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- HMM Zoids Wild Fangtiger Update!


Posted: 2021-02-21 01:46:42

 Kotobukiya has posted a LABO article detailing the upcoming HMM Fangtiger! Like Wild Liger, they are starting off with some CG renders mostly, but it still gives us a decent look at the Zoid. Fangtiger comes with Wild Blast effect parts for both Bacon and Fangtiger, just like Wild Liger did. The Kotobukiya Direct exclusive bonus is Z-Cap Supreme Yellow Version. The kit is up for pre-order on most of your typical websites. Be advised that on Amazon, it is not able to be cancelled after April 4th! It's scheduled for an August release for 9,000 Yen.



 

- Death Stinger ZS and HMM Rerelease Dates!


Posted: 2021-02-07 05:08:36

 Kotobukiya made a rather exciting announcement this week, the Death Stinger ZS! Also known as the Zarka Spec., this is a new addition to the ever increasing Yuji Kaida lineup. The kit will feature slightly pink-tinted pearl armor, Zenebas red, clear green eye parts, and metallic green rings. The rings are an interesting addition. Some love it, some hate it, but it certainly makes the kit look unique on the shelf. It'll also include clear colorless parts similar to the MPVs, and a brand new set of decals for both the ZS and original. Since the original Death Stinger didn't have decals, this is a nice bonus. It's scheduled to be released in July, for 14,800 yen.



HMM Rereleases!

 We've got a good bunch of kit rerelease announcements! Scheduled for May, we have the Liger Zero Marking Plus Ver. for 6,300 yen and the Molga & Molga Cannory Unit and Molga AA & Molga Carrier for 4,200 (for each set). For July, we have the Cannon Tortoise for 3,200 yen and the Geno Saurer Repackage Ver. for 8,200 yen.



 

- HMM Manual Translations!


Posted: 2020-12-26 16:54:33

 Automatic translations have been added to the HMM 030 Liger Zero Jager and HMM 046 Shield Liger DCS-J model kit pages. Kotobukiya has gone through a lot of trouble to expand lore and specification details for every Zoid in their lineup, and these two are no exception. Packed with tons of technical info, you can use the HMM-universe lore to fill out your headcanons about these unique Zoids!


Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Site

 

- HMM Shadow Fox And HMM Rerelease Dates!


Posted: 2020-12-26 16:53:17
 Kotobukiya has released a LABO article discussing the upcoming Shadow Fox Marking Plus Version. The kit shows off new decals, including Ray Force and Team Shadow decals, and as usual, will come with clear colorless parts, which were first released with the chrome CP unit for the original fox kit. The article announced that it will be released in May 2021, with pre-orders open now.

 For other kit releases, we have the Liger Zero Schneider Marking Plus Ver. and Iron Kong PK coming up in March 2021. Liger Zero Panzer Marking Plus Ver. and Berserk Furher Repackage Ver. are scheduled for April 2021, and last but not least, the Gojulas Gunner is currently undergoing a rerelease! This massive kit is a Koto Direct exclusive, so you'll need a proxy to order. It is being rereleased in May 2021.

 The blog warns that just because they rereleased it this time, does not mean that they'll rerelease it again! Koto Direct rereleases are extremely rare, so if you want one, you might want to jump on this opportunity.



 

- HMM Wild Liger Guren!


Posted: 2020-12-26 16:53:04
 The HMM Wild Liger Guren Version has finally released. This Kotobukiya Shop Exclusive has chrome plated parts, purple blast effects, and some of the most amazing box art. The kit is based off of the CoroCoro 100 limited.


Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Official

 

HMM Saber Tiger CA Color Version!


Posted: 2020-11-23 19:56:03

 In an unexpected update, Kotobukiya announced that there would be a new Saber Tiger variation released at the Zoids Concept Art Exhibit! This unique "Saber Tiger CA Color Ver." is based off of the Concept Art Book iteration of the design, complete with black-red color separation. To achieve this look, the kit has several sprues cast in both black and red, similar to how the Liger Zero EM was handled earlier. You can use the all-red sprues to create a Saber that looks quite close to the original motorized colors!

