All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2019 Report

All Japan Model and Hobby Show 2019

We've just returned from the 59th All Japan Model and Hobby Show with a full report for you! Check out our first-hand look at the newest model kits from Bandai, Hasegawa, Kotobukiya, Aoshima, and other top manufacturers from around the world -- you just might find that upcoming treasure that you've been waiting to order!

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Gunpla TV at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2019

The Gunpla TV crew headed to Tokyo to give you a direct look at the newest in Gundam, anime, and sci-fi kits from the floor of the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2019! Check out the great offerings on display from Bandai, Kotobukiya, Max Factory, Good Smile Company, Hasegawa, and more! Get your eyes, and your wallets, ready as Todd gives you a tour of the best the show had to offer!

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The Latest Scale Model News from the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2019

It wouldn't be a hobby show without a look at all the latest scale models on the way from the likes of Tamiya, Hasegawa, Aoshima, Fine Molds, and more! From new-tool P-38's to Bluebirds and Jimnys, we look at it all!

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The Beaver Booth at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2019

As always, the Beaver Corporation booth at the All Japan Model & Hobby Show this year was filled with the best hobby items being imported into Japan, with big names like Takom, Ryefield, Meng, Kinetic, and many more! There were also some new makers on display, such as the fine card-craft kits from UMBUM and a 1/1 88mm shell from Pig Model!

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Bandai Hasegawa Aoshima Fine Molds Kotobukiya Max Factory Good Smile Company Wave Tamiya Revell Takom Panda Atlantis Other

Bandai

 

Bandai impressed us with their amazing line-up of new and upcoming release all on display at the hobby show. Catching our eye right away was the newest Version Katoki edition to Bandai's 1/100 MG line of GunPla, the MG FAZZ Ver. Ka from "Gundam Sentinel" of the Universal Century timeline. This beast of a Gundam was finely detailed all the way down to the panel lines of its Hyper Mega Cannon and was shown in all of its glory.

Next up was the upcoming HG Gundam G40 Industrial Design Ver., a collaboration with Ken Okuyama Design commemorating the 40th anniversary of Gunpla in 2020! The huge display at the event showed off just how highly maneuverable and poseable this Gunpla could be.

We were also taken on a trip down memory lane with Bandai's new collaborative effort between hit product companies, bringing us a model kit of the Playstation, detailed down to the interior, and its motherboard. Displayed alongside this nostalgic piece was the Sega Saturn model kit, and a sneak peak of their next addition… the Cup Noodle!

Bandai also brought together their HG and S.H.Figuarts lines, showcasing the first in this new line; the Tamashi Girl Aoi alongside her partner kit the HG Souryumaru which can be combined together to form two types of bike modes, bringing together the Collectors & Hobby Spirits!

New additions to the Petitrits lineup were also on display, with highly detailed prototypes of Fate Grand/Order's Master/Female Protagonist and the Saber/Miyamoto Musashi being showcased. We can't wait to see the final products!

 

2/5 PlayStation SCPH-1000
2/5 PlayStation SCPH-1000
Petitrits Saber Miyamoto Musashi and Master
Petitrits Saber Miyamoto Musashi & Master

 

Hasegawa brought us a prototype of their newly tooled eighth-generation Nissan Bluebird U12 SSS Attesa Limited from 1987! This stunning car became popular due to its simple, slim appearance and powerful yet stable driving performance. It was equipped with a 175PS DOHC turbo, and featured the newly-adopted center differential full-time 4WD system called Attesa. Car modelers aren't going to want to miss this one for their collection!

Also at their booth was a new announcement: a 1/24 scale Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo featuring all-new molding, slated for release in March 2020. The physical prototype wasn't revealed at the Hobby Show, so we can't wait to see how it turns out!

Next up was something for all you motorbike fans out there: the Suzuki GSX-R750! It first appeared in 1985 and laid the foundation for many large-displacement race bikes to come with its oil-cooled engine, and surprisingly light weight for the 400cc class. The extremely detailed kit is newly molded and features chrome-plated parts for a realistic gleam.

A limited-edition kit of the mighty Minerva from the ""Crusher Joe"" OVA was also on display at the Hasegawa booth. The beautifully designed Minerva is molded in color and snaps together, and even comes with a 1/20-scale resin figure of Alfin in her swimwear, as seen at the beginning of the anime.

Hasegawa also brought along the new Mechatro WeGo companions from their sci-fi line, the squirrel-like RS Tekku & Reef! These snap-fit assembly kits are great for beginners who want to try out a Hasegawa kit, or for experts looking for a relaxing build.

 

 

Aoshima's booth put on an very impressive display at this year's hobby show with the 1/12 Suzuki GSX-S100S Katana Full Option die-cast model! This is truly a must-have for any model bike collector with its superb quality and highly detailed look. Shown off alongside it was the upcoming Yamaha FJR1300A in both Dark Gray Metallic N and Matte Dark Purple Blue Metallic 1 variants, showing off the quality and care in both these collector's models, pre-assembled and ready to display right out of the box.

