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frequentsteve

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  1. I bought and returned this last week. Pretty poor quality casting, seemed like a short shot. The points on the back were pretty warped and there seemed to be a few other points where the flow didn't reach the full extent of the mould. I should have taken pictures. 40GBP for a 1/144 scale kit is a tough ask to me with how much work would be required to get the basic shape correct. Really disappointed as it's one of my favourite aircraft!
  2. The machine translation on the copy is hysterical - "Please make this beautiful variable wings big bird B-1 B Lancer by all means."
  3. Certainly not what was expecting but pretty exciting! Seeing more capital ships is always good. I'm sure the first complaint will be the size but I think 32cm will be ideal with Bandai's level of detailing. Hopefully the lighting kit won't inflate the price too much. 1/5000 would be perfect for a vehicle model Nebulon B at around 5cm.
  4. I would have never expected the 1/12 Grevious figure so stranger things have happened! It has honestly been a tremendous line looking back on what Bandai have produced in entirety that as much as I don't like the slowdown I can't really fault them for it. At the very least I hope they continue the VM line which I've found unexpectedly delightful and hopefully more realistic than the demands for 60cm long star destroyers or 1/48 AT-ATs. The Blockade Runner hopefully is selling enough to indicate there's a demand for more! I've bought two so I'm doing my part. Hopefully we'll get some news at the next big Japanese toy/model convention. I think the one the B-wing was announced at is coming up soon
  5. I think if anything Rogue One would have been more of a signal to Bandai than TLJ on a merchandising level. Five new tool kits for RO and TLJ only got a box scale AT-M6 and the rest were minor variants based on existing kits. I would have loved to see a Praetorian Guard (which they did produce in the figuarts line) as a kit. It makes more sense that Bandai were looking at sales of TIE Strikers and Shore Troopers when making decisions to kit Praetorian Guards and resistance A-wings. Although you could also make the argument that the 1/72 Falcon was taking up a lot of R&D space at the time so that might have cut into TLJ kit development. At this point the main thing I'd love to get my hands on is a 1/144 Lambda Shuttle. A 1/72 Naboo star fighter would be great as would a 1/72 TIE bomber. More box scale capital ships would be incredible too. The Blockade Runner was such a sublime kit. A Naboo cruiser would be a great fit for the VM line as well. I feel like more 1/48 fighters are going to be a bit of a pipe dream. The X-wing has been out long enough for Bandai to get a feel on the demand of them, although I feel like sales would have been different without the gimmicky moving edition adding costs. As far as perfect grade kits go - I can only really see Slave I or an AT-AT having enough resonance and demand to justify producing to the level as the PG Falcon. I do imagine we'll see some Ep9 kits but it might be closer to what we got for Solo than Rogue One and TFA.
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