 This kit is being handled similarly to the Bone Zoids. It'll have an early pre-sale at the venue starting December 24th, and will then be made available on Kotobukiya Direct at a later date. This means you'll need a proxy to order. It's also worth mentioning that the CA does not include decals.



- HMM Release and Re-Release News!


 Hobby Japan Magazine posted a nice, short video looking at the HMM Wild Liger. It's a fully finished example with custom painting and detailing.

- HJM Video



- Pteras Bomber Article!

 Kotobukiya has posted a blog entry detailing the Pteras Bomber released in October. They show off an early concept sketch for the box art, as well as a completed example of the kit itself.



- Rerelease Information!

 Kotobukiya has confirmed a few rereleases recently! This includes the HMM Liger Zero Schneider Marking Plus Ver., scheduled to be released in March for 8,800 yen. While the CAS-specific kit was already confirmed, we now know the full unit will also be available. Similarly, the Liger Zero Panzer Marking Plus Ver. was announced for April, for 8,400 yen. Also on the list are the Iron Kong PK, released in March for 16,800 yen, and the Berserk Fueher Repackage Ver., released in April for 8,800 yen.



 

- Stand River Updates!


Posted: 2020-11-23 19:55:40

 While Stand River as an event has already passed and its contents already known to the public, it is only recently that we've seen the video of the event! For easier viewing they've split the event stream up into two videos, with the second following soon. The first part is already up, so take a look to see what all went on!

- Air Stand River Battle - Part 1


Tagged:  HMM Official Videos

 

- HMM Wild Liger Freedom Blue Caps!


Posted: 2020-10-14 17:38:08

 With Wild Liger releasing any time now, Kotobukiya has posted a tweet showing off the Kotobukiya Direct exclusive benefit, the Z Cap "Freedom Blue" Version. The actual product looks like a much richer blue than the CG images, so it'll be cool to see them used on kits!



 

- Stand River New Product Reveals!


Posted: 2020-10-03 01:35:22

 Now that Stand River has concluded, we'll be covering all of the new product details that were published during the stream. It was an amazing event, and it was so cool to see everyone's customs! You can view the entire gallery here. Definitely give it a look!

 In the meantime, this post will be organized by the order that things were revealed during the event. If you missed the livestream, no worries, Kotobukiya is arranging to post videos to youtube soon! So don't mind the livestream link being broken.

- Zoids Key Charms!

 Just before Stand River, Kotobukiya announced their decision to release a set of Zoids Key Charms. The full set of metal charms consists of Wild Liger/Arashi, Gannontoise/Onigiri, Scorpear/Penne, Triceradogos/Gyoza, Hunter Wolf/Salt, and Spideath/Youkan. The set is scheduled for a January 2021 release as a Kotobukiya Direct Exclusive, for 2,000 yen each. It is not sold as a set! We have pre-order links down at the bottom of the page. Be sure to place your pre-orders by October 28th, as after that, they'll only be selling the remaining unsold stock before closing pre-orders.



- HMM Box Art Reveals

 Stand River also featured a reveal of several box arts, including the digital version for the HMM Wild Liger, the Pteras Bomber, and the Geno Breaker Repackage Ver., featuring a beautiful scene from Official Fan Book 2.



- HMM Revamps!

 Kotobukiya started off with a couple of new rerelease announcements. A new release of the HMM Panzer CAS, now in Marking Plus version, and a new Shadow Fox Marking Plus Version! So for all those who've been waiting for Fox, now's your chance!



- Wild Liger Guren Chrome Reveal!

 The final Wild Liger Guren was shown off in the event, complete with its chrome parts, clear caps, and clear purple eyes and Wild Blast parts. The camera's white balance caused most of the details to be washed out, so please excuse the lower detail.



- HMM Fangtiger Prototype Reveal!

