In our previous blog, we shared with you our Top 5 Versions of Optimus Prime. It wouldn't be fair if we didn't make a top 5 for Megatron as well. Known as the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron has gone through several design changes over the years; from a P38 to a tank, and we're here to share our favorite versions of Megatron.
The Transformers franchise has been around since 1984 and has spawned multiple series since then. With each series there is a new design for the Autobots leader, Optimus Prime. He has gone through many changes, from his original robot-box-shape design, to a sleeker and more modern look. We looked at both robot and vehicle mode, and want to show you our top 5 favorite versions of Optimus prime, and they are:
#5 Transformers 2007 film
When the first movie released, many fans were excited to see their favorite robots, but the first time Optimus transformed on the big screen was magical.
Gundam has been around for 40 years. Starting in 1979, the franchise has spanned multiple series, which has stimulated the creation of hundreds of Gunpla model kits. There are over 30 different Gundam series and films available currently. With so many, it is easy to miss a series. Let's take a look at some Gundam series that should be on your radar to watch.
We will start with our honorable mentions, most of which are widely known. You definitely should watch them, but because of their overall popularity they do not need any help when it comes to recognition. They are: Gundam Wing, Gundam 00, G Gundam, Iron Blooded Orphans, and the Build Fighters/Divers series.
Now comes our list of the top 5 Gundam Series you don't want to miss:
#5 08th MS Team
Back in the good old days of afternoon cartoons, 08th MS Team was a series that aired on Cartoon Networks Toonami programming. It aired not long after the hit-series
This year marks the 40th Anniversary for Gunpla. If you're completely new to Gunpla, we suggest you check out our previous blogs; it's filled with information to help you get started on the wonderful world of Gunpla. Continuing with our celebration, we're here to give you builders some tips to help you improve. These tips are not necessary, but if you're wondering what else you could do after building your kit or even when you start a brand-new one, here are some helpful tips.
As a beginner, it is easier to want to finish your kit as quickly as possible, but that can leave plenty of room for error. It's best to get into the habit of cutting the runner not too close to the part. When you cut too close to the required piece, you could leave white marks which are caused by stress from the plastic. It is ok to leave a slight nub, because our next tip will fix it.
In ourprevious article, we had discussed what the best grade is for beginners. We gave a generalized idea but didn't go into full detail about it. Continuing with our 40th Gunpla Anniversary celebration, we will examine different grades for Gunpla, and what each has to offer.
In the early history of Gunpla, kits were different than hobby kits we currently have available. One BIG and noticeable change is how kits were put together. Gunpla required glue to assemble, unlike the snap-on parts we utilize today. These Mobile Suit Gundam were not poseable either, which made them less "mobile" than their name suggests.
Moving forward to today, Gunpla kits have a wide variety of choices, such as from what series to what grade. What exactly do we mean when we say grade? The term grade means what the scale of the kit will be. There are five grades we'd like to inform you on, and what each one offers.
SD - Super Deformed
Super Deformed or SD kits as many know it, are the smallest in our list. Recognized by their big heads and deformed body proportions, SD kits are very beginner friendly and are recommended for children.
Though they are not as posable as the other grades, there is a charm to them. SD kits are very affordable, within the price range of $4-10, and they are great for a quick build.
HG - High Grade
High Grade (HG) are the most commonly built kits on this list. They're easy to build, their price point is affordable ($12-25), and there is a wide variety of HG kits to choose from. These kits can easily be spotted by the HG moniker found on the corner of the front box art. These kits have more articulation than SD units, which gives it more options for poses. They're 1/144 scale make them the perfect size for collecting and displaying.
In our previous blog, we mentioned that HG kits is our recommended grade for beginners. This is because they offer a great experience without having to break the bank. As you progress and become a better builder, HG kits become fantastic test subject to practice weathering and painting techniques.
RG - Real Grade
Real Grade kits or RG as the moniker on the box indicates,
Grow your Tippies collection with beloved characters from Disney & Peanuts
Get ready for a new twist on play with Tippies! These little cuties spin, tip and stay standing, no matter how, when, or where you play! At only 1.5 inches tall, they’re as compact as they are clever. Your new little buddies are big on personality and Tippies LOVE company – so once you start, you’ll want to collect them all!