Shizuoka is the home to the Bandai Hobby Center, and has become a pilgrimage spot for plastic modelers and Gundam fans alike. The city is also home to one of the biggest hobby events on Earth, the Shizuoka Hobby Show, and for this year’s edition, some of the biggest names in the industry have flocked to the Twin Messe Shizuoka to show off their upcoming and released goodies, which range from figures to plastic model kits, to modeling equipment. It is held from May 12 – 15, with the first two days dedicated to media and industry personnel, while the latter two days being open to the general public.


One of the biggest names in the event is definitely Bandai, and their Hobby Division has certainly shown up to impress, revealing their new GunPla like MG 1/100 Full Armor Gundam Ver. Ka, RG 1/144 Sinanju, HGBF 1/144 Pandaguy, HGBF 1/155 Gyancelot, and many more. They also revealed some character busts featuring characters from the various Gundam series, as part of their Figure-Rise! bust series. They also teased the latest addition to their Re/100 series, and the prize for winning the GunPla Builders World Cup!

But we all know that Bandai ain’t just about the GunPla, as they also showed off their other plastic model kits, which include the latest ones from the new Macross Delta, as well as kits for Dragon Ball Z, Yo-Kai Watch, Disney, and many more.

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