 We got our first look at the Fangtiger model kit tonight! While we saw concept art earlier, I never would have guessed how many movable parts this Zoid has. It's really impressive. During the Wild Blast, the Panthera Armor folds out (like the moto kit) and the blades come forward. The blades are articulated so that they can take that 'spread out' pose that's used in the anime, and the pits of the blades (the lines) are also separate pieces! In other words, the blades can stretch slightly for the Wild Blast. The armor on the upper rear legs opens up to reveal some vents, a feature new and exclusive to the HMM verson of the kit.

 Like the HMM Wild Liger, the Fangtiger comes with a pilot figure. Bacon looks highly detailed. The reveal of Wild Liger's box art noted that the Zoids Wild kits will have their own designation, with Wild Liger being "W001".



- Rev Raptor Prototype Reveal!

 Fangtiger isn't the only prototype shown off. Rev Raptor's prototype was also revealed! There's a lot of detail crammed into this tiny kit, and it sports the same amount of articulation we've come to appreciate from Kotobukiya. The claws and blades also look quite sharp.



- HMM Customize Parts Pile Bunker Unit!

 The Rev Raptor is going to coincide with a release of a new HMM Customize Parts set, the Pile Bunker Unit! The unit has a movable pilebunker that can slide quite far forwards and backwards, as well as a mount that lets it tip up and down, and small movable panels on the top of the unit that can stand up or tuck back.



- HMM Raven Raptor!

 Kotobukiya also posted on Twitter that we'll be getting an HMM Raven Raptor! Many of you may recognize this as a Yuji Kaida variant. We've had several others appear in the HMM line, so this is an expected (and welcome) update. The Raven Raptor will be packaged with the Pile Bunker, just like the original motorized release.



- HMM Gilraptor 3D Model!

 Kotobukiya showed off the HMM Gilraptor's 3D Rig, in place of a prototype (as it's not quite ready yet). Although it's awesome to see, it's hard to see some of the details. So, for those who may have forgotten, here is the artwork for it that was posted at the last Stand River! It'll be full of beautiful details. You can see the X-style zig zags on the armor in the 3D model, a custom detail of the HMM.



- HMM Death Rex Reveal!

 As fans have pondered for many months, Kotobukiya has now announced an HMM Death Rex! The initial artwork looks amazing, and you can see that this kit is full of anime-accurate details. This includes the brown on the large Jaws and even the anime accurate sharp claws! It also looks like it'll have a rather intricate Uvula Drill, which, if the kit matches the artwork, can completely retract and also extend quite far past the jaws like in the show.

 The Death Rex Purple Dragon Form was also confirmed as a store exclusive, though there were no images shown for it during the event.



- HMM Liger Zero X!

 As Kotobukiya wrapped up their live build of the HMM Wild Liger, they dropped a final surprise reveal on us! The HMM Liger Zero X! This kit looks amazing, and it's one that people have been wanting for a long, long time. It was great to see a prototype, and it looks to really honor all of the X's design scheme.



 

- Upcoming HMM Releases!


Posted: 2020-10-01 22:46:43

 Kotobukiya has made a blog post announcing some upcoming releases. This includes a Liger Zero Dedicated Schneider Unit Marking Plus Version (which lacks clear coloress parts), which features a new decal sheet, different from the complete version of Schneider Marking Plus. For example, including the Ray Force insignias. It's scheduled to release in March 2021. In February, there'll be releases for the Liger Zero Jager Marking Plus Ver., Saber Tiger Marking Plus Ver., and the Zoids Customize Parts "Beam Gatling Set."

 The pre-order table at the bottom of this page has been updated to include all upcoming preorders, including Hobby Search, which still has orders open for the Hagane Works Blade Liger.


Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Official

 

- HMM Wild Liger Guren!


Posted: 2020-09-23 17:08:22

 A month before the Wild Liger is scheduled for release, Kotobukiya has already announced a Kotobukiya Direct exclusive of the kit! The Wild Liger Guren, based on the CoroCoro 100 Limited of the motorized kit, is scheduled to release in December for 10,800 yen. Because it's a Koto Exclusive, we won't be seeing any discounted prices from AmiAmi, HLJ, etc. who won't be getting the kit. You'll need to order through another service like White Rabbit Express or From Japan to get this elusive beauty.

