Sep 3

Available from Hobbylink Japan - http://www.hlj.com/product/PITPD-15/Sci

The Patlabor series has always struck a chord with me… Police mecha, dishing out tickets to speeding (jogging?) robots, mediating complaints between road-raging industrial mech pilots and getting pet cats out of trees… with robots. By the time I came across the first OAV series in the 1990s, I had been knee-deep in mecha (Super and Real) for years and was thrown for a bit of a loop by the story of the 2nd Unit of Tokyo’s Mobile Police.

On one level, Mamaru Omshii and Kazunori Itō’s iconoclastic story came in like thunder, seemingly swinging a heat hawk against all the sacred cows of the mecha genre.
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Sep 2

By Cacophanus from Mecha Damashii

Robot Damashii Full Armor ZZ Gundam by Bandai (available as a Tamashii Webshop Exclusive)


In a slight departure, we’re going to cover a recently released Tamashii Webshop Exclusive, that of the mighty Robot Damashii Full Armor ZZ Gundam. This is a follow on toy from the Robot Damashii ZZ Gundam, that was publicly released a while back. The design itself comes from the latter part of the series of the same name and it’s also the first time it’s been properly done justice in toy form.

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