."


An eye-grabbing new offering is the 1/35 Hitachi Construction Machinery Astaco NEO Double Arm Working Machine, with a female operator figure at the controls. It'll be working its way to you next month!


Another proud all-new kit is the 1/450 IJN Aircraft Carrier Shinano, measuring a mighty 592mm upon completion. She can be yours in December!


Fine Molds


Christmas will come a month early for fans of Fine Molds, with great new releases on the way for November! In 1/72 scale, the IJA 150t Super Heavy Tank O-I will be an exquisitely detailed realization of the colossus of a tank that was proposed, but not completed, during WWII.


The armor excellence continues with 1/35 offerings that conveniently coincide with Japan’s theatrical release of “Girls und Panzer der Film,” including the Type 97 Middle Tank Chi-Ha 57mm Cannon New Chassis Chiha-Tan School Ver., the Type 97 Middle Tank Chi-Ha Turret Chiha-Tan School Ver., and theType 95 Light Tank Ha-Go Chiha-Tan School Ver. with all new tooling!


In the meantime, the Nano-Dread Series will continue to please scale shipbuilders with tiny, terrific new entries that include 1/700 Bofors 40mm Gun Four Mount with Shield and Type 89 12.7cm AA Gun with Cover. Thanks, Fine Molds!




Aoshima will offer a parade of all-newly-tooled scale kits, led by the 1/12 Honda CB400 Four! This hot new entry in its Naked Bike series captures every detail of the sporty '70s machine, down to its 408cc engine reproduced through 3D scanning. Watch for it in October!


Another October-release star is the Water Line Series’ 1/700 US Navy Aircraft Carrier Wasp & Japan Navy Submarine I-19, a two-kit set of these craft that became forever linked in history at Guadalcanal in 1942.


Super-car fans, get ready to grab the 1/24 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento! Only 20 of the revolutionary real car were produced, but you can build your own scale likeness of it this December.


On the sci-fi side, Aoshima also plans to serve up the 1/700 Arpeggio of Blue Steel I-401 Ars Nova Mode as well as a 1/48-scale offering of the ageless Thunderbird 4!




Kotobukiya makes "Zoids" fans worldwide extremely happy with their new Highend Master Model of the EZ-036 Death Stinger! This beast will be an imposing 45cm long when in its Sea Scorpion mode.


An impressive non-scale Mazin Kaizer also made its debut, as did a highly detailed 1/100 Sahelanthropus bipedal tank from "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain!" And the iconic Stormtrooper from "Star Wars" joins the Artfx+ lineup, available in a set of two!


The massively powerful CO3 Malicious R.I.P.3/M Blue Magnolia takes the Armored Core spotlight, and Aoonihime Shiki from "Phantasy Star Online 2" was a serene (and heavily-armed) presence in deep blue armor! Frame Arms Girl Stiletto is also armed to the teeth and ready for a fight!


From "Z-Knights," the mighty Marine Kaizer in its Type V form gets a re-release, and the adorable Usagia joins the "Hoi-Hoi-San" family!




Wave makes a big sci-fi splash with its set of four 1/35-scale Scopedog Turbo Customs from "Votoms: The Last Red Shoulder!" Also featured are the late mass-production version of the spider-like H.A.F.S. Gladiator from "Maschinen Krieger," and a limited re-release of its Space Pod Crab 03 set of two! The ornate AAA Wunder from "Evangelion:3.0" soars into view in December, and the enormous IJN BB Mikasa fills your battleship needs!




Tamiya introduced a new tank to their 1/35 scale lineup, the U.S. Light Tank M24 Chaffee! The kit will include parts for one figure, and decals for two different WWII markings. Also new to their impressive 1/35 scale tank lineup was the U.S. Medium Tank M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight" European Theater, along with a U.S. Tank Crew Set in the same scale!


Tamiya's 1/12 scale model of the Tyrrell 003 1971 Monaco GP was gorgeous in person. The kit features tons of photo-etched parts that will allow fans to recreate the Formula One racing car in all of its glory!


And from their 1/24 scale automobile lineup, we saw the Eunos Roadster, as well as the Mazda MX-5, both finished up with a hot red coat of paint!


Max Factory

1/8 Atago

1/8 Atago


Max Factory had some great surprises in store for us, with tons of new additions to their PLAMAX line, including KanColle: Kuchikukan x Kanmusu Shimakaze, and a 35MAX Military Modern Russia Tanker Set!


There was also an amazing selection of new figures from "KanColle," including Atago and Kouwan Seiki in 1/8 scale, and much more! A Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty figma of the Gurlukovich Mercenary is also coming soon!




Platz wowed fans with their new 1/144 scale kit of the FFR-41MR Yukikaze Mave (Final Attack Form) from "Sentou Yosei Yukikaze!" The aircraft and its armaments are incredibly detailed, and Cartograf silk screen decals are included so you can faithfully recreate this super maneuverable fighter!


Another impressive 1/144 scale aircraft was the JASDF C-46 AACS Flight Inspection Machine, with its distinctive blood orange markings!


New 1/35 scale "Girls und Panzer" kits included the white IS-2 Pravda High School tank! There were also accompanying figures sets in 1/35 scale, including the Ankou Team Figure Set (Cleaning Ver.) and the Pravda Girls High School Figure Set (Battle of Snowfield)!




Continuing their "Girls und Panzer" series of miniature tanks, Pit-Road brought out the Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. D Kai (H Type) Ending version, complete with the entire Ankou team! The model measures about 115mm long and includes figures of Miho, Saori, Hana, Yukari and Mako, each at their respective stations as they roll into action!


A 1/144-scale RAF Victor K.2 Aerial Refuelling Tanker (Desert Storm) was also on display at the show, and included decals for three different pinup girl markings to choose from!