 A blog article from LABO goes over some specifics about the kit. The Liger will have a purple Wild Blast flame, translucent purple Zoid Key, and a custom painted Arashi based on his runaway state in the Zoids Wild anime. The kit will also include clear purple eyes. Although there are not yet photos on the blog, the Guren will come with gold chrome claws, fangs, and mane claws. These can be mixed with the basic Wild Liger to create the "Awakened Wild Liger"!



 

- HMM Lightning Saix Marking Plus Ver.!


Posted: 2020-09-23 17:08:07

 Kotobukiya has posted a blog entry for the HMM Lightning Saix Marking Plus Ver. Although the kit uses the original box art, the blog does go on to say that Mercy's next original artworks will include the Pteras Bomber, Geno Breaker, Wild Liger Guren, and Gun Sniper Wild Weasel Spec. This kit will be released on September 17th, for 5,200 yen.

 The blog also announced rereleased for the HMM Command Wolf Repackage Ver., Dark Horn, and Death Stinger. A twitter post following soon after announced that the Liger Zero Jager Unit "Marking Plus" would be released.



 

- HMM Gun Sniper Wild Weasel Spec.!


Posted: 2020-09-23 17:07:51

 Kotobukiya has announced their next recolor kit, the HMM Gun Sniper Wild Weasel Spec.! It's scheduled for a January 2021 release, for 4,800 yen. This recolor kit will include a new blue color combined with silver armor, providing a color scheme much more accurate to the NJR release of the kit. The legs will come in multiple sprue colors, meaning you can have blue legs, silver legs, or a mix of the two, as illustrated in the LABO article.

 The kit of course comes with the WW unit, as its name implies. Parts for the normal Gun Sniper are included, if you prefer just the booster look. Like most other kit revamps, it comes with a greatly expanded decal sheet. For those who are wondering about the jump in price, Kotobukiya has been quite honest about the price being impacted by the current state of the world. They specified that even if they removed the WW unit, the price would only be different by a few hundred yen, so they felt going with the complete item was the best choice.



 

- Zoids Art of HMM 2006~2020 Released!


Posted: 2020-09-23 17:05:04

 The Art of HMM has been released, and is already arriving at buyers homes! To recap some of content posted recently, the official twitter account mentioned that the book includes a discussion corner with the creators of HMM and a checklist. They also posted the some zoomed in photos, so you can get a better look at some of the art digitally. They've posted Death Stinger, Gun Sniper LS, Iron Kong SS, Liger Zero, Sturm Tyrann Set, Shadow Fox, Liger Zero EM, and Lightning Saix.


Tagged:  Books HMM Official

 

- Air Stand River Battle!


Posted: 2020-08-11 21:20:05

 Kotobukiya announced that the next Stand River Battle will be held online, and livestreamed on youtube! This comes with a ton of exciting announcements, and will take place on October 3rd, 2020, streamed live to Youtube at 13:00! Aside from a live assembly of the HMM Wild Liger, we'll also be seeing announcements of new MPV versions of Zoids. Even more exciting, prototypes for the HMM Gilraptor, HMM Fangtiger, and HMM Rev Raptor will be shown for the very first time! These are Zoids that have previously only been shown off as illustrations. If that weren't enough, they're planning to announce another brand new HMM Zoid during the live broadcast!

 What is Stand River? It's an event held in Japan, where typically people bring in customs that they align with the Empire or the Republic, and set them up on the appropriate tables. Each Zoid is judged for a certain number of points, and at the end of the event, the side with the most points wins! However, since they are holding the event virtually in respect for the ongoing pandemic, there are no participation prizes or rewards for entering. Still, it will be exciting to see!

 Kotobukiya has a page discussing the details of the event. This will likely still be limited to residents of Japan, but we're posting the details for archiving purposes.

