Jul 21

We here are just as excited as you Gunpla fans at home and couldn’t wait to get our hands on the newest Ver. Ka MG kit. Of course, we want to share our excitement — and the kit — with everyone so here is an in-depth unboxing video to whet your appetite while you wait for yours to get to you.

Kits featured in this episode:

1/100 MG Full Armor Gundam Ver.Ka (GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT Ver.)

Jul 21

Available from Hobbylink Japan, here:


Made in Hong Kong

Today, we all recognize that 90% of anything we buy in the West will have been made, at least in part, in China – for reasons political and economic that are both depressing and all too obvious. Yet, China is just the latest in a long line of exploitive manufacturing zones to which other markets have looked for the cheap production of goods.

In my own lifetime, ‘Made in Japan’, ‘Made in Singapore’, ‘Made in Taiwan’, and ‘Made in Korea’ have been alternatively lambasted, then lauded as both supporting the (specifically UK) economy and, at the same time, dragging down those who exploit such sweatshop labour zones.

However, as we have all seen, such things are not as simple as they might seem, and are not always (often, but not always) as exploitative in the long term. Japan, for example, rebuilt itself on the back of a massive, cheap export market after WWII, and China now stands as a powerhouse like never before because of its (still iffy) industrial might.

However, this is not meant to be a socio-economic analysis of labor practices ’round the world, but simple a crude link to the way in which Hong Kong came to command such a large part of the model and toy market in the 1970s, and today brings us some of the most recognizable adult collector lines.

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