We've all seen the hero suit for the new series Gundam Age. To be honest, I was not very impressed when I first set eyes on it. It just looked like a mash up between 0 Gundam, RX, and Beginning Gundam. Didn't really feel very fresh to me. Then Gundam Guy recently announced two more evolved designs of the AGE 1 Gundam. Feelings are mixed....Granted, they are better than I thought it would be (I didn't have much high hopes after the first one! :P), but they still left the hardcore Gundam fan somewhat....wanting.
Maybe it's just me, or maybe we shouldn't be ingrates kicking up such a fuss since they already gave us Unicorn, and Age is more targeted at kids. But you can't help but wonder....Is this a new dawn for Bandai? Is this the next wave in their line of kits? Where does that leave us modellers? Just wondering...
And also, I duno bout you guys, but considering the designer for Age is Ebikawa (00's designer), you'd expect something fresher. When I look at the latter two designs for AGE though, I can't help but think of some other kits. LOL. You be the judge:
AGE - 2:
AGE - 3:
I'm just saying fellas......And lets not even talk about the villians.
Anyway, on a brighter note, a new Gundam will be introduced, as announced by Gundam Guy, but will exist only in a novella series and not on TV (I'm guessing) - Gundam Kestrel. For those of you who have access to the Jap hobby mags, you would have already seen it. Not bad, this one....Kinda a cross btw V-Dash and the Sefer Raisel (below below) from the 00F series, but unlike the Age designs, it still comes across fresh, still does make me wanna get the kit. I think there's still hope!