The Anime Festival Asia is back once again in Singapore. Singaporean Otakus, Weeaboos and anime lovers get the chance to celebrate their love of Japanese entertainment with like-minded folk. Bandai, the toy manufacturing arm of Bandai Namco, are one of the exhibitors. SG Café had the chance to talk to the Japanese firm to discuss the launch of their new Premium Grade models. The highlight: Perfect Grade RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex model, available for pre-order for only a limited time at Premium Bandai for S$549.
RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex
Bandai’s new model kit of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex is a thing of beauty. The perfect grade of 1/60 scale makes it a sizeable model, which shows off the intricate design of the main chassis and armament. Coloured by hand, the golden armour and blue highlighting of the interior makes the design stand out even amongst its own brethren. The blue represents the psycho frame, which will appeal to the inner new-type in you. As a bonus, you can add a dedicated LED lighting system (sold separately) to make it shine with ominous foreboding.
The model itself comes in about 500 pieces, which makes this a worthwhile challenge for the collector or hardcore fan. No adhesive is required, and this allows for the model to be completely poseable. Even better, you can shift the chassis to move between its three forms: Unicorn, Destroy and Destroy Unchained. The model also comes with its own proprietary stand to ensure stability. If you did choose to go for the LED lighting, the battery pack is added into the base of this stand.
No Gundam would be complete without its complement of arms, and the Phenex, or “Golden Phoenix,” is no exception. Alongside the hyper bazooka and beam magnum, the set comes with a beam sabre, to fit whatever battle you wish to recreate in its pose. Furthermore, the model comes with its wings, the Armed Amour DE Shields, which can either be mounted on the back of the model or onto its arms.
Launch of the Perfect Grade
The Phenex is more than just a model. Unlike the other grades, Perfect grade models are more intricately detailed. This means more parts, but more customisation opportunities. It does mean though that all models are limited run only. The Phenex, for example, is only in limited stock and only available online.
Due to the exclusive nature of the PREMIUM BANDAI, You can only pre-order the model online. The same goes for every other item from PREMIUM BANDAI. There are currently two others alongside the Phenex (the HWS and the Silent), but both have sold out within minutes in some countries. We strongly suggest liking their Facebook page to keep up to date with the product launches.
PREMIUM BANDAI also arranged for a limited deal at AFA (see next section) where you sign up and get a free shipping coupon. For the Phenex, there is an online promotion of free shipping for orders until 8 January. Those wanting to see the model in person but who aren’t able to attend AFA can come to the commemorative order reception at Suntec City on 1 December. You can get the free invitation by signing up on PREMIUM BANDAI for their newsletter before 28 November, where you can redeem a special gift set available for this reception, clear folders of Unicorn Gundam, Gundam 02 Banshee & Phenex Gundam. Save the date if this appeals to you, especially as the offer is valid only up until 23:59 on 28 November!
PREMIUM BANDAI has more than just the Gundam series of models, however. One Piece, Sailor Moon, and Digimon models are all available on the PREMIUM BANDAI site.
Bandai at AFA 2016
Those of you attending AFA will be able to get a good look at the Phenex in all of its shiny glory as soon as you come through the main entrance. Bandai is also showcasing more models from PREMIUM BANDAI, as well as the models from the Iron-Blooded Orphans anime series. If you need to get your hands on the Phenex, pre-order as quickly as possible!!
Pre-order link for PG Phenex: http://bit.ly/PhenexPreOrder
Infographics and Details for PG Phenex: http://bit.ly/PhenexInfoLink
Premium Bandai Official Site: http://sg.p-bandai.asia/hobby/
AFA 2016 sees the unveiling of Bandai’s new Gundam model, the RX-0 Unicorn Phenex