They also brought along a prototype of the JASDF C-2, the 3rd addition to their 1/144 Aircraft series, which features a highly detailed interior design for the JASDF's newest military transport aircraft. We can't wait to see the finished design and build it for ourselves!

Next we saw the 1/24 Mitsubishi CZ4A Lancer Evolution Final Edition '15 in both color variants from ""The Model Car"" line-up! This impressive vehicle featured nicely detailed parts and is set to come with an all-new set of decals, as well as newly tooled winkers featuring door mirrors.

Last up in the Aoshima booth was the newest addition to their Funny Knights collection: the 1/7 Mysterious Heroine X Alter from the Fate series!

 

 

Fine Molds kicks off the Hobby Show lineup with their newest Studio Ghibli kit: the Air Destroyer Goliath from "Laputa: Castle in the Sky"! The kit features snap-fit assembly, and can be completed without paint, too. And to make it even better, a 1/20-scale figure of Colonel Muska is also included! A fully painted version of Muska was on display so you can see how he will look in color, but he will come unpainted in the kit.

Next up was their new line of kits in collaboration with artist Sino: Rekiso Otome! This series depicts young women in uniform alongside 1/35 scale military subjects, and the first kits in the series feature a Kurogane Type 95 and a 75mm Mountain Gun.

Last up in Fine Molds' collection of new kits was a collection of equipment for your 1/700-scale ship needs, including binoculars and other accessories for you battleships to Maritime Self-Defense Force firefighting equipment, such as floating rings, fire extinguishers, and much more!

 

1/35 Rekiso Otome: Ayame w/Kurogane Type 95
/35 Rekiso Otome: Ayame w/Kurogane Type 95
1/35 Rekiso Otome: Konoka w/Type 41 75mm Mountain Gun
1/35 Rekiso Otome: Konoka w/Type 41 75mm Mountain Gun
1/700 Modern Swim Ring & Fire Extinguishing Equipment Set
1/700 Modern Swim Ring & Fire Extinguishing Equipment Set
1/700 Binoculars & Rangefinder for Warship Set
1/700 Binoculars & Rangefinder for Warship Set

 

Kotobukiya's here for all of your sci-fi plamo needs, with plenty of new kit reveals from their Zoids series, Frame Arms, and more! Our top pick from the show was the impressive HMM Wild Liger from "Zoids Wild"! Even in prototype form, you could see all the crisp work in its panel lines, along with its tiny but detailed rider! In addition to the Wild Liger, we also saw teasers for the Fang Liger, Rev Raptor, and Gilraptor, which we look forward to seeing soon.

Next up, Kotobukiya is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their "Frame Arms "series with a new set of mecha, including a samurai inspired 'bot designed by none other than Kunio Okawara! This legendary designer is famous for his work on the "Gundam" series, "Brave Series," and much more, and is now bringing his expert touch to the Frame Arms lineup!

In the Hexa Gear lineup, we've got several new kits to expand your miniature sci-fi world, including the new helicopter flight unit Woodpecker, transforming Steel Rain, the Altern Crossrider motorcycle, and the Alternative Humanoid Jester to ride all of this new equipment! But if Hexa Gear isn't the scale you're looking for, check out Kotobukiya's new M.S.G Gigantic Arms kits, including the massive Ultimate Guardian and more!

 

Frame Arms Designed by Kunio Okawara
Frame Arms Designed by Kunio Okawara
HEXA GEAR Flight Unit Woodpecker
HEXA GEAR Flight Unit Woodpecker
HEXA GEAR Steel Rain
HEXA GEAR Steel Rain
M.S.G Gigantic Arms
M.S.G Gigantic Arms Ultimate Guardian

Max Factory

 

"From Max Factory's PLAMAX series, we got treated to a new, original line of kits known as Project Sky Knight (Tenku Kishi)! These winged soldiers come fully decked out in armor with massive weapons for a mid-air battle! The line kicks off with Yuri God Buster and Megumi Asmodeus, each featuring a unique armaments that we can't wait to build! In addition to their Sky Knights, they had another winged PLAMAX maiden in the form of Bandroid from their "Guilty Princess" series. She features a skirt that transforms into butterfly wings, and comes wielding a unique tuba-like instrument for an orchestra in the sky!

Next up in the Dougram series, we have a few new additions, including the PLAMAX Dougram Abitate F44B "Tequila Gunner," which was shown off for the very first time at this show! The uncolored prototype was on display, and we look forward to seeing the finished version from Max Factory soon.

