Ask any mecha fan what they think is the most prolific mecha plamo maker is and more often than not, the answer you’ll get is Bandai. Aside from various Macross and Digimon figures and toys, they are also the sole manufacturer of the entire Gundam model kit and figure lineup, which they started back in the early ’80s. The very first releases were non-graded kits of the RX-78-2 and the Zaku II, which featured very minimal detail and poseability and required paint and glue to complete.
ORCA Brigade leader Maximillian Thermidor’s personal NEXT is the next (pun definitely not intended) Armored Core to be immortalized in plastic model form, courtesy of model maker Kotobukiya. This kit is the twenty-seventh model to be produced for the Variable Infinity series, joining the likes of Supplice, White Glint and Noblesse Oblige from the Playstation 3 Armored Core games.
Hot on the heels of the release of the next-gen Armored Core model kits come these new weapon sets from Japanese plamo-maker Kotobukiya. While previous weapon sets used armaments and equipment from the PlayStation 2-era of games, these latest additions to the Variable infinity line-up offer parts to customize the new ACs coming from Armored Core 4 and Armored Core: For Answer for the PlayStation 3. Among the parts included are the HITMAN machine gun, the SAMPAGUITA shotgun, the 061ANSC sniper cannon and the venerable MOONLIGHT laser blade.
“If something can go wrong, it will.”
– Murphy’s Law.
“God does not want PACT II to happen.”
– overheard at DT’s place, May 19, 2007
It’s very rare to see me get violent. Ask anyone who’s known me for quite a while and they’ll say that I’m very much a pacifist (which is just a nice way of saying I’m a coward). However, if ever there was one person I would really like punch in my entire life, it would be that guy named Murphy and his stupid law. If there ever was a day when it seemed that that stupid law was totally enforced, it would have been the nineteenth of May, when it seemed as if all sorts of mishaps occurred, at least to a select group of individuals, who incidentally, all belonged to the Raven Republic.
Ah, childhood. The days when the minds of the young are so easily influenced by their environment. From experience, I’d say that there are two basic types of kids: the ones who stayed at school after class playing sports and the ones who rushed home immediately after to catch their favorite cartoon shows. The former would later join varsity teams while most of the latter (particularly those born in the 80’s) were weaned on shows like Transformers, Robotech, Gundam, Saber Rider, M.A.S.K, Voltron and the like.
Scale – 1/72 Full Action Plastic Kit
Series – Armored Core Variable Infinity Series
Game – Armored Core Last Raven (Intro AC Cascade Range)
Price – ₱1,298.00 (¥2,800)
Number of parts – Eleven large frames for parts and weapons, two frames for polycaps, one small frame for clear red eyepiece, one small frame for clear eyepiece. 257 pieces in all.
Stock colors – Silver, dark metallic gray, gunmetal gray, matte black, clear red, clear.