 - Submission date is September 1st, 2020 ~ September 13th, 11:59 PM. The results will be announced on Oct 3rd.
Participation Regulations:
 - The completed custom must be based on an HMM Zoid.
 - It must be a 1/72 scale piece.
 - Works such as Zoids Girls and other military-model based works, such as AFVs or other copyrighted works are prohibited.
 - You can only enter a single Zoid, and only to one side. You cannot participate in both armies.
 - You can only use HMM Zoids, TT Zoids Products (including older Tomy products), MSG goods, or unlicensed / scratch built materials. The decals must also be based on this content. Basically, it must be appropriate to the series and not step on any trademark toes.
 - Works that infringe on other intellectual properties won't be permitted. Although this is unlikely to cause problems, any consequences of evading this rule will be carried out at the expense of the person who entered the work.
 - They also reserve the right to disqualify entries that: Violate public order and morals, have visible personal information that can be read, slander a specific person or group, imitate or plagiarize, or works that do not fit the purpose of the contest.

Required Application:
 - Affiliation: (Republic or Empire)
 - Unit Name: (Name of the custom)
 - Pilot Name: (Name of the customizer, not the lore pilot)
 - Comment: (Any description, etc. you want to include)
 - Image: (Main image, as well as standing from the front, back, and top)
 - Used Kits and Materials: (Including things like spare parts, putty, plastic board, etc.)

Points Alotted For Each Class: (As a reference)
 - Flying Class (1 Point): Armored vehicles (cockpits, etc.)
 - Feather Class (3 Points): Cannon Tortoise, Gun Sniper, Pteras, Godos, Molga, Iguan
 - Light Class (4 Points): Command Wolf, Shadow Fox, Lightning Saix
 - Welter Class (6 Points): Shield Liger, Blade Liger, Liger Zero, Geno Saurer, Saber Tiger, Red Horn
 - Middle Class (8 Points): Dibison, Storm Sworder, Geno Breaker, Berserk Furher
 - Heavy Class (12 Points): Gojulas, Iron Kong, Death Stinger


Tagged:  Events HMM Official

 

- HMM Zoid Rereleases!


Posted: 2020-08-11 21:19:26

 Kotobukiya posted a blog entry on the HMM Dibison Marking Plus Version. It goes over a lot of nice photos, including what a Dibison might look like with Gojulas Cannons!



 

- HMM Red Horn Reissue!


Posted: 2020-07-20 23:04:09

 Kotobukiya has announced a reissue for the original HMM Red Horn! This kit will be rereleased in November for 7,480 yen. If you missed these last time around, now's your chance to grab one.


Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Official

 

- HMM Dibison Marking Plus Ver. Art!


Posted: 2020-07-19 22:15:42

 Kotobukiya has posted our first look at the box art for the HMM Dibison Marking Plus Ver.! This entirely new art features the Dibison running alongside the Old Republic Godos, with some very cool light and texture effects.


Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Official

 

- HMM Geno Breaker Repackage Ver.!


Posted: 2020-07-11 22:57:28

 Kotobukiya has just announced a Repackage Version of the original HMM Geno Breaker! Like the Geno Saurer Repackage, this includes the updated pieces used on the Raven Geno Saurer, meaning it can take a proper CPG stance. It'll also come with new decals based on Ritz' Geno Breaker and colorless clear eye parts in addition to the clear red. The kit will be released in November, for 9,200 yen.

 The blog also mentions that the HMM Death Stinger will be receiving another rerelease soon! Just as a quick note as well, many people were confused about whether the Repackage comes with the Blade Liger blade shown in the photos. No, it does not. It was just included in the review photos as a shoutout to the final chapters of Official Fan Book 2~


Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Official

 

- HMM Decal Campaign


Posted: 2020-07-11 22:57:15

 Kotobukiya has announced a new decal campaign! This campaign is planned to span the summer, and if you buy 5,000 yen or more at participating stores during this period you'll receive a special decal sheet. It's based off of the decal sheet that was included in HISTORY OF ZOIDS, an exceptionally rare mail-order item released in 1985, which often sells at auction for hundreds of dollars. It's cool to have a more obtainable release of this sheet!


Tagged:  HMM Model Kits Official

 
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