Lastly was a piece from their gigantic PLAMAX Macross series, the nozzle and cockpit of the VF-25F! For collectors who may not have space to accomodate the full aircraft, this piece of the CF-25F allows for easy display, and looks great next to the previously released Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee PLAMAX figure kits!

 

PLAMAX Guilty Princess Bandroid
PLAMAX Guilty Princess Bandroid
PLAMAX Guilty Princess Maidroid & Alice Heart
PLAMAX Guilty Princess Maidroid & Alice Heart
PLAMAX Dougram Abitate F44B Tequila Gunner
PLAMAX Dougram Abitate F44B Tequila Gunner
PLAMAX VF-25F with Sheryl Nome & Ranka Lee
PLAMAX VF-25F with Sheryl Nome & Ranka Lee

Good Smile Company

 

Good Smile Company brought along one of their Original Characters, Navy Field 152's Mio & Type15 Ver2 to show off at the Hobby Show. Action figure Mio can be connected with her shark mech partner Type15 Ver2 to form a detailed girl-mech model!

Also shown off at Good Smile Company's booth are MODEROIDs for the upcoming YouTube Original anime series Obsolete by Gen Urobuchi. On feature were highly detailed figures of the 1/35 scale Enhanced Xenobiological Organic FRAME(EXOFRME) from the Outcast Brigade faction, alongside the 1/35 EXOFRME from the American Navy faction that will be featured in the upcoming series. We're excited to see lies ahead with this series!
Many more MODEROIDs were on display at the booth, including an impressive rendition of the mystical mech Escaflowne from The Vision of Escaflowne.

Last up on the Good Smile Company line-up was the upcoming VI-carbonia adamas, a highly detailed kit and the second addition to the chitocerium line-up from Good Smile Company's collaboration with Masaki Apsy and huke.

 

1/35 MODEROID Obsolete
1/35 MODEROID Obsolete
1/35 MODEROID Obsolete
1/35 MODEROID Obsolete
MODEROID Escaflowne
MODEROID Escaflowne

 

Wave had an exciting line-up waiting for us this year at the hobby show! They started off with a newly molded 1/20 Maschinen Krieger KAUZ, a fully articulated military space suit model with snap-fit joints for easy assembly! They also showed off a 1/72 Space Arrow kit from "Ultraman," but this kit is recommended for slightly more experienced modelers as it requires glue to complete.

VOTOMS also got a bit of the spotlight with a Burglary Dog ST Ver. of the 1/35 scale Armored Trooper kit, based off of the 1994 OVA, "Shining Heresy"! As with the previous series, this kit is a snap-fit type that requires no adhesive, and features a fully movable model with a polycap on each joint. The Armored Trooper's gun and trample rigger can be stored and deployed with ease, too! They also revealed their prototype for the VOTOMS Standing Turtle, another snap-fit kit with decals for extra detail!

Let's hop off Wave's metaphorical model kit surfboard for a second and focus on some tools that you'll no doubt find incredibly useful! Wave's HG Slide T Ruler 2 is an awesome measuring tool that allows the parallel cutting of plastic plates and is useful as a guide tons of other applications like angle cutting!

 

1/72 Space Arrow
1/72 Space Arrow
1/35 Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Standing Turtle
1/35 Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Standing Turtle

 

Tamiya brought aircraft fans a long-awaited kit with their new Lockheed P-38 F/G Lightning in 1/48 scale! This unique fighter from World War II has been brought to life in amazing detail thanks to extensive research and innovative modeling techniques by the Tamiya crew. The kit can be built in either its P-38F or P-38G form, and features a detailed cockpit with the wheel-type controls, radio, throttle box and more, along with weights to give the model proper balance, and much more. This is a must-have kit for any aircraft modeler out there!

Next up from their military series was an impressive kit of the Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F in 1/35 scale! It features all-new molding, and comes with a commander figure and photo-etch for the mesh covering to bring an extra realistic touch to the model.

Tamiya also brought something special for Mini 4WD fans: a limited edition version of the Cyclone Magnum celebrating the 25th anniversary of this popular series! The 25th anniversary commemorative logo is engraved on the bottom of the white Super TZ-X chassis, and it comes with fluorescent green spiral spoke wheels and clear type stickers for a clean and slick look. Mini 4WDs aren't the only racers in the lineup though, they also had a 1/12 Porsche 934 Jagermeister kit with photo-etched parts, and from their finished motorbike series was the 1/12 Yamaha XV1600 Road Star Custom!

 

 

Revell was rarin' to go at this hobby show with their 1/144 Airbus A321 Neo kit. With fine details and astounding accuracy, the undercarriage of this aircraft is incredibly detailed and comes with a display allowing the user to present it standing on the ground.

Next up was Revell's huge RMS Queen Mary 2 model kit, which was featured as a premium edition that came with photo-etched parts! The rest of the kit is the same amazing kit as before with swimming pools, tennis courts, staterooms, lifeboats... you name it, it's got it! If you missed out on this kit before, you definitely won't want to watch this one sail away a second time.

Another exciting spotlight piece was the German Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper SS-100. This vehicle also comes with a transporter and V-2 rocket to trail behind the main star of the kit itself. It'll definitely make for a cool display! And last but not least, Revell had out their upcoming 1/8 Yamaha 250 DT 1 and 1/24 Land Rover Station Wagon Series III.

 

 

Takom continues to impress us every time we see them! The Takom booth at this year's hobby show had their new Blitz series Jagdtiger in 1/35 scale. The Blitz series from Takom is available at a reasonable price and shows off the highest level of detail with a lower parts-count. We can't recommend it enough! Also on display was a 1/4 Ton Utility Truck with a Utility Trailer and MP figure, and a very unique Russian CIWS system kit, the futuristic Polish "stealth tank" prototype, the PL-01 was also shown off, alongside the American M46 Patton Medium Tank.

 

 

The main star at Panda Hobby's booth was the 1/35 M109A7 Paladin. This kit comes with photo-etched parts, multiple decal options and a resin figure to enhance the display of the finished product. The tracks are a metal connection assembly type, giving a satisfying heft and feel to the building process. Panda Hobby also showed off their unique 1/35 HMEE-1 High Mobility Engineer Excavator with photo-etched parts and resin tires, as well as their 1/35 M1296 Stryker Dragoon IFV and 1/35 9A317 TELAR w/9M317 of 9K37M2 BUK M2!

 

Atlantis Models

 

Atlantis continues to keep the history of model kits alive with re-releases of classic kits from the molds of Aurora, Renwal, Monogram, and Revell! At the hobby show, they showed off their B-25 Mitchell Bomber Flying Dragon, which can be built in the Flying Dragon version or Doolittle, with optional parts and decals for both. It also comes with Atlantis' swivel stand retro box top that can be framed. Next, their 1/500 USS Ticonderoga CV-14 kit can be used for planes, Regulus missiles, helicopters, and tractors of the same scale. Movable elevators and an updated enhanced decal sheet by Starfighter are also a nice highlight.

You can also look forward to seeing their highly detailed 1/535 USS Wisconsin BB-64, which features a rotatable main turret and crane, among other great warships on display!

For a fun finale to Atlantis' line-up, we want to show off their mighty 1/32 scale Lil' Red Baron kit in action from Hot Rod designer Tom Daniel! It's equipped with a custom World War II airplane engine reproduction designed specifically to fit this wild ride of a kit. The guns and german helmet give it a super unique aesthetic flare, as well! Other fun kits from this series include Mr. Gasser Ed Big Daddy Roth and Lil Trantula Show Rod Tom Daniel.

 

Other Manufacturers

 

Of course, that's not all the show had to offer! There was even more fun and impressive items from various other manufacturers on display, including Dragon's 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf109 E featuring a brand-new mold! Eduard also showed off a 1/48 Chattanooga Choo Choo, a beautifully detailed kit that includes colored photo-etched parts and decals for 6 variations of designs.

Kitty Hawk Models brought along their 1/35 scale HH-60G Pave Hawk, which is a U.S. Air Force twin-turboshaft engine helicopter based on the UH-60 Blackhawk, and is used mainly for the purpose of rescuing soldiers in hostile war areas. This kit comes with highly detailed photo-etched parts and two resin pilot figures. Meanwhile, we saw some interesting new kits from Modellium (previously known for their 1/2500 scale kits to match the Geocraper line), including the 1/700 ASR-404 Chiyoda!

NuNu brought their 1/24 kit of the Racing Series Porsche 935K3! This features lights on the roof and doors of the car and a fully detailed drivers seat. Don't forget to suit up your Porche with NuNu's own extra parts that increase the details on the car, too - you'll want them to make sure it's displayed in the highest realism possible!

Italeri showed off a 1/12 scale kit of the racing car that took the world by storm, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza! This smaller replica of this infamous car was featured in great detail, including the engine, chassis frame, suspension, and driver's seat! On VERYFIRE's end, they showed off their 1/350 scale USS Salem CA-139 kit; a full hull model with metal anchor chain and photo-etching details. You'll be amazed at how well this kit's delicate details compliment its large scale!

F-Toys had some fun, small collectibles on display, including their Wing Kit Collection Vol.17, featuring seaplanes from both Japan and Germany! With ten whole pieces to collect, you can create a super impressive display of all ten when they're released! And, finally, let's end this manufacturer montage with something Sci-Fi and fun from Polar Lights - a "Star Trek" 1/2500 scale Discovery NCC-1701 USS Enterprise! This kit follows the original design from the original show, with aztec-styled decals to enhance the details of the hull.

With tons of offerings by dozens of manufacturers, there was something for everyone at the show!